Lunch Series Invites You to Learn About Literacy Together

Lunch Series Invites You to Learn

Learn About Literacy and Non-Profits Together

BookSpring’s new Lunch and Learns are for people who are curious about early literacy, non-profits, and BookSpring’s programs and services.  We will join together in an informal setting to consider and discuss a timely topic of interest with our leadership, facilitated by Executive Director, Emily Ball Cicchini.

Meetings will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from August 2018-May 2019 at the Austin Public Library Central Location, 710 W. Cesar Chavez.  We will meet in the Demonstration Area, unless otherwise noted (see photo).  Selected readings will be made available online one week before each event.  Lunch is not provided but feel free to bring your own. Come once, or come often. New topics will be offered each month.  Free, but RSVP is strongly recommended as seating is limited:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 — noon to 1 p.m.
Volunteerism and Values
Over 63 million people in the United States volunteer each year, says the advocacy group the Independent Sector – 800 of them through BookSpring! Volunteers help out neighbors in times of need, serve their communities to promote a better quality of life for everyone, and provide their expertise to non-profit organizations, like BookSpring. And yet, there is a paradox that volunteer work is often undervalued.  How do we recognize, cherish and preserve this great American tradition?  Click here for readings.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 — noon to 1 p.m.
Financial Literacy for Non-Profits
With much discussion about new models for non-profit funding, as well as possible threats to charitable tax deductions and other traditional models, it’s more important than ever that anyone who appreciates and supports non-profits deeply understand their financial models, regulations, and reporting requirements.  Join BookSpring President Elect Jillian Bergman of Holtzman Partners for an informative presentation on sound non-profit fiscal management. NOTE: There are no prior readings for this event, but there will be handout. Also, where food is not allowed, so please plan your meal accordingly! Shared Learning Room 531

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 — noon to 1 p.m.
On Being Engaged
In the new economy, experience and service are critical components of the success of any venture. Chip and Dan Heath have shown us ways to make ideas “stick” and to make moments of engagement “epic.” What in your experience makes you engaged in a particular activity, event, or cause?  BookSpring measures both the quality and quantity of the experience in different ways. What matters most to you in terms of engagement?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 — noon to 1 p.m.
What Makes a Story Good?
Everyone has a favorite childhood story, one that makes their eyes light up with pure satisfaction.  At BookSpring, we hear these stories every day with empathy and joy.  And yet, we can’t help but wonder: what is it that makes a story work?  Is it the characters, the plot, or the theme?  In children’s books, is it the art, the tone, or the moral?  Bring examples to test theories and tackle these magical narrative questions.

Wednesday, December 19. 2018 — noon to 1 p.m.
Challenging Economic Disparity in Central Texas
Everyday at BookSpring, we work to make the lives of low-income children and families a little brighter and more hopeful through the transformative powers of a good book.  And yet, we see the day-to-day struggles in these communities, and wonder if there is anything more we could be doing to make Central Texas a better place to live for everyone. Come brainstorm ideas and projects that we can collaborate on to improve shared prosperity.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 — noon to 1 p.m.
Reading and Family Communication
One of our primary goals at BookSpring is to change family communication dynamics through interaction with books.  The doctors from our Rx program often talk about how important reading is to developing a healthy bond between parents and children.  Researchers in Family Communication talk about different styles:  Consensual, Pluralistic, Protective, and Laissez-Faire (Koerner & Fitzpatrick, 2006).  What do these different styles indicate about positive child outcomes, and how might reading practices and incentives improve family communication?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 — noon to 1 p.m.
Diversity in Children’s Publishing
Children’s books are a thriving industry, with tens of thousands of titles being published every year.  However, the field is majority dominated by large national and international publishing houses.  The number of titles featuring characters with diverse backgrounds is not representative of our population served at BookSpring, nor of our community as a whole. What can we do to encourage publishers to embrace diverse authors and stories that our children can relate to?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 — noon to 1 p.m.
Navigating the Children’s Media Landscape
Parents today are faced with a huge responsibility:  we must supervise our children’s media consumption. Content is streaming at the from all kinds of channels and devices.  Groups like Common Sense Media help parents curate materials for family viewing, but once a child holds a device in their own hands, just a few clicks can take them into shockingly inappropriate territory. How should BookSpring empower parents and children to become savvy and responsible media consumers?

Wednesday, April 17. 2019 — noon to 1 p.m.
Reading, Attention, and Mindfulness
At BookSpring, we talk about being in a battle for children and families’ most precious resource:  attention.  Research from Dr. Alan Mendelsohn and others are showing how reading aloud together and play in families can develop social-emotional well-being, including mindfulness and resiliency. How can we best advocate for the time and attention it takes for families to engage with each other in a busy world?  What does it take to become slower, deeper readers?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — noon to 1 p.m.
Non Profits to the Rescue
Author Lester Solomon claims that there is a struggle going on for the soul of non-profit America.  He describes four forces pulling the sector in very different directions:  Voluntarism, Professionalism, Civic Activism, and Commercialism.  BookSpring has felt this dynamic tension throughout our organization, from our partnerships to our funders to the children and families we serve.  But what if this tension is the very thing that makes us strong enough to save the world?

Wednesday, June 19. 2019
Digital and Print:  The Two Reading Brains
Neuroscience researchers such as John Hutton and Maryanne Wolf show how early reading practices affect the developing brain. Mother’s voices activate language centers of babies’ brains, which is why BookSpring promotes reading aloud to young children from birth.  But: is reading together different if the words are in ink or in pixels?  Investigate this explosive topic at a time when digital exposure is becoming a regular part of day-to-day experience, even for our youngest children.

Have a question or suggestion?  Feel free to reach out to Emily directly at (512) 472-1791 x 106.

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