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#KeepKidsLearning

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager That’s the goal of National Summer Learning Day : to highlight all the ways parents and communities can work together to keep kids learning all summer long. Without access to resources, students can lose so many of their hard-won gains from the school year during the long summer break. This phenomenon is often… Read more »

Summer Saturdays are for Reading!

Come see us on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. all summer long!

Fun at Camp New Hope

By Rachel Zawadzki, Book Harvest summer intern This year, University Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill chose to partner with Book Harvest for their annual Vacation Bible School summer camp. Over four days, children aged pre-k to late elementary school were introduced to the idea of service in a community, and learned how something as small as donating a used book can… Read more »

Lost and Found

By Michael “Raúl” Brown, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Spanish, UNC Department of Romance Studies Once upon a time, in a not-too-far-away land, there lived a little boy. In his house, there were no books, so when he went to Head Start (pre-school), and all the kids read, he knew that something was missing. It was… Read more »

Collaboration Drives Books on Break

By Isabel Geffner, Advancement Coordinator This article originally ran in the Durham Herald-Sun . Students in all Durham’s 30 elementary schools are heading home this summer with resources to preserve the gains they have made during the 2016-2017 school year. Book Harvest collaborated with Durham Public Schools to provide books and summer learning resources through our Books… Read more »

Welcome, Rachel!/Bienvenida Rachel!

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Zawadzki, and I am thrilled to be an intern at Book Harvest this summer! I just finished my second year at UNC Chapel Hill, and am currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in both Comparative Literature and Spanish. At UNC, I am heavily involved in the Campus Y, UNC’s center for… Read more »

A Grand Adventure

by Michele Lynn , Board Chair, 2013 – 2017 As the month of May drew to a close, so too did my six years of service on Book Harvest’s board of directors.  Seven years ago, Ginger Young shared with me her plan to start a nonprofit organization with a simple idea: to provide books, and lots of them,… Read more »

Kids Know What to Do

By Ginger Young, founder and executive director Renata grabbed my sleeve. “I found another one!” She was hugging Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems. After a celebratory flourish in the air, the book went snugly into her new string backpack, joining a volume of poems for children by Nikki Giovanni that she had earlier selected. Renata… Read more »

Why I Volunteer at Book Harvest

By Grace Baucom, Book Harvest volunteer Hi there! I’m a rising senior at Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College. I’ve been volunteering at Book Harvest since my freshman year, and this spring I became a trained volunteer so I could become more involved with this incredible organization. There is truly no other nonprofit like this one… Read more »

16,000 books?

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager 16,002 to be exact. That’s how many books were selected by the 89 educators and nonprofit partners who attended yesterday’s 12-hour Books to Go distribution for middle and high school students. (That’s 1,333 books per hour, in case you don’t want to do the math yourself. Or 22 books per minute. Or… Read more »