Friday, March 02, 2018

My Weekend Crush

There are so many reasons to love Dolly Parton. Her music, her activism, her spunk. But perhaps the most lasting reason to love Dolly, for past and future generations, is her tireless work on behalf of her Imagination Library, which gives away free books to children. This week she donated her 100 millionth book at a special event at the U.S. Library of Congress. Think about it, 100 million books.

The issue of literacy has been one close to Dolly’s heart since childhood. She started the Imagination Library in 1995 to honor her father, the last Robert Lee Parton Sr., who never attended school or learned to read or write. But he was able to see his daughter become an international superstar and donate books to other children across the globe before his death in 2000.

Since then a whole new generation has gotten to know Dolly not as that singer with the oversized personality, and other stuff, but as simply “the book lady.”

In her signature self-deprecating way, she told The Washington Post:

“I never thought about being ‘the book lady.’ The painted lady, yes, the overexaggerated lady. That goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover.... Of all the things I’ve done in my life — and it’s been a lot because I’ve been around — this is the most precious. Maybe we’ll be back for a billion.’”

Yeah you will, Dolly, yeah you will. Happy weekend, all.


Helena said...

This is so wonderful. As a librarian and teacher books are so close to my heart as it can open the world to kids. Have a great weekend Dorothy.

Waffles said...

Plus it is rumored she liked the ladies (she was the partner of a friend of a friend of a friend).

Carmen SanDiego said...

I had no idea she had this project. This is wonderful, thank you for sharing it. I learned something new today and my admiration of Dolly grew exponentially
Have a great weekend DS

AK said...

Classy Lady.

Angela Watson said...

My mom taught me to love Dolly way back when she sang on the Porter Wagoner Show. She is a brilliant songwriter, a fierce businesswoman and a wonderful advocate of the community. I mean, how can you not love someone who says, “Who would’ve thought it took so much money to make a girl look so cheap?” 😂

Anonymous said...

The more I learn about this incredible woman, the more I adore her. Thanks for the wonderful literacy hook.