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Ohio declares Aug. 9 as Dolly Parton Day in celebration of singer's free book program

FILE - Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton performs onstage at "Dollyverse Powered By Blockchain Creative Labs on Eluv.io" during the 2022 SXSW Conference And Festival at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on March 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Ke COLUMBUS, Ohio - If you live in Ohio, Tuesday is officially "Dolly Parton Day," in honor of the country music icon and lifelong philanthropist — who is working to improve child literacy in the Buckeye State and around the world. Ohio Gov.

Mike DeWine officially declared Aug. 9, 2022, as honorary Dolly Parton Day as she visits the state to celebrate the success of her book gifting program, called Imagination Library.

The program mails free books to kids under the age of 5 in the United States and other countries in an effort to improve child literacy. It currently operates in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and Australia, with nearly 2.1 million kids registered to date. In Ohio, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library currently mails more than 327,000 children a free, age-appropriate book every month, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Parton, 76, will be visiting Columbus and attending a private luncheon on the Ohio State University campus "to raise financial support and awareness for the Imagination Library program in Ohio," according to WCMH-TV.The Grammy-winning music legend is also scheduled to visit nearby West Virginia on Tuesday as part of a promotional visit for the program.RELATED: Jeni’s Ice Cream announces new Dolly Parton flavor to benefit her child literacy programIn addition to her literacy program, Parton has kept busy with other philanthropy efforts as well.

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