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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Evan Rosenblum

Volunteer Spotlight: Evan Rosenblum

We are shining the Volunteer Spotlight on our AmeriCorps VISTA, Evan Rosenblum. He believes that books are a critical tool in helping us better understand ourselves, our world, and each other. We are thrilled to have Evan's expertise and creativity on our team! What is your job at BookSpring? I ...
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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 school!  Starting a book club with friends is easy, and Najla has advice on how to keep it going.  Read on for tips on how to implement this fun activity! ...
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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 for many of us with children, it has redefined our daily routine into a new normal. The kids are home from school and daycare and that leaves parents and guardians ...
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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 the Great Lakes State -- Michigan! Kacy is our newest digital literacy advocate helping create content for kids and their parents and caregivers. Check out her book reviews on YouTube.  ...
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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 and build lasting memories! BookSpring is here to provide you with recommendations on children's books. We are connecting with members of our community to share some of their favorite stories ...
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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 their students. The Books For Me is a book ownership program which serves the entire school with students receiving 3 books. The other program, Summer Success targets the slide in ...
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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 occur in the community, in early childhood centers, as well as any programs we run with parents & families.  What do you like about your job at BookSpring?  There are ...
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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 Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, we recommend these titles featuring stories of tailors, journalists, and athletes. See below for Destinee’s reviews! Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim Maia Tamarin is ...
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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 part time and I deal with things involving fundraising. What do you like about your job at Bookspring?  I help with raising the funds that make it possible for BookSpring ...
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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 a smile on someone’s face!”  We are honored to have Sylvie share her recommendations for some great Young Adult books with us. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The ...
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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 maximum impact for families in Central Texas. Spurthi Kodkani and Hetal Matta are two prime examples of members of our community combining their passion and interests to support BookSpring in ...
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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 reduce stress. Barbara Campos is a BookSpring volunteer with a passion for books and reading. She recently compiled a list of children's books, for the kid in your life spending ...
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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 Silverman. She decide to serve the community through a year of service to feed an altruistic spirit that had been leaning toward nonprofit work after many years of working in ...
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Trials of Apollo

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 to making our operations possible throughout the region of Central Texas. BookSpring’s temporary transition to working remotely has provided us with the occasion to spotlight volunteers who have made a ...
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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 to making our operations possible throughout the region of Central Texas. BookSpring’s temporary transition to working remotely has provided us with the occasion to spotlight volunteers who have made a ...
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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 available on Amazon. Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish By Pablo Carta At six feet tall and 180 pounds, eighth-grader Marcus Vega is usually seen as a threat by pretty much ...
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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 volunteers who make BookSpring’s operations possible.  From curating books to read-aloud, BookSpring’s endeavors would not be possible without the help of the amazing people who put in their time 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. Es una oportunidad para que los niños y las familias se unan sobre la literatura, y puede abarcar una variedad de actividades. Reunirse Los clubs de lectura son una excelente ...
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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 opportunity for children and families to bond over literature, and can encompass a variety of activities.  If you’re looking to begin or improve a children’s book club, read on for ...
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