Ohio governor declares August 9 Dolly Parton Day in the state

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared August 9 “Dolly Parton Day” in honor of the legend’s visit to the country and the expansion of his nonprofit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library nationwide. ‘State.

Parton stopped in Columbus, Ohio, to help promote her nonprofit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Ohio, a program that supports reading for young children and ships free books to children, aged from birth to 5 years. The nationwide legend was also celebrating the expansion of the reading program within the state with financial support from the Ohio General Assembly and other affiliates. Imagination Library is now available to families in all 88 counties of Ohio with more than 327,000 children enrolled in the program.

Founded in 2019, the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library was initially only available in several counties and became a statewide program in November 2020. All children between birth and age 5, regardless of where they live in Ohio, can be enrolled in the Ohio Governor’s Library of Imagination.

“I was visiting my daughter and grandchildren and I got to see their books from the Library of Imagination arrive in the mail,” Ms. DeWine said in a statement. “The kids were so excited that they immediately said, ‘Grandma, read the book to me. Read the book to me. That introduced me to the program, which at the time only existed in a few Ohio counties.

DeWine added, “I was so taken with the program and thought if we can do it in Greene County, we can do it in other places in the state as well. I want every child in Ohio to have access to these books and experience the benefits of literacy.

Of Imagination Library, which she founded in 1995, Parton said, “Before he died, my dad told me that Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I’ve ever done. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Library of Imagination as a tribute to my father. He was the smartest man I’ve ever known, but I know in my heart that his inability to read probably kept him from achieving all his dreams.

Parton added, “Inspiring children to love reading has become my mission.”

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