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Final Goodnight With Dolly Celebrates Imagination Library Affiliates

Published June 1, 2020 / Last Updated June 1, 2020

Dolly Parton’s wildly successful bedtime reading series finale set for Thursday, June 4 at 7 PM ET salutes thousands of Imagination Library affiliates around the world.

Dolly Parton will close her 10-week bedtime reading series with a special finale episode that includes a tribute to the more than 1700 local organizations that offer her Imagination Library to the children in their community. Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library through its local affiliates has gifted more than 138 million books to preschool children and is currently gifting books to 1.6 million children around the world each month.

“The local affiliates are the heart and soul of the Imagination Library”, said Parton. “They work hard every day to raise the funds to make sure the books remain free to all of the children enrolled in the program.”

The series began on April 2, 2020 with The Little Engine that Could® and will conclude June 4. The series has been viewed over 15 million times on YouTube, Facebook and other popular social media platforms.

The finale episode features Pass It On written and illustrated by Sophy Henn. This book was specifically selected to end the series because it encourages all children and adults to share their joy, their happiness and their kindness with others.

Dolly Parton said, “I am thrilled this series has meant so much to so many families across the world. I hope our finale episode, ‘Pass It On,’ will be another way for us to transform this moment of hardship into more love and more kindness.”

The finale concludes with the re-release of the trailer for the documentary “The Library That Dolly Built.” The film was scheduled for a nationwide release on April 2, 2020, but was postponed because of the spread of COVID-19. The film will be released in late September of 2020.

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“The Library That Dolly Built”

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. Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and 5 countries, gifting more than 1.6 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

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Dolly Parton Premiers New Song & Music Video On “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope”

Published May 29, 2020 / Last Updated May 29, 2020

“TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” hosts Dolly Parton and the exclusive premiere of her new song and music video, “When Life Is Good Again”

Dolly Parton lends her ever-assuring voice during the COVID-19 health crisis with the release of her new song, “When Life Is Good Again” and premiered the official music video exclusively on Dolly also joined “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” and discussed Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and her popular “Goodnight with Dolly” YouTube series.


The music video for “When Life Is Good Again” is a heartwarming visual that reminds everyone of all the happy memories and inspires us to look forward past this temporary moment of distance and isolation. Parton also uses the video as a nod to all of the selfless front line workers who are fighting each day to keep us safe. Several of those courageous health workers are featured in the video as a symbol of community and how in times of crisis we come together to support one another.

“Since our world was forever changed by the COVID virus, I have felt a deep respect and appreciation for all of our frontline responders,” says Parton. “This video is to pay respect to them and to remind all of us that this too shall pass. If we pull together as a community, we can rise above and look forward to more beautiful days on the horizon. I hope you love this song as much as I have loved bringing it to you.”

Listen to “When Life Is Good Again”

“TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope”

Dolly joined TIME Editor-In-Chief, Edward Felsenthal, on “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” on May 28, and discussed public service and why initiatives like her influential children’s literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and her current web series, “Goodnight With Dolly,” are so important and close to her heart. At the conclusion of the interview stream, Parton and Felsenthal exclusively premiered the official music video for “When Life Is Good Again.”

The “TIME100 Talks: Finding Hope” series brings together the world’s leading voices to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. This series will have a special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Other luminaries who have been featured in the series include Angelina Jolie, John Legend, among many others.

“Goodnight with Dolly”

In addition to speaking on the Imagination Library and their work, Parton also discusses her wildly successful YouTube series, “Goodnight with Dolly,” in which she reads select Imagination Library books, all carefully chosen for this moment in time. The 10-week series kicked-off on April 2nd with a reading of “The Little Engine That Could” and will come to the end of its run on June 4th.

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Dolly Parton Releases New Song “When Life Is Good Again”

Published May 28, 2020 / Last Updated May 28, 2020

All-New song from Dolly Parton, “When Life Is Good Again” is a touching message of hope and comfort.

Dolly Parton has consistently used her platform to spread hope and joy to countless fans throughout her legendary career. At a time when our world seems to be in disarray and so many are struggling, Parton is once again using her familiar and comforting voice to lift us all to a better place with the release of her new song “When Life Is Good Again.” Look for the official music video, premiering exclusively on on May 28.



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American Greetings Unveil First Dolly Parton SmashUps Ecard Collection 

Published May 19, 2020 / Last Updated May 19, 2020

Dolly Parton and American Greetings collaborate on custom versions of “Birthday Time” for the card maker’s SmashUps Ecard Collection

In a timely and one-of-a-kind collaboration, American Greetings and global superstar Dolly Parton share their exceptional gifts of spreading joy and bringing magic to the world. The partnership allows users to send a birthday greeting set to the tune of Parton’s iconic hit “9 to 5” through American Greetings’ popular SmashUps digital initiative. With 1,200 different names available to personalize the SmashUp, it is easier than ever to bless loved ones with a little bit of music. Watch a sample.

“Celebrating who you are and why you are special is something I have always encouraged and have known is important for my own identity,” says Parton. “God made us all unique in our own ways, and I love the fact that I was able to offer something special for everyone. In a time like now, when we do not get the chance to share special moments like birthdays with each other in-person, I am so happy to know my ‘Birthday Time’ SmashUp ecard is now available to share with those you love.”

Earlier this year American Greetings announced a multi-year partnership with Parton that includes digital and physical products integrating the legendary singer-songwriter’s music in unique ways.

“We’re so excited to share the “Birthday Time” SmashUp with our members, Dolly’s fans, and anyone looking for ways to make someone feel special on their birthday”, said Rob Matousek, Executive Director/GM – Direct to Consumer Business at American Greetings. “We felt that the Country Music Hall of Fame theater was the perfect venue for Dolly to deliver an extra special birthday wish and it made a great backdrop for her incredible talent. She makes everything sparkle and hearing her say your name and seeing your name in lights next to Dolly on stage is sure to be magical for lucky recipients.”

Stay tuned for more information about Dolly Parton greeting cards coming to Walmart later this Summer.

SmashUps Available

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“There Was Jesus” Music Video With Zach Williams Featuring Dolly Parton

Published April 24, 2020 / Last Updated April 24, 2020

Zach Williams debuts a new music video “There Was Jesus” featuring Dolly Parton.

The new music video for “There Was Jesus” from GRAMMY Award®-winning artists Zach Williams and Dolly Parton makes its debut today. The single is also now at Christian and Country radio.

Last November, Zach and Dolly shared their stunning duet with the world when they performed “There Was Jesus” at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. Since their epic performance, the song has gained extraordinary momentum and has become Williams’ most consumed song to date along with the title track from his 2019 album, “Rescue Story.”

“When I first heard ‘There Was Jesus,’ it was one of the best songs I’d ever heard,” Parton shares about being featured on the song. She continues, “I loved Zach’s voice, and at that time I wanted to do something more uplifting. I felt like it was a Godsend, so I thought yes, this is my record and I’m going to sing with him on it! I’m really proud of how it turned out. I think people are going to get a blessing out of it. I know I have.”

Regarding Williams’ experience working with Dolly Parton, from recording the song to performing it live on the CMA Awards to ultimately filming the music video, he says,

“Dolly has been a champion since day one of this song. I never thought in a million years this would happen, and the entire experience working with her has truly been an honor and a privilege. I cannot wait to share the song and video with all of you.”

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