LOS ALAMOS JJAB NEWS
Los Alamos JJAB 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 5 p.m. MST 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 ImaginationLibrary.com.
Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since 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.
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!”
The Los Alamos affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is sponsored by Los Alamos JJAB and made possible by funders and private donors. The program is for children, newborn up to the age of 5, who reside in Los Alamos County. Each month registered participants receive, in the mail, a free age-appropriate book.
Lisa Zuhn, Los Alamos JJAB Executive Director, stated, “The Los Alamos affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library began in October 2017 and since that time 17,136 books have been mailed to 841 children within the County. Generous funders and individual donations allow us to provide this incredible program and we are thankful for the community support.”
For more information regarding the Los Alamos program, please visit Los Alamos JJAB – Imagination Library
Additional information regarding the movie premier can be found at www.imaginationlibrary.com/film
Los Alamos JJAB is a 501c3 nonprofit working in Los Alamos County to reduce youth risk behaviors, facilitate positive youth development and build resiliency through responsive, effective programming.
About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has gifted well over 140 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Imagination Library mails more than 1.7 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.