Imagination Libraries hosting Dolly Parton birthday celebrations this week

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(WATE) — East Tennessee’s sweetheart Dolly Parton is celebrating a birthday this week and the Imagination Library is joining in on the fun.

Children of all ages attended free storytime programs with crafts and cupcakes on Wednesday morning.

The fun kicked off at the Bearden Branch, the Halls Branch or the Cedar Bluff branch library.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs stopped by and shared in the stortytime fun on Wednesday. Jacobs thanked the East Tennessee icon for spreading the love of reading; an active advocate for child literacy, he is also participating in a book drive to collect the most new hardback elementary level books by Feb. 7.

Guests also got the chance to sign and decorate their very own butterfly-shaped card for the library to deliver to Dolly ahead of her birthday on Sunday, January 19.

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