More MLK Day fun!

by Administrator 12. January 2016 15:39

For another way to support children and families on MLK Day, check out Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive! This annual event takes place on Monday, January 18th and is a community-wide celebration of diversity, literacy, and book ownership for all kids. After visiting Northgate for the MomsRising MLK Birthday Celebration in the morning, head over to Durham Central Park (501 Foster Street) from 1:00-4:00pm. 

Community members are invited to bring their book donations to the park that afternoon and to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday by joining in service with Book Harvest’s volunteers and with more than three dozen members of the North Carolina Literacy Corps.

“Dr. King famously said, ‘Everybody can be great because everybody can serve’”, said Book Harvest’s founder and executive director Ginger Young. “Dr. King’s inspiring words ring as true today as they did when he said them in 1968. With Dream Big, we hope to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service and offer every member of our community a chance to serve by sharing the joy of owning books with children in need right here in our community.”

For more information about the Dream Big Book Drive, please click here.

10th Annual Holiday Book Drive a huge success!

by Administrator 6. January 2016 14:11

The beginning of the new year marked the close of our 2015 Holiday Book Drive, which was a huge success again this year! For the tenth year in a row the Partnership teamed up with Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint to provide books to young children who might not otherwise have access to reading materials. From November 1st through December 31st, customers were able to purchase a book to be given to young children who might not otherwise have access to reading materials. This year, nearly 3,500 books were collected!

“For 10 years, Barnes & Noble customers and employees have embraced our annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting Durham’s Partnership for Children,” said Cheri Hodges, Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble, Southpoint. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the exceptional passion of bookseller Patricia Clemons, who collected 1,060 books, we were able to exceed our goal of gathering 3,000 books. We are thrilled to be able to help so many children this year!” 

Partnership staff and volunteers have been hard at work organizing the books and distributing them to community agencies serving children in home visiting programs, social services, and a variety of family support and family literacy programs. We will continue to give these generously donated books to the children and families who are least likely to have books of their own, and we hope these books will help foster a love of reading for Durham's youngest learners. 

We are so grateful to Barnes & Noble at Southpoint for designating the Partnership as the beneficiary of the Holiday Book Drive, and we extend a big thank-you to all of the community members who donated books for their generosity and continued support!

12 Days of Giving: Day 9

by Administrator 15. December 2015 08:45

On Day 9 of our 12 Days of Giving, we have a very easy way for you to give back: read aloud to a young child. Early literacy is a crucial part of a child’s development. It enhances vocabulary, builds important communication skills, and gives them the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. Reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning on their own. It is one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, and it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory, and forms bonds between adults and children. 

But many children from low-income homes are exposed to very little reading before entering school, and many don’t have access to age-appropriate books that they can call their own. Studies have found that by age four, children in middle and upper income families hear 30 million more words than their lower income peers, and more than a third of children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary to be successful. It’s easy to see how the achievement gap is evident long before children start school, and children who aren’t reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

How can you help? We are in the middle of our 10th Annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, and we need more books! When you purchase books for young children at the Barnes & Noble Southpoint location before December 31st, we collect them and distribute them to organizations serving young children throughout Durham County. During last year’s book drive, 2,700 books were distributed to young children who would not typically have books in their homes, and we hope to share the gift of literacy with even more children this year! 

You can also get involved by becoming a Readers as Leaders volunteers. Our volunteers are matched with a child care center in Durham to read to groups of young children during the fall and/or spring session. The upcoming spring session is March-June, and we need your help to inspire a love of learning for more young children in Durham.

Please give back today by purchasing books for our Holiday Book Drive and volunteering. And remember, when you make a donation, your gift supports all of our other efforts to enhance early literacy in Durham!

The Partnership and Book Harvest need your vote!

by Administrator 4. December 2015 14:38

Durham’s Partnership for Children is competing once again in the Triangle Tree Challenge! We are among the other 50 Triangle-based nonprofits that decorated a Christmas tree at Diamond View Park (the lawn area between DPAC and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Blackwell St). This year, we've teamed up with our good friends at Book Harvest to present an early literacy tree featuring the Dr. Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat!"

Please support the Partnership by voting for our tree - #5 – during the challenge, which officially kicks off tonight at 7:00 with the Tower Lighting at American Tobacco Campus. You can show your support by attending the kick-off event and by voting for our tree daily between Friday, Dec. 4th at 7 pm and Friday, Dec. 18th at 11:59 pm

Here’s how to cast your vote:
  • Vote online for our tree (#5) once per day per email address. 
  • Vote via text message (once per day) by texting to 313131. Type TREE 5 as the message to vote for our tree. Please note that there is a space between the word Tree and the number 5.

Every single vote is appreciated and puts us one step closer to winning the grand prize of $5,000! Thank you for supporting the Partnership and Book Harvest as we encourage children and families to read, talk, and play every day!

The 10th Annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive begins Sunday!

by Administrator 30. October 2015 09:41

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive begins this Sunday! This is our tenth year partnering with Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint to collect books for young children. During last year’s book drive we collected nearly 2,700 books that we distributed to 20 organizations helping young children. With your help, we hope to share the gift of literacy with even more children this year! 

Here's how you can help:

  • Visit Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint from November 1st-December 31st to buy a book for a young child. The Partnership collects and distributes the books throughout the community.
  • Visit Partnership staff and volunteers at the store on Friday, December 11th where we will be wrapping gifts for Barnes & Noble customers.
  • Let us know of community agencies that could benefit from donated books.
  • Spread the word and urge others to support this cause!

If you know of organizations in Durham that could use donated books for children, please contact Elaine Erteschik. If you're interested in getting more involved with this year's Book Drive, please contact Davida Major to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Thanks for helping us share a love of reading this holiday season!

"Let's Talk: Harvest" with Read Aloud

by Administrator 6. October 2015 16:09

Read Aloud 15 Minutes has launched their October “Let’s Talk: Harvest” campaign, reminding parents that the more one sows, the greater the harvest! Babies begin learning at birth, and the campaign emphasizes the fact that great things come from small beginnings.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a national non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school. Just 15 minutes a day of reading aloud from birth is more than 450 hours of reading time by kindergarten.

Visit www.readaloud.org for a variety of resources and tips for reading aloud, including a "Let's Talk: Harvest" toolkit. If you’re interested in reading to children in Durham as part of our Readers as Leaders program, please contact Davida Major, Operations & Volunteer Coordinator at the Partnership.

Vending machines offer free books instead of snacks

by Administrator 9. September 2015 10:35

This summer, thanks to JetBlue’s Soar with Reading program, children in Washington, D.C. discovered big blue vending machines full of brand new books in their community. 

The machines were stocked with free books, and children were allowed to take as many as they want, returning as often as they want – no strings attached. As the book selections rotated throughout the summer, parents could even opt in to getting text message alerts and updates about available books. 

The three vending machines were installed in Anacostia, one of the District neighborhoods with the lowest literacy rates. The company decided to fund the book vending machines after commissioning a survey on areas with limited access to books, known as “book deserts.”  In 2001, a study found that in underserved communities, there was only one age-appropriate book available for every 300 children.  JetBlue’s more recent survey determined that there was only one age-appropriate book for every 830 children in the area just outside our nation’s capital.

JetBlue’s pilot program provided approximately 100,000 books to children up to 14-years-old this summer. Detroit has just won the Soar with Reading Book Battle 2015 and will be the next city to receive 100,000 children’s books from the company. 

As we strive to improve early literacy here in Durham, we must continue to be innovative in how we find ways to get books into the hands of children who don’t have access to them. Book vending machines may not be a universal solution to this widespread problem, but it’s certainly a cool idea to get more children loving books as much as they love vending machine snacks! 

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Countdown to Kindergarten this Friday!

by Administrator 3. August 2015 11:33

Durham Public Schools’ annual Countdown to Kindergarten at the Museum of Life and Science (433 W Murray Ave.) is this Friday, August 7th from 6-8pm. This free event for all rising kindergarteners and their families provides important information and resources and helps to promote a smooth start to the school year!

Families will have a chance to tour the exhibits, ride a school bus and learn about school bus safety, learn about school lunch programs, meet UNC-TV characters, complete lunch, bus and other applications, check out the DPS before- and after-school programs, get school calendars, and much more!

The Partnership will be at the event representing the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative, providing school readiness tips and parent resources and providing free books to all children who attend. 

     


We are also gathering school supplies for 2 bookbags that will be donated to 2 young students at the event! If you would like to help provide supplies, please click here to sign up to purchase an item.

To download a bilingual flyer for Countdown to Kindergarten, please click here

Bring a Book Night with the Durham Bulls

by Administrator 16. July 2015 14:28

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, August 5th is Bring a Book Night with the Durham Bulls. Bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate to Book Harvest and get free admission to the game that night! This special evening is sponsored by Amundi Smith Breeden.

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to promote early literacy while cheering on the hometown favorites!  

Seize the Summer with Read Aloud

by Administrator 6. July 2015 15:52

Read Aloud 15 Minutes launched their “Seize the Summer” campaign today, reminding parents that children don’t stop growing during the summer, so they shouldn’t stop learning either! The campaign encourages parents to include books on their list of summer essentials and to use reading as a source of exploration and adventures this summer.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a national non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.

The summer campaign specifically seeks to combat what’s commonly known as the summer slide. “The National Summer Learning Association estimates that two months of learning may be lost over the summer months, and low-income children are especially vulnerable,” says Read Aloud 15 Minutes Executive Director, Bob Robbins. “We believe that reading aloud every day can not only stop learning loss, but actually build knowledge and skills.”

Visit www.readaloud.org for a variety of resources and tips for reading aloud. If you’re interested in reading to children in Durham as part of our Readers as Leaders program, please contact Davida Major, Operations & Volunteer Coordinator at the Partnership.

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