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MEDIA ALERT: ARKANSAS PBS OFFERS EXCLUSIVE LIVESTREAM OF DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY CELEBRATION AT GOVERNOR’S MANSION

Posted 29 Apr 2022

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will provide exclusive livestreaming coverage of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library celebration event from the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock Thursday, May 5.

 

As a media partner, Arkansas PBS will offer an exclusive livestream of a brief musical performance by Parton and a live interview with THV 11’s Craig O'Neill beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.

 

Any media interested in embedding the livestream should submit an email request to Tiffany Head, thead@myarkansaspbs.org.

 

What: The celebration of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library achieving statewide availability in Arkansas, including a brief musical performance by Parton and an interview. Since 2017, Arkansas Imagination Library has worked with local communities to grow the program from 54 to all 75 counties. As a result, the number of children receiving books each month has grown from 16,700 in 2017 to over 56,800 children. Since 2005, more than 3 million books have been gifted to Arkansas children by independent affiliates.

 

When: Thursday, May 5, beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.

 

Where: Livestreaming at myarpbs.org/imaginationlibraryevent.

 

Who:

·        Dolly Parton

·        Gov. Asa Hutchinson

·        Craig O’Neill, THV 11

·        Arkansas Department of Education

·        Arkansas Imagination Library affiliates

·        Statewide leaders

·        Community leaders and supporters

 

Video and audio clips may be used in news reports, but no audio portions may be lifted and used out of context in any way. Excerpts must be identified both by announcement and by caption as a production from “Arkansas PBS.”

 

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. In partnership with local community affiliates, the program has gifted well over 178 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and The Republic of Ireland.

 

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write, Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 to foster a love of reading for the children within her home county. Today, her program mails over 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month directly to children’s homes. Each child enrolled in the program receives one book per month until their fifth birthday – at no cost to families.

 

The impact of the program has been widely researched, and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics.

 

Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit imaginationlibrary.com.

 

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