Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library reaches milestone

(Courtesy: WATE)
(Courtesy: WATE)

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dolly Parton came back to Pigeon Forge to play in front of a sold out, hometown crowd Tuesday night.

Parton played at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge as part of her “Pure and Simple” tour.

It was also a big night for Dolly’s Imagination Library. Parton said her non-profit reached a major milestone, giving away one million free books to children every month.

“We decided the one-millionth child should receive a very special gift,” Parton announced at the concert. “My foundation is giving a $30,000 scholarship to Evie Johns from Arkansas.”

Parton created the Imagination Library to honor her father.

The “Pure and Simple” tour is Dolly’s first North American tour in more than 25 years.