AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with Storybridge are preparing for its upcoming annual book drive, asking the community for specific kinds of books that can help the area community.

Storybridge’s Dream and Donate Book Drive is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the United Supermarkets location near the intersection of 45th St. and Bell St., in the northwest corner of the United Supermarkets parking lot. During last year’s drive, officials said they collected more than 7,500 books to distribute to Amarillo area children throughout the year.

Officials said the goal is to collect 8,000 children’s books at this year’s drive. At the event, United Supermarkets will provide hot dogs, chips and a cookie to anyone who brings books and Pete the Cat will be at the event to say hello to the kids donating books. Drive-in donations will also be accepted.

“When the love and care we have for our local community translates into action and service, we are honoring the legacy of Dr. King in the best way possible,” Storybridge Executive Director Chandra Perkins said in the release. “We are excited to bring families a fun and easy way to do that every year on this day. This year, our goal is to collect 8,000 children’s books at Dream & Donate. That would be enough for over 1000 kids to choose their own mini-home library at one of our Free Book Fairs. It’s a practical and easy way for anyone in our community to effect positive change in equitable access to education. And it’s a lot of fun, too!”

Storybridge is looking for the following kinds of new or gently-used books for the drive, according to the organization:

  • Board books;
  • Picture books;
  • Chapter books;
  • Graphic novels;
  • Diverse characters.

The following books will not be accepted, according to Storybridge:

  • Adult books;
  • Textbooks;
  • Guided reading books;
  • Magazines;
  • Encyclopedias;
  • Coloring/activity books;
  • Damaged/dated books;
  • Non-book items.

Officials said all the donated books will be redistributed to Amarillo children via Storybridge Free Book Fairs at local schools.

“The mission of Storybridge is to ensure that every child in the Amarillo area owns at least 20 great books from birth through elementary school, enters kindergarten ready to learn to read, and unlocks all the benefits of literacy,” the release read. “Storybridge programs like Free Book Fairs, Little Free Libraries, Born to Read 806, Kinderbridge, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are all making an impact on literacy in the Panhandle.”

According to Storybridge, if individuals need books picked up, they are asked to call or text Meaghan Slater at 806-282-6177. For more information, visit Storybridge’s website.