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The Generosity of These Little Free Library Owners Will Warm Your Heart

The Little Free Library is a fantastic initiative that relies on the trust and honor of others to respect the unspoken rules of lending. The mailbox-like outposts have cropped up all over the world, providing books to those who may not otherwise be able to access them. The generosity and goodwill of the Little Free Library has been taken one step further by local stewards, who have stocked the library boxes with food and necessities, to keep everybody safe and fed amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

The philosophy of the Little Free Library is simple: Take a Book, Share a Book. They are a group dedicated to “Building Community, Sparking Creativity, Inspiring Readers.” Now that we can get behind. The initiative was started in 2009 and since then has grown to include over 100,000 libraries, in over 100 countries, providing millions of books.


The move to turn Little Free Libraries into Little Free Food Pantries is a heartwarming reminder that the goodness in people can often be best highlighted in a global crisis. In local communities, the free pantries provide important food and resources for those in need. Stewards of the libraries started stocking the boxes, with neighbors adding to them as they go.

In a time fraught with chaos, store shelves stripped bare, and people in dire need, this move towards neighborhood philanthropy restores our faith in humanity!


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Woman Reunited With Childhood Book 25 Years After Donating

We’ve all probably given away a book that we loved as a kid to charity, but have you ever been reunited with that same book years later?


That’s the situation Zoe Andrews experienced when she found her copy of The Secret Garden on display at the Museum of English Rural Life in England. The children’s book is about a young orphan girl named Hannah, who discovers a secret garden in her uncle’s estate and is determined to bring it back to life.


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Andrews donated her copy to a charity shop in Wallingford, which the museum picked up years later. When she discovered the book at the museum, she knew it was hers when she saw her sister’s name written in the front cover. After discovering the name, Andrews immediately bought the book back.


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The museum shared the discovery on their official Twitter:


The director of the museum also shared her excitement:


One of the most unexpected yet fascinating aspects of libraries is discovering books that bear traces of their readers’ lives, moving us to speculate about how they were read and enjoyed. That it’s The Secret Garden – a novel that has survived generations and provided a magical escape for so many readers – makes this story all the more wonderful.


Andrews described the feeling of seeing her copy of the book as “very bizarre”:


It’s a very bizarre feeling to find something you loved as a child and to think of its journey. ‘How many other children owned and read that book? Did they ever wonder who Hannah was?’



Can you imagine reuniting with one of your favorite books?



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‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise Over £80,000 for Emilia Clarke’s Brain Injury Fundraiser

When Emilia Clarke was just twenty-four-years-old, she suffered two major brain aneurysms, right after she had finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones. Earlier this year, Clarke revealed details about her brain injury in a New Yorker piece. Specifically, she spoke about her experience suffering a near-fatal stroke and how she ended up needing multiple brain surgeries, all throughout the same time she was filming for the show.

On March 21st, Clarke launched SameYou, which, according to the website, helps “young adults become themselves again after brain injury and stroke”. Since its launch, the fundraising campaign has accumulated over £80,000 (around $105,000). On May 30, Clarke had an emotional response to the fundraiser, which she expressed with an Instagram video, when the money raised was just below £38,000 (around $48,000). Since then, the amount has more than doubled.



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Ok so ‘speechless’ is a very fluid term…. that I’ve ignored in this rambling video BUT how could I be when there are so many thank you’s to give to YOU AMAZING HUMAN BEANS!!!!! Bloody hell, I am one very lucky lady to have such kind, generous, shining spirited fans who are raising money for my chairty @sameyouorg Elle Elaria and your reddit page where you have raised almost £38,000 has made my day, week, month, year, decade, and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to wave goodbye to the mother of dragons than with this step towards making brain injury sufferers feel less alone. YOU ARE MY HEROS. I am the one who should be bending the knee to you. #loveinabundance #sameyoucharity #humanitywins #thisiswhatbraininjurylookslike #❤️

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“It’s extraordinary what you guys have done” she said euphorically in the clip. “I’m genuinely completely lost for words”.

BBC News reported that Reddit user elle_ellaria, along with other users of Reddit forum r/freefolk, organized the start of the fundraiser. Strangely enough, that’s actually the same subreddit where discontented fans first posted the petition to redo Game of Thrones’ last season. The campaign was created as “a gesture of love and support from the fandom to the entire cast and crew”, and, of course, to Clarke, “who poured her very soul into her character”.

It’s amazing to see that, despite critical responses to the last season of Game of Thrones, fans still recognize the incredible talent that the cast and crew have, and the hard work that they put in. 


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Photograph from a previous year's Eat Read Drink Festival

San Diego Chefs Whip Up Literary Inspired Dishes

Ever wanted to eat what your favorite characters are eating in the books? Well, San Diego chefs are making that a possibility with a Eat. Read. Drink. program. The program has been running for ten years now, and each year ticket sales support the San Diego Council on Literacy, which is a no-cost literacy program. This year’s even will be hosted on Thursday, April 25th, from 6 to 830 p.m. at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Each year chefs try to recreate meals and recipes from favorite books. In the past chefs have created dishes inspired by classics like The Adventures of PinocchioAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.



Chef presenting his dishes at Eat. Read. Drink.

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This year, chefs are hailing from San Diego favorites like Waypoint Public and Galaxy Taco. The event, which is perfect for foodies and bookworms alike, will see each chef recreate a dish from their own favorite literary work, and guests will be tasked with the job of tasting each creation. Awards will be given out in categories like “Best Dessert” and “People’s Choice.” To pair with these decadent plates, there will be breweries and wine tastings available as well.

Let us know if you’ll be attending this event! Tickets are still available. We can’t wait to see what the chefs whip up.

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