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Dream Big 2022 will take place on Monday, January 17 from 1-4 PM at Durham Central Park.


Every year on MLK Day, we celebrate the power of community and our big dream of books and literacy for all kids with our biggest event of the year: Dream Big! The celebration is part book drive, part volunteer event, part community partner fair, part festival, and all party and fun!

This year will be joined by community favorites including: free popcorn from Mad Popper; The Poetry Fox; Wool E. Bull; Scrap Exchange; Mr. A's Beignets, and MORE!

Thank you to our growing list of 2022 sponsors!

Dream Big Sponsors 2022 by Book Harvest

Run a Dream Big Book Drive

Join the biggest community book drive of the year! We invite individuals, groups, and organizations to collect books then bring them to the 2022 Dream Big Book Drive! On MLK Day every year, we collect tens of thousands of books thanks to our wonderful community. All books donated between December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022 will count toward our 2022 Dream Big total.

Follow the simple steps below and start collecting books in your neighborhood, workplace, congregation, civic group, sports team…the possibilities are endless!

  1. Register your Book Drive with Book Harvest. We want to know you are hosting a book drive, and we want to share the news of your activism. It just takes a minute.

  2. Get a tub/bin/basket and set up your book drive collection site. Choose a high-traffic location - your front porch, your office, your neighborhood gathering spot. Print a sign for your book drive collection bins.

  3. Promote your book drive! If you're running a virtual drive, you can use this image. Otherwise, use this graphic to share the news of your drive with friends, family, and colleagues. Include this image in your emails, on your social media, on your website, and in your printed materials.

  4. Deliver the books! You can bring your books to our Dream Big Book drive event on January 17, 2022. You can also drop them anytime, 24/7, in the collection bins outside our office at 2501 University Drive in the Rockwood Shopping Center in Durham. They will still count toward our Dream Big total as long as you let us know they're part of a book drive when you drop them off. If you're hosting a virtual drive, book delivery will be taken care of for you! The Regulator Book Shop will bring your books to Dream Big on January 17 where you can take photos with them if you'd like.

Dream Big Book Drives 2022

  • Carolina Friends School
  • Carpenter Village Neighborhood
  • Churton Grove Neighborhood
  • Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
  • Donoway Family Book Drive
  • Dream Initiative Non-Profit Organization
  • Duke Hospital Pre/PACU
  • Durham Fire Department
  • Eno River/Pleasant Green Book Drive
  • Hendrix’s 3rd Birthday Book Drive
  • Highlands Neighborhood
  • Hope Valley Farms - Carlton Crossings
  • Hope Valley Farms North
  • Jewish for Good
  • Johnson Family Book Drive
  • Jolly Family Book Drive
  • Lake Hogan Farms and nearby communities
  • Legend Oaks Book Drive
  • Lenovo
  • Mangum Elementary School
  • Montessori Farm School
  • Naylor Family Book Drive
  • NoRa Cafe
  • Oak Church
  • Oltmans Family Book Drive
  • Pearsontown Elementary School PTA
  • Reading is for Everyone
  • Resource Center Book Drive
  • Ridgefield/Briarcliff neighborhood book drive
  • Sarah Avenue Book Drive
  • Southern Village Neighborhood
  • Strata Clean Energy
  • The Literary Gaggle Book Club
  • The Smile Shop
  • Triangle Day School
  • Triangle Park (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
  • Trotter Ridge Neighborhood
  • United Bank
  • University of North Carolina Press
  • Vera Morris
  • Wake Radiology UNC REX Healthcare
  • Weaver Street Market



Hold a Virtual Book Drive

Do you live outside central North Carolina but want to support our cause? Or would rather do a book drive online? You can run a Virtual Book Drive! Books can be purchased from Book Harvest's online wishlist through The Regulator, an independent book store in Durham. Groups will be given a special code to use upon checking out to ensure that the books they purchase will go toward their goal. The books will be shipped directly to The Regulator, who will then bring the books to Dream Big on January 17. It's as simple as that!

Register your book drive to get started.

Questions?  Contact us at (252) 497-BOOK, or email Book Harvest’s Communications Manager, Benay Hicks, at benay@bookharvest.org.