New Faces on Our Intern Team!

This semester, we have the privilege of hosting two students as part of their internship and service-learning work with other organizations. Meet Sarah Neff and Alyssa Teague! My name is Sarah, and I am so excited to be spending time at Book Harvest this year! I am a second year student at Duke Divinity School and UNC… Read more »

Collaborative Effort from United Way Helps Serve Triangle Families

This  article was originally posted on . RALEIGH, N.C. — The United Way is taking a new approach in their mission of strengthening Triangle families in need. Every book is a child’s gateway for imagination and an opportunity for newfound confidence in learning to read. “Unfortunately, two thirds of kids who grow up in low… Read more »

Students Sharing Stories with Seniors

By Benay Hicks, Resource Development Director, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham Editor’s note: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham is one of our newest Community Book Bank partners. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham and The Forest at Duke recently partnered to bring together two generations through reading. Having selected their favorite books donated by Book Harvest , fourth and fifth grade children read aloud to The… Read more »

“That’s an interesting story…”

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager Todd Bol doesn’t necessarily fit the mold, if there is one, for the founder and leader of what he calls a “global grassroots” movement. In fact, his answer to many of the questions people ask him begins with a casual midwestern, “Well, that’s an interesting story.” On his two-week journey from Alabama to Washington,… Read more »

Hope and a Wooden Crate: A Slave’s Journey to Freedom

By Ginger Young, Executive Director This article will run in the “We Are Durham” section of the Durham Herald-Sun on Sunday, September 18. Henry Brown had had enough of being enslaved. Born into slavery in Virginia in 1816, Brown had worked in a tobacco factory since he was 15. By the time he was 33, he had… Read more »

Meet Our Fall Intern: Lacey Wheeler!

By Lacey Wheeler, Duke student and Book Harvest intern I am so excited to be joining the Book Harvest team this semester!  I am a senior (eek!) at Duke University majoring in Psychology.  I’m also in the elementary teacher preparation program and will be student teaching in the spring!  Looking back on my time at Duke,… Read more »

Books to Go Kicks Off Year Two

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager Last weekend marked the first Books to Go for Tweens and Teens event of the program’s second year, and it was just as exciting as last year’s three distributions! On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, 35 local educators and nonprofit partners selected a total of 5,585 books to take back to their students…. Read more »

Read-a-Roo Delivers Books and Smiles to Book Harvest Families

By Daniele Berman,  Operations Manager This post originally appeared in the Durham Herald-Sun . When Katy Loebrich and her colleagues at UNC-TV reached out to Durham-based nonprofit Book Harvest about running a book drive, the Book Harvest team had no idea that a local celebrity would be delivering the books they collected. But who better than a seven-foot-tall… Read more »

Bright Spots of Summer

By Rachel Stine, Partnerships Manager, and Daniele Berman, Operations Manager Although it is still so hot outside, believe it or not, summer is coming to an end! This week we’d like to give you a wrap up of our Bright Spots of Summer and share with you how we have been working with partners in our… Read more »

He was a good little monkey…

By Ginger Young, founder and executive director Curious George holds a place of special honor at Book Harvest. He is beloved by our Book Babies families. When our volunteers come across one of his books as they sort donations, a collective murmur of approval spreads through the room. Curious George books are among the first… Read more »