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WAKE Up and Read launches annual kids book drive Saturday

Posted January 18
Updated January 19

Books collected for WAKE Up and Read's book drive.

WAKE Up and Read, an effort to collect and distribute books to children across Wake County, launches its annual book drive on Saturday with a special event at Quail Ridge Books.

During the third annual book drive, organizers hope to collect more than 110,000 books - enough to share at 10 schools, along with community centers and child care facilities across Wake County, according to a press release. Last year, the group collected more than 114,000 books.

The 2017 book drive starts Saturday and runs through March 3. A kick-off event starts at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh's North Hills. The event includes special storytimes, art activities, face painting and appearances from Disney princesses and Ruben, the WAKE Up and Read Rooster. First Lady Kristin Cooper is slated to be the celebrity reader.

During the six-week drive, the group will seek help from the community to collect new and gently used books for kids ages 0 to 12. You can drop off donations at a number of sites, including Quail Ridge Books, Marbles Kids Museum and YMCA of the Triangle locations. Businesses, individuals, and schools across the county also can participate by becoming a collection site or donation partner, the release says.

WAKE Up and Read's website has more information about the book drive and Saturday's event.


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