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Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton celebrated the 100th million book her program has donated to children


Great artists can do great things also outside their primary careers. Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton recently celebrated in the Library of Congress, Washington the 100th book that was donated to a child in the U.S. She is the founder of the Imagination Library program that has already been in operation for 20 years. Every month, the program mails books to children.
Dolly Parton reading a book at the Library of Congress, Washington
Dolly Parton started the program in 1995 with her father, who also was the inspiration for the initiative. Her father missed school, and couldn’t read or write. The Partons wanted to help children in their home region Sevier County, but later the program expanded to cover the nation.

The Imagination Library is financed and run with participating organizations, like libraries and other non-profit organizations. A panel of educators and experts choose the books that are mailed to children under five years of age. Since the children are not expected to be able to read by themselves, it is the parents’ responsibility to take care that the quality time with books happens.

Dolly Parton is proud of her title ‘Book Lady’ that children have given to her.

View a video recorded in the Library of Congress where Dolly Parton tells about the program and her voracious reading habits.

You can view photos from the event in the Library of Congress at the Washingtonian web page.

The biggest libraries in the world are in Europe, North America, and Russia


Even though the world is quickly moving to digital information, libraries will have an important role in the future as well. Information can easily be transferred via the Internet, ebooks can be loaned from the home town library to the home computer, but the physical place where experts of information (librarians) are ready to help continues to be invaluable.

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Old books in British Library.

The oldest and largest libraries have collected books and other documents for centuries, and it shows. The biggest library of the world, the British Library in London has 170 million items in its collections. The second largest, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, US, has archived 158 million items. The third biggest, the Library and Archive Canada in Ottawa has 54 million items.
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As one might expect, big countries like the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan have the greatest resources to run an operation that requires so much space and expertise as a big library or archive requires. Yet, two small Scandinavian countries, Denmark and Sweden, have libraries that take them to the top 20 list of the world’s biggest libraries. Here is the full top 20 list.
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Infographic by Instascribe.