When I explained that he could actually take the books with him, he was overjoyed, and Grandma was too…She was excited that he would be able to face the challenge of reading with great enthusiasm.”
Imagine you are seven years old and you go to the doctor with your mother and baby brother…
You notice a bookshelf in the waiting room with a sign that reads “Kids: FREE BOOKS!” You quickly find a book on soccer, your passion, and then you find a board book on puppies that your brother will love. By the time you are called for your appointment, your family is absorbed in reading together and laughing. As you leave, you select three more books to take home and keep for your very own. You go home with an armload of books and a LOT of excitement.
This is Book Harvest’s Community Book Bank.
The goal of our Community Book Bank is to provide ready access to books for children and families in communities which have historically lacked books for their children. We aspire to transform book deserts throughout our community into book-rich environments.
We stock bookshelves in places where children go. The children select books. They take them home to keep. Our volunteers replenish the shelves. This simple cycle is repeated weekly at more than 50 locations throughout the greater Triangle.
Every week, children harvest more than 2,000 books from Book Harvest’s Community Book Bank bookshelves.
Community Book Bank Partners include:
- Carolina Outreach, Durham
- Carrboro Community Health Center, Carrboro
- Catholic Charities, Durham
- Center for Child and Family Health, Durham
- Channing Avenue Apartments, Durham
- Charles Drew Community Health Center, Burlington
- Durham Department of Social Services, Durham
- Durham Housing Authority family communities, Durham
- Durham Public Health Department, Durham
- Durham Public Schools, ESL Resource Center, Durham
- EDCI/LEAP Academy, Durham
- Fairview Child and Family Center, Hillsborough
- Habitat for Humanity, Durham
- Holton Wellness Center, Durham
- Interfaith Council for Social Service, Carrboro
- Latino Educational Achievement Partnership, Durham
- Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Duke University Hospital, Durham
- The Oaks at Northgate Apartments, Durham
- PORCH Food for Families (five locations), Chapel Hill and Carrboro
- Prospect Hill Community Health Center, Prospect Hill
- Scott Community Health Center, Burlington
- Siler City Community Health Center, Siler City
- Student U, DurhamAll Pages
- Urban Ministries, Durham
- Walltown Neighborhood Clinic, Durham
- Welcome Baby, Durham