The free 10-week series will kick off with a reading of "The Little Engine That Could," a book that has been a source of inspiration for Parton. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. All rights reserved. She made the announcement in a video posted online, wearing pajamas and holding a book and reading glasses while flanked by a row of large pillows. The series is presented as a collaboration between Parton, Dollywood, Abramorama, and The Dollywood Foundation. All market data delayed 20 minutes. The “Goodnight with Dolly” video series begins at 7 p.m. EST on April 2 and “will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates,” the library said. “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 library said. The April 2 date was initially intended to be the release of a documentary on the book-giving program, “The Library that Dolly Built.” That has been pushed back to Sept. 21. Country music icon Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories to children over the Internet as families across America hunker down at home during the coronavirus crisis. "Dolly hopes this series of stories will provide comfort and reassurance to coping kids and families during the shelter-in-place mandates," according to the news release announcing the series.

(CNN)Parents working nine to five -- now from home, amid the coronavirus pandemic -- will soon get some help in entertaining their kids, thanks to country music superstar Dolly Parton.

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Imagination Library mails books to children from birth until kindergarten, according to its website. Parton's storytime will be streamed on Facebook every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Updated 1259 GMT (2059 HKT) April 2, 2020. The nine-time Grammy winner said beginning this Thursday, she will read bedtime stories to children in a new virtual series called ", Each week, Parton will read a new book selected from, "This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right," Parton said in a statement on the. Fox News Flash top headlines for March 31, Why 'The Rock' is endorsing THIS candidate, Marge Champion, actress, dancer and Snow White model, dead at 101, Chelsea Handler says she'll pay 50 Cent's taxes if he drops Trump support, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood cover 'Shallow' from 'A Star Is Born’ for his upcoming album, ‘Fun’, Kimberly Van Der Beek says she was ‘so done’ with California while detailing 36-acre Texas compound, Sophia Loren on returning to acting after a long hiatus: ‘I wanted to be inspired and challenged’, Christina Anstead says she's choosing 'peace' over 'nonsense' amid Ant Anstead split news.

Up first is “The Little Engine That Could,” about a small train engine that overcomes a literal uphill battle with optimism and determination. Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories to children via Facebook. ET.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Sign up here. In 2016, it began sending out over 1 million books a month. “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 through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, her book-gifting program for children.

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or redistributed. All market data delayed 20 minutes. According to the library, the book is an ongoing source of inspiration for Parton, and it's the first book given to all children when they register for the program.