Dolly Parton is coming to Canberra… Sort of

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    Image: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Madeleine Riddell

Journalist

Dolly Parton is giving Canberra kids a helping hand with their reading, by launching a local branch of her Imagination Library program!

A pilot of the singer’s program, which gifts free books to young kids, has launched in Belconnen and will service the local suburbs.

The program was created by the famous country singer, who saw her father’s inability to read and wanted to inspire a love of reading within children.

“When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer,” she wrote on the Imagination Library website.

“The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

The program will see enrolled families have a free, age-appropriate book delivered to their home each month, along with a tip sheet to help them engage with the books.

Local families with children aged 0-5 years of age can access the Imagination Library through a number of local community partners, who’ve signed on to join the program.

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