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I never thought I’d post about a Dolly Parton concert on this blog, but here we go…

Last Friday night Dolly played two sold out gigs in Glasgow and I was lucky enough to be there on the Friday night. The show, as you’d expect was brilliant and full of all of tDolly Parton Imagination Libraryhe lovely clichés we’ve come to expect from her. One thing I did NOT expect however, was for her to start chatting about how much she valued libraries and the important role that they’ve played in her life.

Inspired by the potential and power of public libraries to change lives for the better she launched the first Dolly Parton Imagination Library in 1996, in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee; supplying registered children with a free book every month, for the first five years of their lives. It’s hoped that by receiving these books children will be able to start school with improved literacy, a hunger for knowledge and an appreciation of different cultures.

The project is a big hit in the USA and just last year the first UK Imagination Library was established in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Check it out here.

Dolly Parton loves libraries, who’d have thought it? I always knew she was cool!:-)

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