The beautiful and talented national treasure Dolly Parton is in the news today for two very big reasons: her classic comedy “9 to 5” is being rebooted with her blessing AND probable involvement and it was announced today that she is dedicating the 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress. (If you’re a member of the Trump administration reading this: The “Library of Congress” is a faraway land which promotes literacy among poor children instead of slowly killing them.)
Also: 100 million!! Dayum! That’s like how many times you hear the song “I Will Always Love You” before you leave Dollywood.
All jesting aside, this is a massive achievement and a touching reminder of Parton’s commitment to children’s literacy. Through her nonprofit Imagination Library, she has donated millions of books to children over the course of 20 years.
Parton also launched a Library of Congress initiative which will involve storytellers reading books in live streams to libraries across the U.S. To kick things off, she read from her own children’s book Coat of Many Colors on Tuesday, which she says is a true story about her mom.
She also explained that her Imagination Library was in part a tribute to her father, a hard-working man who never had an opportunity to attend school.
“My daddy couldn’t read and write and that always troubled him and bothered him so I wanted to do something special for him,” Parton said. “So I got the idea to start this program and let my dad help me with it and he got to live long enough to hear the kids call me the ‘book lady.’”
If that doesn’t melt your black heart, perhaps hearing that Dolly, along with 9 to 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have given their approval for an updated reboot for the #MeToo era. Who’d have thought that a 1980 comedy about a male chauvinist pig boss would have profound relevance almost 40 years later? Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is in the early stages of developing the reboot and are hot to get actor-writer-awesome person Rashida Jones on board. The new version would focus on three young women who enlist the aid of the original trio as they get even with their male higher-ups. We don’t generally care for reboots, but this sounds promising AND we’d get to see Violet, Judy and Doralee one more time.