Read and Reread: Up a Road Slowly

This week’s post is a book review written by a guest blogger, Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta, a lifelong reader living on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She’s lucky enough to read books for a living with the amazing students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she is Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts.  I must have read… Read more »

BOOKS TO GO for Tweens and Teens

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager If you’re familiar with Book Harvest, it’s likely you’re familiar with our programs for young children: our Book Babies program encourages kindergarten readiness by helping Medicaid-eligible families build home libraries for their children from birth all the way until they start school, and our Books on Break program combats “summer slide” by ensuring that elementary… Read more »

READ2ME: Tailgate Stories

By Rachel Stine, Partnerships Manager “Two teachers drive up in their cars to a neighborhood, pop open the trunk, pull out two chairs, read with children and give them books.”  That’s how Mary Andrews, the visionary behind READ2ME: Tailgate Stories, describes the program she created in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in  2009. Many years ago,… Read more »

An Ambition to Write a Letter

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager Originally printed in the Durham Herald-Sun on August 15, 2015 At first blush, the two gentlemen who recently visited Book Harvest don’t appear to have much in common. Peter Denton, known by most as Chip, is a pastor-turned-headmaster who founded Trinity School, a classical Christian school on the border of Durham and… Read more »

Building literacy: One reader and writer at a time

By Marin Wolf, EdNC summer intern (This article was originally posted on EdNC online.) Reading and writing are arguably the most important tools for a person to have. These basic skills are needed to take any class, or to go into any profession, and yet 54.3 percent of third through eighth grade students in the state… Read more »

A Community Worth Celebrating!

by Rachel Stine, Book Harvest Partnerships Manager Last month I attended my first Book Babies Celebration.  Every December and July, the Book Babies community comes together at the Stanford L. Warren Library in Durham.  Due to a fabulous partnership with the Durham County Library, our Book Babies parents and their children walked into the multipurpose room and… Read more »

You Do Not Have to Wait to Make a Difference

  By Neil Sullivan, summer advancement intern Working at Book Harvest this summer has given me a wealth of experiences and lessons to carry into my final year at college. Some of the most important lessons I have taken away from my time with Book Harvest have been not formally taught, but rather have taken… Read more »

Book Babies: School Readiness Begins at Birth

By Ginger Young, founder and executive director This article originally ran in the Durham Herald-Sun on Sunday, July 19. Baby Z is a vivacious 18-month-old. She recently moved with her mom and 10-year-old sister from a shelter to a neighborhood in which nearly half of all families live in poverty. In 2014, only 16 percent of the… Read more »

A New Home for Books

By Maria Siegel, founder and owner of Bring Home Order, a residential professional organizing company working with individuals and families in the Triangle This post is excerpted from Maria’s blog. The original post is available here . In the last two weeks I’ve been working with several clients who are updating and bringing order to playrooms, kids’ bedrooms… Read more »

Adventures at Bedtime

By Allegra Berry, Book Harvest summer operations intern Anyone who works with small kids may be able to relate to my struggle of finding ways to help my charges reign in their energy. As a babysitter, I find that bedtime can be the make or break point of a child’s entire day. Knowing how much… Read more »