April
18

A Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Time!

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We were SO EXCITED to spend our Easter weekend with our friends and supporters at The Grove for our scrumdiddlyumptious Golden Ticket to Imagination Story Time! It was a beautiful spring day filled with Charlie and The Chocolate Factory-themed crafts, face painting, candy, exciting prizes, and of course, story time.

With the chocolate river flowing, our guests were invited to enter a world of pure imagination…

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Our longtime friends and dedicated M+B supporters Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen came out to read “10 Things I Love About You” by Daniel Kirk. Their infectious humor made everyone laugh and their reading was definitely a highlight of the day! Check out their feature in People Magazine that talks more about their participation and what they value as parents!

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

Kids had the opportunity to make fun candy crafts for Easter, courtesy of Little Junebugs, that were inspired by our friend Jodi Levine (creator of SUPERMAKEIT) and her amazingly fun book, Candy Aisle Crafts!

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Two of our sponsors Mrs. Thinsters and See’s Candy kept our attendees sweet tooth’s satisfied with delicious chocolate chip & brownie batter cookies, and bags of delicious chocolate!

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Attendees of our Annual Story Time Celebration may have recognized the Candy Man…he made a return visit for this special candy-centric event where he was busy crafting candy art all day for our guests!

 

Copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl & Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine, were generously donated for our special GOLDEN TICKET giveaway and were given out as prizes for the very lucky winners…

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Guests attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Guests attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Atmosphere is seen at The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Atmosphere is seen at The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

In addition, we raffled off a HUGE Wonka Gift Bag, full of some of our favorite story books, craft kits, and goodies. CONGRATS to the winner, Sandra!!

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We of course have to give a special thanks to The Grove for hosting the event at their gorgeous venue. We always have so much fun putting on events with their rockstar team!

We would also like to give shoutouts to Grove tenants Barnes & Noble, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Laduree for supporting the event by donating a portion of proceeds to Milk + Bookies to help support our mission.

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who came! Whether you were a guest, a volunteer, or an OompaLoompa, you made the day a blast and we hope you will join us again next time!

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by Megan Tambio
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
February
21

Redecorate Your Life with H.D. Buttercup

Decorating can be tough. Entire professions and shows on HGTV can attest to this…

Want to make it a little easier? Check out H.D. Buttercup – our friends, partners, and HOST of our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration!

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What sets H.D. Buttercup apart is its dedication to curating unique, top-quality pieces for each of its locations.

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We are so beyond thrilled (and LUCKY!) that their Culver City location will be playing host to our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration taking place on February 26th, 2017. During Story Time, our guests will receive 10% off ALL items in-store. But wait – there’s more! H.D. Buttercup has also generously provide a super special raffle prize that can be won at the event. Enter and you’ll have a shot at a $1,000 H.D. Buttercup gift card AND a one-on-one design consultation with their VP of Design and Retail, Skye Westcott, who will lend her keen eye for style and years of experience to make your design dreams come true!!

Check out some of their amazing interior designs below and get inspired!

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“At H.D. Buttercup, we see the home as a reflection of self,” their website reads. “Our in-house team of design consultants are on hand to carefully curate this journey.”

Get your tickets to Story Time by visiting, conta.cc/2dj2KrK TODAY!!!

#STC8 #SupportLiteracy

 

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by Megan Tambio
February
8

Mrs. Thinster’s is a Cookie Dream!

We here at Milk + Bookies value snack time almost as much as we do reading! You can probably already guess what our favorite snack is (hint: it rhymes with ‘Bookies’). That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our newest partner and sponsor for our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration: Mrs. Thinster’s!

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You’ve probably seen our fabulous baking friend popping up more and more at your local grocery store. That’s because Mrs. Thinster’s cookies are more than just delicious – they’re unique! Thin and extra crispy, Mrs. Thinster’s combines the awesomeness of cookies and your favorite bag of chips.

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Mrs. Thinster’s comes in 10 tasty flavors that offers something for the purists and rebels alike including classic Chocolate Chip and decadent Coconut Fudge. Better yet – all of Mrs. Thinster’s products are Non- GMO, nut allergen-free, and made with simple ingredients – aka “nothing you can’t pronounce”.

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Our ultimate cookie crush is also socially conscious. With their “Share a Cookie, Share a Smile” campaign, Mrs. Thinster’s helps donate their products to those in need- from schools, to the homeless, to our troops overseas.  Mrs. Thinster’s website proudly declares:

“We believe that the simples of joys can be found in food. After all, it is food that brings people together at the table.”

 

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Get your Mrs. Thinster’s cookies at our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration taking place on February 26th, 2017 at HD Buttercup in Culver City from 11am-2pm! Tickets on sale here!

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by Megan Tambio
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
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
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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#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!

 

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by Shannon Dailey
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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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