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 »

SMART Girls Give Back at Book Harvest

By Ayana Thompson, Book Harvest Administrative Assistant and SMART Girls Leader Over hyper girls, red colored smiles, heart shaped cookies, and of course great books were all in one place, in the wonderful world of Book Harvest. In an endeavor to teach the group SMART Girls , an organization hosted through the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club , about the “attitude of… Read more »

#CarrieOn Award winner completes service project for Book Harvest

By Jamie Botta, Communications and Outreach Manager, Girls on the Run of the Triangle Julia Boltz, middle‐school winner of the first #CarrieOn Award, shared her heart for service by volunteering for Book Harvest’s annual Dream Big book collection event, held in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The #CarrieOn award is named in memory… Read more »

A Special Birthday Surprise

By Monica Belford, Durham County Library Hispanic Services Coordinator and Book Harvest volunteer Meet Valentin, a first grader in Durham Public Schools, an excellent reader, a book lover, and a faithful Book Harvest volunteer! Two weeks ago, Valentin’s mom and I had the opportunity to surprise him with a special visit at school in honor of… Read more »

Raising our voice: our kids, their stories, and a call to action

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager What does Book Harvest have to say—or even more importantly, to do—that makes our voice important among all the voices calling for equality and justice and mercy? At Book Harvest, our currency is children’s books: words and pictures designed to instruct and entertain and enlighten. Most often, we focus… Read more »

An Interview with a Big Dreamer

By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager One of our new Reach sponsors and book drive locations for this year’s Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day was Brier Creek Orthodontics and North Durham Orthodontics . I recently had a chance to ask Dr. Gina Lee, the orthodontist for both practices, about her offices’ involvement. Q: How did you get connected to Book Harvest and the Dream Big Book Drive… Read more »