‘The Library that Dolly Built’ Premieres Dec. 9

‘The Library that Dolly Built’ Premieres Dec. 9

Huntington  - Next week, the West Virginia Imagination Library program in conjunction with the Dollywood Foundation will present the premiere of The Library That Dolly Built, a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this past Spring, the world premiere for The Library That Dolly Built has been reimagined as a free livestream screening exclusively on Facebook on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. EST. The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and live acoustic performance by, Parton.

Viewers can tune into the live screening and conversation on FB.ME/dollysimaginationlibrary or I maginationLibrary.com.

Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading among the nation’s preschool children. Since  1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone exceeding 150 million in donated books. The Imagination Library is currently donating books to 1.7 million children around the world each month.

I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library,” 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 on board," she added. "One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!”

In West Virginia, the Imagination Library program has grown to support every county in the state in some capacity through the support of local organizations, businesses and school systems. It is supported by the West Virginia Department of Education and Marshall University’s June Harless Center.

The Library That Dolly Built screening is a great tribute to the program.  To learn more about the West Virginia Imagination Library program, or to donate, visit www.marshall.edu/juneharless/imaginationlibrary.