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Dolly Parton set to donate her 100 millionth book to Library of Congress

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She doesn’t “do politics,” but Dolly Parton will be just steps from the halls of the Capitol when she visits Washington, D.C., next week to mark a charitable milestone.

The legendary “Jolene” singer and songwriter is poised to present the 100 millionth book donation from her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress’s collection on Feb. 27.

Parton’s Imagination Library mails free books to children from birth until they start school. The 72-year-old performer has said her father’s illiteracy inspired her to start the program in 1995.

{mosads}The Tuesday morning presentation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is set to include a book reading with local students. The event is invite-only, but a limited number of visitors and members of the public will be permitted to view the proceedings on a first-come, first-serve basis, a Library of Congress spokeswoman tells ITK.

But don’t expect Parton to head across the street to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers. Parton has said before that she doesn’t count herself among Hollywood’s politically active entertainers.

“Everybody knows I don’t do politics,” she said last year during an interview on Fox News.

“My mother was a Democrat and my daddy was a Republican, so I’m a hypocrat,” the Tennessee-born Grammy Award winner quipped.

“I’ve got as many Republican fans as Democrats and I don’t want to make any of them mad at me, so I don’t play politics.”

—Updated at 12:27 p.m.

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