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First Book Greater Akron and Books-a-Million join forces to get books to children

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Books-A-Million Holiday Book & Toy Drive Begins December 1

First Book to Benefit from Donations this Holiday Season

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) will be supporting local charities through a Holiday Book and Toy Drive that begins Saturday, December 1.

"We are proud to be supporting First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books for children in need and promotes literacy," said Debby Carlson, General Manager, Books-A-Million, Cuyahoga Falls.

Beginning Saturday, December 1 through Christmas Eve, customers can visit one of BAM’s more than 250 locations and purchase a book or toy that will be donated to a local charity. Customers will also be able to include a personalized bookplate with their donation, allowing for gifts to be donated in someone’s honor or memory.

"First Book - Greater Akron is both excited and honored to be the recipients of the book drive at Books-A-Million. Every book provided during the drive will be presented to a needy child in the Greater Akron area," said Chuck Bell, Chair, First Book - Greater Akron. "The new books are often the first ones ever owned by these children and will go into their home so they and others can benefit from this wonderful act of kindness from Books-A-Million customers."

Items customers can consider donating this holiday season include:

Books: Give the gift of a children’s classic with Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, Where the Wild Things Are or the Christmas favorite, The Polar Express. Popular kids’ books sure to thrill include Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena, Dork Diaries and The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers.

Toys: Open a world of imagination with the best toys, games and puzzles from Hasbro, Lego, Webkinz, Melissa and Doug, Lalaloopsy and Thomas the Train.

Tech: Expand their mind with educational learning tools from LeapFrog and Brain Quest or let a storybook come to life with the best tablet for families with NOOK HD+ and ear buds from Skullcandy.

More: Spread holiday cheer with The Elf on the Shelf, festive hats or keepsake ornaments.

The 2012 Holiday Book and Toy Drive will be held in all of BAM’s 259 locations. Customers can contact their local BAM! to learn more about the charity each store will be supporting.

About Books-A-Million, Inc.

Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at The Company presently operates 259 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company’s corporate website at

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