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HELPS Literacy Tutoring

By Benay HicksFebruary 10, 2022 Book Harvest’s work stems from three main objectives: books for every child, support for every parent, and literacy for every community. In addition to ensuring that children have abundant access to books and that families have support to build home learning environments, we also work to create a culture of …

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A Year of the Featured Five

By Benay HicksFebruary 3, 2022 Happy Birthday to the Featured Five! In January 2021, Amy Franks, Book Harvest’s Associate Director of Learning Partnerships, created the Featured Five initiative. Every month, she curates a list of five children’s books that are timely and representative of individuals and stories from different cultures. Among the many monthly themes, …

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What is Book Babies, anyway?

By Benay HicksJanuary 27, 2022 Book Babies, one of Book Harvest’s signature programs, launched in Durham County in 2013 to provide free literacy support to families of Medicaid eligible children. An evidence-informed literacy coaching partnership, Book Babies begins when a baby is born and is sustained over five years. Throughout the duration of the program, …

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You Showed Up: Dream Big 2022

By Benay HicksJanuary 20, 2022 Ten years of holding the Dream Big Book Drive & Community Celebration, and not one had snow on the ground. Until now. As our team studied the weather forecast and saw that it would be clear and “warm” (above freezing) by 1 PM on Monday, January 17, we decided to …

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Dream Big 2022

January 13, 2022 Book Harvest will host its 11th annual Dream Big Book Drive and Community Celebration on the afternoon of Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 17 – from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Durham Central Park. Community members are invited to bring donations of new and gently used children’s books …

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We cannot walk alone.

By Benay HicksJanuary 6, 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic I Have a Dream speech was made on Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. The speech is melodic, powerful, and a deliberate call to action. It’s a sermon and a vision. His belief in the possibility of a just, peaceful, and equitable world …

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