Books-A-Million Partners with over 180 Charities This Holiday Season

  Books-A-Million Partners with over 180 Charities This Holiday Season

Business Wire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- January 10, 2014

Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that Books-A-Million
stores across the country collected books and toys during their annual holiday
campaign held mid-November through January 1. Thanks to the hard work and
dedication of the Books-A-Million store teams and through their partnership
with the local community, over 180 charities nationwide received donations.

Each store chose to partner with a local organization that they believed would
benefit most from the campaign. “We chose the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home
to receive this year’s book and toy donations,” said Sharon Vacula, General
Manager of the McDonough, Georgia Books-A-Million. “They are dedicated to
rebuilding the lives of children who have come from difficult situations
involving abuse, abandonment and neglect.”

Justin Hodge, General Manager of the Brookwood Village Books-A-Million located
in Birmingham, Alabama, stated, “The kids currently staying at Children’s of
Alabama, a hospital that provides specialized medical care for ill and injured
children across the state, will benefit from the books and toys our shoppers
donated this holiday season.” Cayleigh Cummings, who works for Children’s of
Alabama, agrees. “We are truly blessed to be able to partner with
Books-A-Million to raise the spirits of the patients and families we served
this holiday season. Close to 500 patients and families had a brighter
Christmas this year thanks to the ‘Sugar Plum Shop.’ There is no way we could
make an event like this work without these types of organizations in our
community and state.”

Other organizations who participated in the campaign also provided feedback on
the impact of the holiday donation campaign. “Without businesses like
Books-A-Million, thousands of children in the Mid-Florida area would not have
gifts during the holiday season. We are thankful that people in the community
care enough to support our holiday drive and bring smiles to the faces of
children and parents in our programs at Children’s Home Society of Florida,”
said Jennifer Anchors, Executive Director of the Children’s Home Society of

Additionally, Denise Martin from the Altrusa Club of Portland describes how
beneficial the campaign is to the organization. “With literacy as Altrusa’s
primary service focus, so many in the state of Maine benefit from the
distribution of these books throughout the greater Portland area and beyond,
as our sister Altrusa clubs in Bangor, Biddeford/Saco, and Sanford/Springvale
also distribute books to needy members in their local communities,” said
Martin. “Our ABC program in Portland receives the largest benefit of the
drive, as this program distributes books to hundreds of kindergartners in
schools serving poor readers, as defined by the state as ‘Chapter 6’ schools.”

Gratitude was also expressed by Michele Donegan, Commander at Hermitage
Precinct, representing the Metro Police Christmas Charities in Nashville,
Tennessee.“Thank you so much. The toys and books we collected from the
Nashville area stores are going to make many children within Davidson County
very excited on Christmas morning! Thank you so much for partnering with us!”

Participating charities who received donations during the Holiday Book and Toy
Drive from Books-A-Million’s 258 locations include, among others, Children’s
Hospital of Alabama; Toys for Tots in Huntsville and Florence, AL; Holiday
Hope in Brunswick, GA; United Way in Kokomo, IN; Ronald McDonald House in
Joplin, MO; Shriners Children’s Hospital in North Carolina; Books-A-Go-Go in
Jacksonville, FL; Brunswick Shriners Hospital in Erie, PA; 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

“Through the generosity of our customers, and the overwhelming response from
our store teams, we were able to collect more books and toys than ever before
this holiday season,” said TerranceG. Finley, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Books-A-Million, Inc. “Thank you to our customers for supporting
our local Books-A-Million stores, and giving the gift of literacy to children
in need this season.”

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 258
stores in 33 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. Also included in the Company’s retail operations is the
operation of Yogurt Mountain Holding, LLC, a retailer and franchisor of
self-serve frozen yogurt stores with 41 locations. The Company also develops
and manages commercial real estate investments through its subsidiary,
Preferred Growth Properties. 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 Follow Books-A-Million on Twitter
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Christine Corbitt, 205-942-3737
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