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The Community Foundation and MRL Present: “Dolly’s Read Aloud Tour”

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County and Massanutten Regional Library are teaming up for “Dolly’s Read Aloud Tour" to promote The Community Foundation’s initiative, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For the tour, "Dolly" is going on the road; offering community story times for young children at each MRL location in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, weekly from March 22 to April 20.

Community leaders will serve as “guest readers” at each event and will read books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to attendees. Families attending will be encouraged to learn more about signing up for the free Imagination Library program, hear about free library resources, and take pictures with “Dolly” (a cardboard cutout “selfie-station”) at each event.

Guest readers include: Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed; Amber Weatherly of the North River Library Board; Dana Smith of F&M Bank; Grottoes Chief of Police Jason Sullivan; and Angie Pyles of Lakeside Book Company. Each tour date will have a special theme and the books will celebrate that day’s message. The purpose of the tour is to inspire a love for reading and promote the Imagination Library as well as programs accessible through Massanutten Regional Library.

“We’re thrilled to partner with The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County on this fun tour, and the amazing Imagination Library, which encourages the love of reading for everyone,” said Mary Golden Hughes, MRL Director of Advancement. “We’re so encouraged that thousands of children have signed up for the Imagination Library through TCFHR and look forward to supporting these new readers at Massanutten Regional Library for many years to come.”

“It is the Community Foundation’s dream for the Imagination Library to be a deeply-rooted, connected program within Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Collaborating with Massanutten Regional Library for this reading tour is a step towards realizing that dream,” said Amanda Bomfim, Director of Marketing and Program Initiatives, TCFHR. “We are grateful to them for helping the Imagination Library reach every local child under five years old and inspire a love for reading from the very start.”

Parents and caregivers are welcome to bring their children of all ages to Dolly’s Read-Aloud Tour dates as follows; location details can be found by clicking the links below:

Central Library, Harrisonburg - Wednesday, March 22nd @11AM - featuring guest reader Harrisonburg City Mayor, Deanna Reed

North River Library, Bridgewater - Thursday, March 30th @10:15AM and 11AM - featuring guest reader Amber Weatherly, NRL Friends

Elkton Community Library - Monday, April 3rd @11AM - featuring guest reader Jessica Shifflett, F&M Bank

Grottoes Branch Library - Wednesday, April 12th @11AM - featuring guest reader Grottoes Chief of Police, Jason Sullivan

Village Library, Broadway - Thursday, April 20th @10AM - featuring Angie Pyles, Lakeside Book Company

Summer Reading 2023 Participation

  • Program Participants

    4,665

  • Books Read By Teens & Adults

    12,969

  • Minutes Read By Children Under 12

    1,295,212

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