- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - A group is looking to revitalize a literacy program in Marion County that was started by country music singer Dolly Parton in her home county in Tennessee.

Diana Marple, of Marion County’s West Virginian University Extension Office, tells the Times West Virginian (https://bit.ly/1Uuoq1u ) that a committee is investigating funding for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

The program’s website says Parton launched the program in 1995 to “foster a love of reading” among young children and their families by providing them with a book each month.

The program began in Marion County in 2010. Over 2,000 children were registered before the program ended due to exhaustion of funds.

Marple says the organization covers the price of administration, and the counties provide the books.

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Information from: Times West Virginian, https://www.timeswv.com


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