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Let us set you up on a Blind Date – With a Book!

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It’s back! Time for Grey Havens Group Inc’s signature fundraiser – Blind Date with a Book. Last November, you gobbled up lots of good books for Grey Havens, but we’ve still got plenty more, and we love to share the joys of reading. Won’t you join us?

On Saturday, February 11th from 11 am – 4pm, come to Lucky’s Market in Longmont and choose a book (or two or three) to take home with you. Books are sorted by genre then wrapped in a Lucky’s bag to disguise their titles. In exchange for a donation in any amount, you can take home a reading surprise, just in time for Valentines Day!

All donations will be used to promote literacy, imagination, community and inclusion by supporting The Grey Havens Group, Inc. We hope you know by now that our nonprofit values creative and critical thinking and teaches philosophical inquiry. Grey Havens YA is our young adult chapter, but we also serve younger children, adults, and older adults all along the front range and beyond.

Right now, we are working on implementing our Philosophy in Public Spaces Initiative, increasing our young adult and kids programming, recruiting volunteers, and planning exciting new events for the community. We are also developing a podcast in order to share the benefits of Geek Philosophy with the world! This Saturday, you could help us to achieve these goals and enjoy a fabulous literary date in the process. We hope to see you there. Thank you for your support!

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May the Force be with you,
Kelly Cowling, Executive Director
Robyn Bosica, Deputy Director
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(Nerdy) Bags for Change!

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At Grey Havens YA, we provide each of our young adult members with a free copy of the books we discuss, a copy that they can underline, dog-ear, or keep in pristine condition. However they choose to keep it, it is theirs forever!

martian chronicles booksWhy do we do this? Because, as enriching as they are, our book discussions are not the last word on the story. For the rest of their lives, we want our members to go back to the stories we talk about, engaging with them as they would with a living thing. We want them to experience and re-experience the stories, themselves, rather than replacing those experiences with the things we have said about them.

The problem is that, sometimes, when we finish discussing a book, we don’t know where the money for the next set of books will come from. This, and all of the other expenses that come with running a nonprofit that serves hundreds of individuals and families, is why we depend on our supporters. Every donation helps and, this spring, even a wooden dime can make a difference!

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Thanks to votes from members of our community (thank you!), Lucky’s Market Longmont has selected us as one of the spring recipients of their Bags for Change program. Shoppers who bring in reusable bags will receive a wooden dime representing a bag credit that they can choose to donate to Grey Havens YA through They Grey Havens Group. Those wooden dimes really add up, especially since Lucky’s Market matches every single one of them with a donation of their own!

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But wait–there’s more! We wouldn’t be Grey Havens YA if we didn’t find a way to put a nerdy twist on this exciting fundraising opportunity. We asked our members and supporters, not just to bring their reusable bags to Lucky’s Market, but to shop with the nerdiest reusable bags they can find! Use #SustainableNerds to share photos of your nerdy, geeky shopping bags on social media. We would also love to see photos in the comments!

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If enough people load up enough nerdy bags with bargains, we will know where a whole year of books is coming from–from YOU! Thank you to all the #SustainableNerds out there and keep an eye on our blog for more information about another exciting fundraising event coming up in the next few weeks!

Watch this video to learn more about how Bags for Change is changing local lives:

Psst! If you love Grey Havens YA but aren’t local, please feel free to check out our Support page for other ways to keep the magic going. We hope you’ll also participate in the #SustainableNerds challenge! Thank you.

Send us an owl: Show us your nerdy bags, of course! Also, what do you like to buy most at Lucky’s Market?

Thank You for Letting Us Set You Up on a Blind Date!

On Valentine’s Day, 2015, Grey Havens YA hosted a fundraiser called Blind Date with a Book. In exchange for a donation of any amount, our members provided an adventurous reader with a book they had never met before.

Of course, we want to thank our incredibly generous hosts, Barbed Wire Books and Lucky’s Market. We have had a fruitful relationship with Barbed Wire Books from our group’s beginning, and this is not the first time Lucky’s Market has shown our group its generosity. We look forward to long and happy partnerships with both of them.

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We also want to take the time, however, to thank our donors. Every single one of you who provided us with a donation in any amount and bravely walked away with an unidentified book wrapped in brown paper gave us more than you may ever know. You gave us encouragement. You taught something very important to our young members and their families–to the ones who worked hard to prepare for the event, who stood in front of stores for hours greeting customers until their voices were almost gone, who dressed up in costume, sang, acted and read stories to entertain the crowds.

Even if, in place of a monetary donation, you offered them a kind word or a show interest in our group, you showed our members that we can engage with the community of Longmont, that you care about what we are trying to accomplish at Grey Havens YA, that you value literacy and imagination as much as we do, and that you believe Grey Havens YA is doing the right thing in giving our young members a place to belong, explore their interests and express themselves. Thank you, Longmont!

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You might be interested to learn what we plan to do with all that cash. Thanks to you, we raised more than $700!

→Firstly, the money we raised will help us to present our upcoming symposium, a low-cost exploration of imaginative literature and fandom culture that, not only advances our group’s mission and provides our young members an opportunity to shine…

→But it will also help us to raise a little more money so that we can provide the supplies and expertise necessary to host a Harry Potter Summer Camp at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center.

→Proceeds from the summer camp will fund books and activities for our current members…

AND, most importantly, those proceeds will help to cover all of the expenses that come with the complex process of changing our organization’s status from a non-profit association to a fully fledged 501C3 tax-exempt organization.

Becoming a 501C3 will open many fundraising and grant opportunities for Grey Havens Group and Grey Havens YA, allowing us to expand activities for our current members, bring in new members from our growing waiting list, and even create new chapters. The future we imagine for ourselves is finding a building that will serve both as a community center and as a base from which we can spread our values of literacy, imagination, community and inclusion across Colorado and the country. As our mission statement says, “Nothing was ever made by human hands or realized in the intellect that was not first conceived of in the imagination.” That tells us that, with your help, we can make this wonderful thing that we imagine into a reality! If you’re interested partnering with us some more, please visit our support page.

Thank you again to Barbed Wire Books, Lucky’s Market and all our friends in Longmont, Colorado! We appreciate you very much! After you finish the book you received from us at our fundraiser, please return here to Rate your Date!

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Watch this space for more photos and some entertaining videos from our event!

Send Us an Owl: Did you attend Blind Date with a Book or have you met Grey Havens YA elsewhere in your community? Tell us about it!