Pick of the Week from Concerts from the Library of Congress

September 11, 2020





We dedicate this Pick of the Week to all the little ones in the family, hungry for storytime and fun songs. In 2018 the Library of Congress partnered with singer and songwriter Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program. This organization mails free books to young children in many countries worldwide. Our partnership brought storytime and fun songs to the tiniest patrons of the Library of Congress. In this edition, we feature the presentation and reading of Dolly Parton's book, Coat of Many Colors. As well as two related programs, LLama LLama, read by Thea Austen from the National Folklife Center, and The Little Engine that Could, read by Melissa Wertheimer, from the Music Division. Let's get started!



Dolly Parton's Book Presentation:
Coat of Many Colors 

Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to present the 100 millionth book in Parton's Imagination Library program, donated to the Library of Congress. The program featured a book reading for school children and the announcement of a new literacy collaboration between Parton and the Library of Congress. ​


Imagination Library Story Time: Llama Llama 


For children under five, this program features two books, Llama Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama and the Bully Goat, written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney. The stories are read by Thea Austen, from the American Folk Center. This program was a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.​

Imagination Library Story Time: The Little Engine that Could 

For children under five, this program features The Little Engine That Could, written by Watty Piper, and illustrated by George and Doris Hauman. Music Division librarian Melissa Wertheimer reads the book with the help of her flute, which adds special sound effects! This program was a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. 


Library of Congress Digital Collection Items

Dolly Parton and the Roots of Country Music

Story Time with Music 

Library of Congress Young Readers Center

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