Shop and Support Literacy, Too

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is shop for books. Yes, I like browsing the bookstore (and library!) shelves all year long. At Christmas, though, I wear a different hat. Instead of looking for books that I will like, I wander through the aisles in search of books that are “just right” for the person on my gift list. Laugh-out loud books for the preschoolers Thrillers for the mystery lover Biographies for the history lover Cookbooks for the FoodNetwork addictees Sadly, not everyone loves books or reading or Amazon.com. Thankfully, I have an alternative. I can shop for gifts at their favorite stores AND support my literacy passion. Shop = Gift + Literacy Best of all, … Read more

AmazonSmile – Shop & Give Back

Have you heard about the new AmazonSmile program? It has only been around for a few months. For nonprofits like The Reading Tub that rely on “passive fundraising,” AmazonSmile is a reason to, well, smile! In a nutshell, AmazonSmile is Amazon, with all the features and selection of products on the main site. BUT, when you shop smile.amazon.com the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations you select. The Reading Tub is one of the charities in the AmazonSmile philanthropic initiative. What is particularly beneficial to us is that there are no fees associated with the donation (unlike Paypal, which takes a small slice of your monetary contribution). It also doesn’t cost you … Read more

Black Friday: Not Here

You don’t need to mark your calendar for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We’ve been hearing about those phenomena for weeks (if not years). The idea that Black Friday is spilling into Thanksgiving itself is just sad. But that is a topic for another day. Instead, let’s mark our calendars for the National Day of Giving – Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The idea of  Giving Tuesday is to counter Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a campaign that “celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.” Whether you participate in the National Day of Giving or are looking for a suitable nonprofit for your end-of-year giving, please consider donating to The Reading Tub. We are a 100% volunteer public … Read more