BookSpring is open as an essential business providing services to low-income families in Central Texas. However, we are observing all city, county, state, and federal mandates. This includes requiring the use of face masks and gloves from all employees and volunteers, practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet, staggering work hours and locations and never having more than four people work in the same space at a time. We use disinfectants and hand sanitizers frequently and have a six-day book quarantine policy as per current IMLS REALM guidelines for all books coming in and out of our inventory.
As we look forward to the end of this time of disruption with the need to respond directly to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, BookSpring is continuing to provide families with ways to help children choose reading as part of their daily routines. No matter the situation, BookSpring continues to work towards our mission to build early literacy, including enhanced digital curation of open online children’s book and reading resources through Creative Commons.
How Can We Help?
Meanwhile, we’re asking ourselves two questions:
How can we make your life as a doctor, teacher, librarian, or community partner better?
What can we do to better the lives of children and families in Central Texas right now?
BookSpring is going almost 100% virtual, with very limited staff time in the office and no volunteers on site. We can still drop ship new books to partners through Rx, Ed, and Go programs. We’re still accepting donated books as drop-offs outside of the building. Partner site coordinators may opt for a home delivery or a bulk delivery for site distribution model, as per campus, clinic, or center policies and needs. See more at BookSpring Delivered. We are also opening up services directly to families through BookSpring Direct.
We are in a good place overall having already moved all our operations to the cloud, and working to add value by curating the many great digital resources for parents and families online.
How Can You Help?
While we could certainly use regular sustaining gifts and are still gladly accepting all children’s book donations, we are very concerned about children’s basic food, shelter, and healthcare needs, and encourage those with means to donate generously to organizations that can directly address urgent family issues. Still, we encourage you to play our Smart TV Time Raffle before June 30 to supply additional cash to help us get the right books to the right kids right at home through BookSpring Delivered.
Where to Go for Information
Here are some helpful Austin and Central Texas links that we are following:
COVID-19: Austin Information and Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qPyiN1eNI-XxqVBLHxtYbdb585U5fhK630-OXnI4T1U/preview
BookSpring: Access Free Internet during COVID-19: https://www.bookspring.org/2020/03/access-free-internet-during-covid-19/
The Washington Post- Social Distancing Information: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/
KUT – What Can I Do During the Lockdown: https://www.kut.org/post/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-austins-stay-home-order
Inspire More- Good News Dashboard for COVID-19: https://www.inspiremore.com/coronavirus-good-news-dashboard
KUT – To Get Through Stress Of E-Learning, Mindfulness Instructor Says, Be Present And Just Breathe: https://www.kut.org/post/get-through-stress-e-learning-mindfulness-instructor-says-be-present-and-just-breathe
Austin ISD – COVID-19 Updates: https://www.austinisd.org/covid19
Del Valle ISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: https://www.dvisd.net/coronavirus/
Hays County ISD COVID-19 Coronavirus Information: https://www.hayscisd.net/coronavirus
Lockhart ISD COVID-19 Response: http://www.lockhartisd.org/parents/l_i_s_d_c_o_v_i_d-19_response
We will keep adding them as we find them, and please share with us on Facebook.
And in this time of isolation for our community, we are focused on how best we can serve our children and families right here in Central Texas and keep our vision alive – a world of families reading and succeeding together.