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Dolly Parton Donates 100 Millionth Book At Library Of Congress
On Feb. 27 at the Library of Congress, Dolly Parton and her Imagination Library program observed a great milestone at a special event with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Having donated books to children in need for 22 years, it was decided to make number 100 million be Parton's own book Coat Of Many Colors, donated to the library.
"Dolly Parton's work through her Imagination Library is awe-inspiring," said Hayden. "They have counted the number of books given away — 100 million, but there is no way to truly quantify the impact this program has had on developing young readers across America and in other parts of the world. This is an extraordinary gift to humankind."
Like the theme of her book and of her classic 1971 song, Parton has put love into every stitch of Imagination Library's efforts. In March through August on the last Friday of every month, Hayden and Parton announced a new national story time to be held in the Great Hall and streamed to families around the world.
The hard-working country superstar achieved the sales milestone of 100 million records in 2014, but her Imagination Library philanthropy was not far behind.