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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 be a “novel” idea. But for a group of five sophomores in Austin High School’s Global Studies program, BookSpring’s “20 books by 2020” challenge recently proved to be an inspiring ...
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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 20 or more books in their homes going on to achieve three more years of schooling than children in bookless homes, the Boy Scouts of Pack 20, Den 4 decided ...
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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 to Unite for Literacy’s book desert map, which analyzes variables including income, ethnicity, geography and languages, at least 70% US households have fewer than 20 children’s books in the home ...
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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 UT alum enjoys cooking and gardening in her spare time. Teresa began volunteering as a community reader last Spring. Although, she is no stranger to working directly with children. Teresa ...
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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 while driving around town delivering books, has been instrumental to BookSpring’s literacy efforts in the community for the past ten years. Wayne has done everything from helping with the initial ...
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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 on being able to accomplish this year round as an active member of The Junior League. Fortunately, this year I was able to secure a role in working hand in ...
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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. Helen first connected with BookSpring last year when she graciously selected BookSpring as the recipient of sales from her spectacular book and hat packages. Each includes a children's book and ...
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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 alarming: 14% of Americans are illiterate, with little change over the past decade, and 21% of adults can’t read above a fifth-grade level.  Numerous studies connect lack of reading skills ...
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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! The winning submission must capture the spirit of being a Gold Medal Reader. Every year we hold a community-wide art contest for children in elementary or middle school. All submissions ...
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Champion

Birthday Bash for Books!

Mariela Rodriguez, BookSpringGo Director Earlier this month, BookSpring Champion Dan Rourke celebrated his 60th Birthday with a mission. This was no ordinary celebration. He requested no presents in lieu of putting the spotlight on his 6 favorite charities, including BookSpring! He encouraged his friends, family, and other attendees to donate ...
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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 year at Lake Travis High School. During my freshman year in AP Human Geography my teacher, Mrs. Browning, set forth a project that would follow one of the seventeen UN ...
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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 and 1 Houston locations. The Birds for Bookworms book drive benefited the ReBook program with hundreds of books. Birds Barbershop is a philanthropic leader in the Austin community. They are always ...
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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 already serving them. Tools that will ensure they read and succeed together. With thousands of books constantly flowing in and out of our office, we are keeping home libraries growing ...
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Summer Success

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 areas in students’ early educational journey is stemming the tide of summer reading loss. More broadly, the summer also presents an added challenge to many parents as they strive to ...
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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, we’re a little out of sync…) We’ve got a collaboration in the works that has brought so many people together and we are truly excited about it! The Girls Scouts ...
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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 am very glad I got to be a part of it. I will admit that in the beginning, I was a bit hesitant to volunteer because this was an activity ...
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BookSpring

Bon Voyage!

BookSpring is a very special place to be. Our mission and vision are tied to the success of children and families and their learning to love books and reading. We can attribute many of our daily successes to the amazing skills and talents of our staff. Today we are saying ...
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BookSpringGo

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 very grateful that AALL selected BookSpring as the recipient of their children’s book drive. AALL’s Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section addresses issues of social change and social responsibility that 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 children in Central Texas are successful readers before third grade. Not only do these AmeriCorps members provide intensive one-on-one and small group literacy intervention at various Title 1 schools, they ...
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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 bodies of families fed is part of the Housing Authority City of Austin’s mission this summer. Through partnerships with the Capital Area Food Bank and BookSpringGo, children and parents- residing ...
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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 "Reading on the Go" Manor book bus. The traveling book bus has been making stops around Manor helping families build their book collection one book at a time. Through a ...
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