Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that all BAM! stores will be supporting local charities through a Holiday Book and Toy Drive that begins on Saturday, December 1.

“We are excited to partner with over 180 local charities nationwide, and through the generosity of our customers help those in need this holiday season,” said Terrance G. Finley, Chief Executive Officer and President of Books-A-Million, Inc. “Each of our store teams have selected a charity in their area, and our associates are looking forward to giving back to their local community.”

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.

Charities receiving donations during the Holiday Book and Toy Drive include, among many others, First Book in Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Shriners Hospital in Erie, PA; Whale’s Tale in Waterford, CT; Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and Families Helping Families in Columbia, SC. The outreach efforts of these organizations range from literacy and fellowship to children’s health and hunger. A list of all the charities can be found online at

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 begins Saturday, December 1 st, in all of BAM’s 259 locations and will continue through Christmas Eve. Customers can contact their local BAM! to learn more about the charity each store will be supporting or visit

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 32 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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