The Memory of Books

By Joanne Vance, Development Committee How long does the memory of a good book last? Six months? A year? Three years? Five years? What book can you remember from your childhood? Was it one that you read yourself, maybe while on summer break, sitting in a chair on the back porch? Or as a teen… Read more »

A Teacher’s Perspective

By Kelly Gambridge, 5th Grade Teacher, Glenn Elementary School This was my first year experiencing The Book Harvest and the Books on Break program.  It is hard enough getting students to read, let alone finding them quality books on their reading level that they will enjoy.  Walking into our school library and seeing the hundreds… Read more »

Sharing the Love

By Brayton Maxson, Intern, Summer 2014 Being homeschooled growing up, I was exposed to the power of books early and often. I started and ended every day being read to by my parents and because of these many hours of reading I had a love for books instilled in me. To this day I will… Read more »

A Piece of the Magic

 By Kirsten Steele, Intern, Summer 2014 Clues. Dragons. Opportunity. Adventure. I have traveled to so many places, including but not limited to: China, Antarctica, World War II, Hogwarts, Pluto, Tenochtitlan. I have flown on magic carpets and breathed underwater. And it was possible in my mother’s lap, a chair, a car, a beach or anywhere… Read more »

“We Are Better Than This.”

Ginger Young, Book Harvest Founder and Executive Director   This piece aired as a commentary on WCHL 97.9 FM on April 10, 2014.  Click here  to  listen.   Ben is a third grade boy I know who comes from a home where money is tight and food is scarce.  He arrives at a classroom each day which… Read more »

Looking Forward

Ginger Young, Book Harvest Founder and Executive Director Three years ago this month, I visited a friend whose young son had no books at home.  That troubled me deeply — and it got me thinking.   What if I could share the bounty on my own family’s bookshelves with families whose kids did not have… Read more »

One Fish, Two Fish

Lena Harris, Summer 2013 Book Harvest intern As a child I LOVED to read.  My parents did a great job of encouraging a reading culture in our family.  My mom read so much to me when I was a baby that to this day if you ask her, she can quote “One Fish, Two Fish,”… Read more »

I used to hate reading.

John Temple, Duke ’13, member of Duke Community Leadership Project Team I used to hate reading. When I was younger, I would do anything to avoid reading the books that my parents and teachers gave me. Yet no matter how hard I protested, the books never went away.              … Read more »

Wonderful Beginnings

Ginger Young,  Book Harvest founder and executive director I just returned from a busy day at the Book Harvest office. That statement gives me such delight that I’m going to repeat it:  I just returned from a busy day at the Book Harvest office. If you are one of the hundreds of book donors and… Read more »

“I am just SO HAPPY!”

Jenny Johnson, board member and volunteer    The kids come into the room at the elementary school where we have spread the books out across the many tables.  There is incredible excitement as they scan the vast array, picking up books, returning some, choosing others.  They are all grinning wildly with excitement, talking loudly to one another… Read more »