#WATWB Dolly Parton Imagination Library 100 millionth book

#WATWB Imagination Library: Dolly Parton donates her 100 millionth book!

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This month I am sharing a story of Dolly Parton and the 100 millionth book she has given away through her non-profit Imagination Library.

According to the article by Helena Andrews-Dyer in the Washington Post Dolly Parton Likes to Give Away Books. She just donated her 100 millionth.

The article states that

“Parton is the founder of Imagination Library, a nonprofit that started out donating books in Sevier County, Tenn., and grew into a million-book-a-month operation. Families who sign up receive a book per month from birth to kindergarten. The singer donated her organization’s 100 millionth book to the nation’s library on Tuesday.”

Knowing the enormous potential that books and reading have for changing lives by improving the chances of success, not just in school, but in life, I couldn’t go past sharing this inspiring article, especially when International Children’s Book Day is celebrated in a few days on 2 April.

Click to read the whole article in the Washington Post.

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30 thoughts on “#WATWB Imagination Library: Dolly Parton donates her 100 millionth book!

  1. Esha M Dutta

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely post, Norah. Dolly Parton’s act is simply amazing! After all those titles, to be called a “book lady” must have made her feel very special and even more so that she found such joy in sharing books that must have meant so much to the readers. Visiting from #WATWB. Must say, loved stopping by your lovely blog, Norah. Following you, for sure. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment, Esha.
      This project of Dolly Parton’s is amazing. I’m pleased you agree. It is wonderful to have the opportunity through #WATWB to share such positive stories. Popping over to read your post now.

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  2. writersideup

    The accomplishment is absolutely amazing, and I was shocked that I only learned about it a few weeks ago! I would’ve thought, with all the years I’ve been so heavily involved with KidLit, that Imagination Library would’ve come up, and I can’t imagine I would’ve forgotten I’d heard about it, but with my brain—who knows?! And ironically, I literally—just today— found out that one of my friend’s books was picked for it 😀 (Annie Silvestro’s BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB https://twitter.com/anniesilvestro/status/980936866898771968). I just love everything about what Imagination Library is and stands for. Dolly’s aMAzing! 😀
    P.S. I hope you’re well, Norah 😀 oxox

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Donna, Thank you for popping in to read. It is amazing just hearing about the Imagination Library now, isn’t it? What a wonderful initiative. I can’t believe I didn’t know of it either. They even have a “chapter” in Australia! Congratulations to Annie on having her book selected for the program. I hope that leads to further promotion and more sales for her.
      I’m doing well, thanks, Donna. I hope you are too and enjoying your little one. xx


  3. Charli Mills

    Dolly Parton’s program has reached out to so many children through the positivity of reading books. I hadn’t realized she’d given away her one-millionth book recently. Good for her! Good for all of the children!

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  4. Susan Scott

    Dolly Parton has the sweetest voice and the most powerful heart. This is a lovely post Norah thank you. I love that she said how she started it to honour her father and mother .. 100 million books donated? AMAZING!

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    1. Norah Post author

      It is an amazing contribution, isn’t it? Amazing too, that she needed to donate 100 million books for me to hear about it. So many good deeds occur quietly and unnoticed. I love this #WATWB for the opportunity to share and learn. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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