Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

My name is Dana Silverman, and I joined the BookSpring team in March of 2020!  I’ll be helping to develop the volunteer program over the next year, and I am super excited to help fulfill BookSpring’s mission of building early literacy in children and families through healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), and community (Go).

Originally from Los Angeles, I went to college in San Diego, and I spent a year-and-a-half after that backpacking in Australia and New Zealand!  I joined AmeriCorps in order to continue fulfilling my love of traveling, and also to feed an altruistic spirit that had been leaning toward nonprofit work after many years of working in radio, television, and film.  I believe having books in the home at an early age shaped my character and improved my capacity for empathy, and hopefully I can give future generations the chance to benefit from an early access to books in my work with BookSpring.

Spreading a love of literacy in Austin and beyond

I’ve always loved reading.  Before Harry Potter, I’d be under the covers at night reading K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs series, and scouring the pages of D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths.  An early exposure to books fueled my imagination, expanded my worldview, and prepared me for academic and professional success.

I want to give every single child the chance to explore the world and imagine greater possibilities through an early access to books, in-print and online.  According to the Literacy Project Foundation, reading from an early age improves cognitive function and social skills.  I’ll be working from BookSpring’s headquarters in Austin to increase volunteer enrollment and thereby ensure the organization has the manpower needed to support its continuum of literacy programs.

Literacy and looking forward

Although schools are closed during the Coronavirus quarantine, I’ll be working diligently with BookSpring’s staff to bring digital resources on early-childhood literacy, education, and programs to our families and partners.  These resources will include a steady stream of blogs, which I’m hoping will provide helpful information to individuals and institutions looking to inspire a love of reading in children anytime, from anywhere in the world.  I’ll work with staff to continue to engage BookSpring volunteers in virtual ways.

Through my AmeriCorps service, I wish to learn more about the Austin community and engage individuals, corporate and civic volunteers.

Feel free to email me at Dana@bookspring.org with any questions, comments or blog ideas.

Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member
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