Saturday, August 11, 2018

Best known to children as "the book lady"

The Library of Congress has honored singer-actress Dolly Parton for a wonderful milestone in her life -- the 100 millionth book she donated to children. The nation's library in Washington, D.C., highlighted her nonprofit "Imagination Library" which she began more than 20 years ago to give books to children around the world.

She said, "Of all the things I've done in my life, and it's been a lot because I've been around a long time, this is one of the most precious things, and the proudest I am of any program." Known by children who received her gifts as "the book lady," she started the program to honor her father, who could not read, yet was the "smartest man" she ever knew.

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