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  • Writer's pictureBenay Hicks

Your last-minute Dream Big checklist

This is it, friends: the final countdown to Dream Big 2019! We can’t wait to see you at Durham Central Park on Monday, January 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Here’s your final checklist to make sure you don’t miss a single thing at our biggest celebration of the year!


Round up your books! It’s definitely not too late to run a book drive and collect books from your neighbors, coworkers, and other community members, either! You can find everything you need to know in our online book drive toolkit. Check out how many groups are already running book drives for us — 56 and counting! Sign up and get your name on that list today.

Round up your friends! This is going to be a party you don’t want to miss — surely you don’t want your friends to miss it, either! Invite them via the Facebook event, or share this video or this printable flyer. Or just tell them to meet you at Durham Central Park at 1:00 on Monday!

Bundle up! Monday’s forecast is chilly but sunny, which is great news for all those books! (Books and precipitation don’t really get along, but cold is no problem!). So bring your mittens and hats so you can stay a while and enjoy all the fun we have planned.


Set aside plenty of time for your visit to Dream Big because you’re going to be busy! While you’re at Durham Central Park, make sure you…

  1. Get your own personal poem from the Poetry Fox!

  2. Have your face painted by Fun Faces by Sherry!

  3. Visit our red carpet photo booth!

  4. Make crafts with the Scrap Exchange!

  5. Contribute to our community art project!

  6. Jam with DJ Yammy!

  7. Enjoy food from a selection of food trucks and vendors!

  8. Get free popcorn from The Mad Popper!

  9. Meet some of our community partners and participate in their activities!

  10. Get your picture taken with some our favorite mascots!

  11. And select free books to take home and keep forever!

Oh, and you’re going to want to arrive in time for the kickoff at 1:00 p.m. so you don’t miss the Bouncing Bulldogs!


If you aren’t able to bring your books with you on Monday or you end up collecting more, don’t worry! All books donated during the month of January count toward our Dream Big total, so bring them by our office or one of our other donation locations before January 31, and they’ll make it into the final total!

Keep an eye on your email to find out just how big our dreams were — and how many books we collected! Don’t receive our emails? Sign up now so you don’t miss the big announcement!

Many, many thanks to all 74 of our incredible sponsors for Dream Big 2019…and especially to our four presenting sponsors!


We can’t wait to see you on Monday for Dream Big 2019!

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