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Knox County Library to celebrate Dolly Parton's birthday with story time

The Knox County Public Library and Imagination Library will be hosting a special birthday celebration for Dolly on Jan. 18

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — East Tennessee's sweetheart Dolly Parton is celebrating a birthday this weekend and the Knox County Public Library and Imagination Library are joining in on the fun.

Children of all ages can attend free story time programs with crafts and cupcakes on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. 

UPDATE: Here's a look at one of the celebrations at the Bearden branch.

The celebrations are happening at five libraries in Knox County: Bearden, 100 Golfclub Rd; Fountain City, 5300 Stanton Rd (starts at 10:15 a.m.); Halls, 4518 E. Emory Rd; Lawson McGhee, 500 W. Church Ave; and Powell, 330 W. Emory Rd. 

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Guests will also get the chance to sign and decorate their very own butterfly-shaped card for the library to deliver to Dolly. 

Knox County Public Library is encouraging children of all ages to sign up for a library card. Inspired by Dolly's love of butterflies, the personally designed card will feature the tagline "Reading gives you wings."

Since 2005, the program has mailed out 2.8 million books to Knox County children under the age of five.

Children must be present to apply and parents must provide identification and address verification in order to receive the special children’s card. All new cards are free for Knox County residents. 

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