After Living In A House Without Books As A Child, Dolly Parton Decided No Child Should Suffer The Same Fate
Dolly Parton is extremely accomplished as a singer, businesswoman, and actress. She can also check “book lady” off of her bucket list.
The songwriter is the founder of Imagination Library, a non-profit that donates books to families in need. She is affectionately called “The book lady” by many of the children who have received books through Imagination Library. Imagination Library currently donates a whopping 1,000,000 books a month. On February 27th, 2018, she went to the Library of Congress to deliver the hundred millionth book that Imagination Library has donated.
Dolly credits her giving spirit to her dad. She said in an interview:
“He took so much pride that little kids called me the book lady.”
When she was growing up in Tennessee, she said she didn’t have any books, apart from the Bible. This inspired her to start an organization that would help children have access to books no matter their economic circumstance.
The program started in 1995, and slowly expanded to Canada, Australia, and the UK. In 2005, her organization donated its one millionth book.