2 Topeka groups celebrating Dolly Parton’s birthday with book donations


FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2017 file photo, Dolly Parton arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards Variety and Women in Film pre-Emmy celebration in Los Angeles. Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Parton will be the first […]

The Topeka United Way is celebrating Dolly Parton’s birthday with book donations.

The United Way and the Topeka Public Library partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to give free books to kids every month.

But this year’s donation is different. The two Topeka groups are raising $7,300 for Parton’s 73rd birthday.

The Topeka United Way said not only is this a fun way to get the community involved, but it’s also a way to educate young children.

“If they start kindergarten and they are already behind being able to read, or follow a sentence,” said Jessica Lehnherr, CEO and president of the Topeka United Way. “That is really a milestone for them entering kindergarten. Every research shows if they can enter kindergarten ready, they’re already set up for that much more success.”

The program is free to families, but donations and money are accepted. Donations can be made until Dolly Parton’s birthday, Jan. 19.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library mails the books each month. The books are addressed to the child. The first book is “The Little Engine That Could”.

To find out how you can donate or sign up for the program click here.

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