During the month of November, Durham-based nonprofit Book Harvest will provide its one millionth book to a child in North Carolina. In honor of this milestone, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed November “Book Harvest’s Millionth Book Month.”
Since its founding in 2011, Book Harvest has been committed to helping children and families build home libraries filled with books they love and have selected themselves. Growing up in homes and communities that are rich with books helps children start kindergarten ready to learn, combat summer learning loss once they are in school, and fall in love with reading. Book Harvest partners with families, schools, health clinics, social service agencies, and other community organizations to provide donated books to children from birth through high school, ensuring children have plenty of books and parents have all the support they need to help their children achieve their literacy goals.
Book Harvest began the final countdown to its one millionth book on October 1 and expects to reach that milestone within the next two weeks. Said Book Harvest founder and executive director Ginger Young:
“This proclamation is just one more chapter in a wonderful story of involvement with Book Harvest by Governor Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper. They have personally donated books, and they have each visited our programs. Most recently, students at Lakewood Elementary were delighted when Mrs. Cooper joined them for Books on Break and read them a story.
“The Coopers’ commitment to literacy and to success for every child in North Carolina is something we are deeply grateful for as we begin the journey toward our next million books.”
Read the complete proclamation here.
To learn more about Book Harvest, including how to donate or volunteer, visit www.bookharvestnc.org, follow the organization on Twitter, or see updates on their Facebook page.
Source: Daniele Berman, Book Harvest