Category: Good Giving

Raising Kids to Give Back – It’s Never Too Early To Get Started!

With the arrival of winter comes the anticipation of giving – giving presents, giving thanks, giving back.

As an adult, it’s easy to give back in some way. But this year is different. I’m no longer just me, and my husband and I are no longer just “we.” We are now a family of three, and we want our one-year-old daughter Lila to participate in the tradition of giving back, even at her young age.

When is the right time to get started?

Who could argue the value in raising kids...

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Help little ones discover their inner bookworm

Do your kids love reading? Do you wish they would read more? Do you want them to learn to love books? It’s time for a trip to Open Books!


Bring your little ones, bookworms and reluctant readers to our colorful and inviting bookstore to inspire and encourage their love for the written word.



Open Books is a nonprofit bookstore with a special mission to enrich lives through reading, writing and the awesome power of used books. Located in River North, the store has over 50...

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

Open Books - a bookstore doing so much more!

Open Books is thrilled to be partnering with NPN and would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.  We are a nonprofit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

Did you know that 53% of adults in Chicago have low or limited literacy skills?

It is a shocking statistic, and it is our mission at Open Books to inspire children and teens to learn the fundamental skills along...

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Curtis Flagg

When children give back, Everyone wins

Chicago families share fantastic advice on how to navigate parenting in the city in our NPN Parent to Parent Newsletter.  Thanks to Beth, our NPN New Moms Groups Manager, for this great article - here is a glimpse. Download the full NPN summer issue to read more! 


Since our daughter Evie turned three, we’ve been giving her an allowance for “helping out” around the house. Each Sunday we give her three quarters: one for her “spending jar,” one for her piggy bank and one for her “Tzed...

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:46 AM