I’m currently reading Dolly Parton’s autobiography and discovered that she had invented and runs the ‘Imagination Library’ (as well as being just a lovely and wonderful person). Wow!
For those of you who don’t know, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a wonderful scheme designed to foster a love of reading in young children which will hopefully last a lifetime. The idea was originally launched in 1995 to benefit the children of East Tennessee (Dolly’s home county) by sending them a specially selected book each month. The idea was to ensure that every child had access to books, regardless of their family income or circumstance and to spread the love of reading to all young children. The scheme has become so popular that over one million books are posted every month to children all over the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK.
If you have a child who is under the age of five and you live in one of the above mentioned countries then you should check out the Imagination Library website to see whether the it operates in your area – and if not you can also find out how to launch the scheme yourself!
Also, I would seriously recommend reading Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business – her life story is amazing and so inspiring. It’s inexplicably out of print but you can still find copies fairly cheaply online. You won’t regret it!