'There's Magic In Books': Dolly Parton Honored By Library Of Congress for Child Literacy Charity Milestone
Music icon Dolly Parton was Chris Wallace's "Power Player of the Week" this week on "Fox News Sunday."
Parton was honored by the Library of Congress and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on account of her child literacy charity sending out its 1 millionth book.
"I always thought there was magic in books because [they] take you to other places. Anywhere you want to go, you can find it in a book," the 72-year-old country crooner told Wallace.
Parton is the founder of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, an initiative started in 1995 that sends one book per month to interested children from birth to Kindergarten.
Wallace said it began as a project in Parton's hometown outside Sevierville, Tenn. -- but has grown to be an international success.
Parton said the books are sent by mail to the children in their name, which "makes them feel important" getting that package.
"It makes them feel special. It makes them want to... learn to read it," she said.
Wallace said Parton funds her charity through her work, which includes concerts and businesses like the famed Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and dinner-and-show venues in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Branson, Mo.
The book showcased at the Library of Congress was the eight-time Grammy winner's "Coat of Many Colors."
She said it had special meaning to her because it told of clothing her mother made out of pieces of cloth - and the fact her father, Robert Lee Parton, was illiterate but one of the smartest people she knew.
Parton said that if her father did indeed know how to read, there's would have been no bounds to what he could have further accomplished.
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