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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 perhaps the greatest lesson I have learned as a parent. COVID anxiety is something everyone is experiencing. My stepdaughter Katherine is nine years old and a full-fledged 3rd grader. I ...
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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 events. These events were held for their after school and PreK-3 preschool programs. More than 1,000 children attend their free learning programs at their on-site Learning Centers. Through our partnership, ...
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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 annually with consistent methods over the past three years, the effort provides a longitudinal snapshot of our regional progress in early literacy.  As in previous years, it prompts interesting questions ...
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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, an engaging virtual event with Authors Sarah Bird and David Rice. We raised $12,318 “with a little help from our friends,” enabling BookSpring to extend that critical lifeline of literacy ...
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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 lately?  If so, BookSpring invites you to become a volunteer book reviewer!  You can do this on video, or through a written blog post.  Both ways help share excitement and ...
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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 your favorite books! Read Lorena Romo's guest blog for some tips and tricks that will inspire you to craft a perfect reading nook. Why Create a Reading Nook? For those ...
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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 Hays County.  This month the partner spotlight is on Community Action of Central Texas. Check out Sandra Martell's guest blog below. Support provided in part by the Burdine Johnson Foundation. The ...
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BookSpring Delivered During COVID

BookSpring Delivered During COVID

New ways of gifting "forever" books BookSpring has continued to deliver books through partnerships with elementary schools, childcare centers, and clinics throughout the pandemic.  In order to help reduce the COVID slide and keep young readers motivated, we are customizing the way we make our book distributions through our longstanding ...
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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 many families.  The comforting routines and rituals we normally repeat this time of year, from purchasing school supplies to meeting the new teachers to getting back to a schedule of ...
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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 for back to school. TODAY (Friday, August 7) 500 in-store and Curbside shoppers will receive an extra “surprise and delight” as part of the retailer’s back-to-school initiatives – a free ...
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internet

Access Free Internet during COVID-19

Access an updated list of internet services via inmyarea.com. During the Covid-19 outbreak, BookSpring wants to make sure all families can easily access the internet. Online resources are vital sources for continuing childhood education during this period of self-quarantine. Many affiliated enterprises are swiftly updating accounts and web pages with ...
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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 our goals to serve children and families in Central Texas. Board members are active participants in our annual evaluation and planning efforts. They volunteer their time to actively participate in ...
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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, 2020), BookSpring is doing remarkably well.  This sense of accomplishment is reflected by those in the community with whom we are working.  We received a modest Payroll Protection Program loan ...
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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 with their babies at home. Here's why... A common misconception among families is that literacy education starts during the school years. Yet, research shows that starting to read and speak ...
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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 group's mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. This week we want to shine the spotlight on our ...
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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? I love working towards fulfilling our vision of home libraries for every kid in need throughout Central Texas and encouraging families to read together. How has 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 by Rick Riordan, and are looking for similar reads to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 of the best middle-grade fantasy essentials for your next reading ...
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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  I came across “Lift as You Climb” while browsing the Austin Public Library’s Kids section. It was the first book I saw under “New”. Considering the current progress of the ...
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Homes with Children Hardest Hit by Job Loses

Homes with Children Hardest Hit by Job Loses

By Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director A recent survey released by the U.S. Census shows that 55% of households with job loss had children in the home.  They were more likely to face food insecurity and be unsure of paying their rent or mortgage in June.  This means that over ...
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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 parent-child relationships during a critical period of development. BookSpringGo programs partners with community-based organizations that work with children and families to provide early literacy programs. We target families living in ...
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book friends

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 reveals how a love of reading resulted in friendships that would help her navigate middle school. Think about how you’ve met your closest friends. Mostly for me, I’ve become friends ...
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