HOUSTON — We asked -- and hundreds of Astros fans answered Saturday by donating books and cash to KHOU 11's Turn the Page literacy initiative.
Volunteers braved the hottest weekend of the year to collect the children's books outside of Minute Maid Park.
Inside, Scholastic set up pop-up shops to sell books to big-hearted fans, who then donated them.
KHOU and our Turn the Page partners are on a mission to collect more than 20,000 children's books this month.
The books will be donated to Houston-based non-profit Books Between Kids.
We'll be collecting new or gently-used books again at Sunday's Astros game against the Orioles.
There will be donation boxes near all seven entrances to Minute Maid. The Scholastic pop-up stores will be located near the Crawford Boxes and center field.
Here are the Books Between Kids guidelines: booksbetweenkids.org/book-guidelines
Other ways to donate
You can also donate children's books at participating Houston Public Libraries or Ashley HomeStore locations through June 23.
On Friday, June 21 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., we will make a final, big push to reach our goal of collecting 20,000 books. Drop by our station located at 5718 Westheimer with your donations and help us fill an entire Ashley HomeStore delivery truck with books!
If you can't make it to one of our Turn The Page donation sites or events, you can still support the cause. We've made it easy for you to make an online book donation from the Books Between Kids Amazon Wish List at this link: amazon.com/wishlist.
Turn the Page library locations
Bracewell Neighborhood Library | 9002 Kingspoint Dr., 77075 | 832-393-2580
Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning | 1050 Quitman, 77009 | 832-393-1720
Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building | 500 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1313
Collier Regional Library | 6200 Pinemont, 77092 | 832-393-1740
Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library | 4100 Montrose Blvd., 77006 | 832-393-1800
Heights Neighborhood Library | 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008 | 832-393-1810
Hillendahl Neighborhood Library | 2436 Gessner Rd., 77080 | 832-393-1940
HPL Express Southwest | 6400 High Star, 77074 | 832-393-2660
Johnson Neighborhood Library | 3517 Reed Rd., 77005 | 832-393-2550
Jungman Neighborhood Library | 5830 Westheimer, 77057 | 832-393-1860
Looscan Neighborhood Library | 2510 Willowick, 77027 | 832-393-1900
McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library | 7405 Stella Link, 77025 | 832-393-2630
Oak Forest Neighborhood Library | 1349 West 43rd St., 77018 | 832-393-1960
Park Place Regional Library | 8145 Park Place, 77017 | 832-393-1970
Ring Neighborhood Library | 8835 Long Point, 77055 | 832-393-2000
Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library | 3233 Wilcrest, 77042 | 832-393-2011
Scenic Woods Regional Library | 10677 Homestead Rd., 77016 | 832-393-2030
Stanaker Neighborhood Library | 611 S-Sgt. Macario Garcia, 77011 | 832-393-2080
Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library | 7007 West Fuqua, 77489 | 832-393-2370
Young Neighborhood Library | 5107 Griggs Rd., 77021 | 832-393-2140
This initiative is in partnership with Ashley HomeStore, Frontier Utilities and the University of Houston.