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 »

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 »