What I Have Loved Being a Part of Book Harvest

By Jeni Pierce, Johnson Service Corps Member and Book Harvest intern February marks my 6th month as a part of the Book Harvest Team, and is the halfway mark for my year of service in the Corps! In celebration of such a milestone, and in the spirit of the season of love, I would like… Read more »

And After the Unthinkable, What Do We Read?

  By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager On Tuesday night at dinner, my 14-year-old son shared that there had been a lockdown drill at his school that day, and my six-year-old daughter said her school had had one recently, too. And then she asked what lockdown drills were for, and I explained in sanitized and… Read more »

Paying for education versus paying for prisons: which would you choose?

by Ginger Young, Executive Director I was fortunate to attend NC State University’s 2018 Institute for Emerging Issues Forum at the Raleigh Convention Center this past Monday; this year’s Forum was entitled  kidoNom iCs: Investing Early in Our Future . It was an all-star lineup of elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, nonprofit activists, and academics, all coming together to explore what the… Read more »

And the DREAM BIG grand total is…

  Each year since 2012, Book Harvest has marked MLK Day with a community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy, and books for all children: the Dream Big Book Drive! On January 15, 2018, we gathered at Durham Central Park to enjoy fabulous entertainment, participate in games and creative family activities, meet some of our favorite mascots,… Read more »

Welcome, Erin!

  In all the buzz around the Dream Big Book Drive, we haven’t yet had a chance to introduce you to our newest team member: Erin Krauss, Book Babies Evaluation and Replication Coordinator! Take a minute to get to know Erin, and stop by our office to help us welcome her in person soon! I… Read more »

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 »