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
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
June
3

Madewell Gives Back with Milk + Bookies

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to our friends at Madewell!

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The amazing team at Madewell put together a stellar Milk + Bookies book-raiser at their Costa Mesa / South Coast Plaza store on May 29th. They provided guests with champagne and delicious cookies from Milk Jar to enjoy and, for everyone who brought in books, they received 20% off a purchase of $125+ AND a free Madewell tote! The folks at Madewell were able to raise over 42 books which will be donated to Olive Crest, an organization focused on preventing and treating child abuse in Orange County.tumblr_m2ucafR1PO1qzdg78image001

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 42

DONATED TO: OLIVE CREST

We are so happy to have partnered with Madewell to give so many fantastic books to kids who need them most! Madewell is one special company who not only makes the BEST products, but also gives back to their community! Madewell also supports initiatives that protect the environment and responsible sourcing. To learn more about Madewell‘s social responsibility initiatives, click here!

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THANKS TEAM MADEWELL!

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To find out how to get your company/store involved with Milk + Bookies, email us at info@milkandbookies.org!

Learn more about hosting your own book-raiser by visiting our website here!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

#everydaymadewell


by Abigail Wordin
May
3

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro

This week’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to….

Madeleine
Gibbons-Shapiro!

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Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro recently hosted a HUGELY successful Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser at her local Barnes & Noble in San Jose, CA!! She even created her own display board with Milk + Bookies facts and showed the true meaning of what makes a #FUTUREPHILANTHROPIST!

Total books raised:

422

Donated to:

Students at Washington Elementary School

 


WES“Buying books at B&N was a different way to fundraise and Maddy was so organized and friendly. It was such a great cause, so easy to buy books for Washington School and I was motivated to buy my own books and read! Way to go, Maddie!” – Dani


Madeleine was able to raise 422 books and donate them all to Washington Elementary School! Through her book-raiser, she was able to meet the librarian, principal of the school, and also spoke briefly at a parent meeting about her project!

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The students at Washington Elementary School were so thankful for all their new books and made Madeleine a special poster with personalized messages and signatures!

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“It was a great experience and very fulfilling to see how much of an impact I was making for the lovely Washington Elementary community.” – Madeleine

We are SO THRILLED to hear about the success of Madeleine, a true #FUTUREPHILANTHROPIST, and can’t wait to see where her love for reading and giving takes her next!

 

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 a Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to make your own Book-Raiser a SUCCESS!

READ, GIVE, GROW!


by Wendy Paniagua
March
23

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Foothills Elementary School

This week’s book-raiser spotlight goes to…Foothills Elementary School!

A Milk+Bookies Book-Raiser can be anything from a class project to a birthday party. Our program is designed to help create a service learning experience for kids (and adults!) while redistributing collected books to your LOCAL community! The Bookies Box has all of the essentials to help you get started, including balloons, bookmarks, stickers, bookplates, and a guide to hosting your book-raiser. Get your Bookies Box, here!

The students and families of Foothills Elementary School hosted a school-wide book-raiser to benefit a local elementary school. Their students, teachers, and families all joined in to help make the book-raiser a HUGE success!

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Total Books Raised:

891!

Number of Students Participated:

100!

Donated to:

West Elementary School


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Thank you for inspiring so many #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS and making a difference! We can’t wait to see where their love for reading and giving takes them!

To find out how to host your own book-raiser and make a difference in your community, click here!

Don’t forget to order your Bookies Box that contains everything you need to make your book-raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Marianna Yamamoto
December
30

Start the New Year with Milk + Bookies!

Happy New Year!

 

2015 has been an incredible year for us here at Milk+Bookies and that is all thanks to YOU! In 2016, we want to inspire even more #futurephilanthropists, raise more books, and spread the love of reading and learning among children everywhere!

Which is why it’s never too early to start planning your 2016 Book-Raiser. For 11 years, we have been helping people all over the U.S. (and beyond) turn any occasion into a book-raiser – from a birthday party to a coffee gathering, a school event to a troop meeting. In our opinion, every occasion is a perfect excuse to host a book-raiser! Here’s how we do it:

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Book-Raiser 101

1. Order your Bookies Box!

The Bookies Box includes book plates, stickers, bookmarks, and balloons – everything you need to get started.

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2. Invite your fellow philanthropists!

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers together. Whether it’s for a party or for a simple cup of coffee, ask them to bring new or gently used books to donate. Join our push on CTZN for book-raiser party ideas!

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3. Inscribe the books!

Use the book plates that come with your Bookies Box to inscribe the books with a message for the recipient. This can be anything from a short note to a drawing – be creative! These messages mean just as much to the child receiving them as the book does!

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4. Deliver and donate!

We will help you find an organization, homeless shelter, youth program, school, or library in your area in need of books. Deliver your donations to the organization of your choice!

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5. Tell us how it went!

We LOVE hearing from our Hosts across the country. Let us know how many books you collected, how many children were at the event, and where you donated the books to. And don’t forget to take some snaps!

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Thank you for inspiring our #FuturePhilanthropists and spreading the love of giving and reading!

Happy New Year!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Marianna Yamamoto
October
20

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Harvard Extension School

On Friday, September 18th, the staff of the Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosted their own Milk + Bookies book-raiser. The event was a huge success and the staff members collected hundreds of books, almost doubling their goal! Many of the donated books were hand-picked by the staff and their children. As a bonus, everyone enjoyed ice cream and cookie sandwiches from The Cookie Monstah food truck…YUM!

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TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 379!

TOTAL STAFF INVOLVED: 150!

DONATED TO: Cradles to Crayons!

Cradles to Crayons provides children 12 years or younger, living in low-income or homeless situations, “with essential items they need to thrive…[They] supply these items, free of charge, by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.” What a wonderful organization to donate books to!

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“We hope some of the children who get these books will develop the same love of reading and learning that we have. [The book-raiser was perfect for] our mission to extend Harvard education to anyone with the intellectual drive and curiosity to master the academic rigor of our courses.”

– Amie Evans, Executive Assistant to the Dean at Harvard University

 

Find out how you can host your own book-raiser and start making a difference to children in your community, here.

And don’t forget to order your Bookies Box full of the goodies you will need to make your book-raiser a success!

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Marianna Yamamoto