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Navigating Change at BookSpring

by Dr. Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director Change. It’s the one thing we can’t prevent from happening. So, I report ...
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Family Readathon-How to Get Started

Kick-off 2022 with the Family Readathon!

The Family Readathon is a great way to kick off 2022! Kids, adults, families, students, schools…anyone who loves to read ...
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Christmas & Hanukkah - A Time of Stories

Christmas & Hanukkah – A Time of Stories

Stories from Two World Traditions Two of America's biggest holidays happen this month: Hanukkah and Christmas. While I've been celebrating ...
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AmeriCorps

Program Specialist AmeriCorps Member Job Openings

We are looking for a few good members!  Could this be you?  If so, apply now! JOB TITLE: Program Specialist ...
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What do you celebrate?

Holiday Book Reviews

'Tis the season for reading! The holiday break is a great opportunity for kids to kick back and relax. What ...
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Update: Impactful Giving with the CARES Act Ends 2021

Update: Impactful Giving with the CARES Act Ends 2021

Do you want to get a tax deduction, but don't want to itemize your return?  Well, this is the year ...
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Results of 2021 Central Texas Reading Survey

The 2021 Central Texas Reading Survey provides great insight into the lives of those in our community and shows us ...
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Equal Heart

Equal Heart brings AmeriCorps to BookSpring – Apply by Jan 12, 2022

Equal Heart brings AmeriCorps to BookSpring! Equal Heart is a 501(c)3 nonprofit currently focused on alleviating hunger and supporting community ...
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Top Tips for Book Lovers Q&A Advice from the Experts

Top Tips for Book Lovers Q&A Advice from the Experts

Porch.com recently reached out for advice from experts, like BookSpring, to provide book lovers with tips on various topics. This ...
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mother and baby reading together

How to Create a Reader Friendly Home

The promotion of literacy at home has long-term benefits for the whole family. Reading together not only has developmental benefits, ...
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Booktoberfest Champions Event

Booktoberfest Champions Event

Booktoberfest Champions Event celebrated families, individuals, or organizations that have supported BookSpring with either a cumulative annual gift of over ...
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Fall Day of Caring Books

Fall Day of Caring supports the Greater Austin Reading Coalition

Fall Day of Caring Fall Day of Caring is a day that embraces and celebrates volunteerism through a day of ...
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Girl in her Reading Nook

9 Tips for Creating an Affordable Home Reading Nook

For a young reader, having access to books is paramount. Research suggests that increasing the number of books available to ...
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Mother & daughter reading together

7 Ways Families Can Promote Early Literacy 

Research confirms that families play an essential role in promoting early literacy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading daily ...
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Girl reading in library

Literacy Begins Early

Literacy Begins Early Literacy is the foundation of our lives! Our education begins when language, expression, and meaning meet between ...
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Father and son reading

Teachers Say Kids Need Books Right Now

One question that’s top of mind to everyone who has a child in school or works in a school is: ...
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Chart of Four Flows of CCC

How to Keep the Flow in 2021-2022

by Dr. Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director As we kick off this new year, our 48th of continuous operation, I’m ...
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Books For Me

Books for Me: Creating the Motivation to Read

Books for Me: Creating the Motivation to Read The research is clear: if you want children to become good readers, ...
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COVID 19 Updates-Student reading his book in class

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates BookSpring offices are closed to the general public, but we continue providing essential resources to families in Central ...
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Children's Books

The Junior League of Austin helps BookSpring Launch children into a World of Reading

The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is donating $3,000 to BookSpring to grow our program staff. This generous grant will ...
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Thank You to our Board of Directors!

Thank You to our Board of Directors!

Members of our Board of Directors are the most incredibly dedicated group of volunteers at BookSpring. Their leadership, expertise, and ...
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Father and baby reading

Reading to Children and Post-Reading Activities

By: María José Meneses, Originally published in Porch.com Parents and other family members can enhance the benefits kids can obtain by ...
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How to Encourage Your Children to Read at Home

By: María José Meneses, Originally published in Porch.com As children, we were told that reading is important, and many of us ...
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The Trevor Romain Company Free eBooks and Video Books

Free eBooks and Video eBooks by The Trevor Romain Company

Kids and families interested in reading and watching multicultural stories should check out the award-winning and educational publisher, The Trevor ...
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Volunteer Spotlight Sheila Carver

Volunteer Spotlight: Sheila Carver

BookSpring’s Volunteer Spotlight highlights our gratitude for the heroes behind the scenes. The Volunteer Spotlight is on Sheila Carver, a ...
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Anne and Harrison

Celebrating a Legacy of Service and Education

By: Georgean and Paul Kyle, Travis Audubon  Travis Audubon honors devoted volunteer Anne Donovan with a BookSpring Flying Book Society ...
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Reading is The Key to Summer Fun

Reading is The Key to Summer Fun

Reading is the key to summer fun! With the vast world at children's fingertips with a turn of a page, ...
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Parent Book Club on Zoom

Volunteer Spotlight: Lili Cantu

BookSpring’s Volunteer Spotlight highlights our gratitude for the heroes behind the scenes. The Volunteer Spotlight is on Lili Cantu. Lili ...
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I Used To Be the Baby

When I Grow Up Book List

Check out these picture books to explore the theme "When I Grow Up" with kids ages 4-8. BookSpring volunteer Donovan ...
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BookSpring Book Giveaway

New Research Links Book Giveaway Programs to Early Childhood Literacy

By Jayme Carrico Studies have found a child’s access to books plays a significant role in early childhood literacy. One ...
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Building Connections to the World through Books

Building Connections to the World through Books

Join us for this very special BookSpring event! Who: Christy and Turk Pipkin of The Nobelity Project When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5 pm Where: via ...
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Volunteer Prashanth Shenoy

Volunteer Spotlight: Prashanth Shenoy

Prashanth Shenoy began volunteering with us this past year. Having little access to books growing up in India inspired him ...
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Look! Flowers!

Spring Book List for Kids

Spring has sprung! It is time to stop and smell the roses. Check out these fun picture books to discover ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Haley Meyer

Volunteer Spotlight: Haley Meyer

We are shining the spotlight on the founder of Community Helping Hands, Austin, TX, and Charity Links, Haley Meyer! Haley ...
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Kid Approved Series : Ramona by Beverly Cleary

The Kid Approved Series is a collection of book recommendations by kids for kids and their families. Kids share what ...
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Dr. Seuss and Cancel vs. Curate Cultures

Dr. Seuss and Cancel vs. Curate Cultures

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Ph.D., Executive Director Let’s talk about Dr. Seuss! You may have heard that some of his ...
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P. Clift Price

In Loving Memory of P. Clift Price

At BookSpring, we recently lost someone near and dear to our hearts, P. Clift Price. Born in 1924 in Bonham, ...
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Super Bowl Book Drive hosted by St Gabriel’s Catholic School

Super Bowl Book Drive hosted by St Gabriel’s Catholic School

Hosting a book drive is fun and easy to do! Over the years, we've discovered all the creative ways people ...
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Austin Allies Book Drive drop off

Volunteer Spotlight: Austin Allies

BookSpring's Volunteer Spotlight highlights our gratitude for the heroes behind the scenes. This month the Volunteer Spotlight is on Austin ...
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Children’s Book Recommendations for Sharing Love

Children’s Book Recommendations for Sharing Love

By: AuntieCam, Guest Blogger  It is time to celebrate our love of books with books about love. As a proud ...
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World Read Aloud Day Community Storytime Collection

World Read Aloud Day: Community Storytime Collection

This year, we encourage you to celebrate World Read Aloud Day with our special Community Storytime collection. These are read-alouds ...
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Meaningful Touches from a Distance

Meaningful Touches from a Distance

by Dr. Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director I hope that you are facing this new year with a renewed sense ...
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Reading for Family Readathon

The Benefits of Joining the Family Readathon

By Mariela Rodriguez, Communications Director Children's books have the power to provide much comfort during chaotic times, and this is ...
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FC-FamilyLiteracyNight 2017

Partner Spotlight: Foundation Communities

Our Partner Spotlight is on Foundation Communities! For over three years, we've collaborated with Foundation Communities to host family literacy ...
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Revealing the 2020 Central Texas Reading Survey

Revealing the 2020 Central Texas Reading Survey

The BookSpring 2020 Central Texas Reading Survey provides valuable information about the reading habits of families in Central Texas.  Conducted ...
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Books are a Lifeline Happy Hour

Books are a Lifeline Happy Hour

The accent was on HAPPY as we gathered together in the Fall with family and friends for the Happy Hour, ...
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Become a BookSpring Book Reviewer!

Become a BookSpring Book Reviewer!

Share your love of reading through Book Reviews Do you love to share stories about the good books you've read ...
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Family in their reading nook

How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook

By: Lorena Romo, Originally published in Porch.com A reading nook can be the perfect way to enjoy curling up with ...
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Commmunity Action picking up BookSpring books

Partner Spotlight: Community Action of Central Texas

Community Action of Central Texas has partnered with BookSpring since January 2019 to provide children and families with books throughout ...
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