BOOKS ON BREAK: Sharing books with children in the summer!
Imagine you are nine years old and about to finish the third grade. You are headed home for three long months of summer without a lot to do. Your parents will be working, and there isn’t money for camp. You like checking out the books in the media center during the school year – especially the Magic Tree House books -- but you don’t have books at home.
Then something amazing happens during the last week of the school year. Your teacher brings you and all your classmates to the school media center, which has been transformed into a pop-up bookstore; she gives each of you a string backpack and instructs you to fill the backpack with 10 books you can take home and keep for your very own.
The tabletops are brimming with books – thousands of them. You choose carefully, filling your backpack with a book on extreme weather, a graphic novel, a book on how to draw manga, an encyclopedia of superheroes, a book of brainteasers, a Wimpy Kid title, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and THREE Magic Tree House titles. You are giddy with excitement, and you can’t wait to start reading!
This is Books on Break, which provides 10 books each to elementary-aged children on free and reduced lunch in schools in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. It is a magical experience for both the students and the volunteers who serve as their personal shoppers. In 2015, more than 2,000 elementary school students in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro will participate in Books on Break.
It costs just $25 to enable each child to experience the joy of Books on Break and a summer filled with books. If you can make a donation to enable us to reach as many children in need as possible this summer, please click here.
We hope you'll join us as we replace summer learning loss
with summer reading joy for kids in need in our community!
Books on Break 2014 Partners
Forest View Elementary School
Glenn Elementary School
Lakewood Elementary School
Y.E. Smith Elementary School
Carrboro Elementary School
Ephesus Elementary School
Estes Hills Elementary School
Frank Porter Graham Elementary School
Glenwood Elementary School
McDougle Elementary School
Morris Grove Elementary School
Rashkis Elementary School
Scroggs Elementary School
Seawell Elementary School
With special thanks to the School Reading Partners Office of CHCCS!
PORCH Food for Families
Read2Me Tailgate Stories
Books on Break 2013 Final Report
Thank you to everyone who helped make Books on Break 2013 a huge success! Dozens of volunteers, a hundred financial contributors, and thousands of book donors fueled this massive effort to connect local kids with ten books each over the summer. Here’s what we achieved, working together:
Biogen Idec * Chapel Hill Service League * Cisco * Coastal Federal Credit Union * Communities in Schools of Durham * Drs. Clifton and Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry * Durham Academy * Durham Mocha Moms * Durham Regional Association of Realtors * First Book Foundation * Measurement Inc.* NetApp * NISS/SAMSI * Regulator Bookshop * Research Triangle Foundation*
Rotary District 7710 * RTI International * US EPA * many, many neighborhoods and individuals!
Each child participating in Books on Break selected 10 books to take home to keep. Research shows that this infusion of 10 books combats summer learning loss and helps participating children return to school in the fall ready to learn.
More than 15 schools and organizations partnered with Book Harvest to connect the donated books to kids who need them. These include Durham’s Glenn Elementary (667 - the entire school!); Forest View Elementary (300 students); all ten elementary schools in Chapel Hill-Carrboro; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Read2Me:Tailgate Stories; PORCH’s Food for Families; and Varsity Church Summer Lunch Program.
About Book Harvest: Book Harvest works year-round to help Triangle children in need to harvest books to keep for their very own. We dream of the day when every child in our community has plenty of books at home. Our need for books, funds, and volunteers is ongoing. To learn more, visit www.bookharvestnc.org, or drop by our office at 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard in Durham (next to Guglhupf) Monday – Thursday from 9:00 to 2:00. Please like our Facebook page to stay up to date on our news, volunteer opportunities, and plans for Books on Break 2014!
For a PDF of this final report, please click here.
Archived Books on Break 2013 info:
Did you know that it costs us just $17 to send a child home for summer with an armload of books?
Can you help? Make a gift to Books on Break!
Just $17 underwrites the cost of one child participating -- and helps fill that child's summer with books!
Books on Break gives a book-filled summer to kids who need books. We partner with schools and organizations such as PORCH to enable kids in need in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro to select 10 books each to take home and keep for their very own over the summer.
The more funds we raise, the more children we can reach -- helping each one have a summer filled with imaginations and special places and adventure, even if they never leave home.
Why is Books on Break so important?
(with thanks to our friends at First Book!)
Access to books in the summer is vital to children's academic success.
"When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children's books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains." (Bridging the Summer Reading Gap, Anne McGill-Franzen and Richard Allington)
Many thanks to ALL our partners for leading the way in helping children in need experience the joy of book ownership this summer. Together, we can make a difference!
To see the RESULTS of 2012 Books on Break Durham, please click here.
To see the RESULTS of 2012 Books on Break Chapel Hill/Carrboro, please click here.
Remember (with thanks to our friends at Burning Through Pages):
Wishing everyone a happy summer of reading!