One of the elements that makes Listen to Your Mother so powerful is its emphasis on partnering with a local cause that supports women and children. As you know, our 2015 local cause was Book Harvest, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide books to children in need. In addition to giving Book Harvest a percentage of our ticket sales, we also asked the audience to bring new or gently-used books to donate.
I’m thrilled to announce that Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham was able to donate $1000 to Book Harvest, and our audience donated an additional $95 and 442 books!
But it doesn’t end there. Book Harvest’s need – the community’s need – still exists. They give books year-round, and “the need for books is vast, ” states Ginger Young, Book Harvest’s founder and executive director. They especially need books for preschoolers.
As schools begin closing for summer vacation, one of Book Harvest’s primary programs ramps up. Summer can be a tough time for children without books or access to enrichment activities. Book Harvest created Books on Break to help combat summer learning loss and provides 10 self-selected books to children on free or reduced lunch:
In 2015, Books on Break is providing a string backpack and 10 books each to 2,525 low-income elementary school students in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro.
Our two shows were fantastic, our sold-out crowds responding enthusiastically to the pieces presented. BookHarvest received many new books for its needs. We saw old friends and met new ones. It was wonderful. And now our Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham season is over for another year. I’m always surprised by how quickly the time goes. I swear it seems like yesterday we were holding auditions and welcoming 11 nervous women to our first read-through. And now it has been almost 2 weeks since our shows were held. It took me that long to process the season, the shows, and our wonderful cast. I don’t know what alchemy it is, but we enter this process as strangers and leave as friends, in some cases sisters. I told Marty that the always bittersweet end of the LTYM season reminds me of the ending of Ocean’s Eleven: they’ve formed, stormed, normed and then performed and […]
As unbelievable as it is to all of us, our first show is tonight! Last night we had our tech rehearsal. It suddenly feels real when we are sitting on stage, facing the audience, fumbling with the microphone and trying not to knock over the music stand. Everyone brought their A-game, and I am so excited for our audience to be able to hear these stories tonight and tomorrow. Break a leg, ladies! by
This post comes to us from our cause partner Book Harvest and its operations manager and 2013 Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham cast member Daniele Berman. *** Because I’m a lover and teller of stories, I want to tell you one. It’s a story about mothers, about social media, about writers, about curiosity, and about children’s books. (The common thread, I think you’ll find, is that those are all powerful things. And they make for a powerful story.) Once upon a time—is 2013 long enough ago to count as “once upon a time”? all good stories start that way, so let’s say yes—a writer acquaintance of mine posted something on Facebook about submitting some sort of piece of writing to some kind of thing about mothers. That vague description is as much as I knew when I clicked on the link she had shared. But I was curious to see what my writer acquaintance […]