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tv   Dolly Partons Imagination Librarys 100 Millionth Book Donation  CSPAN  March 11, 2018 8:31pm-9:01pm EDT

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recently, singer-songwriter dolly parton visited washington, d.c. and booktv was there. she was there to donate one of the books from her imaginary library foundation that gives books to children under the age of five. she was interviewed by the library of congress. [applause] stack now, please welcome the award-winning singer-songwriter ms. dolly parton. [applause] >> hello! [applause]
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the most beautiful building in washington, d.c.. and it's a beautiful day for us and i'm so happy and excited to be here. i was watching that little film seeing how these things are happening through the years. i am just so proud and honored to be here today. >> we are honored that you are here. i would like to ask you a few questions. i'm interested, and i know a lot of our guests are interested in just how long did this get started what inspired you to create this program? >> everybody has their story enabled you may or may not know.
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my dad was a very hard-working man and grew up in a family of 14 to 15 kids and daddy couldn't read or write but he was the smartest person that i've known her so i wanted to do something special for him as the years went by. it was just one of those things, so i had the idea to do something special for him. in the bible that talks about honor your father and mother and i don't think it means just to obey them. i wanted him to feel like he was a part of something special, so we started the imagination library giving books to children in our home counties where we were born and raised him so it
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became such a popular program that the governor at that time thought the idea wa was sober if they took it and went all over tennessee and then later went on to canada and now we are all over the world and my dad got to live long enough to see the pride and the fact that they call me the book lady so that started in it's done so much good for so many people throughout the years. >> usain and -- you singing and writing, we never thought of you as a book lady.
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[inaudible] >> werther books that shaped you for any favorite books? >> we didn't have books in our home because there were so many of us kids and daddy told us not to bring books home because kids will just chew on them or do whatever kids do the.
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anyway, i love to read and. where did you find time to read if you're performing and doing so many things >> you will find the time to read. i discussed my best thinking i
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may probably at least 52 books a year. there's a part of my brain that can think of other things while i actually am reading but i actually always love to read. i think with kids also the books that they read it kind of inspires you to dream. that just got early and go bleach with them. >> so you make time for reading. does any of the reading help you with some of your songwriting and some of the things you read about? >> these are good questions and
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yes i am inspired by people in general, just like the kids a lot of the things i write i had each other and cd out called i believe in you and a lot were inspired by the books in the imagination library, the little engine that could and i think it really just helps to build confidence. you just go by feelings and find a clever way. >> you mentioned that sometimes the buck can inspire and i know that you started the library
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because you believe in what looks mean and could mean. i've seen it happen and felt it as a child. you've been doing this for how many years? i remember the books that inspire me when i was young, and you believe that also. >> we are inspired by these things and that's why he wanted to work with children because it is affecting the world. they are going to see it and make things come true and they are going to add it to the world as they see fit according to their talents and personalities. that's why it is so important that they learn to love books and read and be inspired by that because just like my dad, my dad couldn't read it, but he really was smart and picked up on
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things. he was very intuitive. it's my belief that if you can read even if you don't have the money to go to school, you can find a book that you can read on anything that you want to know. you can go to college and pick up those kind of books and even if you can't get outside of your house you can find a book on any subject and educate your self to where you can go about things and just increase your intelligence and the whole world around you and inspire people. >> what about owning a book and saying this is my book it's got my name in it. >> that is what i love about the imagination library. it was resourceful when we first started it. we wanted the children to have that book, for those of you that don't read, children get a book from the time they are born they
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get the book a month until they start kindergarten, so 5-years-old. so we send a book in the mail with their name on it and they love it, this is mine. to them it is personal. they are going to make somebody read it to them. that has been an important thi thing. we are such a part of that and all of the things i have done in my life, i have been around for a long time, but this is one of the most precious things of any program that i have ever been involved in in my life is working with the little kids. >> and you should be cause after getting a book a month, they will have their own little
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library. >> and they love that. >> you mentioned that sometimes you get letters that talk about what happens after they are not in the program. >> we get a lot of letters from parents and kids, but some of the letters that we get, i will never forget the first one i got from a little boy that had graduated from the imagination library. he was 6-years-old and really bummed out. he thought this just isn't fair that i can't continue to get my books and that is how important it is to them. so i wrote back a letter and it is blamed we do it and he was
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upset to think about all that and so we get a lot of sweet letters and we treasure every one of them. did you ever think that you would get to 100 million bucks when you started? >> noth when we started. it was a very personal thing when we started and i just hoped that it would do good in our county. as i mentioned it just grew and grew. grew. but at that time it was something i was doing for my dad and the kids. but thank the lord they are doing god and now the president of the imagination library, stand right there for a minute. [applause]
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i take credit for a lot of the work that these folks here at the imagination library do. they travel all over the world. i just get out and talk about it and i do my part but it's like that with anything that you are proud of. it takes a whole bunch of people to make things happen. for all of those that get involved, they are the ones making my dreams come true but it's one of those things. so it is a good feeling all around. >> we are so honored that the 100 milliamps buck will be given
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-- the 1 million book will be given to the library of congress. [applause] you have taken this to heart and we now have this book that i can have here forever for all of the little children all over the world certainly here in the united states of america, here in dc but hopefully through the years we will have 1 million bucks so far and maybe we will be back. wouldn't that be nice. [applause] this right here witney mentioned her name.
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i said what's your name again. [inaudible] your name is brooke. anyway, i hope you had as much fun drawing this book as i did. >> i loved getting to illustra illustrate. >> my dad was very important, but my mother was one of those people to try to make them all feel special she had all the love in the world and it is a story about how she told me about the many colors when she was making the brag that i needed and it was getting wintertime, so she made that and had the foresight to give me some pride. so this book is more than a
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story and more than a song. it's about love and attitude and it started out to be an anti-bullying book to talk about anti-bullying and i just want the kids to know it is okay for you to be held you are and who you are. we have to love and accept the difference in each other so that is what this book is about it is about love and understanding. >> this is a little code that my mom made for me. she usually made them out of scraps people would send us so
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that inspired her to tell me a story. we even had a couple of movies on tv and it got good ratings so it showed they are about family and love and it's good to feel that and this day in time we don't have enough family stuff. i love being able to tell them stories and for them to feel what it was like back then, but it's really how they should be now with the love and acceptance and understanding. >> we have also a special announcements the library of congress is harboring with the imagination library and to celebrate the program and what you are doing, the last friday
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it would b could be a special imagination library storytime. they will be available and there will be live stream throughout the country so people can purchase a paid. we are delighted that you have agreed to take it off and actually read right here and start the imagination library storytime at the library of congress. [applause] v. want to be a little closer. you hold onto me and i will hold on to him. [laughter] >> okay. hello.
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do you want me to read a book to you? i'm going to. i've got to get my glasses on so i can. how is that, do i look like the book lady? this is called dolly parton, that's my name. what is your name? [inaudible] this is the coat of many colors and it has a little girl that was supposed to be me when i was little in her coat of many colors. it starts with all these pretty pictures of my mom and dad and brothers and sisters. back through the years i go wandering once again back to the seasons of my youth and i recall a bunch of rags that someone
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gave us and how my mom put them to use. they were rags of every color. way down in the fall my mom sewed them together, every piece with love and made my code of many colors that i was so proud of. and as she sewed, she told a story from the bible without a coat of many colors and then she said i hope that this will bring you good luck and happiness and i couldn't wait to wear it. so in my coat of many colors i hurried off to school to find others laughing and making fun of me and my coat of many colors that my mom made for me.
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in the coat of many colors but my mom made for me ♪ i adore it so proudly ♪ and although we had no money ♪ i was rich as i could be ♪ in my coat of many colors mama made for me ♪ so in my coat of many colors i hurried off to school just to find the others laughing and making fun of me and my coat of many colors that mama made for me. and i couldn't understand that because i felt i was rich and i told them of the love she sewed in every stitch. i told them stories she told me while she sewed and why my coat of many colors was worth more
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than all their clothes, but they didn't understand ♪ and i tried to make them see ♪ they are only as poor as they choose to be ♪ we had no money but i was as rich as i could be in my coat of many colors mama made for me because mama made it just for me. [applause] i got to that part and i thought why not just saying that little part. not only will the library of congress have the 100 million
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book, all of the young people today who just heard the wonderful story, you will get your own copy. [applause] you can take it with you as you leave and you will have a special cd that you can play. we are so glad you could be here. remember, reading is fun and important. thank you, everyone. [applause] we are going to head out with the book. thank you so much.
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rule number one on this conspiracy that is undermining your aspiration, and i need to be clear because this is primarily an audience of color but the same thing to a mainstream caucasian audience last week, and i'm going to say it to everybody, the problem today is i and that you are blak or white, it's that you are part of what i call the invisible class. you are invisible to power, invisible to wealth. you don't feel like your vote counts. that's why 100 million people didn't vote. there is a prominent guy in the media right now i won't mention him, but he's done great things for social justice but he didn't
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vote. i have a problem with that because that creates an environment where some people become elected in office and don't represent the public interest, but we endorsed that by not voting. when you feel invisible you don't show up in your own life, extremely important point which means the bad guys are winning. >> i want to make clear that there is a bogeyman in your life, but it's not just your life it is 80% of everybody in america because 70% of all americans are living from paycheck to paycheck. so, if you are living in new york city making $70,000 a year, you are struggling to make ends meet come in atlanta georgia making $50,000 a year, $40,000 a year, which is middle-class, struggling to meet ends meet.
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there wasn't a black or white amen or asian come it was just a man. if you were making $25,000 a year, struggling, living in a white rural community making 25,000, you are struggling to make ends meet. so you have too much month at the end of your money. there's a third of all americans who have to sell their car to raise $3,000. 65% of americans don't have $500 in savings for an emergency. 65 percent don't have $500. that isn't a racial thing, that is a human thing so there is something going on in the world. this is a global issue by the way. 1% of the worlds population own half of the wealth in the world. i'm going to repeat that, and by the way these are not just rich caucasians, these are rich
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asians, russians, rich africans, these are just rich people from all parts of the world who got the memo. .. h >> host: we're headed to the university's gallagher theatre for a discussion on women in the military. the tenth annual tucson pistol books on book tv on c-span2.

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