Dolly would like to help local children

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COUNTRY legend Dolly Parton is aiming to help vulnerable children in East Dunbartonshire read ‘9 to 5’ and beyond.

An estimated 20 “looked- after” children under the age of five-years-old will be able to access the Imagination Library.

That is an initiative between the Dollywood Foundation, Scottish Government and Scottish Book Trust.

The Imagination Library will provide 12 free books every year for all 3,341 “looked-after” children in Scotland until they are five-years-old.

In East Dunbartonshire that equates to 20 children under the age of five getting a free book every month.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod, a former librarian, backs the scheme.

She said: “The Imagination Library is a fantastic idea for the looked-after children in this community. The early years in a child’s life are the most important for their learning and looked-after children don’t always have the same opportunities as their peers.”