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Saturdays are for…books!

  One of the requests we hear most often at Book Harvest is for access on Saturdays. Everyone knows that weekends are the best time for reading! So while we can’t add an eighth day to the week for reading (after all, what would we call it? Readay?), we can add a sixth day to… Read more »

Be My Neighbor

By Jeni Pierce, Johnson Service Corps member and Book Harvest intern On Wednesday afternoon, Book Harvest had the pleasure of celebrating Be My Neighbor Day at the Museum of Life and Science with 1,389 of our closest friends! Hosted by the dynamo collaboration of UNC-TV , PNC Grow Up Great , The Fred Rogers Company , and Head Start , Be My Neighbor Day was a hit for local families and community organizations. This special… Read more »

BLUE SPIRIT Yields a Bounty of Books: Thank you, Blue Cross and Blue Shield NC!

by Isabel Geffner, Book Harvest When you bring up the subject of “Blue Spirit” in these parts of North Carolina – especially now that football season has gotten underway – you’re bound to hear from all sides of the Tar Heel: Blue Devil divide. But on a hot summer day in August, “Blue Spirit” had… Read more »

Travelling Quite a Ways to Further the Book Harvest Mission

by Jeni Pierce Hello, everyone! My name is Jenitza (Jeni) Pierce, and I am overflowing with joy to start serving at Book Harvest as a part of my work through the Johnson Service Corps ! For those who have never heard of JSC, it’s a service organization that pairs young, bachelor’s degree-holding young adults with nonprofits in Chapel… Read more »

Book Babies Bookshelf Build!

Earlier this week, volunteers from the Carolina Hurricanes staff and Lenovo took over PNC Arena to build 30 bookshelves for our Book Babies program. Over the span of three days and with the guidance of master builder Miguel Rubiera and two of his colleagues from Habitat for Humanity of Durham, they sanded, constructed, painted, decorated,… Read more »

Meet Our Big Dreamers-in-Chief!

With the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day 2018 just over four months away and sponsorship season already in full swing, we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to our Dream Big committee chairs: Ann Leininger and Sarah Schulz. These two superwomen and their committee work year-round to make Book Harvest’s signature annual event a huge success! Keep reading to learn more… Read more »

Chapters with Book Harvest

By Rachel Zawadzki, summer intern As my time with Book Harvest as a summer intern has come to a close, several moments remain etched into my memory. From visiting summer camps through Durham Housing Authority (DHA), to chatting with all of the wonderful families that come into our Durham office to pick out books, this summer has been… Read more »

Countdown to Kindergarten

By Rachel Stine, Education Partnerships Manager Last Thursday evening, I had the privilege of representing Book Harvest at Durham Public School’s annual Countdown to Kindergarten event. Over 880 people attended this event, put on by DPS’s PreK team, where rising kindergartners and their families learned about kindergarten curriculum, rode a school bus, visited tables of various community organizations,… Read more »

National Night Out: A Night to Remember

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager “I know her!” one young girl excitedly announced to her friends as she wrapped her arms around me (and my boxes of books). “She came to the park last weekend, she came to my summer camp, and she came to my school!” I couldn’t think of a better way… Read more »

A Non-Profit Kindness Expedition

By Mary Parry , member of Book Harvest’s Authors’ Circle and Marketing and Development Committee Last week, my daughter and I accepted a fun challenge. We signed up to take over The Triangle Kindness Project ’s Instagram account for a day, brainstorming acts of kindness, then documenting our good deeds. Previous posts in the account feature families from Durham and Raleigh performing generous… Read more »