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#CarrieOn Award winner completes service project for Book Harvest

By Jamie Botta, Communications and Outreach Manager, Girls on the Run of the Triangle Julia Boltz, middle‐school winner of the first #CarrieOn Award, shared her heart for service by volunteering for Book Harvest’s annual Dream Big book collection event, held in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The #CarrieOn award is named in memory… Read more »

A Special Birthday Surprise

By Monica Belford, Durham County Library Hispanic Services Coordinator and Book Harvest volunteer Meet Valentin, a first grader in Durham Public Schools, an excellent reader, a book lover, and a faithful Book Harvest volunteer! Two weeks ago, Valentin’s mom and I had the opportunity to surprise him with a special visit at school in honor of… Read more »

Raising our voice: our kids, their stories, and a call to action

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager What does Book Harvest have to say—or even more importantly, to do—that makes our voice important among all the voices calling for equality and justice and mercy? At Book Harvest, our currency is children’s books: words and pictures designed to instruct and entertain and enlighten. Most often, we focus… Read more »

An Interview with a Big Dreamer

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager One of our new Reach sponsors and book drive locations for this year’s Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day was Brier Creek Orthodontics and North Durham Orthodontics . I recently had a chance to ask Dr. Gina Lee, the orthodontist for both practices, about her offices’ involvement. Q: How did you get connected to Book Harvest and the Dream Big Book Drive… Read more »

The Light that Came Out of Darkness

By Ginger Young, founder and executive director I remember what the Reverend Ralph Abernathy called “one of the darkest hours of mankind.” It was April 1968, and I was five years old. Dinnertime in my Atlanta household was usually a time of joking and banter. This night, though, my parents somberly told my brothers and… Read more »

Are you on the list?

The Dream Big Book Drive list, that is. 55 book drives have been registered to date! Are you on the list? Johnson Lexus Durham Technical Community College Durham Community MLK Steering Committee Impact Pharmaceutical Services Brier Creek Orthodontics North Durham Orthodontics Marble Unlimited Wake Radiology Beth El Congregation Hollow Rock Raquet and Swim Club AECOM… Read more »

Think Running a Book Drive is Hard? Think Again!

“I love books! I was that child who would never do her homework because she was reading the new Nancy Drew. I worked in a library through college and spent more time browsing through books than shelving them. And books have been so magical for me. I think everybody deserves to have books in their… Read more »

Mirrors and Windows Project Celebrates Diversity in Children’s Books

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager This article was originally posted in the Durham Herald-Sun . “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange . . . When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it… Read more »

Building Literacy: Book Harvest distributes books to Triangle children

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, WRAL Go Ask Mom Ginger Young tells me she’s a mom, first and foremost. And a fixer. A few years ago, her own children were outgrowing their childhood books. Young knew there were children just a mile from her home without a single book at home. She knew that countless studies… Read more »

Book Harvest Joins Keeping Children Safe Network!

Book Harvest is committed to keeping children safe from abuse through awareness raising, prevention, responding and reporting. Book Harvest believes that every child has the right to respect and protection, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and whether or not they have a disability. Accordingly, this year, after an extensive series… Read more »