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Reading: 10 Ways to Convert Your Love of Literature Into Service

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Service—This week’s Season of Service ch allenge is to read, either things that inspire you to reach out and help others, or for other people. These are hopefully not your typical ideas, as I think you can readily come up with many ways to read to your children and others on your own. If you’re good at reading, this is your week.

10 Bite-Size for Serving Through Reading

  1. Read this “Magic for Muggles” article by J.K. Rowling, on the power of imagination and empathy for the greater good.
  2. Read an article like this on how to set up a budget, so that, if you haven’t yet made a budget for your family, you will be encouraged to do so. Budgets can greatly relieve stress, rather than cause it.
  3. See if your local library carries book club kits (multiple copies of popular books, often along with book club questions and author bios) and/or if anyone is hosting a book club in your area. If you’re already a member of a book club, invite one friend to join or put up a notice at the library inviting new members to join and discover the joy of reading with friends.
  4. Help someone else experience the joy of reading without having to buy a book by sending a book you’ve already read on a BookCrossing journey. You put a special label in your book and let others know its available, either by posting about it on that site or leaving it on a park bench, then encourage whoever picks it up to read it and then pass it on in the same way.
  5. Read the Atin Afrika story.
  6. Sign up to receive and read the Central Asia Institute’s Alima newsletter to keep abreast of what they’re doing to teach girls to read in the Middle East.
  7. Read a post on ViolenceUnsilenced.com, from an actual survivor of domestic abuse, and leave a supportive comment. It takes a lot of courage for these women to post their stories, and it may take a bit of courage for you to read about their horrific experiences, but they need to know that someone is listening.
  8. Read these 10 Tips on Family Volunteering Fun.
  9. Sign up to become an In2Books penpal, where you read up to 5 books a year with your assigned student online, and exchange letters with him or her about them. It takes 1-2 hours a month.
  10. Read up on your state’s Core Curriculum. These are the objectives towards which every teacher is working, and the standards by which your kids are graded. Understanding them can help you better guide your kids’ study time, and maybe even inspire specific activities. (Here are Utah’s Core Curriculum standards, for example.)

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • What other articles or posts have you read about service or inspiring people?
  • Has reading made a meaningful difference for you this week?
  • Have others read to you this week? If so, what difference has that made in your life?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?

Make a meaningful difference this season by taking the Season of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how you can participate:

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week's challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
  • Enter to win each week's giveaway. Win an ipad2 and a $100 iTunes gift card from CoolSculpting.
  • Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.

 

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