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Country music legend Dolly Parton is a Book Lady! Her Imagination Library has delivered millions of books throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. There are over 600,000 children registered with her program and with the recent PBS broadcast about her efforts, this number should increase markedly. The website for Imagination Library states, "Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing." This is a very magnanimous undertaking and it is to be hoped this program will continue to grow and help children become lifelong readers.