According to the United Way in Erie County, the Imagination Library charity has mailed out over 471,000 books to children in Erie County since July of 2013. And, today, country music legend Dolly Parton was at the Library of Congress to dedicate the 100 millionth book nationwide from the charity she started.
The organization mails free books to children from birth to kindergarten. The 72-year-old performer has said her father’s illiteracy inspired her to start the program in Tennessee, where she grew up. Since it started in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown from giving books to 2,000 children a month to 1.1 million children a month.