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Dolly Parton launches weekly online series — reading bedtime stories to children: 'Goodnight with Dolly'
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Dolly Parton launches weekly online series — reading bedtime stories to children: 'Goodnight with Dolly'

Just what we need in these dark times

Dolly Parton is launching a new online series called " Goodnight with Dolly."

What are the details?

The weekly web series will feature the entertainment icon reading bedtime stories, which have been taken from her book-lending program, Imagination Library.

The series kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

According to USA Today, Parton will read books "specifically chosen for their appropriate content at this unique time" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right. I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love," Parton said in a statement.

"It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators," Parton added. "They make us smile, they make us laugh, and they make us think."

The Imagination Library says that the series comes at a good time: "'Goodnight with Dolly' launches on April 2, 2020. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates. Dolly hopes these videos will provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children who see them."

The program will feature classic books like "The Little Engine That Could," as well as other books written and published by Parton.

"The read alongs will be a personal gift from Dolly to all families. Free of charge but not free from obligation as the message will be to pass on the love and keep hope alive because we are all together, you and I," the group added.

"Goodnight with Dolly" Premiering April 2nd at 7 PM EDTwww.youtube.com

This article has been updated to correct time of program.

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