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Imagination Library Tops One Million Facebook Followers

Published February 16, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017
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It’s a milestone moment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which now has over one million Facebook followers!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has reached another major milestone! Over one million Facebook users are now following the free book gifting organization on the social media site. Thanks to the loyal support of those one million people over five billion Facebook users have been reached within the past 90 days. This exponential reach has given the program record-breaking enrollments and the popularity has peaked the interest of thousands of potential new partners around the world. Dolly said,

“Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting my Imagination Library. With more than a million friends, we can make the world a better place for millions of children, one page at a time!”

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now sends over one million free books per month to children around the world. To date, the organization has sent more than 85 million free, age-appropriate books to registered children.

The program is also celebrating the release of a state approved license plate in Tennessee. Residents of Dolly’s home state may now purchase the official Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library license plate at their local County Clerk’s office.

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Dolly Parton License Plate Benefits Imagination Library

Published February 1, 2017 / Last Updated February 2, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library specialty license plates are now available in Tennessee!

License plates cost $35 each and are available at County Clerks’ offices. Of the total cost, local Imagination Library affiliates will receive $15.37. The remaining amount will go to the Tennessee Arts Commission and the TN Highway Fund ($15.37) and plate production costs ($4.25).

Thanks to the generosity of Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) which covers half of the monthly cost of books and mailing in Tennessee, each license plate sold will provide funds for one child to receive free books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for one full year! Great news for Tennessee residents who wish to support one of the world’s largest book gifting organizations whose mission is to inspire a love of reading in children across the state and beyond.

Plates can be purchased through your local County Clerk’s office.

 

Tennessee residents showed an overwhelming support for the new license plate during pre-sales, helping the Imagination Library secure the minimum 1,000 pre-orders in just a few months. Special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered plates to help the organization reach this goal!

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£1 Million Dream Fund Award To Imagination Library – UK

Published January 27, 2017 / Last Updated January 27, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dollywood Foundation project wins £1 Million funding in the UK!

The Dream Fund selected the Story Starters project- a collaboration between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Beanstalk and LuCid at the University of Liverpool to receive £1 Million ($1.2 Million).

The funding announcement was made on 24th January at People’s Postcode Lottery’s annual Charity Gala, held in Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House. The event was a celebration of the £66.3 million awarded to charities in 2016 thanks to players of the charity lottery.

Ambassador Jeff Brazier and Managing Director/Head of Marketing for People’s Postcode Lottery UK, Lorna Menzies presented the check to the Regional Director of the Imagination Library UK- Kirsteen Watson, CEO of Beanstalk- Ginny Lunn, and Deputy Director of LuCiD- Professor Julian Pine.

The funding will result in the recruitment and training of 600 Story Starter volunteers to give one-to-one support, with high-quality books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to 1,800 children between 3 and 5 years old, creating an innovative approach to learning. LuCid will carry out expert education evaluation. If successful, the programme will be rolled out to 15,000 children over the next 5 years. Dolly Parton said,

“It seems only right that dreamers like us have been acknowledged by the Dream Fund! I am so grateful for their confidence in our partnership and I promise we will do everything in our power to make sure our children’s
dreams do come true.”

The Dollywood Foundation UK was one of several organizations who were recognized by the Dream Fund whose offerings totaled £2.5 million in 2017. Charitable organizations in Great Britain (Scotland, England or Wales) were eligible to apply. According to the Dream Fund website applicants are encouraged to be “innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’.” Previous winners have included Building Our Dreams, Edible Playgrounds and Energy Gardens.

With thanks to North Lincolnshire Council & East Coast Pictures for some of the footage in this film.

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends over one million free books to registered children living in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. In the UK alone, there are over 90 local champions who help make this dream possible. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagination Library’s launch in the United Kingdom.

Special thanks to Beanstalk and LuCiD for partnering with the Imagination Library in this effort. Also, thank you to People’s Postcode Lottery.

Beanstalk is a national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.

The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) is a five-year research collaboration working with partners from across the world to transform our understanding of how children learn to communicate with language.

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Dolly Parton Tree At Gaylord Opryland Resort

Published November 16, 2016 / Last Updated November 16, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Opryland’s Parade of Trees auction includes a beautifully decorated Dolly Parton-inspired tree benefiting her Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton joins her fellow country music artists who are lending their star power to raise money for their favorite charities this Christmas season at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort. This year, Dolly’s tree features ornaments and decorations inspired by her new holiday special, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing on NBC on Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. EST.

The online auction opened Nov. 11. The highest bidder of the Dolly Parton sponsored tree will receive the decorations along with a host of prizes including:

  • 2-night stay in Dolly’s luxurious penthouse apartment at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
  • Admission for 2 to Dollywood
  • $200 Gift Card to the spa at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
  • 2 tickets to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
  • 2 limited edition Coat of Many Colors ornaments
  • 2 signed copies of Dolly’s new children’s book “Coat of Many Colors”
  • 2 signed copies of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” DVDs

Place a bid online at Opryland Parade of Trees

Dolly’s tree has an estimated value of $2,000. Each tree’s decorations and accompanying prizes are up for grabs in the online auction. Bidding opened for Dolly’s tree on Nov. 11, 2016, and ends Jan. 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. CST. Other trees include those sponsored by Loretta Lynn, Diamond Rio and the Nashville Ballet.

Parade of Trees is part of A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. This free, self-guided tour features 14 spectacularly decorated trees throughout the resort’s nine acres of indoor gardens.

Proceeds from Dolly’s tree will benefit the Imagination Library, Dolly’s book gifting organization which has mailed more than 85 million free books to children around the world since it began in 1996.

Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
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Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton Suite at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dolly Parton Suite at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort
Dolly Parton receives Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at CMA Awards- Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Celebrates “One Million A Month” Milestone

Published November 16, 2016 / Last Updated November 16, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Dolly Parton came home to the Smokies for a sold-out concert benefiting her Imagination Library. During the performance, Dolly celebrated the program’s “One Million a Month” milestone by giving one child, Evey Johns from Conway AR, a $30,000 College Scholarship!

Featured photo courtesy of Mary Alice Lovelace

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which began as a small community outreach in her native Sevier County, Tennessee, has evolved to become the largest literacy program in the world. In December, the “little literacy program that could” marks another impressive milestone—one million books gifted to children around the world each month.

To celebrate the unprecedented success, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The announcement was made by Parton during her Pure & Simple concert tour stop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Nov. 15. Proceeds from the concert totaled $500,000 and will benefit the Imagination Library.

Inspired by Dolly’s father, the program’s very first mailing of free books topped just over 1,600. In 2016 alone, the Imagination Library has mailed over 11.5 million books and more than 85 million since inception. Dolly wanted to bookmark the event with a unique gift. She said,

“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching 1,000,000 children a month. The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue their college degree. So I am thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious, little Evey Johns of Conway, AR will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”

Scholarship-ThumbThe scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Evey when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to approximately $50,000.

“The thought of our daughter Evey going to college has been just that—a thought,” explained Evey’s mother, Connie. “Now, due to the enormous kindness and generosity of the Dollywood Foundation, that thought has now become a reality. Our family now has the means to develop a solid plan for our daughter’s future education. Thank you all so much for this unbelievable opportunity for our daughter.”

Evey is enrolled in the Imagination Library in Conway, AR. The local affiliate in her area, Arkansas Preschool Plus partners with the Dollywood Foundation to provide the Imagination Library to 960 children in the three-county area around Conway. Currently, 14,865 children (about 7.6% of the 195,000 who are eligible) are enrolled in the program. Of the 75 counties in the state, 50 are participating in the Imagination Library. Five additional counties are currently working to get the program started.

Arkansas Preschool Plus

Arkansas Preschool Plus is an affiliate partner for Conway, Faulkner and Perry Counties. About 960 children are enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through Arkansas Preschool Plan. Over 14,800 children are registered and receive books within the state of Arkansas. An Advisory Committee of leaders from across Arkansas is currently working with State elected officials, foundations and corporations on an effort to make the Imagination Library available to every child from birth up to age five in the state.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 85 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Pure & Simple Tour

All proceeds from Dolly’s Pure & Simple concert at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN on Nov. 15 benefited her Imagination Library.

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