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Milk + Bookies, a nationwide charitable organization that inspires children to give back, using books as its currency, was introduced to me by a friend who had a Milk + Bookies Birthday Party for her daughter last weekend. Way to go Svea + Lou!

-Lou “I was happy and excited about giving books away for my birthday.”


Milk + Bookies combines two essential and worthwhile efforts: literacy promotion and service learning. While the book donations are imperative to our mission, just as important is instilling the seed of giving into each host and their young guests, sparking feelings of importance, self-confidence and the desire to give and give again.”

Be inspired!

  1. Mercedes CAMACHO said,

    June 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Nice drawings and a great initiative

  2. Joseph Davidson said,

    June 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    What a great idea! We’re lucky in where we are to have plenty of book recycling locations for schools, but this is something I’d like to see go viral for those places that don’t.

  3. Dyna Wilson said,

    October 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Hey Jolayne,
    Great as well as inspirational idea.I’ll definitely follow this idea on my birthday too :) Keep it up.

  4. Stephanie Schuler said,

    January 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Stephanie Schuler said,

    January 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Good to see you teaching the kids the benefits of drinking milk!

  6. Martin Costello said,

    January 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I am a former high school, college Mathematics professor, and a practicing mathematician who has done my fair share of social entrepreneurial work in education. So it might surprise the reader who – perhaps cast out of character – someone like me valued this site. First of all, it provides an event that every fundraiser needs (I am also a professional fundraiser) Second, there is enormous development in self importance linked to service learning. With that said, every time I teach a new college class in mathematics, I tell my students: ” If you think I am going to teach you JUST mathematics, well, you are WRONG. I teach self importance. Great that young learners are developed in this life and character formation experience early in life. Because you will learn it at my age: 66 (I look like I’m 36 ) Martin Costello (508) 459-0854

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