SIS partners with WSU Library System's Team Dolly to support early child literacy

The School of Information Sciences is partnering with the Wayne State University Library System’s Team Dolly to raise funds to foster a love of reading in preschool children in Detroit and ensure that every child has books, regardless of their family’s income.  

WSU Library System's Team Dolly poses for a photo.Started by Library System employees in October 2019, Team Dolly's mission was to make Dolly Parton's Imagination Library available to WSU and the surrounding Detroit community. As of July 1, 2020, the Wayne State University Library System and Team Dolly are the official local affiliate for the Imagination Library, with the program serving zip codes 48201 and 48202.

To celebrate this partnership, Team Dolly and The Dollywood Foundation are presenting a free one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for The Library That Dolly Built, a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this spring, the world premiere for The Library That Dolly Built has been reimagined as a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 p.m. EST.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and live acoustic performance, by Dolly Parton. Viewers can tune into the live screening and conversation on FB.ME/dollysimaginationlibrary and

Parton created the Imagination Library to inspire a love for books and reading amongst the nation’s preschool children. Since inception in 1995, the Imagination Library has grown into a global endeavor and recently hit a new milestone, gifting its 150 millionth book. The Imagination Library is currently gifting books to 1.7 million children around the world each month.
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Thanks to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a $25 donation to WSU’s Team Dolly will provide twelve books for a child in Detroit – one book a month for an entire year. Consider supporting Team Dolly and give a child the gift of reading today. Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100 percent of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit.

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