Posted by Erin on 05.31.2011 at 4:14 pm
People ask me all the time what does it really mean when you say “Better World Books delivers meaningful social and environmental impact” through its core business?
- Over $9 million raised for our non-profit literacy and library partners
- Over 4.5 million books donated to a large number of non-profit partners, most notably Books For Africa and Feed The Children
- Over 70 million pounds of books saved from landfills through the re-use or recycling of used books we have collected.
On another level, it is all about the stories. Stories of our employees and our partners advancing our mission in so many different ways. Here are just a few of them:
Earth Week (April 18th)
- Several employees from our corporate headquarters in Alpharetta, GA volunteered to help clear hiking trails at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Everyone returned home poison ivy and tick-free!!
- Over 60 BWB employees participated in the Indiana Highway’s Trash Bash month! These employees from Mishawaka and South Bend did their part by picking up trash along the side of our section of adopted highway, Capital Avenue. We’re glad to be able to do our small part to keep our earth green!
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Posted by Erin on 05.29.2011 at 6:10 pm
Posted by Erin on 05.27.2011 at 6:07 pm
Memorial Day weekend always marks the beginning of summer and typically means time outside, under the sun, and perhaps on the water. This year, I aim to do all three… but after my adventures of the past year, I’ll view the weekend and its Monday holiday in a different way.
Posted by Erin on 05.27.2011 at 9:34 am
From John, VP of Marketing
At Better World Books, we’re in the business of doing well by doing good. As a result, when I run across other businesses that have social impact built-in, they jump out at me, and many times I can’t resist sharing them with others.
I met Sherry Comes at a conference and learned about her extraordinary social enterprise, Coffeecakes.com. Not only do I love the fact that Coffeecakes.com was the first online coffee shop in Denver and that they sell specialty food and other gourmet gift items on the Internet, but I admire their greater mission: to help find a cure for Neurofibromatosis (NF) and to help support families affected by the disease.
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Posted by Erin on 05.25.2011 at 4:20 pm
Have you ever wondered what the head of a company thinks about the daily activity of the corporation? Our CEO, David Murphy, wants to give you just that kind of insight, and in the process get to know you, our friends, fans, followers, donors and customers!
The first Monday of every month we will be posting “Ask the CEO” on Facebook, Twitter, and this blog (first installment below!). You can ask David questions about how BWB works, what he thinks about social enterprise in the news, what books he is reading, what he is proud of that BWB has recently engaged with etc. Then he’ll get back to you ASAP.
David Murphy will also be posting a monthly blog entry the first Monday of every month for you to learn more about what we’re up to and why we’re up to it.
Here are some of the questions and answers from our very first “Ask the CEO”
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Posted by Erin on 05.20.2011 at 7:26 am
Did you know that an estimated 781 million adults are illiterate? That’s 1/7 of the planet. In the United States, 30 million adults possess below-basic literacy skills. And in Latin America, most children only attend school an average of 5.4 years.
Better World Books was founded on the promise to help decrease illiteracy and poverty around the world. One of the many ways we try to help is through our LEAP for Library grants.
Funds that support LEAP Grants come from books sold on www.betterworldbooks.com. Every purchase contributes to either a specific literacy fund or goes into our general literacy fund. Money from our general literacy fund is used to support our LEAP Grants. We were able to use $75,000 from that fund to help support the work libraries are doing for their communities.
We reached out to thousands of libraries across the world and asked them to submit projects which were designed to help their immediate community. After our literacy and library council received and reviewed approximately $3.5 million dollars in grant requests we chose 6 library grant winners.
It was a difficult decision as so many library grant submissions are designed to help alleviate the dire statistics mentioned above.
LEAP stands for Literacy and Education in Action Program. Through our LEAP grants, we fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects – the front lines of the fight to reduce global poverty through education.
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Posted by Erin on 05.12.2011 at 8:15 am
Aaron King was the first employee at Better World Books. He is still loving his work here! Get to know Aaron in this video:
Feel free to post any questions for Aaron below!
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Posted by Erin on 05.11.2011 at 9:42 am
Can you imagine reciting Shakespeare by heart in the 3rd grade?
In 2008, Christy Burgess founded the Robinson Shakespeare Company at our first-ever literacy partner, the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend, Indiana.
Ever since their first performance, Macbeth, there has been huge success and buy in with students and parents. The Shakespeare Company works with youth in 3rd-12th grades.
Right now, the Company is working on The Tempest. The young actors are donating half of the proceeds from the play to Tsunami relief in Japan.
Not only is the program fun, it is also successful! In the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Monologue Competition, the Robinson actors won 1st place in each category in 2009 and in 2010 won five out of six. They also have placed in the top three in state every year they have participated.
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Posted by Erin on 05.06.2011 at 11:16 am
From Mary Olson, BWB’s Outlet Store Manager -
“I recently read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (the beginning of the Thursday Next series, which I highly recommend!). Thursday Next, the heroine of the story, is a character in the ‘real’ world who gets to cross over into the fictional world. During the course of the story she interacts within the classic, Jane Eyre, and the reader gets to see parts of the classic play out from Thursday’s perspective within the fictional world.
As I was reading, the story brought back memories of scenes from Jane Eyre, the movie, that I had watched with my mother when I was a little kid. There was so much I didn’t understand about the story, and I remember asking my mom to explain so many things. I was too young to read the book then, but after reading The Eyre Affair, I picked up Jane Eyre for the first time and absolutely loved it. Reading has always been important to my mom, an English professor; and that’s a priority she has passed on to me since childhood. Now we get to share books and recommend titles to each other and dialog and argue about different characters, plot lines, and deeper meanings; our intellectual interaction is a part of our ongoing relationship we both sincerely enjoy.
Reading through Jane Eyre, a story with such a strong and independent woman, reminded me of all of the mothers in my family: my Great Grandma Bradley (who lived to be just over 100!), my Grandma Mayes, my Grandma Olson, and my mother. I am blessed to have had so many remarkable women in my life, and I am proud of the heritage I have in my family because of them.”
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Posted by Erin on 05.03.2011 at 8:26 am
Former slave and abolitionist writer Frederick Douglass said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” In a society today dominated by TV shows, video games and computer screens, we are so excited to be celebrating the 92nd Annual Children’s Book Week with you! Books open the door to imagination and education for our children. They help us build strong children together – and to fulfill the dreams of heroes such as Douglass.
We asked our awesome Facebook friends and Twitter followers about their favorite children’s books from back in the day. The response was amazing, thank you for sharing! You guys obviously <3 books like we do! Here are some of their most cherished childhood reads:
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