News

Dolly Parton’s charity library donates 1M books

Dolly Parton’s charity library donates 1M books

1 MILLION BOOKS:Dolly Parton took time out from her tour to hand-deliver the one-millionth book donated as part of her charity library initiative. Photo: Associated Press

Country music legend Dolly Parton took time out of her busy tour schedule this weekend to hand deliver the one millionth book from her global reading initiative to a child in Liverpool, England.

The “Jolene” hitmaker has teamed up with officials at Britain’s Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) to provide free books every month for pre-school kids as part of her worldwide Imagination Library program, and she was on hand on Saturday to present a Braille copy of Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” to five-year-old Dylan Manifold.

The event marked a big milestone for Parton’s charity as it was the first book for blind and partially-sighted children her project had supplied in the U.K. and it was the organization’s one millionth offering to kids around the world, according to the BBC.

The singer says, “(I’m) delighted the RNIB are part of the Imagination Library so that even more kids have the opportunity to develop a love of books for the earliest possible age.”

Parton launched the Imagination Library in her native Tennessee in 1996 and expanded it to the U.K. in 2007. The program is also in action in Canada and Australia.

The star kicked off the European leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour in Liverpool on Sunday.

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Seahawks and Broncos set to clash in Super Bowl rematch

Fresh
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) and Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at MetLife Stadium Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8.

Denver welcomes back Wes Welker from suspension and Seattle looks for a return to the run game in today's CenturyLink Field match-up. Coverage begins at 11:00am on KPUG 1170AM.

in Sports

Former Titans kicker Bironas killed in accident

Fresh
NFL logo on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Metro Nashville Police said Bironas lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. Saturday less than a mile from home.

in Local Sports

Astros hit 5 HRs, stop Mariners from moving up

Fresh
Houston Astros interim manager Tom Lawless talks to the media inside the dugout before the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Houston.

The Mariners stayed one game behind AL wild-card leader Oakland and a half-game in back of Kansas City for the second slot. The A's and Royals both lost earlier in the day.

in Local Sports

No. 2 Oregon beats Washington St. 38-31

Updated
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs with the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Oregon won 59-14.

Marcus Mariota threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns

in Sports

Associated Press Top 25 scoreboard

football helmet

All the scores from the AP top 25