In keeping with the shorter nights of winter, and later retail hours of the holiday season, throughout December Anthropologie will offer Bedtime Stories Reading Hour for kids at locations across the country. Now, I’m normally wary of attempts to lure me into stores – but this hits home. I remember an infamous visit to the department store that ended in a trip to the dentist for my brother when he careened into a clothing rack during a game of chase. Yep, we were those kind of kids. Our mother would have been so grateful for a story hour to keep us entertained, and make holiday outings feel like an adventure.
Anthropologie will combine the story hours with a book drive to benefit the nonprofit Reader to Reader. The store writes:
This holiday season, online customers can donate select storybooks to Reader to Reader, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stocking the bookshelves of our nation’s neediest schools and public libraries.
So bring your story-hungry youngsters, and while you shop for a cardigan for Aunt Ida, help out children in your own community by donating a book.
We also want to hear about book drives and initiatives in your communities, so please let us know what’s going on in Toledo, Texarkana, or Tokyo.