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Dolly Parton handing out 10,000 books to aboriginal children

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Sep 26, 2013 | 11:14am EDT

Country superstar Dolly Parton is gifting 10,000 books to Canadian Aboriginal children as part of her charitable literacy foundation. Through The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, newborn to five year old youngsters from 55 of 63 Manitoba First Nations will receive the reading materials at no cost to them, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. The effort is a collaboration between Parton and representatives for the Manitoba First Nations. Karen Davis of the Ebb and Flow First Nation, said earlier this year (13), "I want every child in a First Nation to start school with the enthusiasm where they can say, 'I can read, I know how to hold a book. My parents read to me'." The first of 15 libraries opened in 2009 and Parton and Davis have been working together for five years to launch the programme. The books will be shipped out to remote First Nations communities using snowmobiles, dogsleds, planes or canoes. The I Will Always Love You hitmaker launched the foundation in 1996 in honour of her parents, who never learned to read or write. The organisation ships out 700,000 books monthly in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

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