December
13

Story Time Celebration Tickets NOW AVAILABLE!

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YOU are invited to the 8th Annual Story Time Celebration!

 

When: Sunday, February 26th, 2017, 11am-2pm

Where: HD Buttercup – Culver City

3225 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Join us for a day of family fun featuring celebrity readers, story-inspired arts & crafts, books to donate, a scavenger hunt, the chance to meet your favorite literary characters, a giant bookstore, yummy snacks and, naturally…milk & cookies! Come and celebrate your love of reading and philanthropy with your friends and family.

We hope you can join us!

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SPECIAL PRESALE PRICING AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL JANUARY 1st!*

$75 per ticket (children 24 months and younger are free)

*(after January 1st tickets will be $100 each excluding children under 24 months)

To purchase your tickets or a sponsorship package, please visit: conta.cc/2dj2KrK.

 

Check out previous Story Time Celebrations by watching our videos HERE!

Any questions? Please email us at info@milkandbookies.org or contact our Event Coordinator, Traci Hoffberg, at Traci@tracihoffbergevents.com.

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by Alesha Dailey
November
29

A Message from Our Founder…

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In keeping with our democracy, America has been loudly voicing our differences. In doing so, our children have recently been exposed to language and behaviors which we hope they will find unacceptable. Many of us have expressed our fears and listened to our children’s confusion. Please remember to hold close your values and the values that you know, as humans and humanitarians, to be due north on your moral compass. Inclusion, empathy and compassion are the ideals by which most families live and raise their children. Now, more than ever, we must “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”.

For the students with whom we work, most especially the recipients, there is a great need for support, and, now, perhaps an even greater need for equality in education and empowerment by service.

The future is always uncertain, and feels more so today, but we will never lose the ability to positively effect another person’s life by being kind. Together we will continue to fight inequalities and we WILL create a better world.

With my warmest wishes for a brighter tomorrow,

Meredith

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Donate HERE to help support our programs and continuing efforts to increase childhood literacy and inspire a generation of givers!


by Alesha Dailey
November
2

#ShopForACause with India Hicks

Looking for unique fashion finds? In need of new home decor for the holidays? We have some good news for you!

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Milk + Bookies is proud to be partnering with India Hicks for a Holiday Pop-Up Shop taking place on November 13th and being hosted by our friend Tricia Converse! Simply RSVP by emailing triciaconverse@sbcglobal.net and come enjoy a fun filled night of shopping and socializing. PLUS, 20% of the proceeds will go to Milk + Bookies!!

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Can’t make it? Shop online at

www.indiahicks.com/event/milk-bookies/shopping

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India Hicks shares their brand with remarkable women as a foundation for them to become entrepreneurs, in their own time, and on their own terms. These women are their Ambassadors and together they are building something extraordinary. These exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, creating a more meaningful shopping experience.

Check out some of their amazing products below:
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We hope to see you there!


by Megan Tambio
October
10

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Recap!

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We had SO MUCH FUN at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on September 24th! A HUGE thank you to The Grove and everyone who came out for an afternoon of crafts, snacks, balloons, face painting, and – of course – story time!

Many thanks to Teak & Lace for the beautiful decorations, Magic Characters for bringing The Mad Hatter and Alice to life, Clementine for the delicious goodies, Pottery Barn Kids for supplying the tea party sets, Elizabeth and James for generously donating a portion of profits to the event, and the lovely Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) for coming out to read stories to us!


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“I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning, but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

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“Yes, that’s it! It’s always tea time.”

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“And what is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?”

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense; nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it wasn’t.”

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“I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir, because I’m not myself you see.”

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“You’re entirely bonkers. But I will tell you a secret: all the best people are.”

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“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

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“Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”

See you all next time in Wonderland!

Interested in partnering with Milk + Bookies for charity events at your store, retail complex, community event, etc.?? Email us at info@milkandbookies.org to find out more info!


by Kristen Wood
September
28

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Heath’s 6th Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to

Heath!

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For his sixth birthday, Heath hosted his second Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser, where he and all of his ninja friends helped raise 25 books for the Elizabeth House!

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Since 1993, the Elizabeth House has provided shelter, hope, and support for homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena by supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs. Through classes on parenting, health, financial management, emotional health, and job skills training, the team at the Elizabeth House works tirelessly to build a better future for these women and their children!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 13

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 25

DONATED TO: Elizabeth House

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Great work Heath! We know the children at the Elizabeth House will love the books you gave them! 

We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Heath and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

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To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
September
16

Join Us For The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Don’t be late for this very important date!

 

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Join us at The Grove on Saturday, September 24th, 2-5pm for The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! On the lawn outside Nordstrom and Pacific Theaters, we will celebrate heading back to school with celebrity story time, crafts, treats, and more.

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Be sure to purchase your tickets here! General admission is $10 per child. A $25 VIP pass includes a complimentary children’s book and t-shirt.

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by Kristen Wood
August
17

Harry Potter and the Importance of Literacy

With the recent birthdays of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, as well as the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this summer has been HUGE for the Harry Potter franchise and is bringing a new generation of children back to the magic of Hogwarts!

In celebration of the new book (and our general obsession with all things HP), here’s a look at how Harry Potter has impacted literacy worldwide since its publication…

First published in 1997, the Harry Potter series has sold an estimated 450 million books across 200 different countries.

Children have been exposed to the magical world of Hogwarts in sixty-nine different languages.

Coca Cola donated $18 million to the US Reading is Fundamental program at Rowling’s request after they won the rights to tie their product in with the first film.

Harry Potter has inspired budding writers to create more than 500 thousand pieces of fan fiction related to the series.

Universities now use the Harry Potter novels to educate future teachers by comparing and contrasting teaching styles with that of Hogwarts professors.

The final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold 8.3 million copies on the first day of its release.

Studies have shown that children – and adults! – that have read Harry Potter are more tolerant of stigmatized social groups, such as refugees and members of the LGBTQ community.

Foreign language versions of the novels have been used to aid in learning a second language.

Young readers are exposed not just to Hogwarts, but the many genres featured through out the novels – from fantasy to mystery to romance and horror.

Fans of Harry Potter are more politically active than those who have not read the series.

The interest spawned by Harry Potter made reading “cool” again and drew back a generation of readers from other forms of media.

59% of children say that the Harry Potter series has made them better readers.

51% of readers say they will go on to read another book series after finishing Harry Potter.

 

Can you remember the first time you read Harry Potter? For children with limited access to books, that moment may never come.

Join us in spreading the love of reading and the lastings joys of Harry Potter and Hogwarts by hosting your own Book-Raiser or donating to get much needed books to children in need!

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
August
12

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Connor’s 1st Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to

Connor & Jessica!
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To celebrate her son Connor’s first birthday, Jessica hosted a small but mighty Dr. Seuss themed Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser benefitting the Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter in North Carolina.

Helpmate provides safety, shelter, and support to victims of domestic abuse and their children through free emergency housing, courtroom advocacy, counseling, and helping build a safer future for victims and their children. Connor and Jessica raised five books for children in these difficult situations to enjoy!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 4

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 5

DONATED TO: Helpmate Domestic Violence Shelter

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Great work Jessica and Connor! We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Connor and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
July
26

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Juliana’s 3rd Birthday!

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to
Juliana!

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For her 3rd birthday, Juliana’s mom, Sandra, knew that she wanted to teach her daughter to appreciate her birthday, not by receiving, but by giving.

After discussing that not all children have books of their own, Juliana decided to host her own Milk + Bookies book-raiser so that she could collect and donate books to children in her local community that didn’t have access to quality reading material. When they went to drop the books off, Juliana really began to understand the true meaning of giving back to others!

Juliana ended up raising 100 books for the Boys & Girls Club of Conejo!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 25

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 100

DONATED TO: Boys & Girls Club of Conejo

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“What I learned as a parent, is that it’s never too early to start planting the seed of learning how to give.”

– Sandra, Juliana’s mom

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Great work Sandra and Juliana! This family truly teaches us that it’s never too early to learn the joys of giving. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like Juliana and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

To find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, click here.

And don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your Book-Raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Kristen Wood
July
6

Milk + Bookies & GiveBackLA

About a month ago, we had a very special visit to our office by the GiveBackLA team! We had such an amazing time shooting our video as a part of their “2 Minutes Can Change Everything” campaign. Our office was even temporarily transformed into a magic making studio!

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At GiveBackLA (GBLA), they believe that giving back is the new definition of success. GiveBackLA aims to introduce you to impactful & relevant Los Angeles area non-profit organizations, in a whole new way, providing a unique opportunity to get more involved in local causes that speak directly to you.

“Whether it is literacy, homelessness, violence prevention, the environment, GiveBackLA has handpicked a portfolio of local charities that have infrastructures in place that streamline the process for volunteers and financial donors to get involved at a level that is ideal for them. Whether it’s rallying co-workers at a small or large company to raise funds or creating a day of volunteering for the family, get involved and start giving back today!”

Because it’s easier than you think to make a difference. ™

We want to thank the GBLA team for all of their hard work making our amazing video and for sharing our mission! 

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Visit our website at www.milkandbookies.org to find out how to donate to support our programs or get involved by hosting a book-raiser, volunteering, and more!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey