Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Delivers 1 Millionth Book

'An incredible milestone,' says North Carolina Partnership for Children president
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Smart Start recently delivered their 1 millionth book to families in North Carolina. Created to foster a love of reading in children up to age 5, the library offers specially selected, age-appropriate books personalized with the recipients’ names, then delivers them to recipients’ homes every month.  

Durham’s Partnership for Children, which oversees the Smart Start network, has helped contribute to the book distribution since March 2018 by sending more than 33,000 books to children in the Durham community. 

“What an incredible milestone,” says Cindy Watkins, president of the North Carolina Partnership for Children. “I am grateful to our state leadership for recognizing how important it is to get books into the hands of our youngest children. With this funding, the Smart Start network was able to get Imagination Library directly to our communities very quickly.” 

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