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Building Literacy: Book Harvest distributes books to Triangle children


By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, WRAL Go Ask Mom

Ginger Young tells me she’s a mom, first and foremost. And a fixer.

A few years ago, her own children were outgrowing their childhood books. Young knew there were children just a mile from her home without a single book at home.

She knew that countless studies have found that book ownership is critical for young children as they develop language and reading skills and for long-term academic success.

And she knew she could come up with a solution.

“I love to fix problems in the simplest way possible,” said Young, who lives in Orange County with her husband. The couple have three children – a high school senior and two young adults.

Young launched Book Harvest in Durham in 2011. The group gathers books and donations and distributes them to the homes of children in the Triangle. In just a few years, the non-profit has experienced major success.


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