Perspectives on a BIG Dream

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager If you joined us at our Dream Big Book Drive on Monday, you know it was a BIG day. Although we’re still working on the final counts, we know we had over 30,000 books and at least 500 people packed into Durham Central Park for our annual celebration of… Read more »

Ready to DREAM BIG? We are!

We are three days away from our biggest event of the year: the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day! Planning to join us? Here’s what you can expect: MASCOT meet-and-greets with Wool E. Bull , Clifford the Big Red Dog , Read-A-Roo , Chase from Paw Patrol, and Ranger Baldy ! LIVE MUSIC from Batala Durham , North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble , and Tiny House ! A JUMP ROPE PERFORMANCE by the Bouncing Bulldogs ! FOOD VENDORS Mr A’s Beignets , Dang Good Dogs , and… Read more »

Counting Down…and Counting Up!

With just 9 days to go until the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day 2018 kicks off, we’re counting down…and counting up some exciting numbers, too! 45 book drives are already registered! See the complete list here . Your drive can be listed here, too! All the tools you need to run a book drive… Read more »

Our 2017 book tallies are in!

by Ginger Young, Executive Director This afternoon, just before 5:00 pm, a young reader selected the final  Book Harvest  book of 2017 from our shelves. I couldn’t wait to share our amazing annual tally with you: 236,161 books! WOW. Together, as a community, we provided so many books to local kids this year. Thank you to everyone who donated books, sorted… Read more »

Season’s Readings

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager What are you reading this season? Two of the four occupants of my home are J.R.R. Tolkien fans, one deep into a rereading (for how many times, I’m not sure) of The Hobbit, and the other similarly rereading for the umpteenth time The Fellowship of the Ring. As the… Read more »

Because Tweens and Teens Love to Read, Too!

Last Friday, 45 middle and high school educators and nonprofit partners came to our office to select books for their students–8,870 books, to be exact! Many of those educators were lined up in the dark before we even opened our door at 7 a.m., and over 3,500 of those books were gone in the first… Read more »

Round Up Your Books!

Meet Gina Sprenger and Laura Ryan, this year’s book drive captains for the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day . We are just over a month away from the big event, and they are thrilled to report that 28 groups have already signed up to collect books for the big day! “During the Dream Big Book Drive, I love seeing the… Read more »

ICYMI: Two Minutes of the Happiest Readers You’ll Ever See!

This week, on #GivingTuesday, nearly 5,000 people on Facebook alone watched these eager readers help us kick off our End-of-Year Appeal. Did you miss it? (Or do you maybe just want to watch it again? We know we can’t stop!)   We couldn’t be more grateful to our friends Michael and Cindy Salerno of Artauro Productions for… Read more »

Giving Thanks and Getting Ready!

by Ginger Young   Happy Thanksgiving! This week I feasted on turkey, pie, and lots and lots of books. I could not be more grateful for the wonderful stories that enrich me or for the community of literacy allies who surround me and lift me up all year long. I am also deeply thankful this… Read more »

What a week!

by Ginger Young The Book Harvest family is catching its breath; this was not our typical week!  Some of the highlights: We shared the findings of the first-ever evaluation of our Book Babies program, conducted by researchers at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy. The news was excellent! Read all about it here …. Read more »