COUNTRY music legend Dolly Parton could soon be inspiring thousands of Lancashire children to read.
The singer has created The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which aims to encourage a love of books and in children around the world.
It works by delivering free age-appropriate books to children at home every month from birth until they are five.
Although there is no cost to the child or their family, it costs £25 per year per child for each registered child which is raised by supporters.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the first book that a child will receive with a personal message from Dolly Parton inside.
Now West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has kick-started plans for an Imagination Library for the area, and with a 25-strong team, collected £815 in donations from fans at the singer’s concert in Liverpool.
The star said: “I had a wonderful time at the show in Liverpool. It put a great big smile on my face to know everyone had so much fun.
“What makes it even better is knowing that the Imagination Library is growing again –this time in West Lancashire.
“They told me before the show they have big plans to grow the programme so I hope enough people pitch in to make their dreams come true.”
Ms Cooper said: “Launching a Dolly Parton Imagination Library in West Lancashire has been my ambition for some time. In my opinion this programme will make an amazing difference, enriching so many children’s lives and perhaps even their parent’s lives.
“I believe learning, investing in children’s futures and opening up a world of opportunities is so important for children.
“The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a brilliant, cost effective way to help our children learn, achieve, and enjoy brighter, more fulfilling lives.”
In coming weeks Ms Cooper will be holding an official West Lancashire launch event.