Most of America (well, the world, for that matter) knows Dolly Parton for her hit songs (“Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You”) and movies (Coat of Many Colors, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Steel Magnolias). And maybe you’ve even belted out a few Parton tunes just as we have, imitating this lively lady with a presence as big as her country music voice.
Folks in East Tennessee, however, know her for another reason — Dolly sends books to kids ages birth to six free of charge every month through the Imagination Library, an organization founded in 1995. To celebrate the dedication of the 1oo millionth book, Dolly herself will hand over the book to the Library of Congress on February 27, 2018. (You can watch it live beginning at 10 a.m. streaming on YouTube and Facebook.)
In Knoxville, kids and parents celebrated the singer’s 72nd birthday in January at Lawson McGhee Library and area branches. Kids poured in to listen to books read by librarians and to sing “Happy Birthday” to the lady who had put books in their mailboxes month after month.
Faces in the crowd told most of the story. Whether sitting cross-legged on the floor or waving a noisemaker or coloring Happy Birthday pages, kids celebrated the lady with big blonde hair and and an even bigger heart.
Dolly loves music, performing and giving away books. But we have a feeling it’s really the faces in the crowd that Dolly loves most. After all, they’re the future singers, performers and readers who want to be just like Dolly!
For more information, click on these links:
- Wikipedia: Dolly Parton;
- Imagination Library;
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Dedicate 100 Millionth Book to Library of Congress
- Facebook: Imagination Library
- Twitter: @DollyParton
- Instagram: Dolly Parton
For more faces in the crowd photos, check out the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces in the Crowd.