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10-Year-Old Author Writes Book to Support Premature Babies

Ten-year-old Boston McClarty is unlike most children in more ways than one: not only did he survive his own premature birth, but he also went onto self-publish a children’s picture book to support babies in the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit). His twin brother, Declan, was not so lucky. After his brother’s death in infancy and his parents’ pain, Boston decided to write a children’s picture book for all the struggling families of the NICU.

 

 

The NICU can be a place of great hope and enormous loss. “We saw both sides of the NICU,” said Susan McClarty, mother of the twins. “We saw the tragedy, and we saw the miracle.” Boston’s own experience as a premature baby makes his own life an optimistic story for parents who fear for the longevity of their own children. But his life isn’t the only story he’s chosen to share with these families.

McClarty’s first book, Heroes Are Made, is dedicated to his twin brother. For each purchased copy, McClarty will donate a blanket to the NICU. Each blanket will be accompanied by a personalized letter from McClarty explaining his story in an effort to share some semblance of hope and community with parents of sick or premature babies. Boston says he’s already at work on his second book, which will come with similar charitable endeavors.

 

'Heroes Are Made' by Boston McClarty
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The book is as creative as it is uplifting:

Yikes! A group of evil robots is attacking the town of Pendale on Gib Planet. Would you be brave enough to fight? These kids are! Join Captain, Ninja, and Swirl as they do everything necessary to save their town.

Thus far, Boston has donated nearly 500 blankets.

 

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Your Chance to Attend GoT’s Premiere With Emilia Clarke!

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke recently took to Instagram to announce an intriguing opportunity! The winner of an Omaze experience will stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains at the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere…

 

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Emilia Clarke has partnered with Omaze in order to benefit a new charity, one that helps young adults recover from the impact of major medical trauma. The Charities Aid Foundation of America will distribute all proceeds to any and all organizations working towards that type of relief. The lucky soul who wins this contest will be flown/driven/walked, if you live next door, to a presumably nice AF hotel (with a friend) in New York before attending the season 8 premiere and after-party as Hand of the Queen. Knees will undoubtedly be bent as Iain Glenn (Sir Jorah Mormont) sulks in the corner…

 

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Ha. I love that meme. 

The more you donate, the better your chances of winning: ten dollars= 100 entries, twenty-five dollars= 250 entries, and fifty dollars= 1,000 entries. However, I must advise all those who are reading this to proceed with caution, as the winner will have to decide who to take to one of the most anticipated premieres in recent history, this could destroy relationships. I for one have been hit with “Well if you win and don’t take me we’re not _______ (fill in the blank with- friends, siblings, neighbors, grandmother and grandson, etc) anymore.”

 

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The world’s excitement broke the internet, Kardashian style; two days ago the Omaze website crashed. As an apology for the inconvenience, Omaze is now offering an extra 150 entries for any entry when one uses the code BREAKER. Ms. Clarke herself responded to Omaze’s temporary dismantling:

 

 

So if you’re like me and regularly have a ridiculous argument with his one friend about who Daenerys Targaryen would hit it off with more (yeah Brandon, I’m talking to you), go be charitable and lose friends over a contest you probably won’t win…because for one thing…

 

 

 

 

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Launches Free Book Charity in Ireland

You may know Dolly Parton as a record-breaking country musician (and sequin enthusiast). At age seventy-three, she’s still gorgeous and iconic as ever, making news with her recent appearance in YA adaptation Dumplin’ and her possible BTS collaboration. What you may not know is that she’s been a philanthropist for decades now. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a charity providing free books to children in order to encourage intellectual development and a lifelong love of reading.

 

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DPIL has provided over two decades worth of books to deserving children regardless of family income. Founded in 1995, the program mails free, “high-quality” books to children from the moment they leave the womb to the moment they step foot in their first classroom. While the program was initially only available in Sevier County, TN—where our beloved Dolly Parton is from—the charity gained national recognition. By 2003, the program had given children around one million books. The program is now international, operating in Canada, the UK, and Australia. As of today, Dolly’s vivid imagination has brought the Imagination Library to Ireland.

 

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A letter from Dolly Parton herself describes the heartfelt reasons behind her charity’s founding:

Before he passed away, my Daddy told me the Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I had ever done. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Imagination Library as a tribute to my Daddy. He was the smartest man I have ever known but I know in my heart his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams.

Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children.

It’s been quite a journey but we have so much more left to do. I would love for your community to join our family so please take the time to explore our website. Let’s share this dream that all children should grow up in a home full of books.

The charity may have started off as a figment of Dolly Parton’s imagination, but this dream has seriously come true. Since its founding, DPIL has distributed over 100 million free books to children… and that number will only continue to grow as children in Dublin register to receive their free books.

 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) mailing totals as of January 2019

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As DPIL launched in Ireland, Parton urged parents to enroll their children: “I know there are children in Ireland with their own dreams… the seeds of these dreams can often be found in books, and the seeds planted in a community can grow across the world.” All children under the age of five in Dublin 24 now have access to the program—and its free books! The program has ambitious goals: 21,600 books for 3,200 children within the first year. After that, Irish program coordinators hope the program will spread throughout the country.

Interested parents can register their young readers at www.cdi.ie/imaginationlibrary!

 

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Woman Finds $4k in Hollow Antique Book, Tracks Down Owner

A retired teacher working at the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association has had an unexpected experience.

Cathy McAllister was organizing the donations when she found an old, battered copy of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, a volume she didn’t expect to be popular. Feeling guilty about simply throwing it away, she opened it to check for more serious damages that would justify tossing it… and, much to her surprise, she found $4,000 in the hollowed-out book.  

 

$4k found in hollowed out copy of Gibbons' work on the Roman Empire

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At first, McAllister admitted she couldn’t believe it:

 

I had the book in my hands. I was ready to toss it, because we had several copies already…but when I fanned that book out, there’s a big hole carved out in the book amongst the pages, and I look down in there and I thought, ‘It’s monopoly money. Oh how fun,’ but it’s not monopoly money. It was all banded as it comes from the bank. It was four packages of $100 bills.

 

Rather than keeping the money, McAllister decided to return it. Since a family letter with the name of who the money belonged to was also encased in the book, she could use this letter to track down the man and his daughter and return the money that belonged to them.

When asked why she decided not to keep the money, McAllister said that it didn’t feel right to keep it. “My values were grounded in our faith,” she confessed, “that the church taught us what was right and wrong. It just becomes who you are after a while.” According to McAllister, she never even considered keeping the money… so the family is lucky she opened the book!

 

 

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Barnes & Noble Customers Donate Over a Million Books to Needy Children

From November 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, Barnes & Noble collected books, toys, and games for their annual Holiday Book Drive. In 2018, bookworms seriously came through—in total, Barnes and Noble customers from all around the country donated 1.2 million books to Barnes & Noble’s assortment of charities.

 

Since all Barnes & Noble locations participated in the Holiday Book Drive, you can consider this your good deed for the year—that is if you donated! (Since this was the 2018 book drive, you will need to do another good deed for 2019.)

 

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Barnes & Noble donates these books and toys to charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, Salvation Army, First Book, Ronald McDonald House, Head Start, and United Way. Depending on the area, many books go to local school districts, children’s hospitals, and libraries. Barnes & Nobles’ management feels the significance of the Holiday Book Drive can’t be understated. Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development at Barnes & Noble, congratulated customers on their accomplishment:

 

The annual Holiday Book Drive is something that our booksellers and customers look forward to every year because it has such a positive impact on the lives of children in need in their local communities. Our customers recognize the importance of reading in the lives of children and their enormous generosity gives kids of every background the chance to read, discover and learn.

 

 

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If you missed the chance to donate, don’t let that be your excuse. Your local library will accept your donations year-round, and let’s get real—you’re not going to make more than a dollar or two selling your used books anyway. If you feel your books could be more meaningful elsewhere, check out Bookstr’s list of worthwhile book charities. Many libraries, especially those in prisons and underfunded school districts, are lacking in new, quality copies of books. But you can always help to change that story.

 

 

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