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Win A copy of Beige by Cecil Castellucci & Come Discuss it with Us!

Beige by Cecil Castellucci

Beige by Cecil Castellucci

We bought five copies of Beige by Cecil Castellucci to give away for our (only) young adult book talk at the Goldwyn Library on Tuesday July 14 @ 3:00. (Children’s book group discussing Frindle will immediately follow at 4:00pm. Stick around for both)

We will have pizza and snacks– and best of all we’ll be discussing one of our favorite books (which we’ve quoted on PRM jewelry!)!

If you would like to win a copy, please email and give your mailing (street) address. Marthas are eligible to enter and win. The first five emails will win copies!

Whether you win a copy, buy a copy, or check one out from the library, we hope to see you on the 14th, punks!!

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In Their Own Words— Who Are the Punk Rock Marthas Video

Who are Punk Rock Marthas? With a name like ours, it’s a common question. And one best answered by the Marthas themselves in this short, amazing video by the awesome Ryan Oksenburg of Life Line Booths on Pivot TV.

High school and college students from the past seven years are interviewed about their experiences volunteering in their communities and how it has impacted their lives.

We talk a lot about youth today, but if you have 4 minutes, you might want to give them a listen. What they say might just blow you away!Click here to watch the video

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Bridgette Talks About Self Esteem, Bulimia & Volunteering

Hello, right off the bat I’m going to say that this blog post is going to be a little different from what we usually post. This is going to be a rather hard topic to get into, but I want to talk about self-esteem. Your self-esteem can extremely affect your everyday life and I can say this out of experience. I have dealt with about three years of bulimia and I’m currently in recovery, so I’ve had many years of low self-esteem which has taken a large portion of my life. This is one of the main reasons that I started volunteering, so I could start working on myself from the inside-out.
I’ve had many things throughout the years that sort of pushed me over the edge such as untrustworthy friends that made me feel like I was the problem to even a surgery that made me feel so useless and helpless during my recovery. I know even at a very young age I had a problem with acceptance. I felt as if I had to do everything I could in order for a group or person to accept me. Because of this I never really felt comfortable around my friends. Even to this day I struggle with acceptance and the meaning of actually just being myself and having someone like me for me and not for my extreme kindness (such as buying people food etc.) I’ve had many people tell me to be careful with this “kindness” because I can get taken advantage of.
Honestly, I’ve never actually looked into getting any help, but I know deep down I searched for help without subconsciously knowing it. I would have lies on top of lies as to why I started to have so many medical issues trying to justify my problem with throwing up. The point is I just never told anyone the truth, but I would tell them what I would do, so I guess I just waited until someone confronted me with my problem in order to get help. No one had actually confronted me about my problem. It’s not until when I realize that many things started to plummet in my life which was when I started to search for help. I am currently in recovery and this is just the beginning of my story.

-Bridgette is a college freshman at San Francisco State University and 2nd year Martha
This is one of two posts she’s contributing on the topic.

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Why Summer Reading Matters + Our Events Schedule

IMG_20140607_103848For many, summer reading denotes leisure by the pool, at the beach, or on a plane. As avid readers, we’re all for that, but our involvement with summer reading stems from research about reading, education, and social class. A Johns Hopkins study found that middle and upper class kids maintain or improve their reading abilities over the summer, while low-income students actually lose reading skills, which becomes a significant problem when it happens repeatedly, summer after summer, during elementary school (Trelease).

We bought 400 books that were given to elementary school children in Hollywood, and along with the fabulous children’s librarian at the Goldwyn Library, Kim Woo, we are conducting 3 book talks for elementary school kids this summer (with snacks, of course!) There are two choices for chapter books (one younger elementary and one more advanced) Tuesdays @ 4:00
6/24 Masters of Disaster (Paulson) or Call It Courage (Sperry)
7/15 Chocolate Touch (Catling) or Graveyard Book (Gaiman)
8/5 Sideways Stories… (Sachar) or Bridge to Terebithia (Paterson). Join us!
We’re also reading books and quoting them on our virtual booktalks – so please join us by tweeting your favorite quote #PRMbookchat (You can also write on our Facebook Wall or Instagram it if you aren’t on Twitter)
7/5 Love in the Time of Cholera– Garcia Marquez
8/1 Picture of Dorian Gray– Wilde
8/15 Speak– Laurie Halse Anderson

We look forward to sharing this summer of reading with you!