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DORSET — Shire Kids and The Dollywood Foundation are presenting a free, one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for “The Library That Dolly Built,” a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this spring, the world premiere for “The Library That Dolly Built” has been reimagined as a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and live acoustic performance, by Dolly Parton. Viewers can tune into the live screening and conversation on FB.ME/dollysimaginationlibrary and In addition, the European premiere will be at 7 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday, Dec. 10, and the Australian premiere will be at 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, Dec. 11.

Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading among the nation’s preschool children. Since its inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone, gifting its 150 millionth book.

The Imagination Library is currently gifting books to 1.7 million children around the world each month. Eight hundred of those children live in Bennington County and the town of Danby.

Dolly Parton said, “I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn.

“My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!”

Nicole Campbell, founder and executive director of Shire Kids, said, “Shire Kids launched the Imagination Library in Bennington County and the town of Danby in 2019 and the response from local families has been incredible. Our community of caregivers, healthcare workers, teachers and families have embraced this incredible program.

“The all-volunteer Board of Shire Kids is honored and grateful to be a part of this amazing program, and we’re excited to share this heart-warming documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with you all.”

The Library That Dolly Built, directed and produced by journalism professor and director of Land Grant Films Nick Geidner, and narrated by Danica McKellar, goes behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to show how one of the most famous and beloved performers in the world has partnered with thousands of local community organizations to develop an efficient and effective program for spreading the love of reading.

Imagination Library started as a gift for the children in Dolly’s hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, and is now active in all 50 states, and 5 countries, gifting 1.7 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month. The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people through original interviews with authors, policymakers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton.

Woven throughout the film is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Parton, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead, it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

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