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First ‘Dolly Day’ To Be Held Statewide

Two women speak in an interview, under studio lights.
Former WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins (right) speaks with Dolly Parton during her visit to Charleston, West Virginia on Aug. 9, 2022.
Butch Antolini/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Last year, Dolly Parton visited Charleston to celebrate the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library Program. During the event, Gov. Jim Justice declared Aug. 9 as “Dolly Day.”

The Imagination Library program offers free books to children in the state from birth to age five, regardless of family income. 

This year, Marshall University’s June Harless Center, which is a partner with the Imagination Library program, will host a read aloud event with popular books from the program.

The event will be on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. on the Memorial Student Center Plaza on Marshall’s campus.

Partners in various locations across the state have invited families to join them for read-aloud events to celebrate the program and help spread a love of reading.

For a complete list of read-aloud events occurring across the state, please visit the program website. Please note that some events may require pre-registration or are reserved for specific age groups. You may reach out to the contact listed for each event for more information.