A new mural in Nashville dedicated to Dolly Parton honors her work in childhood literacy.
Artist Kim Radford painted the mural on a wall at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, Fox 17 reported. In the painting, Parton is reading a book to a small child who is sitting in her lap. Butterflies surround them. Parton loves butterflies.
Parton has given away millions of books to children around the world through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The organization mails free books to kids from birth until they turn 5.
She started the charity in 1995 with modest goals. Her father was illiterate, and she felt that was a fate that no child should ever have to suffer. They started sending books to children in her native Sevier County, Tenn., and it grew from there. So far, the group has given away nearly 150 million books.
“It started from a place in my heart because my own dad couldn’t read and write, and I got him involved in it,” Parton said, in an episode of her Front Porch Series on Vimeo. “We were just hoping it would be something wonderful in our home county maybe a couple of counties over.”
She recently took part in a documentary about the charity. She calls the Imagination Library “one of the most precious things” she’s done in her career.
“If you are lucky and fortunate enough to be in a position to help,” she says in the trailer for The Library that Dolly Built,” you should help.”
Dolly Parton Makes a Big Birthday Wish
Dolly Parton turned 75 this week. She shared her birthday wish with fans.
“… I do have a birthday wish that I want to share with you,” she wrote on her website. “My wish is that everyone does something a little different today. Let’s call it a call for kindness. If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. Want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call. If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless.
“I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard. We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let’s get to unearthing love. Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you.
“This is my birthday wish and may your birthday wishes also come true.”