Seven Books and Counting

By Leanora Minai, Director, Communications and Editor, Working@Duke and Duke Today, Office of Communications, Duke University (This Editor’s Note appeared in Working@Duke , the publication for Duke University employees.) This year, I set a personal goal to read more books. As of this writing, I’m on my seventh book: “Dead Wake,” which is about the sinking… Read more »

Books for Habitat: “Literacy Happens at Home”

By Daniele Berman, Book Harvest Operations Manager (This article was originally published in the Durham Herald Sun in the “We Are Durham” section on Sunday, June 21, 2015: ) On June 12, Book Harvest joined the Ni/Ngeh and Parrish families as Habitat for Humanity of Durham dedicated their new homes, built as part of the… Read more »

My Favorite Book

By Abe Dunderdale, Durham Academy student and Book Harvest volunteer My favorite book is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. In it, we follow Ender Wiggin, a diagnosed genius, in his adventures through the International Fleet’s Battle School, a school for children with the intention of finding the best and the brightest military commanders in… Read more »

Books on Break Combats Summer Learning Loss

By Elaine Erteschik, Communications Manager, Durham’s Partnership for Children To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. The summer months are almost here for students in Durham Public Schools, and we know that access to books in the summer is vital to every child’s academic success. How… Read more »

Beautiful Chaos

by Luke Jackson One of the most special experiences I ever had at Book Harvest happened a few months ago, when I went to stock shelves with books at the Carrboro Community Health Center with my mom, Daniele Berman, who is the Operations Manager at Book Harvest. To reach the children’s waiting room, we walked… Read more »

My Most Memorable Book Harvest Experience

by Brayton Maxson, Summer 2014 and 2015 intern As a summer intern here at Book Harvest I have had many great and heartwarming experiences but there is one that will stick with me for a very long time. We were out at an apartment complex setting up a book distribution for elementary school kids when… Read more »

Books in Summer: Rocket Ships, Life Rafts, and Superfood

by Ginger Young, Executive Director, Book Harvest Originally printed in the Durham Herald-Sun , May 18, 2015   “That’s IT! The book I’ve always wanted!” James practically dove across the table to snatch a copy of the graphic novel Bone, peeking out from a sea of books in his school’s library. He hugged it for a split… Read more »

Books on Break: High Fives!

by Sierra Wingate-Bey, Fletcher Fellow, A.J. Fletcher Foundation ​Volunteering as a personal shopper for Books on Break has been the highlight of my year, and that’s not an exaggeration.  There’s something really special about ​the bonds that we create with ​children’s books. They are the first stories we ​really ​come to know and love​ on our own​, and… Read more »

Dream Big!

by Meghan O’Donnell, MBA candidate, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School On January 19th (MLK Day), I joined countless volunteers to help Book Harvest put on its largest annual fundraiser Dream Big – and collect tens of thousands of books for children. It was a gorgeous winter day, made even more beautiful by the generosity of families,… Read more »

Of Powerful Things

by Daniele Berman, Operations Manager Because I’m a lover and teller of stories, I want to tell you one. It’s a story about mothers, about social media, about writers, about curiosity, and about children’s books. (The common thread, I think you’ll find, is that those are all powerful things. And they make for a powerful… Read more »