March
9

8th Annual Story Time Celebration Recap

It’s that time of year again! Quicker than you can say “I Love Books!”, our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration came and went…and what a party it was! We could not have done it without the support of so many amazing guests, celebs, volunteers, and partners. We owe every ounce of our success to ALL OF YOU!!

This year’s Story Time was truly a labor of love and we would like to take this opportunity to recap some of our favorite moments from this incredible day…

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First and foremost, the BIGGEST THANK YOU goes to our incredible hosts and event partners at HD Buttercup in Culver City! Not only did they DONATE this space for the event, they gave us the run of the store that morning where we were able to utilize their beautiful furniture to create a truly unique and cozy Story Time for everyone to enjoy. Seriously, how gorgeous was this space?!?!

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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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There was plenty to see and do at the event! Kids started off by taking our “Future Philanthropist Oath” wherein they promised to uphold the valuable lessons taught to them in their favorite books and to always give back to others. At our book store you could purchase some awesome M+B swag, buy a book, or donate one to a future Leader + Reader. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees and our book supply partners at Discover Books, we were able to donate over 2,000 books!

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In addition to special guest readings on the Story Time Stage, kids could make crafts from recycled book pages (created by the amazing Courtney Collins of little junebugs), play games with some Magic Characters (including Harry Potter, Pippy Longstocking, The Mad Hatter, and Captain Hook), participate in an exciting scavenger hunt with a super cool book necklace prize from Ann Williams Group, or grab a handcrafted treat from an amazing taffy artist!

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We were happy to have the support of both veteran and new VIP guests this year. Story Time readers included Julie Steines & Norbert the Dog, Greg Grunberg & illustrating partner Lucas Turnbloom, Mark Feuerstein, Henry Winkler, Dan Bucatinsky and our special Reading Champion 2017 Julie Bowen (she’s been with us since the very first Story Time!). Other special attendees included David Walton, KaDee Strickland, Jason Behr, Lindsay Sloane and our dear friend, Tom Everett Scott

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Arly Scott also performed her deliciously happy song “Pumpkin Pancakes” (check out her music video here!). And, lastly, but certainly not least, a HUGE THANK YOU to our MC, Adam Mellema, who kept the show running smoothly and provided the perfect mix of whimsy and fun that kept all attendees totally enraptured.

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Now, what’s a party without delicious goodies?!?! There was an ice cream truck, a coffee cart, snacks galore, a raw bar “boat”, picnic fare, and, of course, milk & cookies! We had so many wonderful partners and sponsors who went above and beyond donating supplies and tasty treats that kept both attendees and volunteers alike fueled and happy. Thank you to: Ripple Foods, Thyme Cafe and Market, Cast Iron Catering LA, Mrs. Thinsters, Organic Kids LA, Go Go Squeez, Bare Snacks, Ralph’s / Food 4 Less, Rockenwagner Bakery, Cheeky, McConnell’s Ice Cream, and Coffee Commissary. DELICIOUS!

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Several partners also generously donated some awesome prizes for our raffle, including $300 in blowouts plus a gift basket full of hair goodies from Drybar, a five class pass for SoulCycle, four 50- minute massages from The Now, a fabulous one night stay in the King Suite along with valet parking and a complimentary breakfast at Langham Huntington Hotel Pasadena, a 10 day pass at Steve & Kate’s Camp, and a $1000 gift card plus a design consultation with VP of Design and Retail, Skye Westcott, from our generous hosts at HD Buttercup. We even auctioned off some of our iconic (and stylish!) paper animals created by the genius team at Dutch + Finn to some very lucky guests!

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It goes without saying that a lot goes into planning Story Time every year…That’s why everyone here at Team M+B is especially thankful to HD Buttercup for hosting us, Morgan Pansing for snapping some gorgeous photos, Dutch + Finn for designing our whimsical decorations, Chideo for shooting event video, our pro-bono PR team from DKC Impact, and Traci Hoffberg Events for helping bring the whole event together.

Perhaps most importantly, we’d like to thank everyone who came to #STC8, both new and returning guests. Your support allows us to celebrate story time every day and continue to spread the love of reading to underserved children who don’t have access to the books they need to thrive. Because of YOU, through initiatives like our Los Angeles based Leaders + Readers program we’ve been able to donate over 400,000 books to over 60 Title I elementary schools!

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See you next year! And, remember to always…

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Megan Tambio
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
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!!

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey