March 8, 2014

#sponsored: Alpha-Bits & Little Free Library

A few years ago, our family watched a news program that highlighted free, sharing libraries. Now, we understand that all libraries are free--that's part of why we love them so much--but these libraries were located in yards, parks, courtyards, public places and were exchanges. When a family finished with one book, they could take that book to a free, sharing library and exchange it for one another family had left. It was/is an incredibly cool concept.

We immediately wanted to do one.

But, we're not handy. Not handy at all. Therefore, we didn't get one done. We talked about them all the time, though, and dreamed of the day that Momma and Daddy would magically become great DIY'ers and get 'er done.

Then, through the magic of social media, I was contacted by Post Foods and Little Free Library and asked if I'd be interested in receiving a library start-up (already put together even!) and promote literacy in my community. I didn't hesitate one bit to say YES!

Last week, we got the ball rolling on this little project when Post sent me a couple of boxes of Alpha-Bits cereal. I'm not a big cereal eater, so I assume my family isn't either. The truth is, though, they love it. When I brought out the boxes of Alpha-Bits, both girls and Brian went nuts.

"YAY! Alpha-Bits! Thanks, Momma!"

I had no idea they loved it so much.  My preschool niece came over for a couple of days and my girls (who are 10 and 12) loved eating these with her and ... learning. Without any prompting at all, the three girls had a blast eating, playing and learning.

They spelled out everyone's names. They separated letters into consonants and vowels. They spelled out the foods they ate for dinner. They spelled out shapes then formed the shapes with the letters. Before we knew what was happening, they had eaten the whole box over the course of a day. Playing with food was fun afterall!

I wish I had enough forethought to have snapped some pictures of them, but sometimes it's best to just be in the moment.

Alpha-Bits has 20g of whole grain per 30g serving with only 6g of sugar. There are no artificial flavors and it contains twelve essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, iron and zinc, which all support healthy brain development.

Which leads us to the Free Little Library. My library will arrive decked out in PBS's Super Why characters--I'm so excited about that!  Little Free library began in 2009 and, as of right now, it's estimated that there are between 10,000 and 12,000 libraries like this world wide! My Little Free Library will be located in my front yard and will be open to anyone. I love the idea that my family can become the facilitators of reading in our community.

As a current teacher and former librarian, an author, lover of books and people, I'm committed to promoting reading and community with my Little Free Library. And I'm so glad to have y'all on board with me!

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I can't wait to share this literary ride with you!


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