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The Core Values of Cash4Books

At Cash4Books and McKenzie Books our core values define and guide our company. They influence the way we do business and the way we conduct ourselves every day.

Recently we decided to update the wording of our core values to reflect the way they influence our actions on a day to day basis. To accomplish this, we tapped into the power of verbs and brought together a team to look at our definitions without changing the ‘core’ of each value. The result is a more action-oriented description of what lies at the center of our culture.

For some of these values, this meant changing the single descriptive word, while for others it involved dropping a suffix and overhauling the definition. Because of the ‘core’ nature of these values, the basic idea of each remained constant. Now we have a list of values that characterize the actions we take every day.

Without further ado, here are the Cash4Books and McKenzie Books redefined, exciting, action-packed core values!

Be Honest
Conduct ourselves with integrity, honesty and fairness. Open communication and uncompromising service is the cornerstone of our company.

Commit to Excellence
Strive to be the best and aspire to the highest level of excellence in our service. Empower our employees to contribute and excel.

Improve Continuously
Embrace change, drive innovation and promote excellence. Encourage bold and creative thinking.

Create a fun and productive work environment by rewarding and recognizing each other for our hard work and contributions.

Make a Difference
Engage passionately to provide support with our time, talent and treasure. In this way, we contribute to the sustainability of our organization, communities and the world around us.

Cash4Books.net Interview – Fundraising For Musicians

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview with the Music Maven on Blog Talk Radio, Musician Edition.  We had a great discussion about the history of Cash4Books.net, what kinds of books we buy, and also a little about our Book Arrival Alert system that we have on MKZbooks.com.  Also referenced in the interview is our fundraising blog post. The interview is 30 minutes.  You can listen by clicking below:


And, here is what the Music Maven (Deborah) has about the interview: Attention Independent Artists! You have no idea what’s lining your bookshelves . Tune in to learn how to sell books to raise the funds for advertising, web hosting, marketing, posters or whatever you or your band needs to buy. I’ll be interviewing Jim Smith, Founder and CEO of MKZbooks.com and Cash4Books.net. Jim is going to share how you can raise cash through the sale of books!

McKenzie Books 2010 Charity Book Sale Raises Money for DonorsChoose.org

Take thousands of discounted books, a great staff of volunteers, hundreds of bargain-minded shoppers; add in three days of beautiful weather and one great charity and what do you get?  That’s the recipe for a very successful McKenzie Books Charity Sidewalk Sale!

Last week, McKenzie Books sold nearly 2,700 books priced at 50¢ and $1.00 to raise a total of $1,652.57 for our favorite charity, DonorsChoose.org. We’ve already sent the money we collected to help fund eleven new classroom projects for teachers who requested books and supplies.  You can see more about the projects we helped by clicking here.

Putting together an event like this took a lot of effort.  In addition to their regular work, McKenzie Books employees volunteered an additional 23 hours of their time before and after hours to the sale.  They did everything from making sure our signs were ready, to cleaning up after the sale, and boxing nearly 1,000 unsold books to go to their new home at the Beaverton Friends of the Library Book Corner.

Our staff had the privilege of meeting so many of our regular and new customers face-to-face.   We hope all of you had as much fun as we did!

As we head back to work after a weekend where we celebrated our country’s independence, it’s great a time to remember the freedom and opportunity that reading gives us.  Thanks for helping share that freedom with a new generation of students by becoming “citizen philanthropists” at our Charity Sidewalk Sale.

Summer Reading

Do you remember the scene in “Grease” where John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s characters broke out into song about what they did during their summer vacation? I think it went a little something like this…

OK, so that didn’t really happen in the movie.

Wouldn’t it be cool though if people sang the praises of summer reading? Fortunately, there have been recent studies doing just that- albeit without the musical numbers. The reports indicate that kids who read over the summer have better retention on what they’ve just learned and an advantage for the following school year.

I know reading is the last thing on young people’s minds during this time of year. But there are more and more incentives out there for them to pick up a book.

Libraries nationwide are inviting kids and teens to “make a splash” and participate in the many summer reading programs they are offering. In turn, there are prizes to be won based on how many books or pages they read.

Some bookstores are giving out free books after kids read a certain amount on their own. Barnes & Noble has partnered with Scholastic and multi-media series “The 39 Clues” to launch their program. Borders, with “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney, has put out a “double-dog dare” challenge for kids to read 10 books this summer.

Grown-ups shouldn’t feel too left out. Some libraries have summer reading programs aimed specifically for adults. At McKenzie Books, we are extending our Facebook and Twitter Book Giveaways to you- our Green Frugal readers. Comment on any post for your chance to win a $5 gift certificate to use on our site. There’ll be one lucky winner per week all summer long!

Showing by example is a great way to get kids to read. So what are you waiting for? What’s on your summer reading list?