Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Reaches Milestone of One Million Books Gifted to Children Per Month

by VVN Music

We have been a vocal champion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library since the earliest days of this site ten years ago and, recently, they hit an amazing milestone.

The Imagination Library is an organization that works with communities around the world to give an age appropriate book every month to each child from birth until they go until Kindergarten. Dolly started the movement in 1995 with the idea of developing a lifelong love of reading in as many children as possible. So far, 85 million books have been given to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This December, the Imagination Library will hit another milestone when, for the first time, one million books will be given out in one month.

To celebrate the unprecedented success, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The announcement was made by Parton during her Pure & Simple concert tour stop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Nov. 15. The concert raised $500,000 to benefit the Imagination Library.

“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching a million children a month,” Parton said. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree. I’m thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious little Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”

The scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Johns when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to nearly approximately $50,000. Johns is enrolled in the Imagination Library in Conway thanks to the local affiliate in her area, Arkansas Preschool Plus.


“The thought of our daughter Evey going to college has been just that—a thought,” explained Evey’s mother, Connie. “Due to the enormous kindness and generosity of the Dollywood Foundation, that thought has now become a reality. Our family now has the means to develop a solid plan for our daughter’s future education. Thank you all so much for this unbelievable opportunity for our daughter.”

For more information, visit the Imagination Library website

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