You may not be able to make it to Dollywood this summer, but, if you’re a Dolly Parton fan with kids, you won’t want to miss what the High Point Public Library has in store this weekend.
On Saturday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library will host a sign-up event for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library at the High Point Library’s North Main Street location with the group Karen K. and the Jitterbugs performing songs by Dolly and other singers.
The event will be at the Arts and Education Plaza from 11 a.m. to noon. And don’t worry about the cost because there isn’t any. The event is free and open to everyone.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program started by Parton that was meant to inspire a love of reading in kids by giving books free of charge to children age 5 and under. It got its start in 1995. Parton realized that books were a way for kids to expand their horizons. Where Parton grew up in Tennessee, access to books was limited.
LouMecia Staton, the community outreach manager for Guilford County Partnership for Children, said the program should be beneficial to young readers.
“We are excited to further our rich collaboration with the High Point Public Library in partnership with Parents as Teachers Guilford County for this event,” Staton said in a prepared statement. “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has brought so much joy to children and families across our county, and we are grateful to have the continuous opportunity to register our children from birth to age five for this wonderful program that allows families to have a personal library at home.”
The event should be fun for all. Karen and her bugs have been labeled a top kids act by the Boston Globe and the New York Times,
Karen’s music has been played on radio stations across the country, including on Sirius Radio XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN Kid’s Corner. The group has been featured in, among others, New York Magazine, The New York Post, Huffington Post Parents, Good Housekeeping, Broadway.com and Red Tricycle to name a few. Karen has also been featured on PBS and CBS-NY.