Dolly Parton says she’s known by a group of people who have never heard her sing a note. She tells “Closer Weekly” the vast majority of the children who benefit from her Imagination Library have no idea she’s an internationally famous country star. The singer says to them she’s just “The Book Lady.” Dolly adds that whenever she meets these kids they always thank her for the books, which makes her “feel great.”
Parton launched the Imagination Library in 1995 in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she grew up. Children registered with the program receive a new, age-appropriate book every month for the first five years of their lives. More than 700-thousand children now benefit from the Imagination Library, which has distributed more than 40-million books to kids throughout the U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia.