Library of Congress Honors Imagination Library With Significant Award

Published September 16, 2021 / Last Updated September 16, 2021
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library awarded David M. Rubenstein Prize by Library of Congress

The worldwide literacy program that many have called “the little program that could” continues to receive praise and recognition for its role in shaping the future for millions of children around the world. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library received one of the highest literacy honors from the Library of Congress on International Literacy Day for the work it does to instill a love of reading in kids.

The Library of Congress awarded the Imagination Library, an initiative of The Dollywood Foundation, with the $150,000 David M. Rubenstein Prize for its work in delivering more than 160 million books to children around the world. The Imagination Library continues to race at an ever-accelerating pace, now providing 1.8 million high-quality, age appropriate books each month to children birth to age five around the world. Dolly herself visited the Library of Congress on February 28, 2018, to enshrine the program’s 100 millionth book, fittingly a copy of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” which is an adaptation of her iconic song of the same name.

According to a release from the Library of Congress, “Since 2014 when the Imagination Library received ‘best practice’ recognition from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, the Dollywood Foundation has strategically positioned the Imagination Library for aggressive growth…Although mailing the books to each child’s home is only one aspect of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, it is a remarkable feat that helps improve literacy on an international scale and creates special moments for children and families.”

The David M. Rubenstein Prize

The prize award is named in honor of David M. Rubenstein, the co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group. Rubenstein is a major benefactor of the Library of Congress and is the chairman of the Library’s lead donor group, the James Madison Council. Dollywood Foundation President Jeff Conyers said,

“We are grateful to win what truly is the most prestigious award from the Library of Congress. This award showcases how the dream Dolly had years ago has become one of the world’s largest book gifting programs. She continues to express her pride in what the Imagination Library has become, and she is excited for the growth it is poised to experience moving forward. There is no doubt Dolly treasures being called ‘The Book Lady’ more than just about anything.”

The United Nations General Assembly designates a number of “international days” to mark important aspects of human life and history, including International Literacy Day on September 8. For more information on International Literacy Day, visit en.unesco.org/commemorations/literacyday.

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“Goodnight with Dolly” Receives Multiple Telly Awards

Published July 12, 2021 / Last Updated July 12, 2021
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Thanks to the efforts of all those involved, “Goodnight with Dolly” was recognized in multiple categories by the Telly Awards.

“Goodnight with Dolly” was awarded Gold and Silver in multiple categories at the 42nd Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens, including webseries. 

Bringing the “Goodnight with Dolly” to life was exceptionally special, especially during the pandemic. Recognition from the Telly Award honors the great work achieved by all those involved. Dolly said: 

“I had so much fun reading bedtime stories. I’m glad for everyone that tuned in to read with me. It sure was a tough year and being able to read to children all over the world, sure made the tough times better. Thanks to everyone involved who made this possible during the height of the covid lockdown.”

Telly Award categories included Gold Telly Winner in Online Series-Webseries: Non-Scripted, Silver Telly Winner in Online Series-Webseries: Music, Silver Telly Winner in Online Series-Series: Education & Discovery and Silver Telly Winner Social Video Series-Series: Media & Entertainment.

Bringing Everyone Together For a Bedtime Story

Last year when everyone was searching for ways to be together while still staying apart, “Goodnight with Dolly” was born through the hard work and dedication of Dolly, Steve Summers, David Dotson, Jacob Timmons and his team at S.D. Professionals, LLC. More than 15 million people tuned in to read a bedtime story with Dolly with each episode featuring an Imagination Library book.

Haven’t watched “Goodnight with Dolly” yet? Or maybe you just want to watch them all again! After all, half the fun of books is rereading your favorite stories. All episodes are still available on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library website.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted more than 159 million free books to children around the world. Dolly started the Imagination Library in honor of her father who she watched struggle with his inability to read. The Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting one book a month to children from birth to age five. Learn how to Register A Child or Make A Donation online.

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Now Streaming – “The Library That Dolly Built”

Published July 9, 2021 / Last Updated July 12, 2021
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“The Library That Dolly Built” Now Available to Stream

“The Library That Dolly Built” now streaming on Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play and Cable on Demand.

NOW STREAMING

About the Film

“The Library That Dolly Built,” directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s literacy-focused non-profit, Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. The film celebrates all the people who helped make Dolly’s dream come true.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly started the Imagination Library in 1995. Thanks to the help of local affiliates all over the world, it has since grown to include all 50 states and expanded to four additional countries.

The Imagination Library gifts one book each month to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. Since inception, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 160 million books to children and is currently gifting more than 1.8 million books each month.

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Rolling Stone Features Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Published March 16, 2021 / Last Updated March 17, 2021
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Rolling Stone gives an inside look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library® and the team behind its success.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is featured in an exclusive online article by Rolling Stone. In the article, dated March 8, 2021, Rolling Stone highlights the successes of Dolly’s book gifting program and reveals how a small team managed to expand the program into a worldwide success.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton launched her Imagination Library in 1995 near her small hometown in Sevier County, Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to inspire a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month, regardless of the family’s income.

Total Books Gifted

Since 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has grown from a hometown effort to an international program offered in 5 countries. More than 155 million free books have been gifted as of March 2021, with over 1.8 million children enrolled in the program across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

So, how does she get books into the hands of all those children? Rolling Stone explains that while Dolly is an undeniable force, her passionate team at the Dollywood Foundation and its network of partners and affiliates have been crucial to the program’s success.

For a deeper look at the inner workings of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, read the full article on Rollingstone.com 

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Celebrates Read Across America Day

Published March 2, 2021 / Last Updated March 2, 2021
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library celebrates beloved children’s book author and Read Across America Day.

Dolly Parton, also known as the Book Lady, and Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, are both synonymous with inspiring a love of reading with children around the world. Read Across America Day is celebrated on Tuesday, March 2, in observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Today, the Imagination Library joins the nation in honoring the doctor of rhyme and his books that have been putting smiles on kids’ faces since 1937.

Since launching in 1995, the Imagination Library has gifted more than 150 million free books to children in five countries, continuing Dolly’s mission to inspire a love of reading around the world. Read Across America Day is a great way to celebrate the cherished books that inspire everyone to dream more through daring adventures, far-off lands, beloved characters and epic journeys.

Watch this video to learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the amazing people who help put more books into the hands of more children.

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