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A Cat Named Quackers? #ReadfortheRecord

  By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager “Raise your hand if you love pizza. Okay, hands down. Now raise your hand if you love ice cream. Hands down. Is it possible to be a person who loves pizza and ice cream? If you’re a person who loves pizza but not ice cream, can you still… Read more »

Staff Retreat: Looking Back, and Looking Ahead

For the third year in a row, the Book Harvest staff team has taken a full day in October to step away from the office and from our daily work to connect with each other and with our mission and vision for the organization. The time away is invaluable! Each year, we come away renewed… Read more »

Diversity in Kids’ Books: Why It Matters, and Where to Start

By Aaron Keck, afternoon/evening on-air host at WCHL and author at Chapelboro.com America is a diverse nation; more than that, it’s a nation founded on an ideal of diversity. The Declaration of Independence insists that “all men are created equal.” Father-of-the-Constitution James Madison argued that a large and diverse population was the most effective check on tyranny…. Read more »

Saturdays are for…books!

  One of the requests we hear most often at Book Harvest is for access on Saturdays. Everyone knows that weekends are the best time for reading! So while we can’t add an eighth day to the week for reading (after all, what would we call it? Readay?), we can add a sixth day to… Read more »

Be My Neighbor

By Jeni Pierce, Johnson Service Corps member and Book Harvest intern On Wednesday afternoon, Book Harvest had the pleasure of celebrating Be My Neighbor Day at the Museum of Life and Science with 1,389 of our closest friends! Hosted by the dynamo collaboration of UNC-TV , PNC Grow Up Great , The Fred Rogers Company , and Head Start , Be My Neighbor Day was a hit for local families and community organizations. This special… Read more »

BLUE SPIRIT Yields a Bounty of Books: Thank you, Blue Cross and Blue Shield NC!

by Isabel Geffner, Book Harvest When you bring up the subject of “Blue Spirit” in these parts of North Carolina – especially now that football season has gotten underway – you’re bound to hear from all sides of the Tar Heel: Blue Devil divide. But on a hot summer day in August, “Blue Spirit” had… Read more »

Travelling Quite a Ways to Further the Book Harvest Mission

by Jeni Pierce Hello, everyone! My name is Jenitza (Jeni) Pierce, and I am overflowing with joy to start serving at Book Harvest as a part of my work through the Johnson Service Corps ! For those who have never heard of JSC, it’s a service organization that pairs young, bachelor’s degree-holding young adults with nonprofits in Chapel… Read more »

Book Babies Bookshelf Build!

Earlier this week, volunteers from the Carolina Hurricanes staff and Lenovo took over PNC Arena to build 30 bookshelves for our Book Babies program. Over the span of three days and with the guidance of master builder Miguel Rubiera and two of his colleagues from Habitat for Humanity of Durham, they sanded, constructed, painted, decorated,… Read more »

Meet Our Big Dreamers-in-Chief!

With the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day 2018 just over four months away and sponsorship season already in full swing, we wanted to take a minute to introduce you to our Dream Big committee chairs: Ann Leininger and Sarah Schulz. These two superwomen and their committee work year-round to make Book Harvest’s signature annual event a huge success! Keep reading to learn more… Read more »

Chapters with Book Harvest

By Rachel Zawadzki, summer intern As my time with Book Harvest as a summer intern has come to a close, several moments remain etched into my memory. From visiting summer camps through Durham Housing Authority (DHA), to chatting with all of the wonderful families that come into our Durham office to pick out books, this summer has been… Read more »