Wood County reps present as Dolly Parton discusses Imagination Library in Columbus

A representative from the United Way in Wood County was on hand Tuesday, August 9 as music legend Dolly Parton appeared in Columbus to promote her Imagination Library program.

Parton’s appearance was hosted by the First Lady’s Charitable Foundation, taking place at Ohio Union in Columbus. The event was closed to the public.

The luncheon was designed to raise funds and awareness for the Imagination Library program, started by Parton in 1995. The program is a book gifting program that sends free books to qualifying children from birth until they begin schooling. The Imagination Library spans five different countries and gives away over 1 million books each month.

Ohio’s branch of the Library was launched in 2019, and as of today distributes more than 300,000 books monthly.

Among the audience for the luncheon was Maria Simon, youth services coordinator for Wood County District Public Library and an Advisory Board Member for the United Way.

“Dolly was amazing to see in person,” Simon said in a press release. “Down to earth, funny, and very inspiring.”

At the end of the luncheon, Parton and Ohio’s First Lady Fran DeWine were gifted quilts with squares crafted by children representing each county participating in the program, Wood County included.

For more information on the Ohio Imagination Library program, visit the official website.

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