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Dollar General Donates $1M To Imagination Library

Dollar General Literary Foundation supports the Imagination Library with a check presentation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has donated $1 million to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The grant is part of the DGLF’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2023 and will extend the Imagination Library’s work to provide free books to children from birth to age 5.

“Access to quality print materials and books play a critical role in children’s development of reading skills and in improving reading performance, and we are proud to continue our support of the Imagination Library as part of our 30th anniversary celebration,” said Denine Torr, executive director.

“Books help inspire imagination and foster critical thinking skills. We look forward to seeing the additional impact these funds and books will have.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General Corp. have a history of supporting Imagination Library programs. With this donation, DG and the DGLF have provided a total of more than $2.3 million to Imagination Library programs across the U.S.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was created by Dollar General’s former CEO, Cal Turner Jr., in honor of his grandfather and DG co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate. DGLF supports nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries in their efforts to enhance quality classroom instruction, increase access to literacy programming, advance innovation and inspire the joy of reading.

To date, the foundation has awarded more than $233 million to support nearly 19.3 million people in improving their lives through literacy and education.

“I first want to congratulate the Dollar General Literacy Foundation on an amazing 30 years of supporting literacy efforts across the country,” Parton said.

“Dollar General has been a longtime supporter of our work with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and this amazing gift will help us expand my Imagination Library to even more children and families. We share such similar personal stories that are at the heart of our passion for inspiring a love of reading, and I look forward to many more years of partnering on this work that means so much to us.”

About Imagination Library

Founded in 1995 in tribute to her father, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book-gifting program began as a way to distribute books to Parton’s impoverished hometown community in Sevier County, Tennessee. Following the success, the state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and today, Imagination Library serves readers in the United States, Canada , United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

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