Dolly’s reading program can’t replace government’s role 

While Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides an incredibly important service for children ... it also is indicative of a concerning societal shift towards the outsourcing of public services.



August 7, 2023 - 2:34 PM

Dolly Parton performs at the Wilmington Public Library in Wilmington, Delaware, on May 5, 2022, to promote her Imagination Library, a free book gifting program for children. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

On Aug. 14, Dolly Parton is coming to Kansas to celebrate the statewide success of her Imagination Library program. 

Dolly’s Imagination Library is an example of how music, art, and culture can intersect with social change. Through her deep commitment to education and literacy, Dolly has shown that celebrities can be powerful catalysts for positive transformation. 

Founded in 1995 by Dolly Parton herself, the Imagination Library is a unique book-gifting program that provides free books to children from birth to five years old with the mission of fostering a lifelong passion for reading.

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