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Save the Date:

Dream Big 2022 will take place on Monday, January 17 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!


Run a Book Drive

A book drive is a terrific service project for schools, scout troops, congregations, civic groups, neighborhoods, book clubs, and workplaces! Sign up to run a community book drive and get a  yard sign (before they run out!).

Book Harvest gladly accepts new and gently used children’s books for young readers ages 0-18. We especially love donations of board books, picture books, Spanish and bilingual books, and books that portray ALL children, honoring diverse backgrounds, languages, abilities, and perspectives, and including stories by and about people of color. 

DOWNLOAD the Book Drive Toolkit to learn the four easy steps to a successful book drive!


Sign up! We want to know you are doing it, and we want to share the news of your activism. It takes just a minute.


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.


Promote your book drive! Use this flyer 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.


Deliver the books! You can drop them anytime, 24/7, in the collection bins outside our office, 2501 University Drive, in the Rockwood Shopping Center in Durham. If you're collecting in December/January, you can bring your books to our Dream Big Book Drive event. 2022 date TBD.

Do you live outside central North Carolina but want to support our cause? Run your Dream Big book drive wherever you are, and then send us your collected books via USPS media mail! Our shipping address is:

Book Harvest
2501 University Drive
Durham, NC 27707

Questions? Please contact Book Harvest’s Book Bank Manager Caitlyn Bergmann at caitlyn@bookharvest.org.


Dream Big Book Drives

On MLK Day every year, we collect tens of thousands of books at our annual Dream Big Book Drive and Community Celebration. Thank you to the many groups and organizations that work together to run book drives in their communities in advance of the big day. These book drives help make a successful Dream Big event every year!

A record number of book drive captains signed up to run book drives for Dream Big 2021!  Be part of the solution and help us put books in the hands of every child!

Sign up NOW to collect books in your neighborhood, workplace, congregation, civic group, sports team…the possibilities are endless!

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


Get Books!