Just about the only living celebrity I’m willing to put my unreserved faith in as a supremely decent human being is Dolly Parton. And not that I ever have, but I won’t hear a word against her! Time and time again, Dolly’s proven her goodness through gracious acts of charity and audacious displays of glamour. According to Rolling Stone, the theatrical release of a documentary about Dolly’s long-running children’s literacy foundation, Imagination Library, which has provided over 100 million free books to kids since 1990, has been corona-delayed. But Dolly, being Dolly, is turning lemons into sparkling lemonade served in a rhinestone pitcher with a splash of bourbon for those who want it. To help us through this crisis, Dolly’s decided to read us all bedtime stories.
Rolling Stone reports:
Dolly Parton has announced a new video series entitled “Goodnight With Dolly,” featuring the country superstar reading aloud from children’s books on Thursday evenings. The series will launch April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. EST, on the YouTube channel for Parton’s Imagination Library, and will run for 10 weeks.
The books Parton will read from have been “carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time,” according to a press release referencing the coronavirus pandemic. The footage from the series will include both Parton and the interior illustrations of the books.
Here’s Dolly’s announcement. It just makes me want to curl up in bed with two overstuffed pillows (and a full face of makeup in case of emergency).
The Library That Dolly Built, the documentary about Imagination Library, was supposed to have a theatrical release on April 2nd. Now its been postponed until September 25th (acrylics crossed) to coincide with IL’s 25th anniversary. Dolly went on to say:
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” Parton said. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”
Maybe this is Dolly’s way of getting conservatives on the right side of allowing their kids to attend Drag Queen Story Hour at their local library when all this is over and done. And if like me, your nerves are stretched tighter than the buttons on Dolly’s shirt, here’s a message of hope she posted a few days ago on her Instagram to tide you over until Dolly lulls you to sleep by twanging out Llama Llama Red Pajama.