Book Harvest Helps Children Build Home Libraries

Posted By Frank Vinluan

The most important factor determining children’s academic success, says Ginger Young, is whether or not they have books at home. But two-thirds of children in poverty in the United States do not grow up with books. “The phone book might be the only book they have,” says Young, founder and executive director of Book Harvest, a nonprofit that collects donated books and helps children set up their own home libraries.

Young started Book Harvest in 2011 as a way to get books to children who lived locally in her neighborhood. Her effort has since donated more than 400,000 books to children in Durham, Chatham, and Orange counties. Young says that besides books, her organization needs money and volunteers. The RTP Rotary Club was able to help on two fronts. The April service project was a book collection drive on behalf of Book Harvest, which yielded 2,333 books. RTP Rotary Club President Andrew Kerr also presented Young with donation of $500. To learn more about Book Harvest, go to

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