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 »

Filling the book gaps until there are no more

by Ginger Young, founder and executive director Originally printed in the Durham Herald-Sun , April 18, 2015 Peaches. Lorna Doone. Pearl. Lotus. Orange Julius. Tom. Shabby. Memories of these, my beloved childhood feline companions, came rushing back at me last month, as I stood sorting donated books in the Book Harvest office in Durham, preparing them to… Read more »

Treasured Book, Treasured Memory

by Sarah Wessell, former Book Harvest board member I’m not a particularly emotional person, so imagine my surprise- and that of my son- when I found myself standing in the children’s section of my local library clutching Dr. Seuss’s On Beyond Zebra while tears welled up in my eyes. My son, nine years old, and… Read more »

Books Make You Feel Special

by Caleb Stine, sixth grader at Rogers-Herr Middle School Most readers probably already know this, but my wonderful mom is the new Partnerships Manager here at the fantastic nonprofit organization that is in fact, Book Harvest. I am going to tell you about one of my favorite books almost hands-down. I will admit I’m a… Read more »

Freedom to Read, Freedom to Choose

by Lori Nofziger, Book Harvest volunteer I’ve had a library card for as long as I can remember. Over time, I read my way through the children’s section of my small-town public library, from the picture books and early readers through the elementary and middle school titles. Here, finding a book like Little House in… Read more »