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Dolly Parton and foundation bringing books to kids in Adirondacks

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The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation has partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to bring free books monthly to preschoolers throughout the Adirondacks.

“It is time we bring this successful program to the Adirondacks and our foundation is committed to help make that happen,” said Glenn L. Pearsall, president of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, in a news release.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was established in 1995 in Dolly Parton’s home state of Tennessee as a way to improve preschool literacy. It is now available to all preschool children in Tennessee and is expanding throughout the United States. The program sends a new book for free each month to each registered child from birth until the child turns 5. More than 900,000 children in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia now receive free books.

The trustees of the Pearsall Adirondack Foundation have committed up to $100,000 over a four-year period to support this effort in the Adirondacks by picking up half of the cost of the program for all enrolled children living within the “blue line” of the Adirondack Park. The Pearsall Foundation, www.pearsallfoundation.org, was established and funded by Glenn and Carol Pearsall in 2000.

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