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United Way partners with Dolly Parton to give books to Rock County children

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ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- The United Way Blackhawk Region announced Wednesday it will invest $150,000 to bring books to children in the Blackhawk region -- with help from Dolly Parton.

The organization will partner with Parton's Imagination Library. It held an event Wednesday to celebrate the partnership, and police and local leaders were there to read to children.

Families in Edgerton, Janesville and Beloit with children under age five can sign up, and they'll get a free, age-appropriate book in the mail every month. 

United Way leaders hope the books will help children overcome obstacles to learning.

"Parents' lack of education and low income levels sadly can have an unfortunate impact on child literacy," said United Way Blackhawk Region President Mary Fanning-Penny. "But, research indicates the mere presence of books can change that impact."

Parton's Imagination Library program was inspired by her dad, who was illiterate, according to a news release. The program launched in 1995 and has since donated several million books to children in four countries.

The United Way hopes to expand the partnership to more Blackhawk-area communities in the future.

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