I was delighted to read that over the weekend the Dolly Parton Imagination Library delivered its millionth book in the UK. This is a tremendous idea, started by Dolly in her home state of Tennessee, where she realised that many kids were too poor to be able to afford books to read, without which…she, and I’m sure you, foresaw that their chances in life were severely curtailed. It provides youngsters with books and encourages them to read and develop their imaginations.
The Imagination Library has teamed up with the Royal National Institute For The Blind to provide books in braille for kids with sight problems for whom reading is a very different, but still vital, experience.
Dolly delivered the millionth book in person during her UK tour:
For further information about the Imagination Library UK, here’s a link:
I am sure Trollope would have whole-heartedly approved. Victorian society was all for encouraging literacy and self-development with many philanthropists setting up some of our greatest institutions for that purpose.
And if a child doesn’t get to read Beatrix Potter, he or she will never graduate to Trollope.