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BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle

Purchase your  Smart TV Time Raffle Tickets here to support BookSpring! All proceeds will help us deliver books to the right children in CTX right in their homes. BookSpring needs to raise $22,000 by June 1 in order to deliver books to children who were expecting them this Spring through schools, clinics, and daycare centers directly to […]

Online Learning Activities for Children

Whether you are an educator looking for distance learning solutions, or a parent looking for ways of keeping your little ones engaged, or someone who cares about children having uninterrupted access to reading resources even during school closures – we are here to support you. Luckily, many education platforms are offering FREE access to online […]

Access Free Internet during COVID-19

The Spanish translation can be found here.  During the Covid-19 outbreak, BookSpring wants to make sure all families can easily access the internet. Online resources are vital fresoucesor continuing childhood education during this period of self-quarantine. Many affiliated enterprises are swiftly updating accounts and webpages with new videos, e-books, and activity pages so that children […]

Executive Director Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

We are celebrating Emily Ball Cicchini’s five-year anniversary at BookSpring! She joined BookSpring in February 2015 and is proud of all that we, as a board, staff, partners, and volunteers, have accomplished together. In Emily’s words, “…this organization is truly a collaborative labor of love for hundreds of very committed individuals and thousands more who […]

The 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey

BookSpring’s 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey offers insight into the state of reading in Central Texas and early literacy efforts in our community. The survey provides valuable information about the reading habits of families in Central Texas, while raising many interesting questions about the state of reading in the region, an understanding of the situation […]

Literati changes lives, one book at a time.

Literati is the book club that makes it easy to find unique and interesting books for kids ages 0-12. Each Literati box contains five, age-appropriate books based on a theme like The Spirit of Adventure or The Animal Kingdom. Each one is personalized for each child, and delivered right to their door. The Austin-based company […]

Community Connections Resource Fair

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer I had an awesome time representing BookSpring this weekend at the Community Connections Resource Fair, sponsored by Austin Energy! The fair featured over one hundred vendors and representatives of businesses and organizations, and showcased local artisans and performers. With BookSpring, I was able to spread awareness about the importance of child […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda Shaver

BookSpring is comprised of passionate individuals with a strong connection to all things book or literacy related. Amanda Shaver worked for BookSpring for little over six years. She shined the brightest as our former volunteer manager. “I loved volunteer management because I got to see the very best of Austinites–I had the chance to pair […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Toni O’Dowd

Toni O’ Dowd is a retired elementary school principal from the Dallas area with over 15 years of educational experience. As a principal, she utilized books and story-time as a means of calming students having a difficult day. She would pull them into her office to select books from her collection and simply spend sometime […]

Summer Reading Enriches Future Academic Success

It is no mystery that summer break can result in an exponential loss of academic skills or the “summer slide.” Research conducted by John Hopkins’ sociology Professor Karl Alexander shows that low-income youth suffer significantly from a loss of academic skills over the summertime. The losses pile up contributing to an achievement gap in their […]

How Long Will I Love Harry Potter? Always.

By Ashley Haustein Like many 30-year-olds, I grew up loving Harry Potter. The magical Hogwarts castle, professors who could turn into cats, and flying broomsticks captured me in a way no other story did. Last summer, my book club decided to put a “pause” on reading books written for adults and to read (re-read for […]

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

Erica Huff, owner of Wick Habit wants to make the world a better place or at least make it smell nicer. With a history of donating portions of her proceeds to local causes, Erica was inspired to create the“Rachel’s Poetry Corner” candle in honor of Rachel McElroy of the local podcast Wonderful. Erica said, “She’s one […]

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

Rachel McElroy and her husband Griffin host a weekly podcast called Wonderful. Listeners are encouraged to write in with items of enthusiasm such as movies, television, sports, books, and more for topics of discussion. With a background in poetry, Rachel began an informal segment called “Rachel’s Poetry Corner” to expose more people to poetry. She connected […]

Partner Spotlight: CommUnityCare North Central

It is never too early to share books with your baby. Reading to babies immerses them in sounds, rhythms, and rhymes building language and early literacy skills. Books are also a crucial bonding tool for caregivers and their newborns. Through the Rx programs, we partner with healthcare providers to prescribe a book and a dose […]

Librarians are Superheroes

Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Librarian Alexia Haywood, in front of her newest bulletin board, holding two of her favorite books. By: Kara Hooper/ Guest Blogger  “Oh, I am so glad that you are here,” said Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center librarian Alexia Haywood in a chipper, enthusiastic voice. “I can’t wait to get started on the Battle of the […]

Celebrating diversity with children’s books

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, we are hosting a community-wide book drive that exemplifies diverse characters reflective of young Central Texas readers. From January 21 through February 28, we ask that you collect and share children’s books that celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. We welcome books with representations […]

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Liam H.

Liam H. held a book drive for our literacy programs in lieu of presents for his 11th birthday party. Thanks to his friends at St. Austin Catholic School they collected books to share with other children in Central Texas. Thanks Liam for helping us provide children in Central Texas with 20 books by 2020. Checkout his […]

Book drives give back to your host city

Mariela Rodriguez/Communications Director Over the last three years, we have been recipients of book drives held by several professional meetings, events, or conferences engaging their members in community service or charitable projects. This is a great way to give back to your host city. When attendees contribute to the host community, it builds a bond […]

Celebrating the Giving Season with Book People

The giving season kicked off with Book People featuring BookSpring in its annual Giving Guide. This year they are featuring organizations whose missions they connected to deeply and others they have worked with to make Austin an incredible place to live. Book People is hosting give-back days throughout the month of December. “We’re so excited […]

Literati and Half Price Books are filling shelves in Central Texas homes

Mariela Rodriguez/Communications Director With the 20 Books by 2020 initiative under way, the need for books to distribute through our programs with healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), and community (Go) partners. It is these partnerships that allow us to reach children and families in need across Central Texas. Two of our greatest supporters in launching children […]

Giving Tuesday: 20 books by 2020 initiative continues

The mere presence of books in the home creates a culture of learning that translates to a more prosperous future. Books allow children to explore the world at their own pace and develop their own interests. Print rich homes cultivate the language, social-emotional, and interpersonal skills needed to prosper and thrive in academics and beyond. […]

Chuy El Chihuahua – a kickstarter campaign

The next generation of philanthropists are wasting no time in setting their plans in motion. Local high school student Simms E. is on a mission with her kickstarter campaign. What began as an assignment for her final Spanish IV class project, morphed into an opportunity to bring to life his dad’s stories while sharing them with the […]

Sharing a Vision of 20 Books in All Homes

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director We here are BookSpring have announced a big audacious goal: to get 20 high quality children’s books in every Central Texas home by 2020. This vision is being driven by social science research that shows a statistically significant correlation between the size of home libraries and children’s future academic […]

A Staff Farewell

Jill Gonzalez receives Storybook Hero Award from Emily Ball Cicchini (Executive Director), Drew Scherz (Board President), at Austin Taco Project, Austin Hilton, Aug 29 2018  Today is a bittersweet day at BookSpring as we say goodbye to one of our long-time staff members, Jill Gonzalez. Jill is embarking on a new journey as Executive Director […]

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