Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a foundation that encourages reading to preschool children, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with its 150-millionth book donation.
Montgomery County’s Imagination Library is teaming up with The Dollywood Foundation to present a free, one-night-only, live-streaming world premiere event for The Library That Dolly Built. It will include a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
The event was originally intended to be a nationwide, live event, airing this spring on some 300 screens. However, it will now be a free, live-stream screening of the film. It will air on Facebook, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at 7 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. After the screening, Dolly will chat and perform some music.
Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for reading amongst preschoolers. Since its inception in 1995, it has grown into a global endeavor and hit a new milestone by gifting it’s 150- millionth book. The foundation is currently giving books monthly to nearly 2,000,000 children worldwide.
“I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library,” Dolly Parton said. “It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families, and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states, and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!”
The Montgomery County Imagination Library launched in Dec. 2019, thanks to partnerships with local Affiliates Montgomery County and Dayton Children’s Hospital. Montgomery County Commissioner Carolyn Rice said, “We have nearly 11,000 children within Montgomery County who have signed up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. We are thrilled to partner with the Dollywood Foundation and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, to encourage other communities to inspire children to love reading and learning.” You can learn more about the County’s affiliate by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountyImaginationLibrary.
The Library That Dolly Built was directed and produced by Nick Geidner, a journalism and director of Land Grant Film. The production is narrated by Danica McKellar. The show offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Dolly’s Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has partnered with thousands of local community organizations to develop an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. The Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Now, all 50 states and five countries are taking part, giving 1.7 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month.
The film also shows the impact the Imagination Library has had on people around the globe with the addition of several interviews with authors, policymakers, library staff, children, and Dolly herself. The film presents a biographical sketch of Dolly, showing rare photos and film clips from her childhood. It is different from most biographies of Dolly because it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career and any time she has had success, Dolly returned to Sevierville to give back to the people from her hometown.
For more information about the film, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com/film.