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10th Birthday Conference in Doncaster, UK

10th Birthday Conference in Doncaster, UK

Celebrating 10 Years of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the United Kingdom!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliates, partners and supporters recently gathered in Doncaster, England in celebration of the programme’s 10th year since launching in the UK. The 10th Birthday Conference kicked off on Thursday 28 June with a fun evening of networking and socializing, including a special meet and greet with Will Mabbitt, author of Imagination Library selection “I Can Only Draw Worms”!

The main conference was held on Friday, 29 June at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, with the theme “Inform, Inspire, Celebrate”! The day was filled with interactive workshops led by our partners, exploring fundraising, communications, social media, the book-selection process and how to add value to our books. Celebrated speakers included Ed Miliband MP, Charlotte Hacking from CLPE, Ginny Lunn CEO of Beanstalk discussing the People’s Postcode Lottery funded Story Starters project, and USA-based Theresa Carl. Theresa gave a special presentation explaining how she manages the Governor’s Books From Birth initiative that provides DPIL books for more than 282,000 children a month across Tennessee.

Author/illustrator Sophy Henn provided another highlight of the day with her special presentation, sharing her creative inspirations for such fabulous books such as “Pom Pom Gets the Grumps” and “Edie.”

Dolly Parton said,

“I am so delighted to celebrate our 10th birthday in the UK. It seemed like a big dream when we first thought of sharing our books with UK kids. But I’m a mighty big dreamer and it’s wonderful to know that our books have now been able to touch the lives of so many children in communities both big and small right across the UK.”

Thanks to all of our affiliates, partners and supporters who joined us in celebrating this 10-year milestone, and to all who continue to make Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library such a huge success in the United Kingdom!

 

DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
DPIL UK 10th Birthday Conference
Over 105 Million Free Books Mailed As Of June 2018

Over 105 Million Free Books Mailed As Of June 2018

In June, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,264,469 books. The total number of free books mailed as of June 2018, is 105,823,444!

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“Sassy: Bedtime for Baby”
By Dave Aikins

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Curious Explorer’s Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z” – 11/6/18
Canada – “Sassy: Bedtime For Baby” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “My First Animals” – 1/6/18
USA – “Sassy: Bedtime for Baby” – 6/19/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“I Love My Daddy Because”
By Laurel Porter-Gaylord & Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Mr McGee” – 11/6/18
Canada – “1,2,3” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “Peekaboo! Farm” – 1/6/18
USA – “I Love My Daddy Because” – 6/19/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“I Hear a Pickle”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “A River” – 11/6/18
Canada – “What Am I?” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “Goodnight Spaceman” – 1/6/18
USA – “I Hear a Pickle” – 6/19/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Truck Stop”
By Anne Rockwell & Illustrated By Melissa Iwai

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “It’s Bedtime, William!” – 11/6/18
Canada – “Carson Crosses Canada” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “Alfie Gets In First” – 1/6/18
USA – “Truck Stop” – 6/14/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“The Ring Bearer”
By Floyd Cooper

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Leo the Littlest Seahorse” – 11/6/18
Canada – “The Darkest Dark” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “I Can Only Draw Worms” – 1/6/18
USA – “The Ring Bearer” – 6/6/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Blue Sky, White Stars”
By Sarvinder Naberhaus & Illustrated By Kadir Nelson

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Sophie Scott Goes South” – 11/6/18
Canada – “When the Moon Comes” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “Stay!” – 1/6/18
USA – “Blue Sky, White Stars” or “I Wanna New Room” – 6/4/18

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Two Little Monkeys” – 11/6/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 1/6/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 6/1/18

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 11/6/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 1/6/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 6/1/18

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

GDPR – What You Need To Know

GDPR – What You Need To Know

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. For several months, The Dollywood Foundation has worked diligently to comply with all aspects of these new regulations.

Steps taken by us to assure compliance include:

  • Training and certification on GDPR
  • Training and certification for our Data Protection Officer
  • Procured the services of a third party to conduct a Data Privacy Impact Assessment

Please note the following resources available to you:

“We have embraced GDPR as an important opportunity to strengthen our efforts to provide a high quality book gifting program for the children and families we serve.” – David Dotson CEO

Over 104 Million Free Books Mailed As Of May 2018

Over 104 Million Free Books Mailed As Of May 2018

In May, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,245,145 books. The total number of free books mailed as of May 2018, is 104,558,975!

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“Look Look!”
By Peter Linenthal

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Australia – “Kicking a Ball” 14/5/18
Canada – “Look Look!” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “Things That Go” – 8/5/18
USA – “Look Look!” – 5/18/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“Oliver’s Tree”
By Kit Chase

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Who Sank The Boat?” – 14/5/18
Canada – “Oliver’s Tree” – 5/4/18
United Kingdom – “Body” – 8/5/18
USA – “Oliver’s Tree” – 5/18/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me”
By John Micklos Jr. & Clive McFarland

Group 3 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” – 14/5/18
Canada – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “Stanley’s Café” – 8/5/18
USA – “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me” – 5/16/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“I Just Want to Say Goodnight”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “Hunwick’s Egg” – 14/5/18
Canada – “I Just Want to Say Goodnight” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “Otto the Book Bear” – 8/5/18
USA – “I Just Want to Say Goodnight” – 5/14/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Peace is an Offering”
By Annette LeBox & Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “A Forest” – 14/5/18
Canada – “Wanda and the Frogs” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “Captain Jack and the Pirates” – 14/5/18
USA – “Peace is an Offering” – 5/7/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“The Gruffalo”
By Julia Donaldson & Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Tiddalick the Frog Who Caused a Flood” – 14/5/18
Canada – “Colette’s Lost Pet” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Cow Who Fell to Earth” – 14/5/18
USA – “The Gruffalo” – 5/2/18

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Two Little Monkeys” – 14/5/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 14/5/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 5/1/18

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 14/5/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 14/5/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 5/3/18

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Over 103 Million Free Books Mailed As Of April 2018

Over 103 Million Free Books Mailed As Of April 2018

In April, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,221,852 books. The total number of free books mailed as of April 2018, is 103,313,828!

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“Where’s Ellie”
By Salina Yoon

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “Where’s Ellie” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch: Faces” – 2/4/18
USA – “Where’s Ellie” – 4/19/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“Sassy: Let’s Count”

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Canada – “Sassy: Let’s Count” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – 2/4/18
USA – “Sassy: Let’s Count” – 4/18/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“Jake At Gymnastics”
By Rachel Isadora

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Canada – “Wild Babies” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “What Am I? Tractor” – 2/4/18
USA – “Jake At Gymnastics” – 4/11/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Read To Tiger”
By S.J. Fore & Illustrated By R.W. Alley

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Canada – “Read To Tiger” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “Meg & Mog” – 2/4/18
USA – “Read To Tiger” – 4/6/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Ten Thank-You Letters”
By Daniel Kirk

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Canada – “Ten Thank-You Letters” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “Lion vs Rabbit” – 2/4/18
USA – “Ten Thank-You Letters” – 4/4/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“The Tale Of Peter Rabbit”
By Beatrix Potter

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Canada – “The Tale Of Peter Rabbit” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “The Creepy Crawly Caterpillar” – 2/4/18
USA – “The Tale Of Peter Rabbit” – 4/3/18

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Two Little Monkeys” – 15/4/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 2/4/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 4/2/18

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 15/4/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/29/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 2/4/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 4/3/18

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

102 Million Free Books Mailed As Of March 2018

102 Million Free Books Mailed As Of March 2018

In March, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sent over 1,194,560 books. The total number of free books mailed as of March 2018, is 102,091,976!

Join us in inspiring a love of reading, one page at a time, by reading these books to your children again and again!

Group 1
Children Born in 2018

“The Little Gardener”
By Jan Gerardi

Group 1 – Registered Children Born in 2018
Canada – “The Little Gardener” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “Baby Touch First Focus Faces” – 2/3/18
USA – “The Little Gardener” – 3/20/18

Group 2
Children Born in 2017

“Littles And How They Grow”
By Kelly DiPucchio & Illustrated By AG Ford

Group 2 – Registered Children Born in 2017
Australia – “Goodnight Spaceman” – 15/3/18
Canada – “Littles And How They Grow” – 3/15/18
United Kingdom – “Spot Bakes A Cake” – 2/3/18
USA – “Littles And How They Grow” – 3/19/18

Group 3
Children Born in 2016

“The Hueys in What’s the Opposite?”
By Oliver Jeffers

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2016
Australia – “Rascal Takes Off” – 15/3/18
Canada – “Bedtime Yarns” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “My World, Your World” – 2/3/18
USA – “The Hueys in What’s the Opposite?” – 3/16/18

Group 4
Children Born in 2015

“Pretend”
By Jennifer Plecas

Group 4 – Registered Children Born in 2015
Australia – “How big is too small?” – 15/3/18
Canada – “Secret Life of Squirrels” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “Chapatti Moon” – 2/3/18
USA – “Pretend” – 3/12/18

Group 5
Children Born in 2014

“Pup and Bear”
By Kate Banks & Illustrated By Naoko Stoop

Group 5 – Registered Children Born in 2014
Australia – “Stickybeak” – 1/3/18
Canada – “Pup and Bear” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “This is Not a Fairy Tale” – 2/3/18
USA – “Pup and Bear” – 3/5/18

Group 6
Children Born in 2013

“Violet the Pilot”
By Steve Breen

Group 6 – Registered Children Born in 2013
Australia – “Jesse” – 1/3/18
Canada – “Violet the Pilot” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “Eric!” – 2/3/18
USA – “Violet the Pilot” – 3/1/18

Welcome Book
First Book Children Receive

The Little Engine That Could - Penguin Random House

“The Little Engine That Could”
Written by Watty Piper & Illustrated by George & Doris Hauman

Welcome Book – First book sent to registered children
Australia – “Two Little Monkeys” – 15/3/18
Canada – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” – 2/3/18
USA – “The Little Engine That Could” – 3/1/18

Graduation Book
Last Book Children Receive

“Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!”
By Nancy Carlson

Graduation Book – Last book children receive when they graduate from the program
Australia – “Animalia” – 15/3/18
Canada – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/1/18
United Kingdom – “Just Imagine” – 2/3/18
USA – “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” – 3/2/18

New to the Imagination Library?

You can check availability in your area to register a child, sign up to receive a notification when the Imagination Library becomes available to you or learn more about how to Start A Program in your area.

Celebrating 10 Years Of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library In The United Kingdom

Celebrating 10 Years Of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library In The United Kingdom

10th Birthday Conference Set For 29 June In Doncaster!

Join the Dollywood Foundation for our 10th Birthday Conference celebrating 10 years of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the UK. Our theme is ‘Inform, Inspire, Celebrate’! We’ll start on the evening of Thursday 28 June for an optional evening event. The Thursday night activities are included in the ticket cost. The evening features an Imagination Library author, a buffet, a welcome drink and networking opportunities.

The main conference is from 9:00 – 5:00 on Friday, 29 June, at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. Highlights include an introduction from Ed Miliband MP, and presentations from USA-based Theresa Carl. Theresa will tell us how she manages the Governors Books From Birth initiative that provides Imagination Library books to more than 282,000 children a month across Tennessee. We’ll hear from our largest UK affiliate, Stephanie Douglas, Head of Early Years, Doncaster Council, on the value of the Imagination Library in Doncaster. Other celebrated speakers include Charlotte Hacking from CLPE and Ginny Lunn CEO of Beanstalk. Interactive workshops, led by our partners, will explore fundraising, communications, social media, the book-selection process and how to add value to our books.

Author/illustrator Sophy Henn will join us on Friday! Sophy will share her creative inspirations for creating such fabulous books such as “Pom Pom Gets the Grumps” and “Edie.” Sophy has supported Dolly’s Library for several years, and we are looking forward to her visit during the conference.

To celebrate this 10-year milestone, we welcome affiliates, partners and supporters to the event to celebrate your achievements in mailing so many books. This event will inspire you to grow your Imagination Library. You’ll receive valuable information on the latest research and good practices!

10th Birthday Conference

Friday, 29 June from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Keepmoat Stadium
Stadium Way
Doncaster
DN4 5JW
United Kingdom

Tickets cost £55 and are available online.

Affiliates, please email info@imaginationlibrary.co.uk to receive the discount code. Follow us on Twitter @TeamDollyUK and #DPIL18

 

More About Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn lives and works in Sussex, England. She studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins, accidentally had a London-based career as an Art Director in advertising, then completed an MA at the University of Brighton in Illustration. Now she writes and illustrates children’s books in her studio. In 2015 and 2016, Sophy served as the World Book Day Illustrator.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book Dedicated To Library Of Congress, New Story Time Announced

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book Dedicated To Library Of Congress, New Story Time Announced

Library of Congress and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Announce New Story Time Events During The 100 Millionth Imagination Library Book Dedication To The Library Of Congress Collection

Today Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for the dedication of her Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress collection. Dolly dedicated a special edition of her book, “Coat of Many Colors” to the world’s largest library. This honor is a monumental milestone for the program now in its 22nd year. Dolly said,

“I always like to say that 100 million books have led to 100 million stories. I am so honored that our little program has now grown to such a point that we can partner with the Library of Congress to bring even more stories to children across the country.”

From its infancy in Sevier County, Tennessee, to the largest children’s literacy program in the world, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has inspired millions of children around the globe to love reading. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said,

“Dolly Parton’s work through her Imagination Library is awe-inspiring. They have counted the number of books given away – 100 million, but there is no way to truly quantify the impact this program has had on developing young readers across America and in other parts of the world. This is an extraordinary gift to humankind.”

Story Time Events For Young Readers

The two also announced a new Library of Congress story time for young readers. On the last Friday of each month starting in March and running through August a special story time will be held at the Library of Congress. The Library will host story time in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building. These events will be live streamed so children and parents can join the fun online. Each story time will feature a reading of a book for readers up to age 5, music and special guests. Hayden commented,

“The Library of Congress shares this passion for developing young readers and I am so pleased to announce these cooperative programs, which will provide an opportunity for children anywhere to connect with a fun, engaging reading experience.”

Monthly Story Time Details

The story times will take place the last Friday of each month for six months in March through August at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE. The events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The programs will also be live streamed on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube channel (with captions).

 

About The Library Of Congress

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit to loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

Dolly Parton To Dedicate Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book To Library Of Congress

Dolly Parton To Dedicate Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book To Library Of Congress

Dolly Parton will dedicate her Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 10 a.m. Eastern.

On Feb. 27, Dolly Parton will join Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a very special dedication of the Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress collection. The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on both YouTube and Facebook. Viewers can also expect to hear about an exciting collaboration between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Library of Congress.

Celebration Event

The Book Lady is all set for her trip to the nation’s capital. Of her many successes, awards and personal achievements, this day will be one Dolly will treasure forever alongside many of the people who help make the Imagination Library possible. The once small program inspired by Dolly’s father will now have its own place in the world’s largest library. Dolly said,

“I’m really looking forward to dedicating my Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress. It’s a big honor and one that I’m so very proud to share with the many special partners and local affiliates who have helped make this day possible. Together we can all Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.”

Dignitaries, partners of the Imagination Library and many others will be on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion. In addition to presenting the 100 Millionth Book, Dolly is expected to read a very special book to a group of local school children who will be part of the celebration.

100 Millionth Live Stream Event

100 Millionth Book Milestone

Since launching in 1996, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has celebrated many milestones. Some of which include mailing the 25 millionth book (2010), Best Practices award from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards (2014) and the 1 Million A Month Milestone (2016). The excitement around this next accomplishment has been building for months as the program prepares to mail it’s 100 millionth book. Reaching the 100 Millionth Book Milestone is a true testament to the dedication of many, many people who work to “put more books in the hands of more children.”

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright
Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

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