Raleigh, N.C. — A community organization will have a whole library’s worth of books if it achieves its goal of collecting 40,000 books in an annual book drive next month.
WAKE Up and Read will collect new or gently used books for children up to 12 years old at various Triangle locations from March 2 to March 29. It hopes to receive enough books to share with schools and child care facilities nationwide, helping children in the Triangle community develop a love of reading.
Donated books must be new or gently used and age-appropriate, and no textbooks or used coloring books will be accepted.
Local book stores are helping line the organization’s shelves. Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair March 2 to benefit WAKE Up and Read, offering 15 percent of sales to the organization when customers mention the fair at checkout.
Participating stores are at Brier Creek Commons, Cary Commons, Crabtree Valley Mall and Triangle Town Center.
Raleigh book stores, including Cimos and Nice Price Books, are collecting book donations and offering discounts from March 2 to March 29 to anyone purchasing a book for the drive. Quail Ridge will accept donations and offer discounts from March 2 to March 9, and Reader’s Corner in Raleigh will also be promoting the drive.
Additional drop-off locations include WakeEd Partnership and Wake County Public Schools’ Central Services in Cary. The Burning Coal Theatre will accept book donations during performances from March 13 to March 23.
Those who can’t visit these locations can still support the book drive by purchasing a book on WAKE Up and Read’s Amazon wish list.