Dolly Parton Day declared for Aug. 9 by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to celebrate Imagination Library

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Dolly Parton will celebrate Ohio's Imagination Library, which offers free books to children 5 and younger, during a Tuesday event.

There is a day for just about everything. Take Aug. 9, for instance. Nationally, it is dedicated to National Book Lovers Day, National Women’s Day, Melon Day and National Rice Pudding Day.

In Ohio, Aug. 9 will carry an even greater meeting. Following a declaration by Gov. Mike DeWine, Aug. 9 in Ohio is now Dolly Parton Day. And it won't only be celebrated from "9 to 5," as Parton first sang in her 1980 hit.

The daylong ode to always loving Dolly is being held to promote the Imagination Library, and Parton is coming to Columbus on Tuesday. She'll be hosted by Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine during a luncheon to celebrate the program and raise money for Imagination Library.

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Imagination Library of Ohio mails more than 300,000 free books monthly to children in the Buckeye State. Kids up to age 5 in all of Ohio's 88 counties can be registered to receive an age-appropriate book.

Parton’s Imagination Library has gone global after starting in East Tennessee in 1995. More than 2 million kids have been registered, and the program has sent out more than 185 million books.

Ohio's Imagination Library began in 2019. The program celebrated giving out its 100 millionth book in 2018. Take that, Jolene.

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Dolly Parton Day in Ohio will celebrate Imagination Library