If there's a better candidate for Queen of the World than Dolly Parton, I don't know who it is. Well, maybe Michelle Obama, but honestly, that's about it. And they're both so gracious, they'd probably insist on forming a collaborative monarchy and basically the world would be perfect.
Oh, what a sweet, sweet fantasy.
Ahem. In the meantime, I thought it might brighten someone's day to learn that not only did Dolly Parton write and sing some of the most beautiful songs we've been lucky enough to hear, she also has done an astounding amount of work outside of her contribution to music.
While I learned in November of 2020 that Dolly donated a cool million to Moderna in order to help them find a vaccine for Covid-19, I only found out a few days ago about another one of her incredible acts of generosity.
Back in 2018, Dolly was invited to the Library of Congress to hand-deliver her 100 millionth book donation for children through her foundation, Imagination Library, which Dolly launched in 1995.
The core aim of the project is to give free books to children in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Canada and Australia from birth until the age of five. Over a million children are currently registered. They each receive, at no cost to their family, an age-appropriate book every month. Audio and Braille books are both included too to ensure that no child is left out.
As the ever-gracious Dolly says,
“In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children. Of course, I have not done this alone. The real heroes of our story are the thousands of local organisations who have embraced my dream and made it their own. They raise millions of dollars each year and wake up every day with a passion to make sure their kids have every opportunity to succeed."
If you'd like to get involved, head to Imagination Library.