Dolly Parton Mailing 10,000 Monthly Books To Manitoba Aboriginal Children

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From Winnipeg Free Press:

A charitable literacy foundation run by country music legend Dolly Parton is set to begin mailing books monthly — at no cost — to up to 10,000 aboriginal children across Manitoba.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is to announce today in Winnipeg a program that will ship books monthly for children from birth to age five on 55 Manitoba First Nations. Its goal is to eventually include all 63 Manitoba First Nations.

The announcement follows nearly five years of planning and organization by Parton’s foundation and Manitoba representatives. In the last two years alone, the president of Parton’s foundation has travelled to Winnipeg nine times to co-ordinate local efforts. Manitoba’s leader in the program is early child development worker Karen Davis of Ebb and Flow First Nation.

In 2009, Davis opened Manitoba’s first Dolly Parton Imagination Library in the city of Dauphin and the RM of Dauphin. She later started Imagination Libraries in 15 Manitoba First Nations, always saying her goal was to put the child-literacy program in every Manitoba native community.

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