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

December is Read a New Book Month

It’s true! There’s even a Facebook page. Odds are if you’re reading this post, you already have at least one book on your nightstand and the kids have a few scattered about, too. The idea for Read a New Book Month is not just to encourage readers to keep reading during this busy time of year, but also to stretch yourself as a reader. Maybe it means reading a genre or author you or your kids have never read before; maybe it is an excuse to visit one of your “lesser favorite” genres; or maybe it is a reason to try a book in a different format. It might even be to go back to a book you started a … Read more