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From January 6 through February 15, 2020, WAKE Up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12.  Their goal is to collect 130,000 books-enough to share at thirteen schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County.  Helping children develop a love for reading early in life can pave the way for later school success, and WAKE Up and Read wants to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to grow and thrive.  The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community collaboration includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond.  Unfortunately, many Wake County children have no books in their home and arrive for kindergarten without the knowledge and experiences they need to excel.  The shared goal is to ensure that more children from low-income families have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Working together, we can build stronger students and a stronger community.

You can make a difference in our community by donating books!  Please clear your cluttered shelves of gently used books your kids have outgrown, or bring in favorites of your own, so that we can help Wake County children grow up loving books.  All six Wake Orthopaedics locations are drop-off locations for your new and gently used book donations.  Even if you don't have any children's books to bring in, you can purchase books to support the drive at local retailers or through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon Wish List.  Together we can help provide children with the tools to succeed and grow.

Local Retailers

- Quail Ridge Books Wish List HERE

- Barnes & Noble Wish List HERE

Amazon Wish List HERE


Drop Off Locations


120 Healthplex Way, Ste. 206, Apex, NC 27502

Brier Creek

8001 TW Alexander Dr., Ste. 224, Raleigh, NC 27617


222 Ashville Ave., Ste. 20, Cary, NC 27518


400 US Highway 70 East, Ste. 100, Garner, NC 27529

North Raleigh

10010 Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 011. Raleigh, NC 27614


3009 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, NC 27610

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