June
23

Summer Book Drop Offs!!

The M+B team has just wrapped up our most successful year of Leaders + Readers yet…donating over 130,000 books to 37 Title I elementary schools in LA that have impacted over 40,000 students!!

 

Just because school is officially out and summer is now here, doesn’t mean the book donations stop. We wanted to celebrate our achievement by kicking off our summer with a BANG and donating an additional 3,500 books to various in need and underserved organizations throughout L.A.! Check out where we went in the map below:

Our efforts are in direct response to the “Summer Slide” phenomenon…

Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

Unfortunately, children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.

Our goal in donating large amounts of books to organizations like the ones above each summer, is to prevent any loss in reading achievement and to give ALL students an equal start the following school year.

Reading just 4 to 6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.

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Help us beat summer slide and close the achievement gap in L.A. schools by donating books this summer! Contact us for more details on how you can get involved: info@milkandbookies.org.

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
March
22

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Heron School

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our friends all the way in Sacramento at the Heron School!

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This year marks the Heron School’s 2nd Milk + Bookies Book Raiser! Home of the Heron Flyers, 50 kids, parents, and teachers came together to raise over 60 books. The books they raised will be donated to homeless and foster youth within their school district, exemplifying the Milk + Bookies mission to impact underserved children right in your own community!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 50

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 60…and counting!

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Great work Heron School! These students teach us that it’s never too early to learn the joys of giving. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like them and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

Way to go, Flyers!

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Thank you for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

Join us and start making a difference in your own community. Find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser here and purchase your Bookies Box!

For some inspiration on how to make your Book-Raiser stand out, follow our Pinterest page!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Megan Tambio
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
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
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
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!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Shannon Dailey
April
1

Yoobi: One for You, One for Me

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Yoobi is all about colorful, fun school supplies and our favorite thing GIVING! At Yoobi, their motto is “one for you, one for me”, which means that every time you make a purchase, Yoobi reciprocates by donating school supplies to in-need classrooms here in the United States!

Yoobi wants to make sure that all kids have access to school supplies, just like we here at Milk + Bookies want all kids to have access to books. So far they have donated school supplies to 1 MILLION KIDS and counting!! Together we can give kids the education they deserve!

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Yoobi packsYoobi was kind enough to donate hundreds of great craft supplies and prizes for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration!! We can’t wait to get creative…Here are some fun and easy activities from Yoobi’s instagram to get you inspired for April 17th!

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Follow @yoobi on instagram for more awesome crafts!

Colors galore! Yoobi has all the coloring supplies you need to make your coloring pages come to life! Download these and other awesome coloring pages here!

 

 

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Follow @yoobi on instagram for more craft ideas!

Give your favorite jeans a new look! Yoobi‘s stamp brush paint set adds just the right amount of color! Get a set of your own here!

 

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Tickets are still available for our 7th Annual Story Time Celebration! To purchase tickets, click HERE!

We hope to see you all there on April 17th!!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Abigail Wordin
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!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


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!

 

Read! Give! Grow!


by Marianna Yamamoto