Books and Baseball

By Matti Kauftheil, rising 10th grader and Book Harvest volunteer Last week I volunteered with Book Harvest at a Durham Bulls baseball game. On that particular night, if you brought a book to donate, you got a free ticket to the game. We gathered over 1100 books! Before and during the game we had a booth set… Read more »

It’s a daughter! It’s a student! It’s… the president! [Interview + Links]

By Chandler Rock, Summer Intern Did you know that Book Harvest has an Author’s Circle, full of amazing local talent, which enriches our community through their work? Check out this great list ! One of those authors is Mary Parry, creator of Sadie McGrady Runs for President. She was generous enough to come into Book Harvest and share her insight about life on… Read more »

A big vision for Book Harvest’s Little Free Library

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager This article originally appeared in the Durham Herald-Sun . The Downtown Durham Rotary Club has put Book Harvest on the map…the Little Free Library worldwide map, that is! Thanks to Rotary member and library builder Joe Houde, Book Harvest is among the newest stewards of a Little Free Library here in Durham. In fact, Houde is one of a… Read more »

Food (AND Books) for the Summer!

By Luke Jackson, rising eighth grader and Book Harvest volunteer This past week, I went to a program put on by Chapel Hill Mayor Hemminger, where her new initiative, Food for the Summer , was celebrated. She wants to feed all the kids in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area who qualify for free or reduced price lunches during the school… Read more »

Seeing is Believing: The Case for Diverse Books

  By Chandler Rock, Book Harvest summer intern An Eastway Elementary family of a rising second-grader told us recently that they “like stories that (we) can relate to us or things we are interested in.” We hear you. Nothing makes us as happy as when we receive a donation of a book written in Spanish,… Read more »

“On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” Kicks Off

By Ginger Young, Executive Director This article was originally printed in the Durham Herald-Sun . What do a kissing pig, a tricycle obstacle course, paracord survival bracelets, and a basketball handler spinning 11 basketballs at once have in common? They are all part of Durham County Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is “On Your… Read more »

Reading in Summer “Keeps Our Brains Smart!”

  By Rachel Stine, Partnerships Manager This post originally ran on the blog of The United Way of the Greater Triangle . Every year at this time, the final bell rings and children leave school excited for summer vacation. Summer can be a time to relax and refuel – but for some students, it can be a time of vulnerability and setback…. Read more »

“Free Awesomeness”

By Melanie Davis-Jones, United Way of the Greater Triangle Watching students file into the Media Center at Eastway Elementary School, some muddy and damp from Field Day activities, those of us volunteering were curious whether they’d get as excited about books. After all, how do you compete with a bouncy house? But when Daniele from… Read more »

Intern Lessons Learned: From Finish to Start

It has been a busy month in the lives of Book Harvest’s interns! Below are two reflections: the first from academic year intern Sara Morris as she reflects on the time she spent with us, and the second from summer intern Chandler Rock at the end of her first week as she begins her time here. Beginning… Read more »

Books Everywhere at Eastway Elementary

By Rachel Stine, partnerships manager I recently visited the amazing Eastway Elementary School to meet with their fearless leader, Ms. Shayla Holeman.  As I was waiting for the meeting, I had a chance to sit down next to two students who were also waiting in the office.  And what were they doing you might ask?… Read more »