“It makes me feel proud of who I am, where I’m from and the fact that I am in a position to help people and especially the kids,” Parton said of the milestone for her nonprofit, Imagination Library. “It’s so important to me because if you can teach children to read they can dream and if you dream you can be successful.”
Alongside Carla Hayden, who heads the Library of Congress, the iconic country singer dedicated the 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library to the research library. Through the nonprofit, she has been donating millions of books to children for more than 20 years.
Parton also helped kick off a new initiative between the Imagination Library and the Library of Congress, in which a book will be read during a live-stream and shared with libraries across the U.S.
The award-winning singer and philanthropist read her children’s book “Coat of Many Colors” to children in the audience at Tuesday’s event.
“I did take a lot of pride in this today,” she said. “Not only for myself but also for my dad and all the little kids out there that are benefiting [from the nonprofit].”