Aug. 9 Is Now Dolly Parton Day in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine Declares

Parton will be visiting Columbus on Aug. 9 to celebrate the success of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio.

click to enlarge Dolly Parton celebrating Read Across America Day. - Photo: facebook.com/DollyParton
Photo: facebook.com/DollyParton
Dolly Parton celebrating Read Across America Day.

Dolly Parton now has her own official day in Ohio. Our only question: why has it taken so long?

Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Aug. 8 that the beloved country singer and literacy activist would be honored with her own official day. Now, Aug. 9 in Ohio is officially Dolly Parton Day. 

Parton will be visiting Columbus on Aug. 9 to celebrate the success of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio.

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, which was founded in 2019, officially became Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio in July 2022. The program focuses on the promotion of early literacy by sending Ohio kids one book each month until they turn 5. The program is free, and any Ohioan can sign up.

First Lady Fran DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly advocated for the program that currently sends books to over 327,000 Ohio children per month.

We all know Parton is the best, but she’s also incredibly humble. In March of this year, she turned down a nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, then the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame declined the declination of the nomination.

In his declaration, DeWine noted that all children under the age of five in Ohio are encouraged to sign up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio. Find more information at ohioimaginationlibrary.org.

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