Books on Break
Because summer is a high-risk time for low-income kids . . .
Books on Break taps the power of volunteers to get books into the hands of kids in time for summer!
It's simple: enabling kids to select ten books each to take home and keep at the start of summer helps combat summer learning loss. That is our goal with Books on Break: to give kids who need books a home library, helping them to bridge the long weeks of summer and to return to school in the fall ready to learn.
We are in the midst of planning for Books on Break 2013, and we'd love for you to be involved!
What: BOOKS ON BREAK
Book Harvest is partnering with Durham Public Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and PORCH to give 10 books each to 2,000 low-income children at the start of and throughout the summer of 2013.
Why: 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)
We need both monetary donations and donations of books to fuel this massive effort.
To make a tax-deductible gift, please click here.
Here are the locations where you can donate books to Books on Break 2013:
Regulator Bookshop:, 720 Ninth Street, (919) 286-2700. Buy a new book to donate to Books on Break, and Regulator will give you a 20% discount!
Infuzion, 3400-A8 Westgate Drive, (919) 402-9449
Outsiders Art & Collectibles, 718-C Iredell Street, (919) 451-3231
In Chapel Hill/Carrboro
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 919-942-7373
The Children's Store, 243 South Elliott Road, 919-942-8027
Twig, 99 South Elliott Road (next to Wholefoods), 919-929-TWIG
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):
One last thing . . .
Simply by sharing this link with friends, you can help spread the word about Books on Break and our need for books to help change summer for 2,000 of our kids. Please take just a minute now to do so!
If you would like to volunteer with Books on Break, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing everyone a happy summer of reading!