The Big Book Drive

Held Annually during National Literacy Month in September

The Junior League of Seattle (JLS) focuses our volunteer efforts and resources on Youth Literacy. Positioning children for success requires not only effective literacy interventions, but also the collaborative and coordinated efforts of a diverse array of community stakeholders. Visit our Literacy page to read more about Youth Literacy and why we’ve chosen this focus area.

One of JLS’s strengths is our ability to be a catalyst for change in our community. We can take the burden off our partners by being a resource hub – providing best practices, organizational support, and trained volunteers. Many literacy organizations in Seattle have a need for books, but are either relying on small book drives organized by individuals or using their own resources to plan, organize, and execute these drives.

The Big Book Drive is a community-wide event where Junior League members, as well as the community at large, can donate new or used books. By creating The Big Book Drive, JLS not only provides the community a resource to responsibly re-purpose books they no longer need, but we’re also able to deliver books to our partners where, when, and how they need them.

The Big Book Drive 2020 was a huge success, with thousands of new and used books donated. Donations will be sorted, categorized, and distributed to the following beneficiaries: Books to Prisoners, Eastside Baby Corner, Mary’s Place, Mercy Housing, Page Ahead, and Reading Partners. Each was chosen based on their unwavering commitment to supporting literacy in our community. We also use donated books to stock the Little Free Library at the League office.

Are you interested in participating in The Big Book Drive 2021? If you would like to donate books, or if you are an organization in need of donations, please reach out to our Youth Literacy Committee at

To learn more about how JLS is a catalyst for change in the Seattle community, check out our upcoming events, community projects, and get involved.

Big Book Drive 2021 Drop-Off Location and Dates


  • The Junior League of Seattle Office, 4119 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112


  • Thursday, September 16th 5pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, September 18th 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday, September 19th 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday, September 23rd 5pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, September 25th 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday, September 26th 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday, September 30th 5pm to 8pm