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Parton Partners with Library of Congress

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Parton Partners with Library of Congress

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"I can't tell you how excited we are, because today we are celebrating literacy, learning and reading."

Carla Hayden

Librarian of Congress

After presenting her 100 millionth Imagination Library book to the Library of Congress on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., Dolly Parton announced a collaboration between the two organizations.

They are partnering together to feature an Imagination Library storytime at the Library of Congress on the last Friday of each month that will be livestreamed in libraries across the country, according to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

"I can't tell you how excited we are, because today we are celebrating literacy, learning and reading, and we couldn't ask for a better person or organization to collaborate with today," said Hayden during the ceremony.

To kick off their new program, Parton read the book she donated, "Coat of Many Colors," to children at the event. She read the book and sang portions of the song to the kids, and all children who attended the ceremony received a free copy of "Coat of Many Colors."

Before unveiling and presenting the book to the Library of Congress, Parton said she was honored to have one of the books there.

"I just want to say how honored I am, before we pull that little thing off, that ... you have taken this to heart and that you've taken this in, and we will now have this book that I can actually have here forever for all the little children all over the world, certainly in the United States of America here in D.C." said Parton.

Parton's Imagination Library

During the ceremony, Hayden asked Parton about the Imagination Library and what it means to her.

"Of all the things that I've done in my life, and there's been a lot because I've been around a long time, but this is one of the most precious things and proudest I am of any program that I've ever been involved in in my life is working with the little kids," said Parton. …

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