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
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!

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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!

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by Abigail Wordin
May
18

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Here at Milk + Bookies, we love movies just as much as we love books (almost)! We are so proud to have had our friends at 20th Century Fox be one of our sponsors for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration that took place on April 17th, 2016. They are always churning out crowd pleasers and amazing blockbusters like the Kung Fu Panda series, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Joy, and much more! …………………………………………………………………………………..

We are so excited to check out a few of their new releases coming soon to a theater near you!

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Comic books are books too! The X-Men series comes back to the big screen this month with X-Men: Apocalypse opening in theaters May 26th! With the most powerful of the X-Men returning to Earth after thousand of years, a new X-Men team must fight to preserve the world they know and save mankind. Rated PG-13. Click HERE to watch the trailer! ……………………………………………………………………………………

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

One of our favorite YA read’s is (finally!) coming to theaters in September: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Tim Burton has transformed this novel into a fantastical onscreen adventure. Jacob discovers a mysterious path to a special place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. There he learns all about their powers and their enemies. He must then harness his own special powers to save his friends. Film is not yet rated. Click HERE to see the trailer!

Which one are you looking forward to seeing most?

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

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by Abigail Wordin
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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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
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
April
26

Recap: 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!

Another Story Time Celebration has come and gone, and, as always, we are so THANKFUL to everyone (celebrities, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests!) that came out to support our cause and make this day a HUGE success!

We owe it ALL TO YOU!

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“This event is a SUPER BLOW OUT version of the “host your own” book-raiser. We provide books on-site from which children choose, inscribe and donate to a pre-chosen recipient. We have arts & crafts all made from recycled book pages, costumed characters from your favorite classic tales plus a celebrity story time and yummy treats!”

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It was great to see everyone gathered together at the
California Market Center and spend a few magical hours with us. We were able to donate over 3,000 books to support our summer reading program at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Los Angeles with the help of our friends at Discover Books!

We would like to take this opportunity to recap some of our favorite moments from our special event!

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This year we had amazing celebrity readers John Cho, B.J Novak, Lena Headey, Tamara MowryDave Koechner, Miranda Cosgrove, Jay Mohr, and Henry Winkler! The Story Time lounge was full of your favorite celebs like Julie Bowen, Selma Blair, Dan BucatinskyCharlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Justin Baldoni, Busy Philipps and MANY more! Thank you to everyone that came out to support us!

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The wonderful Magic Characters brought fairytales to life! The kids were so happy to be around their favorite storybook characters and made sure to capture the magical moment. We want to thank our friends Tinkerbell, Robin Hood, Captain Hook, Waldo, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Willy Wonka, Max from ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ and Little Red Riding Hood!

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Our volunteers enjoyed a hot brunch provided by Bru’s Wiffle and our guests enjoyed delicious treats from our food sponsors Krispy Kreme, CookieGoodLA, CheeboStuft Cookie, Bakeology, RalphsCalifornia Pizza Kitchen, McConnell’s Ice Cream, 1915 Juices- Bolthouse Farms, The Albright/Cast Iron Catering, and Organic Kids LA!

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Thank you to TOMS, Honest Company, Oven Mitt Cookies, Band-Aid Brand, Yoobi, Rise Up Coffee, Pair of Thieves, Pipsticks, Clare V., and Circle of Friends for filling our VIP guest room with wonderful goodies!

We also had great raffle prizes for our guests to enter to win from our wonderful sponsors, including: 5 Class Sessions with Soul Cycle, Kid’s Pizza Party with California Pizza Kitchen, A Pamper Yourself Package from Dry Bar, The Ultimate Gamer’s Weekend with Riot Games, a Weekend Retreat at Lake Arrowhead donated by MomStamp, a Deluxe Toy Basket from Quinnie & B, Two Weeks of Camp at Steve & Kate’s Camp, a Luxury One Night Stay at The Langham Huntington Pasadena, a Family Portrait Session from Halper Fine Arts, and an Ultimate Story Time Gift Basket with TONS of goodies!

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One of the highlights from our Story Time Celebration, and the most talked about, are our unique decorations found all around the event! A house, flowers, animals, and floating clouds with our recipient organizations names all made out of recycled book pages! We owe these beauties to our AMAZING design team at Dutch + Finn!

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Our crafts corner was a HUGE hit with all the kids! From decorating their own fairy tale wings to making their own Milk + Bookies bookmark, they let their creative minds run wild! A HUGE thank you to our longtime Creative Director and crafting genius, Courtney Collins from little junebugs!

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Story Time would not have been possible without all of our AMAZING sponsors and donors!

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Thank you to everyone for your continued support and for helping us make this event the BEST yet!

We hope to see you all again next year!!

 

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by Wendy Paniagua
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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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