Book Drive

From January 5th – February 15th, WAKE Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12. Our goal this year is to collect 110,000 books. At the end of the school year, every student at our 13 WAKE Up and Read elementary schools and the neighboring child care facilities and community centers will be able to choose and keep 10 books to help build their home libraries.  Our aim is to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to develop a love for reading.


Join us for a fun afternoon celebrating literacy and launching our 2019 WAKE Up and Read Book Drive! Help us kick-off our campaign at Quail Ridge Books in North Hills Plaza on Saturday, January 12th from 2-3:30pm. Event highlights include a special story time with Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes and WRAL anchor Brad Johansen, face painting, craft activities, and an appearance by Ruben the WAKE Up and Read Rooster.


We need your help!


Interested in helping us collect books? Become a collection partner


Need more information about the book drive? Download the WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Toolkit


Want to donate books? Find a drop-off location near you


Looking for volunteer opportunities? Sign up to help at one of our book sorts


Don’t have any children’s books? Donate to WAKE Up and Read


Have books to donate?


You can drop-off at our WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Headquarters at Cary Towne Center Mall during the hours listed below.  Our space is at the main mall entrance on Walnut Street in unit 129, across from VisionWorks and the National Guard office.  If you aren’t able to make any of the drop-off times at Cary Towne Center, check out our map of collection partners to find another drop-off location near you.


Day | Date | Time

Saturday | February 9th | 9:00a-12:00p
Tuesday | February 19th | 11:00a-2:00p
Wednesday | February 20th | 4:oop-6:30p
Tuesday | February 26th | 11:00a-2:00p
Saturday | February 23rd | 10:00a-1:00p
Saturday | March 2nd | 9:00a-3:00p