Legendary country singer, Dolly Parton, may not be known for her love of the written word, but she loves it all the same. In fact, she loves it so much that in 1996 she launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
The foundation’s goal was to foster a love of reading in young children who lived in Dolly’s home county in east Tennessee. It sends one age-appropriate book to the child’s home every month, ensuring that they will always have new material to read and help expand their minds.
Parton hopes that this program will show children the magic of books and ensure that, no matter what a family’s income, their children will have access to reading material. The program was so popular that in 2000 she announced that she was willing to expand it to any community that would support it locally.
Currently, over 1600 communities in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom support the program and provide books for over 700,000 children. She may be known for her country music prowess, but Dolly Parton is spreading a love of reading to children across the world.