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 »

The Duke School

February 8, 2013 Ginger Young, Founder   A week ago today, I had the honor of speaking with the entire student body at Duke School, which is running its third annual book drive for Book Harvest.  I am continually amazed and heartened at the compassion and activism of young people, and this conversation was no… Read more »

Thank you.

Tyler Cumberlander, ’13, member of Duke Community Leadership Project team The Duke Community Leadership Project Team has just concluded the semester-long partnership with Book Harvest. It has been an enriching experience and we are excited for the future opportunities we have presented to the organization. We were unsure of what to expect at the start, but… Read more »

PORCH-Book Harvest Partnership

Susan Romaine, Co-Founder, PORCH It was just great having Book Harvest as part of PORCH’s Food for Families deliveries this summer.  The PORCH-Book Harvest partnership was billed as “Well Fed, Well Read” and it did just that.  During the three months out of the year when kids do not have access to free and reduced… Read more »

Books Truly do Make a Difference

  Amy Yao, Duke ’13, member of Duke Community Leadership Project team I’ve been luck growing up with teachers who’ve encouraged a love for reading since a young age. When I first came to the States in second grade, I hardly knew any English at all. Starting school was a scary experience because I didn’t know… Read more »


  Ginger Young, founder of Book Harvest One of the most important things we in the nonprofit world can do is to update our friends and supporters regularly — not just when we need money or volunteers.  To that end, we are kicking off a monthly e-newsletter — and I had scheduled to send the first one out today.  But I’m… Read more »

Daughter of a Librarian

Alice Taylor, Duke ’13, member of Duke Community Leadership Project team As the daughter of a second-generation librarian, it is unsurprising that I grew up in a house filled with books, titles from authors ranging from Seuss to Faulkner bursting off of every available surface. Reading played an integral role in my childhood, whether it… Read more »