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Save The Music – Ticket Sales from Suessical Fall 2011

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

So she decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Needless to say the experience has been a smashing success. So much so that many other communities clamored to provide the Imagination Library to their children. Dolly thought long and hard about it and decided her Foundation should develop a way for other communities to participate. The Foundation asked a blue ribbon panel of experts to select just the right books and secured Penguin Group USA to be the exclusive publisher for the Imagination Library.

How could I not use our production of Seussical Jr. to stress the importance of literacy? It is hard for me to imagine that there are still people in the United States who are unable to read, but it is true. Reading has always been a real gift to me and I want to help pass that gift to others by supporting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It would be great if every child in America were able to have the joy of reading regardless of economic status. MZStageworks prides itself on giving and imagination. I think Dr. Seuss would agree that this is the right thing to do! https://imaginationlibrary.com/