On her 66th Birthday, Dolly Parton appeared on the new daytime talkshow, Anderson.  Anderson Cooper and Dolly discussed her new movie “Joyful Noise” and her long career in music, business and song-writing.  They also discussed Dolly’s Imagination Library and how the program works.

Check out the rest of the story and her clip on Anderson’s website! Kids Can Fly is extremely proud to be operating the Imagination Library program in Brant-Brantford! Dolly inspires us all to do more!


Thursday, January 19, 2012 5:00AM

Dolly Parton launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 1996 to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Beginning with giving away a few dozen books, today her charity has donated 40,000,000 books to children in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Currently, over 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each month.

On today’s show, Dolly tells Anderson that she started the program in honor of her father…

“I did it in honor of my dad and my people who didn’t get the chance to have an education. That’s what motivated me, knowing how important it is to get an education. You don’t have to go to high school even or college. If you can read, you can find a book on anything you’re interested in and self-educate if you have to. But if you can’t read, you’re almost crippled.”

Research from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library shows drastic improvements in early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program, along with improved test scores.

It’s easy to bring the Imagination Library to life in your community. To learn more and find out how to start a program in your area, go to ImaginationLibrary.com.