-Photo from Engage for Education
The Imagination Library is an international program started by country music legend Dolly Parton eliminate literacy issues for children. The program is $30 per year and provides a book per month to a child until they turn 5 years old. In Colorado, 40% of children aren’t able to read at grade level - Imagination Library is a simple, efficient and inexpensive program to help address family literacy practices and encourage children to view themselves as readers.
In honor of Dolly and her charity, two Colorado Imagination Library centers have invited big wigs and big personalities to become the country star and entertain people in the name of a good cause.
“We couldn’t have afforded these books without your program, and my children love reading them every night. We are so grateful Imagination Library is here in our neighborhood.”
Jan 26, 2020| 2 pm- 10 pm| Oriental Theater| 2335 W 44th Ave, Denver
Dolly Day Denver is a partnership between Imagination Library of Denver and Two Door Productions to honor Dolly Parton and raise money for the Denver section of her literacy program.
Activities will include drag queen storytime, variety show performances, prizes and the world's largest gathering of Dolly look-alikes in the presence The Guinness Book of World Records.
Jan 29, 2020| 6:30 pm- 9 pm| Johnny's Navajo Hogan|2817 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak United Way is hosting a night to sing Dolly Parton's best hits while dressed as the country queen herself in celebration of her birthday and her philanthropy. Dolly impersonators will get the chance to win prizes throughout the night.
Funds will go to help Dolly Parton's Imagination Library housed at the Pikes Peak United Way center.
Imagination Library Denver
Denver's section of the program aims to give the gift of a high-quality home library to every child in Denver. Started in 2015, the organization has provided more than 23,000 books to 1,050 children and strives to grow enough to serve all 41 Denver zip codes.
Imagination Library Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak United Way started managing the areas' Imagination Library program in 2012 to help ensure children enter kindergarten with a strong ability to read. To date, Pikes Peak United Way has provided 412,875 books to children with the generosity of its donors.