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Dream Big with Book Harvest on MLK Day

Book Harvest, based in Durham, believes that books are “essential to children’s healthy development and well-being and that all children deserve to grow up in book-rich homes.”

As part of their mission to remove barriers to book ownership, Book Harvest will host the Dream Big Book Drive on Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Held in the afternoon in Durham Central Park, the event is part book drive, part community service event, part festival, complete with live music, literary mascots, activities for children, and other family-oriented programming.

For Book Harvest, this national holiday isn’t a day off, but instead a “day on.”

According to their blog, 198 people have already registered to volunteer. The event has drawn support from 64 sponsors, including Duke University Library, Scholastic, and Written Word Media. In addition, some 45 book drives have registered to also hold events that day.

That’s right: even you can run an book drive. On its website, Book Harvest lists all the tools you need to start collecting books. “All the tools you need to run a book drive in your neighborhood, school, congregation, civic group, or workplace” are in their online toolkit.

Book Harvest believes books are vital to helping all children succeed in school—and life. In addition to their annual Dream Big event, Book Harvest offers programs for providing books to families with newborns; providing books to kids about to go on summer break; a community book bank; and more.

To learn more about Book Harvest, visit, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.