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How to Create a Reader Friendly Home

Mariela Rodriguez, Communications Director  The promotion of literacy at home has long term benefits for the whole family. Reading together not only has developmental benefits, it increases the parent-child bond, creating healthier relationships and a more solid sense of security and empathy long-term. Create a reader friendly environment that inspires ...
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Resiliency and a Big Anniversary

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director This photo was taken at a lunchtime summer Go event at one of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin's community centers. This young girl was so memorable to me, because she was so insistent that I read that one book, a counting ...
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Recognizing Our Board of Directors

As another school year ends so does the service of some outstanding board members. These individuals are deeply committed to sharing their love of reading with Central Texas. Please join us in offering a heartfelt thank you to Beth, Jan, and Jerry for their years of service! Though we are ...
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MAXIMUS Foundation supports family development

We are thrilled to be a recipient of the MAXIMUS Foundation grant! With this grant, we will give families in Central Texas an infusion of 20 books to kickstart their home libraries and promote the importance of reading together every day. “Making a deep and meaningful impact on a community ...
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KVUE Five Who Care

KVUE Five Kids Who Care Announced

When we highlighted Luke Arney last year, we knew he was special. We are so glad he has received this additional community-wide recognition! Luke has dedicated himself to improving his community since he began high school when he first volunteered and collected books for BookSpring. The young philanthropist chose to ...
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Keller Williams Realty International’s Legacy of Literacy

BookSpring staff and partners have become accustomed to eagerly anticipating the second Thursday in May!  Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI) is partnering with BookSpring for the fifth year in a row for their annual worldwide day of service, RED Day. RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is ...
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Literacy advocates provide “Happily Ever After’s”

Photo by: LenzMazter Studios Austin’s early literacy advocates step up to provide “Happily Ever After’s” for local children. Community and business leaders raised over $112,000 in support of BookSpring’s early literacy programs at the 6th Annual Storybook Heroes Luncheon on Friday, April 6 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Grammy nominee and ...
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20 books by 2020

Austin High takes 20 by 2020 challenge

By: Zachary Krakauer Ganz and Lydia Heisel  In this digital age, some teens might not consider a book drive to be a “novel” idea. But for a group of five sophomores in Austin High School’s Global Studies program, BookSpring’s “20 books by 2020” challenge recently proved to be an inspiring ...
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Boy Scouts Give Big!

By Amanda Shaver, Community Partner Manager Attracted by BookSpring’s 20 Books by 2020 campaign, particularly the statistic about children with 20 or more books in their homes going on to achieve three more years of schooling than children in bookless homes, the Boy Scouts of Pack 20, Den 4 decided ...
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Wanted: Healthcare Professionals Who Care About Academic Success

By Rachel Elliot, BookSpringRx Director Social science research shows a statistically significant correlation between the size of home libraries and children’s future academic success. According to Unite for Literacy’s book desert map, which analyzes variables including income, ethnicity, geography and languages, at least 70% US households have fewer than 20 ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Teresa Hanan

Teresa Hanan is a native Texan from Pasadena. When she is not busy building early literacy in Central Texas, the UT alum enjoys cooking and gardening in her spare time. Teresa began volunteering as a community reader last Spring. Although, she is no stranger to working directly with children. Teresa ...
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New Study on Book Gifting for Babies

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director The tradition of book gifting has been studied scientifically by researchers in education and healthcare for many years.  Practices include bookmobiles, little free libraries, and other early literacy interventions and social programs at the regional, national, and global levels. We at BookSpring look to ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Wayne Glander celebrates 10 years!

By Amanda Shaver, Community Partner Manager Wayne Glander, or “Justin Beaver” as he is known to the students he encounters while driving around town delivering books, has been instrumental to BookSpring’s literacy efforts in the community for the past ten years. Wayne has done everything from helping with the initial ...
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Read-A-Thon Art Contest Winner

The Girls’ School of Austin Art Director Nancy Hoover and Caroline “Coco” Sutherland During the fall, BookSpring launched its annual search for the 2018 Read-A-Thon logo through the community-wide art contest for children in elementary and middle schools. Caroline “Coco” Sutherland of The Girls’ School of Austin won this year’s art ...
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Go for the gold: 2018 Read-A-Thon!

This year, go for the gold! Gold Medal Readers is the theme of 2018 Read-A-Thon kicking off January 22nd through February 4th. Impacting the community The Read-A-Thon continues to encourage the community to indulge in books for a worthy cause for two weeks. Students and book lovers will read and ...
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Targeting Summer Slide with New Program

By BookSpringEd Director  Photos by Tyler Schmitt / The Mill Photography BookSpring is excited to announce the launch of Summer Success, a new full-scale program designed to address the widespread drop in reading skills that occurs in economically disadvantaged elementary students over the summer. Research has shown that over 80 percent ...
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Giving Back Year Round

By Lori Butler, The Junior League of Austin In this month of sharing thanks and giving back, I pride myself on being able to accomplish this year round as an active member of The Junior League. Fortunately, this year I was able to secure a role in working hand in ...
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Knitting for Literacy

Combining our passions in a deliberate manner leads to maximum community impact! Helen Cordes is a prime example of this. Helen first connected with BookSpring last year when she graciously selected BookSpring as the recipient of sales from her spectacular book and hat packages. Each includes a children's book and ...
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Building Early Literacy in a Digital Community

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director The statistics about the struggle to achieve full literacy in America are startling and alarming: 14% of Americans are illiterate, with little change over the past decade, and 21% of adults can’t read above a fifth-grade level.  Numerous studies connect lack of reading skills ...
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How a Chaotic 15 Minutes Turned into “Book Time”

By: Rebecca Shah In our house there are about 15 minutes after supper and before we start the bedtime routine that are often challenging for our five-year-old and two-year-old (and, frankly, for us). The kids are tired and grumpy. It feels impossible to share and absolutely necessary to burst into ...
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Submit Your Artwork Today!

Share your artistic skills with us! BookSpring is in search of the logo for the 2018 Gold Medal Readers Read-A-Thon! The winning submission must capture the spirit of being a Gold Medal Reader. Every year we hold a community-wide art contest for children in elementary or middle school. All submissions ...
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