Join us for the Dream Big Book Drive, which is simultaneously a book drive, volunteer event, and celebration of literacy and books for all kids, all at Durham Central Park on Monday, January 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights of this year’s event include performances by Batala Durham and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble as well as visits from Wool E. Bull and Clifford the Big Red Dog!
Master of Ceremonies Tisha Powell of ABC-11 WTVD will kick off the festivities at 1:00 p.m., after a
warm-up performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs at 12:45. The event will also feature special guest
mascots Wool E. Bull, Read-a-Roo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and others; musical performances by
Batala Durham, North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Tiny House; food vendors
Mr. A’s Beignets, Dang Good Dogs, and Mad Popper; a Scrap Exchange creation station and face
painting courtesy of Lakewood Elementary PTA; and a red carpet photo booth. More than 300 Book
Harvest volunteers will staff the event, running a giant book sort with the children’s books that are
donated that day.
Book Harvest encourages community members to run book drives of their own in advance of Dream Big.
Already, more than 60 schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, places of worship, book clubs, and civic
groups have signed up to run book drives, culminating with the delivery of their donated books to
Durham Central Park during the Dream Big celebration. NC LiteracyCorps volunteers will be stationed at
the curb to receive donations for those who cannot stay for the festivities.
A book drive toolkit of collection bin signs, posters, and template language for emails and listservs is
available on the Book Harvest website, www.bookharvestnc.org. Groups planning to run book drives are encouraged to sign up at bookharvestnc.org/support/run-a-book-drive/. All who sign up as book drive
captains will be listed at www.bookharvestnc.org/dream-big.
Book Harvest’s 2018 Dream Big Presenting Sponsors are Duke University Libraries and Scholastic. More
than 60 additional sponsors have signed on in support of the organization’s big dream of books in the
home of every child.