New Team Member: Meet Benay!

Book Harvest is excited to introduce Benay Hicks, our new Communications Manager. We asked her to share a bit about herself and why she’s excited to join the team. My love of books and storytelling began with my father. My dad, resembling Santa Claus in appearance and demeanor, would regale me with tales of Sherlock… Read more »

Welcome to Book Harvest, Christian and Olivia!

This fall, we were thrilled to welcome two NC LiteracyCorps members to our Book Harvest family. If you come by Grab-and-Go or stop by our bins to donate books, you may catch a glimpse of Christian Jones and Olivia Fingold. Here is a bit of info on our two new colleagues! Christian was a political… Read more »

Grab-and-Go Halloween Edition: A Report!

Hello, we are the Shields sisters! Our experience with volunteering at Book Harvest is always enjoyable. This Halloween my sister and I were excited to volunteer at Grab-and-Go Halloween. We got to deliver treat bags to children as they waited for another volunteer to deliver their books to their car. Their little faces lit up… Read more »

How to Avoid a K-Shaped Literacy Recovery

by Munro Richardson, Executive Director, Read Charlotte October 23, 2020 Editor’s note: We at Book Harvest are honored to work with and learn from our colleagues at Read Charlotte . When we read this piece by Read Charlotte’s Executive Director Munro Richardson, we knew we had to share it. It offers important insights for parents, educators, practitioners,… Read more »

Keeping Learning Alive: Book Harvest and Child Care Centers

by Ginger Young, Executive Director   This is a fragile time for many of us. One group I am most concerned for right now is parents of very young children. Whether they are working from home while keeping their babies and toddlers safe and engaged, reporting to work and having to arrange childcare, or struggling… Read more »

Sixteen adults, sixteen children’s books, boundless joy

by Ginger Young, Executive Director It is a regular and cherished benefit of my job to see kids experiencing joy when they find their new favorite book. Yesterday was a glorious day because I witnessed that same joy in adults — at the annual Book Harvest board retreat. Our board of directors is a hardworking,… Read more »

100 Day Countdown to Dream Big!

by Ginger Young, Executive Director   Hello, Book Harvest family! Our team has been hard at work laying the groundwork for our biggest event of the year – and I am so delighted to share the details with you today! Exactly 100 days from today, Book Harvest will hold its 10th annual MLK Day Dream Big Book Drive & Community Celebration ! On Monday, January… Read more »

When books outnumber dishes and toys

by Ginger Young, Executive Director It feels increasingly challenging to write our weekly blogpost, as the news beyond Book Harvest has grown ever more chaotic and concerning this fall. I feel acutely aware of how disconnected it is to write about kids reading in a cozy corner of the house while the house is metaphorically… Read more »

Every 48 seconds

by Ginger Young   This past Saturday, September 19, was an unforgettable day for the Book Harvest village. Here’s why: Superheroes and princesses – masked, of course – joined us at our Rapid Response Center to help us share bags of Grab and Go books with visiting families. And, wow, did you all show up!… Read more »

Choose Your Own Adventure

By Daniele Berman, Communications and Events Manager This picture is from my very first Book Harvest moment: volunteering at Books on Break in 2014 with my kids in tow. I think of that experience as the start of the story of the past six years: the introduction to my very own Choose Your Own Adventure… Read more »