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A Thank You to SIBA Booksellers and Publishers from Book Harvest

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, January 22, 2016


I hope you are doing well.  It has been a few weeks since we met at the Raleigh Hilton on that busy Sunday afternoon in September, but I wanted to report to you what has happened with the books that were left for us to take.

All five carloads were taken to Book Harvest for sorting so we could know what treasures we were given from those that had been a part of the SIBA conference.  The books that could benefit children were given to Book Harvest.  Cookbooks were also included because of the collaboration with PORCH.

From there we started looking for non-profits in North Carolina that might enjoy new books for their adult clients.  It has been an adventure as we have researched, called and delivered.  Some staff members showed exuberant enthusiasm as soon as they saw the new books.  My favorite was hearing a gentleman exclaim that the guys would think it was Christmas in October as he brought them these new books.
Allied Churches of Alamance County homeless shelter -- 6 boxes of books / ARCs
Book Harvest (Durham) -- 1,248 books / ARCs
Durham Literacy Center -- 122 books / ARCs
Durham Public Library -- 14 boxes of books / ARCs
Freedom House Recovery Center (Chapel Hill) -- 131 books / ARCs
Healing with CAARE, Inc. (Durham) -- 300 books/ ARCs
Library in rural Nash County -- 4 boxes of books / ARCs
Love Wins (Raleigh) -- 120 books / ARCs
Pennies for Change (Durham) -- 40 books
Ronald McDonald House of Wake and Durham County -- 62 ARCs
SECU Community House (Chapel Hill) -- 4 boxes of books / ARCs
Spring Arbor Assisted Living retirement home (Durham) -- 25 ARCs
TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) -- 164 ARCs plus 20 books
Urban Ministries of Greensboro -- 6 boxes of books / ARCs
YWCA Family Shelter in Greensboro -- 6 boxes of books / ARCs
Please convey our thanks to the publishers who contributed the books left at the SIBA convention, and also the gratitude of all the organizations who received these books, and the individuals served by said organizations. In particular, as volunteers at Book Harvest, we know first-hand how a child's eyes light up when they are given the first book of their own. As a result of this distribution effort, we have been given the opportunity to see other organizations in action, and we have seen for ourselves how much need and appreciation there is among disadvantaged adults as well.

With reading in our future,
Julia and Scott Bales

Book Harvest

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