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Why Book Harvest? Reflections from a Retired Durham Public Schools Media Coordinator

September 22, 2022 | Benay Hicks At the end of July, my Book Harvest colleague, Amy Franks, received an email from Valerie Souchek. The email was so moving that Amy shared it with the rest of the team: July 29, 2022 I am writing to you today to THANK YOU and BOOK HARVEST for the …

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Listen, Learn, and Show up: Lessons for a New Generation of Leaders

September 15, 2022 | By Isabel Geffner, Advancement Director, Book Harvest I’ve been mesmerized by the US Tennis Open over the past two weeks; tennis is such a fabulous spectator sport (I can’t hit a ball to save my life, by the way!). What’s been especially captivating for me has been the generational transfer of …

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A Cat, a Girl, and a Literacy Journey

September 8, 2022 | Benay Hicks Literacy journeys stretch way beyond the classroom; they begin the moment we experience words, language, and communication. Literacy journeys are as unique as we are and guide us throughout our lives. And sometimes those journeys even involve support from our animal companions. As a young girl, Sheri Taylor was …

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Revisiting Leandro 28 Years Later

August 31, 2022 | Parker Nelson, AmeriCorps Member On Saturday, August 27th my Book Harvest colleague and I attended the Leandro Rally, hosted by Every Child NC. The event was to call attention to both the North Carolina Supreme Court hearing the Leandro case this week and the state of education funding in North Carolina, …

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From Durham to Ulaanbaatar: Connecting Cultures Through Books

August 25, 2022 | By Gabby Angeles, Community Engagement Coordinator at Book Harvest I first met Zulaa and her daughter Namun in spring of 2021, while they were looking for books at Book Harvest’s outdoor cart. Namun, a bubbly and energetic preschooler, was looking for books about unicorns, while Zulaa picked out chapter books for …

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Get Ready for School!

August 18, 2022 It’s time to head back to school! Here are some tips to get prepared for the school year ahead. Before the first day: 1. Set up a reading routine: If you do not already have one, create a daily reading routine with your child. 2. Rules: Talk to your child about how …

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