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Dolly Parton Literacy Efforts: 100 Millionth Book Donated

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Dolly Parton talks to the media at a press conference at the InterContinental Sydney on November 10, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:41 AM

Dolly Parton's long literacy efforts for children continued Tuesday when the country icon presented her 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and announced a new partnership.

Parton and the library have established an Imagination Library storytime for children at the Library of Congress to be held the last Friday of every month from March through August. The event will be livestreamed around the country, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

"I just want to say how honored I am, before we pull that little thing off, that . . . you have taken this to heart and that you've taken this in, and we will now have this book that I can actually have here forever for all the little children all over the world, certainly in the United States of America here in D.C.," Parton said as she donated her book "Coat of Many Colors" to the children in attendance.

The storytime reading will take place at the Library of Congress' Young Readers Center in the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10:30 a.m. and will be free to the public, the library said in a statement.

"Dolly Parton's work through her Imagination Library is awe-inspiring," Hayden said in the Library of Congress statement. "They have counted the number of books given away — 100 million — but there is no way to truly quantify the impact this program has had on developing young readers across America and in other parts of the world.

"This is an extraordinary gift to humankind. The Library of Congress shares this passion for developing young readers and I am so pleased to announce these cooperative programs, which will provide an opportunity for children anywhere to connect with a fun, engaging reading experience," she continued.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library started in 1995 as a book-gifting organization that has mailed 100 million books to children in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States, according to the Library of Congress.

The program currently mails age-appropriate book to more than 1 million registered children in participating communities from birth until they start kindergarten.

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