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Books: The Great Connector

Creating Bonds With The Outsiders

By Barbara HagenJanuary 11, 2022

Books are naturally great connectors between all of us in society. We love to share our Goodreads bookshelf, show our latest book hauls on social, scrutinize what celebs are reading when we see them in public with a book, maybe even read over someone's shoulder on a plane.

My Grown-Up Christmas List

By Barbara HagenDecember 24, 2021

Making lists always feels like an activity for the kids but, lest we forget the song that shares the name of this blog, there does exist the concept of a Christmas list for adults. So today, I'd like to share a brief Grown-Up Christmas List through the eyes of my role here at ThriftBooks, and what I wish for the book community.

ThriftGiving Tuesday

November 30, 1% of Our Net Revenue to Go to Book Drive for Kids

By Barbara HagenNovember 29, 2021

It's Giving Tuesday, or what we here at ThriftBooks call ThriftGiving! For this year's ThriftGiving Tuesday, all of us here at ThriftBooks are super excited to highlight Book Drive for Kids and support the amazing work they are doing in partnership with Race to Kindness (and for kids everywhere) by donating 1% of our net sales today, Tuesday November 30, directly to Book Drive for Kids.

Savior the Moments

By Barbara HagenNovember 24, 2021

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I'd like to highlight the idea of Moments. Moments are those split seconds of time that happen and to which we often don't pay much attention. Moments are fleeting. They are very often overlooked. This Thanksgiving, as we gather with our loved ones, I would like to encourage us pause and take in the moments of the day.

Your ThriftBooks Holiday Helper

Our Top 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping

By Barbara HagenNovember 16, 2021

The holiday season brings exciting new releases in books, music, movies, and TV. That plus the much-loved classics come together to make the holiday complete. Today, I’d like to provide a bit of Holiday Helper insights for ThriftBooks this season to help you get the most out of your experience and holiday shopping.

Board Books vs. Picture Books

Which Format is Better for Kids?

By Barbara HagenNovember 07, 2021

Since November is National Family Literacy Month, I thought I would take a moment to share my thoughts on reading to those littlest ones between the ages of 0-4 and the oft asked question when selecting books for this age: Which is better, Board Books or Picture Books?

It’s TeenTober!

Help Keep Your Teens Reading

By Barbara HagenOctober 14, 2021

October is TeenTober, a nationwide celebration by libraries to fuel the passions of teens in and outside of libraries. When it comes to reading, kids and teens today have a plethora of options, endless almost. The challenge as children become teenagers is not what to read but how to keep them reading. Learn more about TeenTober and the trick that I have found to help keep books in their hands.

Happy Birthday, ThriftBooks!

By Barbara HagenJuly 28, 2021

ThriftBooks is now 18 years old! From a single storage unit in 2003 to 13 million titles, we have certainly come a long way! Whether you are a new customer or someone who has been with us for the long haul, enjoy this walk down memory lane with a look at some of our old designs, hear from some of our employees, and hear from us what we love so much about our customers!

Lazy Days of Summer (Reading)

Help Kids "Read for Me" This Summer

By Barbara HagenJune 18, 2021

As a child, one of my favorite summer activities was going to the library. Today the world is a lot more complicated than the summer of my youth with more screens, distractions, and technology, but the good news is, that special magic is easy to find...just get books into the hands of kids!

Sweeter Rewards Are Here!

Now, Higher Value Free Book Rewards and a New Middle Tier!

By Barbara HagenApril 25, 2021

Today we are super excited to share our revamped ReadingRewards program, designed to give you, our customers, sweeter rewards towards something you love doing...reading! Get the lowdown on all of the new benefits, our new third tier, and the new dashboard view.

A Real Brand, a Real Promise

By Barbara HagenApril 14, 2021

A few weeks ago, a would-be new customer reached out to us with a question that caught me off-guard. "Are you a real company?" As I thought about it more, it made increasing sense to me why someone might ask this. In our widening virtual world—made even more so by the pandemic—we are right to question what is on the other side of the glowing screen in front of us.

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