The Library That Dolly Built

The Library That Dolly Built

A FILM BY: Nick Geidner
STARRING: Dolly Parton, Danica McKellar
***One Night Only***
Open Books, in collaboration with The Music Box Theater, is proud to present “The Library That Dolly Built”, a feature-length documentary film which showcases the history, impact, and future of America’s largest non-governmental children’s literacy program, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  The film features the music of Dolly Parton and is narrated by actress, author, and the film's producer, Danica McKeller.
Please join us on Thursday, April 2 to learn more about the Imagination Library, to celebrate literacy and to bask in the glory of one of America's most-prized icons: Dolly Parton.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Open Books' efforts to take the Imagination Library program city-wide and enroll as many low-income children as possible.

Open Books became the official Chicago affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in 2018.  Children (ages 0-5) enrolled in the Imagination Library receive one free, brand-new book each month, mailed directly to their home, until the age of 5.  Open Books works closely with a network of partners – residents, neighborhood leadership, and community organizations – to ensure that families whose children need books can get them and, in turn, build their very own home library.

More than two-thirds of Chicago is covered by book deserts – neighborhoods with no bookstores and few if any books available for purchase anywhere else.  Research shows that, in middle-income neighborhoods, the average home contains 13 books per child; low-income neighborhoods contain a single book for every 300 kids.  Open Books intends to change this, and the Imagination Library serves as a key initiative in our efforts.

To learn more about Open Books and the Imagination Library, visit:


Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 60 mins
Format: DCP