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Coronavirus COVID-19 Impact and Updates

Current Status: BookSpring is open as an essential business providing services to low-income families in Central Texas.  However, we are ...
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Support for parents caregivers

Sharing Support for Parents and Caregivers

By Emily Ball Cicchini, PhD Making Back To School Special This year back to school feels so strange for so ...
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H-E-B is Committed to Literacy Efforts

H-E-B is Committed to Literacy Efforts

Our friends at H-E-B at N. Lamar and Rundberg have a little more in store for teachers and families preparing ...
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Our Board Members Make a Difference

Our Board Members Make a Difference

BookSpring's Board of Directors is comprised of individuals committed to ensuring we do the best work possible in pursuit of ...
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Reflections on Another Year of Service

Reflections on Another Year of Service

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director Considering all the challenges for the past fiscal year (July 1, 2019- June 30, ...
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Home Grown Book Lovers

Home Grown Book Lovers

We're reposting this guest blog, by Natalia Mirkowicz, to encourage parents and caregivers, during quarantine, to establish a reading routine ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Suzi Scaramuzza

Volunteer Spotlight: Suzi Scaramuzza

Over the years we have been fortunate to work with the wonderful ladies of the National Charity League (NCL). The ...
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Meet the Staff: Andrea Angelo

Meet the Staff: Andrea Angelo

What is your job at BookSpring? Director of Development and Marketing What do you like about your job at BookSpring? ...
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Books to Read This Summer

Books to Read This Summer

Lorena Koppel recommends you spend your summer relaxing and enjoying a great book! If you loved the Percy Jackson series ...
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Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

Book Review of Lift As You Climb

Lift as You Climb The Story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell Review by Frannie Rooney, Literacy First Volunteer  ...
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How to Create a Reader Friendly Home

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 ...
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Reading Helps Children have a Fun and Fulfilling Summer

Reading Helps Children have a Fun and Fulfilling Summer

By: Dana Silverman  With the summer break now in session, most children now have plenty of free time. So what ...
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Homes with Children Hardest Hit by Job Loses

Homes with Children Hardest Hit by Job Loses

A recent survey released by the U.S. Census shows that 55% of households with job loss had children in the ...
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Strengthening families in our community

Strengthening families in our community

Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development. Books in the home and reading together can strengthen ...
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Reading and Friendship: Shruti’s Story

An interest in books that starts during childhood can lead to much more than academic success. Teenage volunteer Shruti Vadlakonda ...
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Meet the Staff: Evan Rosenblum

Meet the Staff: Evan Rosenblum

We are shining the Workforce Wednesday spotlight on our AmeriCorps VISTA, Evan Rosenblum. He believes that books are a critical ...
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Starting a book club with friends

Starting a book club with friends

Najla Albeayeyz is a BookSpring volunteer from Saudia Arabia who started a book club during her junior year of high ...
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Kids are home

Connecting with your children at home

There is no doubt that coronavirus has changed all of our lives. We’ve all been impacted in different ways and ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Kacy Vega

Volunteer Spotlight: Kacy Vega

The spotlight is on our volunteer Kacy Vega. She is a resident of San Diego, California but originally hails from ...
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Reading Together as a Family

Reading Together as a Family

Reading together as a family and doing activities related to the story is a great way to fill your time ...
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Meet the Staff: Shannon Thorne

Meet the Staff: Shannon Thorne

What is your job at BookSpring? I run the educational programs which work with elementary schools to provide books to ...
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Meet the Staff: Katie Mathews

Meet the Staff: Katie Mathews

What is your job at BookSpring?  I'm BookSpring's Go Program Manager. That means I manage all of our programs that ...
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Destinee's YA Book Recommendations

Destinee’s YA Book Recommendations

Volunteer blogger Destinee McGhee returns with an eclectic selection of books to review for BookSpring! In honor of Asian and ...
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Meet the Staff: Suzanne MacGillivray

Meet the Staff: Suzanne MacGillivray

This week the staff spotlight is on Suzanne MacGillivray.  What is your job at BookSpring?  I’m the Development Associate. I’m ...
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Sylvie's YA Book Recommendations

Sylvie’s YA Book Recommendations

Sylvie is a seventeen-year-old who loves reading!  She is virtually volunteering with BookSpring to “spread kindness to others and put ...
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Books and Yoga with Raaga

Books and Yoga with Raaga

Book drives are a great way to engage your family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues in a low effort project with ...
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Barbara's Picture Book Recommendations

Barbara’s Picture Book Recommendations

Reading is a great activity to relax and calm anxious nerves. We recommend families read together twice a day to ...
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Dana Silverman

Meet the Staff: Dana Silverman

It's National Volunteer Week (April 19 - 25) and we want to shine the spotlight on our AmeriCorps VISTA, Dana ...
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National Volunteer Week: Cassandra’s Reviews

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19th – April 25th), BookSpring is highlighting contributions from volunteers, who are critical ...
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National Volunteer Week: Sameer’s Reviews

National Volunteer Week: Sameer’s Reviews

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19th – April 25th), BookSpring is highlighting contributions from volunteers, who are critical ...
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Must Read Series: Young Adult Books

Must Read Series: Young Adult Books

Destinee has a passion for books and reading! Here are her Young Adult book recommendations for you. These books are ...
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We Love Our Volunteers

We Love Our Volunteers

It’s National Volunteer Week!  We want to take this time to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the ...
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Shefali Tewari

Meet the Staff: Shefali Tewari

This week the staff spotlight is on Shefali Tewari.  She has worked with non-profits for the past 25 years and ...
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Comienza un Club de Lectura en casa

Comienza un Club de Lectura en casa

English Translation Un club de lectura puede ser una forma divertida y creativa de alentar el entusiasmo por la lectura ...
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Start a Book Club at Home

Start a Book Club at Home

Spanish Translation A book club can be a fun and creative way to encourage enthusiasm for reading.  It’s an informal ...
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Must Read Series: Harry the Dirty Dog

Must Read Series: Harry the Dirty Dog

BookSpring recommends these online learning resources. Select Storyonline to view Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog  Students from Gorzycki ...
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Must Read Series : Ramona

Must Read Series : Ramona

April 12th is Beverly Cleary's birthday! Beverly is a children's book author with many prestigious awards, including a Living Legend ...
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Must Read Series: Junie B. Jones

Must Read Series: Junie B. Jones

Students from Gorzycki Middle School are helping BookSpring remind kids reading can help them learn and grow. They are reminding ...
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Green Eggs and Ham

Must Read Series: Green Eggs and Ham

Students from Gorzycki Middle School are helping BookSpring remind kids reading can help them learn and grow. They are reminding ...
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Actividades de aprendizaje para niños

English Translation  Si usted es un educador que busca soluciones de aprendizaje a distancia, o un padre que busca maneras ...
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BookSpring Recommends Online Learning Resources

Spanish Translation Whether you are an educator looking for online learning solutions, or a parent looking for ways of keeping ...
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Tax benefits of the CARES Act

Tax benefits of the CARES Act

We hope that you and your family are taking special care during this time of uncertainty and isolation. Just know ...
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Meet the Staff: Clare Bresnan

Meet the Staff: Clare Bresnan

BookSpring staff is eager to serve! As we pivot our programs to better serve families in our community, we will ...
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Unite for Literacy Wash Your Hands Digital Book

BookSpring Recommends Unite For Literacy

Parents and caregivers looking for wonderful non-fiction and board-book style e-books will be thrilled by Unite for Literacy's free browser-based ...
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BookSpring Recommends Storyweaver

BookSpring Recommends Storyweaver

Are you looking for thousands of free books to read, sorted by age and topic, and available in dozens of ...
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Digital Libraries

BookSpring Recomienda Bibliotecas Digitales para Niños

English Translation  Gracias a la digitalización de libros, las familias pueden acceder una variedad de títulos desde su hogar. Hay ...
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Digital Libraries

BookSpring Recommends Free Digital Libraries for Children

Spanish Translation Thanks to the digitization of books, families can access a range of titles without leaving the comforts of ...
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Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

Amidst a great amount of change and uncertainty throughout the current public health crisis, we’d like to shine a spotlight ...
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Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

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 ...
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