We are not currently accepting in-person book donations or encouraging book drives. Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for more information on how you can get involved and support our efforts in the meantime, including our Virtual Book Drive! We’re keeping the information below on this page for future reference. Thank you!!

5 Steps to Lead a Book Drive

for Promising Pages

Individuals, local businesses and organizations can help Promising Pages with donations of used children’s books ranging in level from baby/toddler to fifth grade (ages 0 – 11 years old). These books go directly to students in our community, who have few to no books at home, and will help keep them from falling behind.   

  • Please refrain from collecting encyclopedias, magazines, CDs or DVDs.
  • Please no moldy books.

STEP 1: Plan – Let Promising Pages know you plan to host a book drive.

  • Contact the Operations Team at Promising Pages and let us know that you’re interested in hosting a drive by signing up here: Book Drive Sign Up.
  • If you’re still not sure about hosting a drive and would like further information, please email us at [email protected].

STEP 2:  Prepare – Determine dates and a goal for the book drive.

  • Most groups collect for 2-4 weeks. It is also helpful to set a goal for the number of books to be collected, as this inspires many donors and helps you gauge success. 

STEP 3: Promote –  Share and advertise the book drive to your network.

  • Successful efforts usually include multiple messages through email, social media, website postings, fliers, etc. Make sure to include information about Promising Pages, the need for books other children have outgrown, guidelines for donations, details about when and where to drop off donations, timeline of your drive and the number of books you are wanting to collect. 
  • Customize our printable flyer for your drive and donation bins.  Customizable book drive flyer
  • General Book Drive Flyer

STEP 4:  Provide – Donation bins at drop-off locations and collect books.

  • Bins should be placed where they are most visible and should be strong enough to hold large numbers of books. You are welcome to put a Promising Pages Book Drive flyer and instructions on the bins.  At this time, Promising Pages does not have any donation bins to loan out for book drives.

STEP 5:  Celebrate – Make and celebrate your donation.

  • As you near the conclusion of the book drive, contact the Promising Pages Operations Team via email ([email protected]) or phone (704.399.1934) to arrange for your donations to be dropped off to our Operations Center.  
  • Don’t forget to celebrate and promote your success by sharing your results with local media, employees, customers, and other stakeholders!
  • Tag us on social media!

About Promising Pages

Promising Pages is a nonprofit organization that inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by instilling a love of reading. Fueled by studies showing that children who can’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, Promising Pages provides innovative classroom programs and more than 100,000 free books annually, making it Charlotte’s largest and most efficient distributor of up-cycled books aimed at addressing this critical – and solvable – community need. For more information about Promising Pages, go to www.promising-pages.org.