Assets In Action: Buy the book that can start conversations

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

I’m compelled to spend at least one more week on the topic of lemonade.
Stopping at “Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids,” by James Vollbracht is a community read, to begin some small conversations that can make a big impact.
The books are available for $10 at the Family YMCA and it doesn’t matter if you can attend any of the book groups, or even the final chat, which is pending, via Skype with the author.
Even though I hope at least one of those free events piques your interest, I’d really like one of two things to come out of the rally of the troops.
Number one is I would really like the YMCA to sell all of their books, so they don’t get stuck with any extras.
The second is that I would like the reader to see that it is the small interaction that I’m going for, not what new program we can do for kids or with kids. It is what you, the individual do, to make any interaction with kids better.
I thought how great it would be if everyone that purchased the book went on a mission to keep the book going. A meaningful chain letter if you will — are you old enough to remember the chain letter?
So read the book pass it on and then see if you can track it. Can you put an email address in there and ask everyone that reads it to tell you where the book is currently?
Can you ask the person you give it to keep it in the hands of someone that lives or works in Los Alamos and White Rock — even through 2014? It may be the best $10 you ever spent.
If you didn’t make the first meeting, so what? Come to the next one. If you are much of a talker, so what? Comment only if you feel inspired to do so. If you never get a chance to register for a class and still don’t know if you can make it, come anyway.
Our chat with the author isn’t in stone yet, mostly because of travel schedules and available equipment, but we hope to have that date soon. My philosophy is first thing on the calendar is the first thing you go to.
I hope you’ll give this great book a whirl, see what it inspires you to do, in a no cost, low impact kind of way.
I think it will change the way you see things, be it in the grocery store, at a playground, or at a minimum, the very next time you pass a lemonade stand.
If I drop the gauntlet, will you pick it up? There’s never been a better time.

Assets In Action is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.