DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY FEATURED ON NEW TENNESSEE LICENSE PLATE
Proceeds from license plate sales benefit child literacy program
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017) — While Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library now is found within various communities around the globe, it humbly began in Parton’s home of Sevier County, Tennessee more than 20 years ago. Now, the state of Tennessee honors the pioneering literacy initiative with a special license plate designed to help support the program’s goal of providing books to children.
“My daddy thought the Imagination Library was the most important thing I’d ever accomplished, so I know if he was still here with us, he would’ve been the first person to buy one for his truck,” Parton said with a laugh.
The colorful plate features the Imagination Library logo and Parton’s likeness with a silhouette of the Great Smoky Mountains in the background. The Dollywood Foundation plans to contribute its portion of the plate proceeds directly to county Imagination Library programs in Tennessee. The plate, produced by the Tennessee Department of Revenue, can be used on cars and trucks registered within Tennessee.
“We could not provide 1 million books to children each month without the support of local communities around the world,” said David Dotson, Dollywood Foundation President. “Through the funding and awareness the Tennessee Imagination Library license plate will generate, we’re able to inspire even more children here in our home state to love to read.
“All funds generated in each county will remain in that county to support the enrollment of additional children.”
For a specialty plate to be produced, at least 1,000 Tennessee residents must place a preorder. The Dolly Parton/Imagination Library plate quickly reached its preorder requirement, allowing it to go in to production. For the more than 1,000 residents who pre-ordered, those plates are beginning to arrive at local county clerk’s offices. Plates may be personalized for an additional fee through the Department of Revenue.
More information about the plate is available by visiting the Tennessee Department of Revenue website at https://www.tn.gov/revenue/article/for-children. Additional information about the purchasing process and county clerk office locations can be found in the following links: https://www.tn.gov/revenue/topic/license-plates and http://www.tn.gov/revenue/article/county-clerks-locations
The license plate may be gifted to family and friends. For more information: http://www.tngiftcenter.com/giftatag/
The Imagination Library partners with local sponsors to provide an age appropriate book each month to children from birth to age five in participating communities. In 2016, the Imagination Library and its local partners gifted nearly 11.5 million books. In December, the program reached the impressive milestone of gifting 1 million books to children around the world every month.
To date, the Imagination Library, which is administered through the Dollywood Foundation, has provided more than 85 million books in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia! The free book-gifting program started in Parton’s home county in 1995, but was quickly adopted statewide as part of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.
About Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 85 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrated record attendance in 2016. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.