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Dolly Parton Offers Weekly Online Reading Sessions On Facebook Starting This Thursday

Country music star Dolly Parton will live stream herself reading children's stories every week for the next ten weeks. This information comes via a post on Parton's The Imagination Library website.

This new initiative is called Goodnight With Dolly, and will take place on every Thursday night for the next few months. Each stream will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The planned length of each stream was not revealed, but it is likely each stream will run differently given that Parton will read different stories each week. Parton will stream all of the Goodnight With Dolly events on her Dolly's Imagination Library Facebook page.

“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right," Parton wrote on the announcement post. "I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”

The first featured book will be The Little Engine That Could. Other books featured in the video series will include There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, I Am a Rainbow by Dolly Parton, Pass It On by Sophy Henn, Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell, Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen, Max & The Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and Coat of Many Colors also by Dolly Parton.

All of the books featured in the video series are available through Parton's Imagination Library service. The service sends books to children from birth until they begin school. Anyone can sign up for Dolly's Imagination Library, and the Library has already shipped over 100 million books to children around the world.

Parton also confirmed that her documentary about Dolly's Imagination Library, called The Library That Dolly Built, has postponed its initial release date. The documentary was originally planned to release at over three hundred movie theaters on April 2, but has been pushed back to Sept. 21. “Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment," Parton shared on the post. "So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings, however things do have a way of working out so the documentary will still have its day.”

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