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Week 44-Rocktober!, Day 4-Book it son

Book it son!

Happy first day of October!  We had a great Saturday full of shopping and hanging out with great people watching college football.  My friend Jen is a third grade teacher and she was coloring these pictures when we got over to their house tonight to watch the WVU game, and of course I had to ask what they were for.  “Did you guys do Book It when you were little?”  My reply was, “Um, yea! I loved Book It, with the free pizza and cool pin with all the stickers.”  Well that of course started a whole conversation about favorite books and where to get them, ect, ect.  Come to find out, October is National Book Month which makes that conversation totally blog applicable!  It also made me miss reading for fun, damn you grad school, and thankful that my family instilled a love of reading in me from a young age.

Who better to put on National Book Month than the National Book Foundation, I mean that only makes sense right.  NBF has been around for over half a century honoring great writers as well as great books, and raising the cultural appreciation of writing in our country.  The National Book Award is given to writers by writers, and set the ball in motion for the NBF back in 1950.  Today the award is still alive and well but they have also expanded their program to college campuses and middle and highs schools.  Their Book Up program focuses on motivating middle school students to continue reading for pleasure in the hopes that they will become life-long readers.  NBF also brings award winning authors to college campuses, and sets up live broadcasts of readings and conversations they engaged in.  One of the great things about books is that they can help bridge the gap between two family members who are separated.  United Through Reading gives deployed parents the chance to video record themselves reading their children’s favorite books a loud.  This allows their kids to read along with them and deepen their love for reading even if they can’t physically be together.  Over one million children, parents, and adults have participated in their unique program since it’s inception in 1989.  The children’s reactions to the videos are often recorded and sent back to their parent to help boost their morale as well.  Everyone deserves to have their Daddy or Mommy read them a bedtime story before they go to bed.

United Through Reading Military Program

National Book Foundation Donation

United Through Reading Donation

So here’s to you books!  You and I have been close for a very long time, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.  Of course the types of you that read these days aren’t quite what they used to be.  I still have a box of you that I plan to read and give to my children one day.  You really are the gift that keeps on giving.  Thanks buddy.

Week 41-I can’t live without, Day 7-Libraries

Ok now that terrible Tuesday is over, we can move on and talk about how much of a book-worm I am.  For as long as I can remember I have loved, loved, loved to read.  There is even documented evidence of me crawling up into anybody’s lap who would have me with book in hand.  There’s just something about the way a book checked out from a library smells.  It’s one of those smells that takes me right back to being a kid, and being so proud to have my very first library card.  Libraries are great for books, but nowadays they’re also great for DVDs and ebooks.  The very best part about libraries?  They are free, and free is for me!

All aboard the Dolly train!

This month is national Library Card sign up month, so get your booties up and off the couch and head down to your local bookery.  I have been spoiled by university libraries over the past six going on seven years.  Wow, I never relayed how long that sounded until just now.  Anyway, theFree Library of Philadelphia has been providing access to a plethora of information to anyone who’s interested since 1891.  You need to research wooly mammoths for your science project?  FLP is there for you.  You want to listen to a podcast by the author of the new sensation, The Help, discuss the relationships between Southern families and their servants back in the 1960s.  Yep, FLP has got that too.  My grandmother always taught me that life is a classroom, and learning is something that never stops.  That would make libraries the Gatorade of life that quenches our thirst for knowledge and rehydrates us for the next adventure.  I’ve already told you guys about my serious love for books and stories.  I would have been my dream to get a new book every month until I went to kindergarten.  It turns out that the fabulous Dolly Parton has taken that idea and turned it into the Imagination LIbrary.  Starting when a child is 12 months old they receive a different book each month until they turn five, and the last book they get in their mailbox is “Watch Out Kindergarten Here I Come”.  Dolly knows how important books are because they are often times the seeds of big dreams that children have.  I can’t think of a better gift for a child than the gift of possibility, and that’s exactly what IL has to offer.  Dolly, you rock my world.

Free Library of Philadelphia Donation

Bring the Imagination Library to your community!

So here’s to you libraries!  You are a place that holds a special place in my heart and in my mind.  You remind me what it’s like to be hungry to learn.  You were the place that I earned my Book-It stickers, learned how to draw my organic chemistry structures, and do research for my master’s thesis.  You are pretty serious, but occasionally you like to cut loose and have some fun too.  Thanks for helping us learn, grow, and play all in one place.

Libraries are so gorgeous

Week 22-California!, Day 2-Milk

Got milk?  I did this morning as we awoke to our first morning here in Cal-i-forn-i-a.  I went old school style and enjoyed a delicious bowl of Rice Kripies with my usual morning joe.  The carton even has the words “California milk” on the outside, which of course made me immediately think of happy cows.  Obviously, because they come from California.  Milk helps you build strong bones, fight cavities, and have great hair and nails.  Plus its delicious, especially with a little help from Mr. Chocolate Syrup.  So sit back, pour yourself a glass, and cozy up with this little blog post.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Yay Taylor!

Ok, now that you’re back let me tell you about this charity called Milk + Bookies.  M+B teaches children how great it feels to give back and about the love of a good book all at once.  They have these great parties where children buy books and write little notes inside for the children they are going to donate them too.  They kids also get a story and of course, milk and cookies.  Founded in 2004 M+B by a mom with two young children, she wanted to make sure her kids knew the value of giving back to others.  In case you didn’t already love this charity for the creative name or awesome mission, big name celebrities like Pete Wentz and Jennifer Garner are big supporters.  I also learned today that MILK isn’t just something you drink.  Mainly I Love Kids Fund, MILK, is also a non-profit that helps develop disadvantaged children in Singapore and other countries overseas into contributing members of society.  MILK partners with the services that are already in places in these countries to help kids the best way they can.  They are usually focused on the fundraising and advocacy for the children and leave the direct services to the experts.  Teamwork, it’s how things get done.

Milk + Bookies Donation

MILK Donation

So here’s to you milk!  You make cereal, ice cream, brownies, and warm cookies scrumptious.  You help us achieve our daily intake of the oh so important Vitamin D.  You also come in great flavors like chocolate and strawberry for those who like a little variety in their life.  Thank you for helping build strong muscles and bones since 1984.

Week 20-Social Networks, Day 5-Crowdrise

Never even heard of Crowdrise?  Me neither until I was flipping through the pages of my April edition of Glamour magazine and saw this article.  If you were the producer of Elf, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, and Anchorman would you switch careers to start a social networking site with your boyfriend to raise money for charity?  Shauna Robertson did.  She realized that even though she was making everyone else laugh, there was something missing and only she could change it.  With the help of her boyfriend, one Mr. Edward Norton, she left her seven-figure salary and started CR in May of last year.  In that short period of time they have raised over $1 million and some change per month for some very worthy causes.  I’m so thankful some people still follow their dream to make other people’s dreams come true. Charity Event Fundraising on Crowdrise

I quickly decided that I needed to be a part of this CR movement, so I signed up.  I started looking around and saw some familiar charities and a couple of new ones.  i am that girl has a great name and a great mission.  IATG works to inspire authentic confidence in girls and women everywhere so they can have a positive impact on the world.  We can all be that girl by supporting our fellow female friends and celebrating our uniqueness and diversity.  In a day and age when HDTV and reality TV make all of us at home feel like we’re not good enough, IATG is there to remind us that we are.  We have the power to define our own worth, be comfortable in our own skin, believe in ourselves, and reinvent ourselves as many times and as often as we like.  I am that girl, and I want my friends, my family, and my future daughter to be that girl.  I know a big reason I am that girl is because of my love of reading and passion to learn, which was highly encouraged by my parents.  Reader to Reader is a non-profit that is changing the world one book at a time.  RTR is dedicated to bringing books to needy school and public libraries all across America at not cost to them!  RTR reaches out to the country’s poorest communities, like inner-city schools and poor rural towns.  RTR has donated over $40 million worth of books and computers since the idea was first hatched in 2000.  Giving the gift of reading is literally priceless to both the giver and the receiver.  So from reader to reader, donate those old books you know you’re never going to get around to re-reading.

i am that girl Donation

Reader to Reader Donation

And sign up for your own Crowdrise account!

So here’s to you Crowdrise!  I am so thankful that I found you hidden among nautical wedges and new ways to wear blush this summer.  You are a refreshing and a wonderful take on what social networking can be used to accomplish.  You give people a new, fun, engaging way to give back and make new friends all at the same time.  You have helped me figure out that reader to reader, i am that girl.  Appreciate it, and I can’t wait to return the favor.