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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READ! GIVE! GROW!


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
June
20

2nd Annual Bike for Bookies with Soul Cycle!

Milk + Bookies rides again! Our 2nd Annual Bike for Bookies event will take place on August 28th @2pm. Join us for a fun filled, calorie burning day at the Beverly Hills SoulCycle Studio to help support our Leaders + Readers program! 

So far we have raised over 120,000 books and impacted 50 LA area schools and counting!! Come ride with us to help raise funds for our Leaders + Readers Program, getting kids in Title 1 schools in LA much needed books to support learning and academic excellence!

With our Leaders + Readers Program, every $1 = 1 book for a deserving child! With your help, we can get even more books into schools this fall and give every student in LA an even playing field.

Join us as a rider at this event! Email info@milkandbookies.org for more information and details on how to sign up. Hurry spaces are limited!

The more $$ we raise the faster we ride! Donate to support our programs by clicking and sharing this link with your friends and family. Help contribute to our mission of inspiring and educating the youth of Los Angeles!

We can’t wait to see you at the event of the summer!

Visit www.milkandbookies.org to read more about us.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
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
31

We Love Warner Bros.!

WBTV_Logo_ColorWith summer quickly approaching, all of us here at Milk + Bookies are sad to see some of our favorite television shows wrapping up for the season. A great number of these shows are brought to us by one of our very own sponsors, Warner Bros. Television! Warner Bros. Television produces and distributes programming to major networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, TNT, FOX, and The CW, as well as HBO, Netflix, and Hulu.

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An all-around favorite of just about everyone in the office is The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, a young-adult fantasy drama about a girl who has to choose between two vampire brothers and the chaos that ensues. Season 7 of The Vampire Diaries just ended and we CAN NOT wait for new episodes! If you’re not caught up, don’t worry, you can stream the latest five episodes on cwtv.com or binge watch up to season 6 on Netflix!

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A new Warner Bros. Television hit is Netflix’s Fuller House, a reboot of the popular 90s sitcom Full House. DJ is all grown up with kids of her own and has to readjust to life after the loss of her husband with the help of her friends and family. People of all ages love the show, from young families to millennials who grew up watching the original! If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out exclusively on Netflix now!

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All of us at Milk + Bookies would like to offer a special thanks to our partners at Warner Bros. Television for their wonderful support of our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration that took place on April 17th in DTLA!

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Check out a recap of our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration here!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey
May
23

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Blanchard Memorial School

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

Blanchard Memorial School

 

The families and students of Blanchard Memorial School hosted a book-raiser to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council. Nearly 200 parents and children gathered together to make this book-raiser a HUGE success!

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South Middlesex Opportunity Council improves the quality of life of low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families. For children, South Middlesex Opportunity Council runs a head start preschool program, as well as school age summer and vacation programs.

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Total Books Raised:

425

Number of Students Participated:

200 Parents and Students

Donated to:

The South Middlesex Opportunity Council

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

Don’t forget to purchase your Bookies Box full of all the materials you will need to host a SUCCESSFUL book-raiser!

READ, GIVE, GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
May
13

Hooray For Bru’s Wiffle!

brusWiffleAndMore_tShirtBreakfast is the most important meal of the day, and no one does it quite like the folks at Bru’s Wiffle. Our love for their amazing waffle creations runs deep! With so many incredible options, like the Churro Waffle topped with cinnamon ice cream, how can anyone order just one (we certainly can’t!)?

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Chocolate Waffle Party is the breakfast of champions! via bruswiffle.com

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, take a bite out of the Chocolate Waffle Party, a chocolate Belgian waffle stuffed with fresh butter cream and topped with Oreos and chocolate sauce! In addition to they’re famous waffles, Bru’s Wiffle offers a hearty selection of lunch and dinner options guaranteed to keep your hungry tummies satisfied all day!

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All of us at Milk + Bookies would like to offer a special thanks to Bru’s Wiffle for supplying an amazing breakfast for our volunteer staff at the 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!

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These volunteers love the buffet of fresh waffles, fried chicken, and mac n’ cheese!

We couldn’t have done it without all of our outstanding volunteers who came out to help, and they couldn’t have done it without Bru’s Wiffle!

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Harry Potter approved! If only house elves could make waffles like the folks at Bru’s Wiffle!

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Willy Wonka LOVES Bru’s Wiffle!

 

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Check out a recap of our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration here!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey