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Durham Herald-Sun: The real costs of summer

Summer break is finally here. For many people, that may bring back memories of pools, camps, popsicles and other summer fun, but unfortunately, the reality is not as carefree for thousands of children and families in Durham. During the summer months, there is often a collision of difficulties facing low-income families: access to affordable child… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: ‘On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!’ kicks off

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! Learn  more at:  On Your Mark, Get Set… Read! kicks off

Durham Herald-Sun: Standing taller because of books by Daniele Berman

“They stand taller and hold their head higher,” shares ESL teacher Catriona Moore as she reflects on how owning books affects her students. It didn’t take Moore long after joining the staff of Durham’s Forest View Elementary School in 2011 to realize that her students needed books. As one of five ESL teachers at this… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: Closing the summer learning gap for 10,000 kids by Ginger Young

Closing gaps is a team effort in the Triangle. A year ago, the United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) worked with partner organizations to organize collective impact collaboratives to tackle some of our region’s thorniest challenges. Among them: a two-generation approach, entitled “Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children”. Read the rest of… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: Book cover launches an author, activist

Not every successful author can point to an “aha” moment that launched them on the path to writing. but Raleigh children’s book author Kelly Starling Lyons can. In third grade, Lyons saw a the cover of Mildred D. Taylor’s Newbery-award winning “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” in a book club catalog. “It spoke to… Read more »

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. donates books by Chonna Campbell

The Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., recently donated its largest collection ever to Book Harvest, a nonprofit organization in the Triangle that provides books for children so that they might create their own personal home libraries. Read the entire article:  Delta sigma Theta Sorority Inc. donates books Feb 21 2016

Durham Herald-Sun: Closing the gap for ESL families by Daniele Berman

Resource Center helps homes get more books Every week, more than 100 families come through the doors at Durham Public Schools’ ESL Resource Center. This is one of the very first stops for families newly arriving in Durham, eager to enroll their children in school in their new community. Read the story here:  Closing the gap for ESL families Feb 14 2016

Durham Herald-Sun: ‘Dream Big on MLK day’ celebrates kids, literacy by Ginger Young

“The books just kept showig up!” 8-year-old Sammy reported gleeflully. She and her friends in her Durham community had put cardboard boxes out on their porches the week before and had sent an email to their neighbors, asking them to fill the boxes with donations of new and gently used children’s books. The boxes got… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: Books To Go a hit with tweens and teens

by Daniele Berman This winter break, every student at Durham’s Neal Middle School will be taking home  brand new copy of “Son of Neptune,” a novel in the popular Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Each of Neal’s 860 students will have this book to read over the two-week winter holiday and to keep on… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: A truck of books rolls into Durham

Ask anyone at Book Harvest the question: What do 40,000 books do? Their immediate answer: They build home libraries for 4,000 local children. It’s not every day that an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck delivers 40,000 brand new books to go home with children to keep forever. But on Nov. 17, fueled by a new United Way-funded… Read more »