COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Dolly Parton visited Columbus on Tuesday to support her Imagination Library program in Ohio.
Along with Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine, Parton attended a private luncheon on the Ohio State University campus to raise funds and awareness for the Imagination Library program.
“We’ve met a lot of great people in Ohio. This is kind of like a second state to us because many of my family live in Ohio — different parts, Cleveland, Akron, Willoughby,” Parton said. “I used to visit Ohio when I was little to visit family so we kind of claim you as our second state.”
The Imagination Library program mails “one high-quality, age-appropriate book each month,” to Ohio kids until they turn five years old, according to a news release from the organization.
Ohio kids are now eligible to enroll in the free program, with 327,743 already signed up — 45% of eligible kids under age 5 in Ohio.
Parton began the program in Tennessee in the 1990s and has now expanded across the U.S. and internationally. Parents or guardians can sign up for the program here.