At Milk+Bookies, one of our favorite things to see is a classroom filled with children who are more than happy to donate books for a M+B book raiser! And these kids from Carpenter Community Charter School are no exception. With the help of Adrian and her son and stepdaughter, Hudson and Maya, their class was able to host their own Milk+Bookies book raiser and raise 165 books! Adrian even made goodie bags and added some extra cute decor to give it a personalized flair to the book raiser! SO amazing!
Number of books raised: 165
Number of future philanthropists who participated: 20
Recipient organization: Moving Families Forward
They had such a blast and will definitely look forward to hosting more book raisers in the future! Remember that you can join in on the fun as well and host your own book raiser TODAY! All book-raiser materials are completely PRO-BONO to schools!
Our organization is truly fortunate to have college-aged interns on our staff every season. These interns and their dedication, creativity, and hard work deserve the credit for all of the magic behind Milk+Bookies, and we are so thankful for the amazing enthusiasm they bring in every day at M+B HQ!
In this Intern Spotlight, we took some time to ask one of our interns, Cherise, about her experiences working at Milk+Bookies, what prompted her to join Team Intern, and her favorite projects while working with us. Read below for her answers!
As a student, I’ve been pretty involved with a lot of different things on my campus. During winter break, I decided that I wanted to move beyond UCLA and start exploring internships close to campus. And then I found M+B!
What was Story Time Celebration like? How did it feel to see all of your hard work come to fruition?
One of my favorite memories is definitely Story Time Celebration!! All of the decorations and crafts were adorable, and storybook characters like The Cat in the Hat and Captain Hook came to life and were walking around taking pictures with children! It really was like wandering right into a fairytale (but with unlimited cookies and milkshakes) and it was something I wish I could have experienced as a kid.
Also, one of my biggest projects I worked on was making raindrops coming out of clouds as a physical representation of the number of recipient groups that had received books from M+B since it started ten years ago. It was cool to see how many raindrops there were (it’s one thing to see them, but another thing to format each of them individually…) to realize how many people have been impacted by the work of M+B. There were over 220! It was very gratifying to see others realize the impact of M+B the day of STC as well.
There are almost always Isabella’s cookies in the office. And they are really, really, tasty.
Thank you Cherise for all of your hard work and your constant smile! You will be sorely missed! If interested in joining our internship program, check out our Opportunities page HERE.
Every month, the Milk + Bookies team comes out to a random location for Flashgiving. Milk+Bookies interns Brittany and Janna sat down to answer some questions about this super fun event!
1. What’s your favorite part about Flashgiving?
Brittany: Meeting all the fun kids that come and help out, as well as all the free cookies!
Janna: It’s a great way for kids to donate without too much trouble – they literally just pick out a book that has already been donated to Milk+Bookies, inscribe a nice message, and put it in the cart to donate to an organization.
2. Describe Flashgiving in one word.
3. Where is your favorite place for Flashgiving?
Brittany: Tongva Park in Santa Monica! It’s so pretty there!
Janna: Definitely Tongva Park. It’s the best location for giving and cookies!
4. Describe your best memory of Flashgiving.
Brittany: A 3-year-old boy and his dad came out one day and the little boy took a book and started scribbling on the bookplate. The dad continued giving him different colored crayons and then after, donated it to us! It was so cute.
Janna: There was this cute little girl who came up to us before we even finished setting up and was like, “What are you doing?” When we told her, she said, “Books? Mommy come over here!” and brought her mom and friends over. It was such a sweet moment.
It’s a new month which means….a new Jonathan’s Pick of the Month for May!
If you don’t know already, Jonathan is a wonderful and dedicated volunteer for us at Milk+Bookies who is also an avid reader. Jonathan will be recommending some of his favorite books each month to the Milk+Bookies community and for May, his pick is H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden.
This action-packed series centers around H.I.V.E, or The Higher Institute of Villainous Education. In this unique and secret school, children are taught to become criminal masterminds. The series follows the adventures of Otto Malpense, a thirteen-year-old criminal genius and his friends as they learn more about the school and the organization, G.L.O.V.E (the Global League of Villainous Enterprises) that H.I.V.E. is a part of.
We asked Jonathan a couple of questions of why he chose this book for this month and here’s what he had to say about it!
M+B: Why is H.I.V.E. one of your favorite books?
Jonathan: It kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading it. I couldn’t put it down!
M+B: What makes it stand out from other books?
Jonathan: Nobody writes about the villains. It is a different perspective.
M+B: If you could have a villainous skill, what would it be?
Jonathan: To be a mass computer hacker!
M+B: Why do you think kids would like this book?
Jonathan: It’s like nothing they’ve ever read before. It’s cool to read a story from the villain’s perspective!
We are so thankful for Jonathan and his impeccable tastes in books. Don’t miss your chance to join in this suspenseful and thrilling adventure along with Jonathan by purchasing your own copy of H.I.V.E HERE, and check out Jonathan’s previous ‘Pick of the Months’ HERE!
We have no doubt that you all will love this book and we hope you stay tuned for more of Jonathan’s picks next month!
A picture is worth a thousand words. But what if you had a 6-second video clip printed out in a cute little flipbook? Now that’s definitely worth more than a thousand words! Milk+Bookies had the fortune to have Flipbooth LA for Story Time Celebration this past weekend!
Flipbooth printed out dozens of flipbooks for our guests, filled with high quality prints of them doing the wackiest and silliest things in front of our beautiful flying book background! From play fighting to clapping and cheering, it’s always fun to flip through the books and remember all the wonderful times in Story Time Celebration…all thanks to Flipbooth!
Here is one of the lovely photographers of Flipbooth explaining the whole magical process!
Check out their website to learn more about how Flipbooth works and how you can have your own flipbook! http://flipboothla.com/
Did you know that studies prove service learning helps students feel more compassion towards the disadvantaged, more committed to community work, and instills a greater belief that they could make a difference? After witnessing all the giving that happened at this year’s Story Time Celebration, we are convinced these benefits of service learning are true! Here’s what kids said when we asked: “How does giving make you feel?”
Giving makes me feel…..
“Like a good person.”
“Like I’m part of something important and fun.”
“Helpful to other kids my age.”
“Weird…in a really cool way.”
How does giving make YOU feel? Tell us in the comments below!
Milk+Bookies proudly promotes service learning by encouraging kids to give books to their communities. You can join us by hosting your own book-raiser today!