How Dolly has helped get N-east kids reading
MORE than 1,300 books have been gifted to some of the city’s poorest children as part of a scheme delivered by country and western star Dolly Parton.
The 9 to 5 singer struck a deal with Aberdeen City Council in May 2016 as the next destination for her global library project for underprivileged youngsters.
Under the scheme every child in care in Aberdeen enrolled in the project receives a book in the post every month.
Each one is personally addressed and all titles in the library are published by Penguin Random House.
Councillor John Wheeler, education operational delivery convener, said: “I am absolutely delighted to say that our partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has gone from strength to strength since its inception in Aberdeen in
“We now have 152 looked-after children between the ages of 0-4 enrolled in the library and a total of 1,390 books have been sent out to children.
“We are committed to providing the best outcomes possible for children and young people. Our partnership with the Dollywood Foundation has played such an important part in that ambition and we look forward to even more success in future.”
Council bosses previously hailed the initiative as a “great way” to boost reading among children in care.
Dolly said inspiring kids to love to read “became my mission”.
She added: “In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county.
“But here we are today with a worldwide programme that gives a book a month to well over one million children.
“I am delighted the City of Aberdeen is part of my Imagination Library programme.”
Ms Parton, who grew up in Sevier County, Tennessee, has described her own family as “dirt poor”.
But, over a five-decade career, she transcended hardship to become the most successful country and western star of all time with such international hits as I Will Always Love You, Jolene and 9 to 5.
Dolly set up the very first Imagination Library in 1995.
Since then her Dollywood Foundation has sent more than 70 million free books to children worldwide, including more than 1.3 million posted in the UK.
We look forward to even more success
inspiring: Dolly with children benefiting from her scheme.