Book Harvest’s goals already align with that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so what better way to celebrate King’s legacy than with a book drive that helps your community?
Book Harvest is a one-year-old nonprofit that is active throughout the Triangle. The organization makes gently used books available to children in need by collecting and distributing them to sites such as after school programs and community centers.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, Book Harvest is celebrating its birthday along with Dr. King’s by inviting the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities to organize book drives in their local area. The books should be dropped off at Flyleaf Books between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., where a team of AmeriCorps workers will sort them.
But it is a birthday celebration after all, so entertainment, cake and commemoration are also part of the day’s project. There will be a reading at 2 p.m. of the children’s book Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Sarah Carr, one of Flyleaf’s owners. Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton and the Rev. Robert Campbell, chair of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP and president of the Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association, one of the distribution sites for Book Harvest, will speak after the reading. Finally, birthday cake will be served to all.
Book Harvest encourages the community to honor Dr. King’s legacy not only with observance, but with service in any of three easy ways: organize a book drive; clean out your children’s book shelves; or go to Flyleaf and buy a book to donate.