$12 | Documentary

Since its inception in 1995, global music icon and humanitarian Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gifted more than 135 million books to children. On April 2nd, the organization, which is currently gifting books to 1.45 million children around the world each month, will be the focus of a nationwide film event with the premiere of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built. A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the literacy-focused non-profit, the film screenings will be integrated with Imagination Library affiliate partners in multiple communities nationwide.

“Of all the things I’ve done in my life this is one of the most precious things,” Parton says in the just-released trailer for the film, which spotlights the mission of the program: to gift children with age-appropriate books from the time they are born until they turn 5 years old. Started in Parton’s birthplace of Sevier County in east Tennessee, the Imagination Library program began nationally in 2000. It has since been launched in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and, in 2019, the Republic of Ireland.