Mike Wiley’s Work of Art

By Holly Brown, Book Harvest Board, Vice Chair Have you ever seen a piece of art that fundamentally changed the way you view the world? For some, maybe it was the way Monet turned tiny dots into Water Lilies. For others, following Escher’s twisting, turning staircases tricked the mind into believing that the impossible seemed,… Read more »

Día Storytime with a Friend from the Library

It’s National Library Week ! This national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. We couldn’t be more grateful for our partnership with the Durham County Library ! In fact, we’re gearing up for… Read more »

Día! (en español)

Gracias a nuestra asociación con la Biblioteca del Condado de Durham, este año, por primera vez, estaremos celebrando El día de los niños /El día de los libros. Conocida como Día, la celebración nacional anual tiene lugar en abril, y destaca la importancia de la lectura para los niños de todas las lenguas y culturas…. Read more »


Thanks to our partnership with the Durham County Library , this year we will be celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)  for the first time! Commonly known as Día, the annual national celebration culminates in April, emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The common goals of all Día programming are to: Celebrate children and connect them to the… Read more »

Spring Into Reading

By Rachel Stine, Education Partnerships Manager When I first sat down with Rebekah Haithcock, Media Coordinator at Burton Magnet Elementary School , and told her about the Magic of Storytelling grant that Disney and ABC-11 were providing so that all 368 students at Burton could select two books to read over spring break and keep, she told me that this… Read more »


By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager If you follow our blog, you’ll know we usually post on Thursdays. Well, this week, I just couldn’t wait. Because today was one of the most fun Monday mornings we’ve ever had at Book Harvest. The story actually started last May… …when I received this most delightful letter from… Read more »

The Book Problem—And One Community’s Solution

By Amy Lau, second grade teacher at Duke School and Book Harvest volunteer Editor’s note: This article was originally published in School Library Journal . Not long ago, I was listening to a podcast on optimism. One of the researchers stated that teachers were some of the most optimistic people around. Since learning this, I’ve reflected on my own optimism,… Read more »

What Can You Do to Make the World a Better Place? (Ask a second grader and her kindergarten friends!)

By Millie Hanks, second grader and world changer Hi! I’m Millie, and I am in the second grade. I did a lesson about making the world a better place with the Kindergartners at Durham Academy (DA). It all started when my class and I read a book “The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation… Read more »

#ReadAcrossAmerica Day!

How did you celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Oh, the places we went at Book Harvest… We spent most of our day with one of our newest Community Book Bank partners: the Durham County Department of Social Services . Children and families selected a whopping 1,257 books throughout the day, including lots of Dr. Seuss titles! We now have six bookshelves set… Read more »

Texting is the latest tool to help babies flourish

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager (Note: this article originally ran in the Durham Herald-Sun .) Among the flurry of texts that arrived on her phone shortly after her son’s birth congratulating her and celebrating her new arrival, this one stood out for a new Durham mom recently: Create a daily reading routine now and see the… Read more »