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Sacred Heart School Book Drop

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Sacred Heart School Book Drop

We were excited to share our love of reading with Sacred Heart School yesterday!

Grades Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade welcomed us into their classrooms. We talked about what poetry is and read a few of the kid poems aloud from The Yeti in My Freezer.

Read Aloud

At the end of our visit, we surprised the students by giving them their very own copy of the book…donating 80 books in all to include the teachers’ classrooms.

Kids Poems

We hope the students and staff share the book with others and enjoy it for years to come.

Thank you Sacred Heart!

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Introducing Our Little Free Library

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Little Free Library

Several years ago I spotted my first Little Free Library. It was love at first sight.

It was a cute, little bird-house looking structure in someone’s front yard. And it was full of…books! I remember thinking it was such a clever way to make books accessible to anyone at anytime.

I told myself someday I’d have one in our front yard. Well, that someday is here! (more…)

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The Personalized Book, God Whispered Your Name

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

A question we often receive is, “How do you come up with your stories?” The best person to answer that question is our author, Phil Haussler.

We sat down with Phil to learn about his inspiration for our personalized book, God Whispered Your Name. (more…)

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A Book Drop for Jill

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

This is my cousin, Jill. She would have turned 49 years old today.

Jill was born with Spina Bifida and lived with significant physical disability.

She was also gifted in many ways. She smiled bigger, laughed harder, hugged tighter and held your hand longer. (more…)

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Giving Through Books = Gratitude, Laughter and Smiles

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Giving Through Books

The old adage, “Giving is better than receiving” rings true for us at MarbleSpark.

There are many ways to give to others, but giving through books is our favorite. A book can spark a child’s imagination and is a gift that can be opened again and again.

Through our literacy initiative, Project OpenBook, we donated 1,000 copies of our kids poetry book, The Yeti in My Freezer, to deserving kids last week. It was a week chock-full of gratitude, laughter and smiles.

Yeti books

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Giving Tuesday: Spreading the Love of Reading

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Love of Reading

Giving Tuesday encourages a global day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a great way to focus on helping others, whether that be through your time, donations, goods or your voice!

At MarbleSpark, we are big believers in giving back and wanted to find a special way to celebrate this day.

What better way than to share our love of reading with others!  (more…)

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Entrepreneurship: There’s No Such Thing As a Bad Idea

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Entrepreneurship

Have you ever had an idea and dreamed about making it into a business? Or wanted to turn your passion into making a change in the world?

Today is National Entrepreneurs Day. It’s a day where we honor those who have built something from nothing. Those who have identified a need — any need — and filled it.

Dictionary.com defines entrepreneurship as “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”

But we like to think of an entrepreneur as more than business, it’s a person who is called to change and create. He or she wants to do something good in the world.

If you know the MarbleSpark story, then you know entrepreneurship kinda fell into our lap. We didn’t set out to create a personalized children’s book company. But that’s exactly what happened. (more…)

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Personalized Christmas Book: The Author’s Inspiration

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Personalized Christmas Book

I love all things Christmas, but most of all, I love seeing it through children’s eyes and the magic it brings.

Our personalized Christmas book, ‘Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas, does just that. As the story unfolds page by page, it reveals the magic of the season to children. 

We sat down with our author, Phil Haussler, to ask how he was inspired to create a story that has become a beloved book by many children.  (more…)

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Edge Magazine Features Project OpenBook

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Reading Done Right

Article written by Kathy Rygg of Edge Magazine

Photo by Christopher Tierney

Reading Done Right

A year ago we introduced you to MarbleSpark, a local publisher that writes and illustrates custom children’s books using a child’s name, providing a personalized gift cherished by kids and parents alike. But when founders Phil and Stacey Haussler discovered that 61 percent of children growing up in poverty don’t have a single age-appropriate book at home, they decided they wanted to expand the mission of MarbleSpark to help lower that statistic. The impact they’ve made on the community in the last year alone is nothing short of impressive. (more…)

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I Said Yes to the Puppy

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Puppy Announcement

“Do you have to go potty?” “Good job going poopy!”

These are phrases I haven’t uttered in five years. I thought I was done raising little ones.

Then we got a puppy. (more…)

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