Lost and Found

By Michael “Raúl” Brown, M.S., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Spanish, UNC Department of Romance Studies Once upon a time, in a not-too-far-away land, there lived a little boy. In his house, there were no books, so when he went to Head Start (pre-school), and all the kids read, he knew that something was missing. It was… Read more »

Collaboration Drives Books on Break

By Isabel Geffner, Advancement Coordinator This article originally ran in the Durham Herald-Sun . Students in all Durham’s 30 elementary schools are heading home this summer with resources to preserve the gains they have made during the 2016-2017 school year. Book Harvest collaborated with Durham Public Schools to provide books and summer learning resources through our Books… Read more »

Welcome, Rachel!/Bienvenida Rachel!

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Zawadzki, and I am thrilled to be an intern at Book Harvest this summer! I just finished my second year at UNC Chapel Hill, and am currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in both Comparative Literature and Spanish. At UNC, I am heavily involved in the Campus Y, UNC’s center for… Read more »

A Grand Adventure

by Michele Lynn , Board Chair, 2013 – 2017 As the month of May drew to a close, so too did my six years of service on Book Harvest’s board of directors.  Seven years ago, Ginger Young shared with me her plan to start a nonprofit organization with a simple idea: to provide books, and lots of them,… Read more »

Kids Know What to Do

By Ginger Young, founder and executive director Renata grabbed my sleeve. “I found another one!” She was hugging Tomie dePaola’s Book of Poems. After a celebratory flourish in the air, the book went snugly into her new string backpack, joining a volume of poems for children by Nikki Giovanni that she had earlier selected. Renata… Read more »

Why I Volunteer at Book Harvest

By Grace Baucom, Book Harvest volunteer Hi there! I’m a rising senior at Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College. I’ve been volunteering at Book Harvest since my freshman year, and this spring I became a trained volunteer so I could become more involved with this incredible organization. There is truly no other nonprofit like this one… Read more »

16,000 books?

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager 16,002 to be exact. That’s how many books were selected by the 89 educators and nonprofit partners who attended yesterday’s 12-hour Books to Go distribution for middle and high school students. (That’s 1,333 books per hour, in case you don’t want to do the math yourself. Or 22 books per minute. Or… Read more »

That’s a Wrap for Día!

And what a celebration it was! Last Saturday, April 29, over 600 people joined us with our friends from the Durham County Library at Northgate Mall to celebrate  El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) ! The three-hour celebration included a performance by Huepa , crafts with The Scrap Exchange , a magician, face painting, slime-making with Mad Science …and of course,  lots and lots of books! Children selected 3,761 books… Read more »

Secret Weapons

By Ginger Young, founder and executive director This week, more than 570 philanthropic and nonprofit leaders gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center for the Triangle Community Foundation ’s What Matters lunch. The highlight of the day was the keynote speech by Sonia Manzano , better known for 44 years as Maria on Sesame Street. Sesame Street, Manzano reflected, was able… Read more »

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 »