Live premiere of Dolly Parton’s ‘The Library That Dolly Built’

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Celebrates 25th Anniversary with 150 Millionth Book

Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry, United Way of Henry County & Martinsville, and The Dollywood Foundation are presenting a free one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for The Library That Dolly Built, a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this spring, the world premiere for The Library That Dolly Built has been reimagined as a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally on Wednesday, December 9th at 7 p.m. EST. The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and live acoustic performance, by Dolly Parton.

Viewers may tune into the live screening and conversation on FB.ME/dollysimaginationlibrary and

Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone, gifting its 150 millionth book. The Imagination Library is currently gifting books to 1.7 million children around the world each month.

“I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library,” Parton said. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made.

Melanie McLarty, Director of SBMH, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to share this story and many more here in MHC. Reading is more than words on a page. Reading is the key that unlocks a lifetime of adventure and opportunity. We are thankful for Dolly’s Library and to each donor who makes it possible for us to provide books to more than 1,600 children in MHC each year. Together, we are changing lives one book at a time.”

The Library That Dolly Built, directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has partnered with thousands of local community organizations to develop an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading. Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and 5 countries, gifting 1.7 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton. Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

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