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Recognizing Our Board of Directors

Recognizing Our Board of Directors

As another school year ends so does the service of some outstanding board members. These individuals are deeply committed to ...
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MAXIMUS Foundation supports family development

We are thrilled to be a recipient of the MAXIMUS Foundation grant! With this grant, we will give families in ...
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KVUE Five Who Care

KVUE Five Kids Who Care Announced

When we highlighted Luke Arney last year, we knew he was special. We are so glad he has received this ...
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Keller Williams Realty International's Legacy of Literacy

Keller Williams Realty International’s Legacy of Literacy

BookSpring staff and partners have become accustomed to eagerly anticipating the second Thursday in May!  Keller Williams Realty International (KWRI) ...
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Literacy advocates provide “Happily Ever After’s”

Photo by: LenzMazter Studios Austin’s early literacy advocates step up to provide “Happily Ever After’s” for local children. Community and business ...
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20 books by 2020

Austin High takes 20 by 2020 challenge

By: Zachary Krakauer Ganz and Lydia Heisel  In this digital age, some teens might not consider a book drive to ...
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Boy Scouts Give Big!

Boy Scouts Give Big!

By Amanda Shaver, Community Partner Manager Attracted by BookSpring’s 20 Books by 2020 campaign, particularly the statistic about children with ...
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Wanted:  Healthcare Professionals Who Care About Academic Success

Wanted: Healthcare Professionals Who Care About Academic Success

Social science research shows a statistically significant correlation between the size of home libraries and children’s future academic success. According ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Teresa Hanan

Volunteer Spotlight: Teresa Hanan

Teresa Hanan is a native Texan from Pasadena. When she is not busy building early literacy in Central Texas, the ...
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New Study on Book Gifting for Babies

New Study on Book Gifting for Babies

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director The tradition of book gifting has been studied scientifically by researchers in education and ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Wayne Glander celebrates 10 years!

Volunteer Spotlight: Wayne Glander celebrates 10 years!

By Amanda Shaver, Community Partner Manager Wayne Glander, or “Justin Beaver” as he is known to the students he encounters ...
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Targeting Summer Slide with New Program

Targeting Summer Slide with New Program

By Joel Gross  Photos by Tyler Schmitt / The Mill Photography BookSpring is excited to announce the launch of Summer Success, ...
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Giving Back Year Round

Giving Back Year Round

By Lori Butler, The Junior League of Austin In this month of sharing thanks and giving back, I pride myself ...
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Knitting, Literacy

Knitting for Literacy

Combining our passions in a deliberate manner leads to maximum community impact! Helen Cordes is a prime example of this ...
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Building Early Literacy in a Digital Community

Building Early Literacy in a Digital Community

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director The statistics about the struggle to achieve full literacy in America are startling and ...
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Submit Your Artwork Today!

Submit Your Artwork Today!

Share your artistic skills with us! BookSpring is in search of the logo for the 2018 Gold Medal Readers Read-A-Thon! ...
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Birthday Bash for Books!

Mariela Rodriguez, BookSpringGo Director Earlier this month, BookSpring Champion Dan Rourke celebrated his 60th Birthday with a mission. This was ...
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My Journey With BookSpring

My Journey With BookSpring

By: Luke Arney, BookSpringGo volunteer My journey with BookSpring started over a year ago while I was in my freshman ...
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Birds Barbershop

Birds for Bookworms Book Drive

Birds Barbershop held a book drive in August, during the back to school rush, at each of their 8 Austin ...
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Central Texas Reading Survey

Results of the 2017 Central Texas Reading Survey

Over Half of Austin Children Reading on Mobile Devices A wide body of research consistently shows that reading is one ...
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Books on the Go!

Books on the Go!

BookSpring’s van has been hitting the streets throughout Central Texas to get resources needed to children and families through partners ...
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Summer Partnership with Andy Roddick Foundation

By: Joel Gross Photos by Tyler Schmitt / The Mill Photography Studio At BookSpring we know one of the most critical ...
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Over the Moon!

At BookSpring, we are just over the moon this fall – even though it’s time for a solar eclipse! (okay, ...
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My Summer with BookSpring

My Summer with BookSpring

By: Gauri Dhruva, BookSpringGo Volunteer  Signing up to be a Community Reader through BookSpring was a unique experience and I ...
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Bon Voyage!

BookSpring is a very special place to be. Our mission and vision are tied to the success of children and ...
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AALL’s Amazon Book Drive

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) held their annual conference late July at the Austin Convention Center. We are ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Literacy First

Literacy First is an esteemed AmeriCorps program in the Austin community. Since 1994, Literacy First has worked to ensure that ...
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HACA Summer Read Alouds

HACA Summer Read Alouds

Macy Wehman, of National Charity League, is pictured reading aloud at the Rosewood Apartment Community Center. Keeping the minds and ...
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Manor’s Reading on the Go

Manor Independent School District (MISD) has been celebrating literacy all summer long! Children and families can explore reading aboard the ...
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Parent Book Club Trainer of Trainers

Parent Book Club Training

BookSpring will host a Parent Book Club training by appointment. The experts at BookSpring have offered Parent Book Clubs for ...
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BookSpring honored by Del Valle ISD

BookSpring honored by Del Valle ISD

Associate Director, Jill Gonzalez and BookSpringEd Director, Wayne Holstine were thrilled to attend the Del Valle Independent School District Education ...
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A Special Thanks to Our Board

A Special Thanks to Our Board

(Pictured above: Executive Director Emily Ball Cicchini, President Ann Gass, Immediate Past President Chris Randazzo) BookSpring was pleased and proud ...
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BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

BookSpring is proud to be a partner in literacy with BookPeople. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas ...
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Book People summer kickoff!

Book People summer kickoff!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17th, 2017! Book People, Austin Allies, AISD, and BookSpring are kicking off the summer ...
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New Reading Program Shows Promising Results

New Reading Program Shows Promising Results

BookSpring has just completed preliminary evaluation of the pilot Read For Success program in Central Texas and the results are ...
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Book Swap Party Sat June 10

Book Swap Party Sat June 10

Are books piling up on your shelves — or in your garage? Clear them out and join us for a Book ...
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Kickoff the Summer with Free Music and Fun!

Kickoff the Summer with Free Music and Fun!

Parents, caregivers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents: BookSpring wants you and your family to celebrate readers of all ages and get ...
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El día de los niños (Children’s Day)

Each year on April 30, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)—also referred to as ...
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BookSpring 2017 Luncheon Provides 8000 Books

BookSpring hosted its annual luncheon on April 21 at the Westwood Country Club. Its charming early 1900’s architecture, hand painted ...
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Pollyanna Theatre presents All Aboard!

Pollyanna Theatre presents All Aboard!

Pollyanna Theatre Company and BookSpring have partnered up again!  Pollyanna's current show, All Aboard, is great for children of 18 months to 4 ...
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Using Digital Marketing to Promote Reading

Using Digital Marketing to Promote Reading

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director A little over a year ago, BookSpring was awarded an Impact Grant from IBM ...
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My Brother’s Keeper Book Giveaway

Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper (GAAMBK) is an offshoot of the national movement My Brother’s Keeper. The initiative, created by former ...
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Read Alouds with Bedtime Story Brigade

One way BookSpringGo builds early literacy through the community is through book giveaways and read alouds! BookSpring receives generous donations ...
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Building Home Libraries in Del Valle

Building Home Libraries in Del Valle

BookSpring’s goal is to help each child we serve have 20 books in their home by the year 2020. We ...
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Announcing:  Rx, Ed, and Go

Announcing: Rx, Ed, and Go

This year promises a lot of exciting enhancements to BookSpring’s research-based and time-proven efforts to increase the love of reading ...
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2017 BookSpring Benefit Luncheon

2017 BookSpring Benefit Luncheon

11:30 am to 1:00 pm April 21, 2017 A Spring Tradition: BookSpring's Benefit Luncheon We raised nearly $20,000 for BookSpring's ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: WE Communications

Volunteer Spotlight: WE Communications

Volunteers from WE Communications pose with McBee Elementary Librarian Heather Stephens after spending the day volunteering in her library. WE ...
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Girl Scout Gold Award book project

Girl Scout Gold Award book project

My first involvement with Ana Menchaca was through her Girl Scout troop. They volunteered to work on a project the ...
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MAXIMUS Foundation grant awarded

MAXIMUS Foundation grant awarded

BookSpring was recently awarded a grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation. This foundation awards grants to local community organizations with programs ...
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