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Tamworth to launch Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with a tribute show at the Toyota Country Music Festival

09 January 2019

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is launching in the Tamworth Region this January, and what better way to celebrate than with a Dolly Tribute concert during that 47th Toyota Country Music Festival.  

The concert will be held on Sunday, 20 January at the Capitol Theatre and will feature an array of Dolly’s hit and award-winning songs performed by Australian country music stars, Kirsty Lee Akers, Aleyce Simmonds and some very special guests. Dolly Parton will also feature through a special video message which she has recorded for the occasion. 

The concert will be the Official Launch of the childhood literacy program in Tamworth and will also celebrate the partnership between Tamworth Regional Council and the country superstar whose Dollywood Foundation has developed the reading program in as number of countries around the world.

With the help of United Way Australia, which administers the DPIL program in Australia on behalf of the Dollywood Foundation, every child born in the Tamworth Regional Council local government area will receive a free book every month from this January. 

Tamworth Region Mayor Cr Col Murray said Council is delighted and thrilled to be part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library project and fully supports all it sets out to achieve. 

“As the Country Music Capital of Australia, it seems only fitting to feature a tribute performance for Dolly during festival to officially launch this important initiative which has as its core foundation, the growth and development of reading skills. 

Golden Guitar winning Australian country duo – Mark and Jay O’Shea – who are based in Nashville have played a leading role in introducing this project to Tamworth.

“To be given a book per month for the first five years of a child’s life is life-changing,” Mark and Jay said. 

“We are proud to say that both our girls are now thriving in the reading department and we know that it is 100 per cent related to receiving these books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“We’re so excited for the Tamworth community… This is going to be a big game changer for Tamworth,” they said. 

DPIL will provide all children with access to their own library of literary resources from an early age to assist them in developing competent reading and comprehension skills before they start school. DPIL mails free age appropriate and culturally sensitive books to children registered in the program from birth to the age of five.

All children born in 2019 and living within the Tamworth Regional Council LGA will be eligible to access the program. Parents and carers will only have to complete a short registration form available from all Tamworth Regional Libraries.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Official Tamworth Launch & Concert will be held on Sunday, 20 January at The Capitol Theatre. Click here for tickets. 

All proceeds from the Dolly Parton Tribute Show will go to the DPIL Tamworth Project.

Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.