Founded in 1997 by Dan Studer, former Lincoln Education Association President, the Harvest of Books Inc., is a program developed to help promote a life-long love of reading for children. The Harvest of Books is sponsored by the Lincoln Education Association. KFOR 1240 AM radio is a promotional sponsor.
The goal of the Harvest of Books, Inc. is to provide every first grader in the Lincoln Public Schools and Lincoln Parochial and Private Schools with a minimum of one new book of their own to take home, to enjoy, and to share with their family. Since its beginning, Harvest of Books has provided over 177,400 brand new books to the children of Lincoln.
During an annual, designated period of time near the first two weeks of October, community members have the opportunity to buy a book for a first or second grade student. Community members may go to any participating bookstore in Lincoln, choose a children’s book, and purchase it at the discounted price the bookstore offers as part of the Harvest program. The participating bookstores are: Barnes & Noble (both “O” Street and SouthPointe locations), Indigo Bridge, University Bookstore (lower level of the Nebraska Union), and Usborne Books & More.The bookstores then insert a nameplate within the book’s cover upon which individuals can write their name or company on the nameplate as the donor of the book(s). The bookstore sets aside the Harvest books at their store and volunteers from the Lincoln Education Association collect and distribute the books to first and second graders throughout the public, parochial and private schools sometime during the week of Thanksgiving.
Individuals who prefer to send a donation for the purchase of Harvest books and leave the shopping to LEA volunteers may do so by sending a check to the “Harvest of Books” in care of the Lincoln Education Association, 4920 Normal Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506 at any time throughout the year. Or click here to donate online.