Fact of the day: Dolly Parton Has Really Presented 100 Million Books

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Dolly Parton @DollyParton, the country music icon, is also known for being a philanthropist. In 1995, she established a non-profit called ‘Imagination Library’ in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she grew up to honor her late father who had been illiterate.

The families with children signed up to the Imagination Library receive free books funded via charitable giving by mail. Right before the celebration of the International Book Day, Ms. Parton announced that her initiative has crossed an important milestone. On February 27, a 100 millionth @DollysLibrary Book was given away for free.

The 100 millionth book is a copy of Parton’s children’s picture book Coat of Many Colors. It was given as a donation to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where Ms. Parton holds her live-stream story readings.

The famous singer confessed that the only book she had in her house was Bible. So, she became inspired by her father’s example who worked hard but didn’t have the opportunity to learn reading or writing. In her CNBC interview, Parton said she decided “to get books in the hands of children because if you can read, you can educate yourself.”

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Since 1995, the ‘Imagination Library’ initiative has expanded across the US. After that, it was established in the UK in 2007, and Australia in 2013.

In case you didn’t know, another way of giving back to the community for Ms. Parton is Dollywood, Tennessee’s number one ticketed theme park. In 2018, it opens for its 32nd season on March 16.Dollywood is not a regular park of attractions! For starters, it has the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster. And, most importantly, it has just won the Golden Ticket awards for the Friendliest Park, Best Shows, Best Food and Best Christmas Event. By purchasing a ticket to the park,  each Dollywood visitor contributes to the ‘Imagination Library.’

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