360K Ohio children now enrolled in Dolly Parton's free book program
Ohio's free book program reached a major milestone this month.
Driving the news: More than half of all young children statewide ages 0-5 are enrolled in the Imagination Library of Ohio program, per the governor's office.
- That's more than 360,000 Ohio children in total, each receiving "The Little Engine That Could" and other popular books in the mail for free every month.
Yes, but: While Ohio has reached the 50% mark, Franklin County still lags behind, with just 42% of eligible children enrolled.
The big picture: Entertainment legend Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library in her native Tennessee in 1995 and it has since expanded globally, including to Ohio in 2019.
- Aug. 9 is now "Dolly Parton Day" in the state, after she visited Columbus to promote the program.
Editor's note: This story was corrected to note that Parton is from Tennessee, not Kentucky.
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