Dolly Parton serenades book celebration party at Wilmington Library

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Delaware politicians & librarians told superstar Dolly Parton Thursday that they will always love her & her Imagination Library program,which sends one free book each month to 21,515 state children.

During an invitation-only program at the Wilmington Public Library, the state officially thanked Parton for including it in her program.

Gov.Jack Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney interviewed Parton on stage before she sang“Try,”a song about always trying to make your dreams come true,& “Coat of Many Colors,” a song that.

In between, Parton presented the library with an autographed copy of “Coat of Many Colors.” Her inscription said, “This book belongs to you, Delaware. Dolly Parton.”

The Carneys presented her with a small stuffed blue hen, the mascot of the Delaware Libraries early reading program, and a box of Dolle’s salt water taffy from Rehoboth Beach.

Carney joked that just for today,they were changing the spelling to Dolly’s.“That’s kind of like our Goo Goo Clusters out of Nashville, right,” she said.“I’m probably going to rip out all my crowns.”

Educators and libraries are wild about the Imagination Library program because one of the keys to success in school is being familiar with language. Parents reading books to children from birth helps

and pick up on verbal and visual clues and the ways that letters sound. Learning to read is built on that.Family members can sign children up for the Imagination Library at any Delaware library.

State Librarian Annie Norman said after the event that the 21,515 Delaware children ages newborn to 5 who are enrolled represent 38% of those who could be getting the books.

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