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Book Harvest plans drive-through event to celebrate kids, books

Posted January 11, 2021 8:49 p.m. EST

Courtesy: Book Harvest

— Book Harvest, a Durham-based nonprofit that gets books to kids in need, will host a contactless drive-through celebration of kids and books on Jan. 18.

The event takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which also is the National Day of Service. Participants are asked to bring donations of new and gently used children's books to the event. Children's book characters will be on hand to cheer on attendees as they drive up and help unload their donations, according to a press release. Donations will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m., Jan. 18, at Durham Central Park.

The pandemic is forcing the annual event, called the Dream Big Book Drive, to take on a different form this year. Usually, hundreds of people show up to volunteer to donate and sort the children's books into different categories. Last year, people donated more than 42,000 new and gently used children's books at the Dream Big Book Drive. Altogether, Book Harvest has distributed more than 1.4 million books to kids in the area since 2011, according to the release.

This year, it will look a bit different, but the goal is the same.

“Dream Big is a sensational opportunity to celebrate Dr. King and participate in our National Day of Service – and to make a real difference in the lives and imaginations of our community’s kids,” said Book Harvest’s Founder and Executive Director Ginger Young in the release. “While we are sad that we cannot gather together for this celebration of kids and books – as we have for the past nine years – we are thrilled that our community is coming together at this extraordinary time. Together, we can keep learning alive with books and help realize our vision of a world in which reading, learning, and access to information are considered rights, not privileges, so that all children can thrive.”

More information about how to participate is on Book Harvest's website.