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
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!

 

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by Shannon 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!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
April
11

Say “Cheese” For Flipbooth!

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Let’s admit it. We all LOVE photo booths, right!? Recall those fun memories of hanging out with your besties at the mall taking pictures, trying to convince your parents to come pick you up an hour later than usual on a Friday night, to no avail. Now, thanks to Flipbooth, you can relive that same sense of fun while making new memories! Flipbooth makes a jazzy addition to any wedding, party, or event that you and your guests won’t get enough of!

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Lovely little flip books via @flipbooth on Instagram

Flipbooth offers multiple formatting options, including classic photo booth strips, animated GIFs, and of course, flip books! You can directly share your creations on your favorite social media sites using the social media station and your digital negatives will also be accessible on Flipbooth’s website for you to download at your convenience. All of the booths use the highest quality DSLR cameras and professional studio lights so your photos will always be en pointe!

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Open-air booths let you be yourself! via @flipbooth on Instagram

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Quirky photo props via @flipbooth on Instagram

Using the booth is as easy as one, two, three! Simply step in front of the camera, pose for a six second video, wait for your flipbook to print, and voilà! Flipbooth’s photo booths are open-air, which means you don’t have to climb into a tiny box with a bunch of your friends. Let’s just say it allows maximum “voguing” potential! Better yet, a variety of stylish props are included for your event!

They can be set up anywhere with your choice of a complementary white, black, silver, or gold backdrop. You can also provide your own backdrop or Flipbooth can create a custom design just for your event!

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Nothing says “party” like a sparkly backdrop! via @flipbooth on Instagram

Flipbooth is a proud partner of Milk + Bookies and we are beyond excited to showcase their photo booths at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th in DTLA!

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For more information on our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase your tickets, click here! We hope to see you there!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
March
29

Spring into Freshness with Bolthouse Farms!

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Spring has finally arrived and what better way to shake off those winter blues than indulging in flavorful, fresh, organic goodness from Bolthouse Farms! With a wide variety of juices, smoothies, salad dressings, and more, everyone is sure to find just what they’re looking for to satisfy their need for yumminess!!

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Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing with fresh fruits and veggies via @bolthousefarms on Instagram

Bolthouse Farms’ roots go all the way back to 1915, when the Bolthouse family was among the leading vegetable suppliers to major companies such as Campbell’s and Gerber. Today, they offer simple, clean, and delicious products that are free of preservatives, artificial flavors, and high fructose corn syrup, as well as gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options.

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The newest addition to Bolthouse Farms’ selection of tasty treats is their 1915 cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO juices!

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Colorful Romaine, Carrot, Beet, Pineapple, and Blueberry juices via @bolthousefarms on Instagram

Love fruit flavors all day, every day? Strawberry is right up your alley, mixed with coconut water, pear, lemon, and apple. Prefer green juice?

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Ultra nutritious and delicious Romaine juice via @bolthousefarms on Instagram

Open up a bottle of Romaine, combined with apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, and lemon; it’s delectable and good for you! All 1915 juices are jam-packed with nutrients to fuel you throughout the day!

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Bolthouse Farms is a proud long-time partner and sponsor of Milk + Bookies, providing nutritious goodies at our events and supporting our day-to-day operations. We are thrilled to be serving up some 1915 juices at our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration on April 17th in DTLA!

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These ladies are loving their 1915 Carrot juice at the Bike for Bookies event with SoulCycle!

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For more information on our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase your tickets, click here! We hope to see you there!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
March
18

Discover Books and the Power of Giving

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All of us here at Milk + Bookies are bursting with excitement for our upcoming 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!! As you have probably guessed, one of the most important parts of the Story Time Celebration is, you got it, books! We’re talking lots and lots of books… so many that you could build a castle out of them…literally!!

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Stacks of books from Discover Books in the Story Time Celebration donation room

We would love to offer a BIG thanks to our partner Discover Books for supplying the thousands of titles that comprise our donation room at the Story Time Celebration! Here, kids can handpick books to inscribe with warm messages and donate to children in need.

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This little guy loves donating!

Discover Books was founded on the idea that a good book should never be thrown away. They set out to redistribute, resell, and recycle used books, ensuring that they either make their way into grateful communities nationwide or are repurposed into new goods, and do not end up in landfills.

In addition to contributing to the Story Time Celebration, Discover Books also supplements our school-to-school book drive program, Leaders + Readers, year-round, helping us provide books to thousands of kids in schools and organizations throughout Los Angeles!

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Leaders + Readers program assistant and volunteer coordinator, Sonia, hanging out at the Discover Books warehouse

Discover Books believes in the magic of an amazing story and in promoting children’s literacy across the nation, values shared by everyone at Milk + Bookies. Here’s to some awesome teamwork!!

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For more information on our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration and to purchase your tickets, click here! We hope to see you there!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
February
3

An Interview with Ms. Avila of the Variety Boys and Girls Club

Milk + Bookies has had the privilege to work with over 50 Boys & Girls Clubs in the Los Angeles area and nationwide. Books donated to Milk+Bookies, whether through our Leaders+Readers program, book-raisers, or personal donations, have helped to fill the shelves at a multitude of Boys & Girls Clubs as well as give their members an opportunity to choose books of their own to take home to keep.

We took a moment to talk with Ms. Josie Avila, the Librarian of Variety Boys & Girls Club in Boyle Heights to learn more about her members, the importance of reading, and the impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the community!

How did having a Milk+Bookies Choose + Keep Book Fair impact your club?

Our book collection in our library increased by almost 1000 books! Because our members were given a rare opportunity to pick & choose their books, this ignited a passion for reading, not only for learning, but also for pleasure. Our parents were grateful that their children could increase and, in many cases, start a library at home.

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How does reading have an impact on your members at the Variety Boys & Girls Club?

I have been an employee at the club for three years,  I have seen members who started coming to the club since Kindergarten and are now in third grade.  One example is Geovany Paredes, a third grader, who last year was tested and identified as “Gifted”.  He comes in every day! He loves to read chapter books and his favorites are all the Geronimo Stiltson books that he started reading in second grade.  Geovany has also read the entire Magic Tree House Series.  The members who love to read are also doing better in writing.  Parents have also started signing up younger siblings to expose them to our reading club.

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What kinds of books excite your kids?

The classic fairy tales, scary stories, holiday books, Dr. Seuss, Patricia Polanco.  I also find members who love to read biographies, history, and science.  I challenge them to find a book that is just right for them, then explore and read for fun.  Everyone who reads is also expected to do at least 3-4 book reports per month.

What does working for the Boys & Girls Club mean to you?

I love working with children, I worked with LAUSD as a library Aide for 20 years before I came to the club.  I love helping children by planting a seed for “the love of reading“.  I always tell our members that reading is a lifetime skill.  I use character analysis that enriches their understanding of this important life skill.  For example: Respect, Equality, Consideration, Kindness.  At our library, I expose our members to the writing process, art, & poetry.

I also call & invite parents to participate in our reading program.  I try to be a positive role model to all our children & their families.  I raised a son in this community & I have seen the impact of parent involvement in our youth’s lives in our community.

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What is the impact that the Variety Boys & Girls Club has on your community?

Personally, my older brother was a member and I know it kept him involved in positive activities.  He was also exposed to trips, team sports, and positive adult role models. The VBGC has been providing a refuge for children who daily struggle with real life circumstances of poverty, gang violence, and substance abuse.  Our staff works to ensure our programming meets kids where they are in their cognitive development, as well provide basic needs (snacks) so they are ready to learn.

What are the best ways to get involved at your club?

The best way to get involved is by contacting us at:

(323) 269 – 3177

Our Executive Director is Mrs. Patty Siquieros

Our Program Director is Mrs. Susana Magana

 

The club believes that all children can learn and achieve if given the opportunity to excel!

 

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Thank you, Ms. Avila, for all you do to support your community and inspire young readers!

Learn more about our Leaders+Readers program, here.

Your Los Angeles school could host a book-drive or become a book-drive recipient!

 

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by Marianna Yamamoto
August
14

Bike for Bookies! Soulcycle Event Recap

On August 8th, Milk+Bookies held its Bike for Bookies Fundraiser at Soulcycle in West Hollywood. The event brought together 30 sublime individuals who stepped up to not only bike, but raise funds for our Leaders+Readers school-to-school book drive program that gets much needed books to students in LAUSD!!

With everyone’s support, Milk+Bookies raised over $5500!

Since January, we have raised a total of 55,800 books and worked with over 30 LA area schools! With the dedication, sweat, and burned calories of our amazing supporters, we have gotten closer to our goal of getting 100,000 books into LAUSD this fall! Thank you for joining our cause and being a champion of literacy and philanthropy!

We loved participating in this Soulcycle event and wanted to give a great big THANK YOU shout out to everyone on the West Hollywood Soulcycle Team for being superbly kind and welcoming! Our instructor–Chris–danced with us, inspired us, and pushed us past our limits! From song choice to energetic fervor, Chris’ Soulcycle session was challenging and invigorating!!

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With all of the hard work we put in on the bikes, of course we needed to replenish our bodies with nutrients afterwards! Thanks to Bolthouse Farms‘ new line of organic, pressed juices 1915 Organic–we had an ice chest full of healthy, delicious juices! With flavors like Carrot, Romaine, Blueberry, Beet, and Pineapple, everyone at Soulcycle found a flavor (or three) they loved! Thank you Bolthouse Farms!

1915 Organic Carrot Juice: Apple, Carrot Lemon, Ginger, & Coriander!

1915 Organic’s Romaine Juice matched this Bookies Biker’s clothing ensemble so perfectly! The juice includes Apple, Romaine, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale, & Lemon!

Milk+Bookies is immensely grateful for everyone’s continued support in our philanthropic and literary initiatives. Cheers to starting off the 2015-2016 school year with so much soul!

Bike for Bookies!!

Click here to contribute to our Leaders+Readers program help get get 100,000 books into Title 1 LAUSD schools!


by Betty Fang
June
24

Bike for Bookies with SoulCycle

Do you like books, biking, and giving back?? We are VERY excited to announce that our Bike for Bookies event with SoulCycle, the revolutionary indoor cycling gym, will take place on August 8th @ 2pm at the West Hollywood SoulCycle Studio!!

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We are riding to help raise funds for our new Leaders + Readers Book Drive Program, getting kids in Title 1 schools in the LAUSD new and gently used children’s books that they desperately need. Since January we have already raised 55,800 books and worked with 30 LA area schools! Now, we need YOU to help us reach our goal of getting 100,000 books into LA area schools this fall!! How? By rallying your friends and family to support and sponsor you as a Bike for Bookies rider!! With Leaders + Readers, every $1 equals one book!!

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If you are interested in being a rider at this event, please email events@milkandbookies.org for more information and details on how to sign up! Hurry!! Spaces are limited!!

 

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by Alesha Dailey