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BOOK HARVEST TO HOST JULY 16TH BLOCK PARTY ON CONCOURSE OF DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK

BOOK HARVEST TO HOST JULY 16TH BLOCK PARTY ON CONCOURSE OF DURHAM BULLS ATHLETIC PARK WITH FREE BOOKS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES


July 6, 2022, Durham, NC – Book Harvest’s annual Block Party will serve as a free community-wide celebration of summer, books, and National Summer Learning Week on Saturday, July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the concourse of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.


The afternoon will be filled with family activities and entertainment, highlighted by an abundance of free culturally inclusive children’s books for every child – from infants to high schoolers – to take home and keep forever. Plus,


  • Live performances by the Bouncing Bulldogs and Batalá Durham;

  • Pierce Freelon, Grammy-nominated Durham musician and author of the recently published children’s book Daddy-Daughter Day, will read to the crowd;

  • Books and Bops will lead a fun, movement-based storytime;

  • The Poetry Fox will create custom, individual poems on his typewriter;

  • A variety of community partners will offer information about their organizations;

  • A DJ will spin family-friendly tunes;

  • The first 300 people through the doors will get a $5 voucher to use at the concession stand!

In addition, partygoers will greet Book Harvest Durham’s new Executive Director, Tabitha Blackwell – and all attendees will receive free mini cupcakes provided by Wegmans of Chapel Hill to welcome her. Blackwell is scheduled to share an announcement about an all-new Book Harvest program at the Block Party.


Free parking will be available throughout the American Tobacco Campus, including street and garage parking.


Watch the promotional video here, and find additional event details and the afternoon’s full schedule at bookharvest.org/block-party.


At the Block Party, Blackwell will announce the new Book Harvest Family Space that opens to the public on July 19. The transformed 1,300 square feet inside the Book Harvest offices at 2501 University Drive is a brand-new colorful area full of books, wall toys, a magnet wall, reading nooks, puppets, and more – all designed to make it easy for children and families to play, learn, and read together.


“We know that children and families not only need access to books, but also to spaces that are safe, inviting, and provide learning places,” said Blackwell. “The Book Harvest Family Space is a venue for families to engage together in interactive activities that nurture inquiry, curiosity, and learning. It’s a fabulous new space for our entire Durham community! The space reflects our organization perfectly – and our belief that books build brains and learning happens everywhere.”


About Book Harvest:

Book Harvest is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit organization, which has provided more than 1.8 million books to North Carolina children since 2011. Book Harvest provides an abundance of books and ongoing literacy support to families and their children from birth. Their vision is of a world in which reading, learning, and access to information are considered rights, not privileges, so that all children thrive. Learn more at www.bookharvest.org.

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Direct Link to Block Party Promotional Materials: https://bit.ly/3IorkCT

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