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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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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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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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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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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-alouds, BookSpring’s endeavors would not be possible without the help of the amazing people who put in their time and ...
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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 consulted with various companies in finance and accounting. What is your job at BookSpring?  I am the Director of Finance and Operations at BookSpring.  I work on accounts, finance and ...
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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 that BookSpring is fully engaged in reaching deep into our communities in Central Texas and delivering on our mission of distributing books and promoting literacy for our kids and families ...
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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 feature staff weekly on our blog. This week the spotlight is on Clare Bresnan! She joined the BookSpring team August 2018 as the Book and Supply Manager. Clare spent twenty-five ...
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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 home.  There are many free online collections that feature a number of quality and acclaimed children’s books.  With the following resources, families can broaden their access their literature with the ...
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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 on one of our partners who has gone above and beyond to serve and meet the immediate needs of Texans: H-E-B. Last year, BookSpring and H-E-B partnered together to bring ...
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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 the volunteer program over the next year, and I am super excited to help fulfill BookSpring’s mission of building early literacy in children and families through healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), ...
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BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle

BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle

Congratulations to Gail Wihelm, the lucky winner of the Smart TV Time Raffle. And a huge thanks to everyone that participated! Your support helps us provide books to the children that need them most.  Raffle Description: All BookSpring Smart TV Time Raffle proceeds will help us deliver books to the ...
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internet

Accesa el Internet gratis durante COVID-19

The English translation can be found here.  Durante el brote de Covid-19, BookSpring quiere que todas las familias puedan accesar el internet fácilmente. El acceso es importante para continuar la educación infantil durante este período de auto-cuarentena. Muchas empresas afiliadas están actualizando rápidamente cuentas y páginas de la red con ...
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internet

Access Free Internet during COVID-19

The Spanish translation can be found here.  During the Covid-19 outbreak, BookSpring wants to make sure all families can easily access the internet. Online resources are vital fresoucesor continuing childhood education during this period of self-quarantine. Many affiliated enterprises are swiftly updating accounts and webpages with new videos, e-books, and ...
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The Very Quiet Cricket inspires student to never give up

The Very Quiet Cricket inspires student to never give up

Students from Gorzycki Middle School help to remind all Central Texas families how inspirational and important books at home are for children’s futures! By: Alexandra D. (6th Grade) When I was little, my favorite book was The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. My favorite character was the stinkbug because ...
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Amplify BookSpring

Amplify Austin Day 2020

Amplify Austin Day is only days away! March 5th – March 6th at 6:00 PM A little can go a long way when we get together and give  for Amplify Austin Day! You will have 24-hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 6:00 PM on March ...
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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Toni O’Dowd

Toni O' Dowd is a retired elementary school principal from the Dallas area with over 15 years of educational experience. As a principal, she utilized books and story-time as a means of calming students having a difficult day. She would pull them into her office to select books from her ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Erica H.

Erica Huff, owner of Wick Habit wants to make the world a better place or at least make it smell nicer. With a history of donating portions of her proceeds to local causes, Erica was inspired to create the“Rachel’s Poetry Corner” candle in honor of Rachel McElroy of the local podcast ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Rachel M.

Rachel McElroy and her husband Griffin host a weekly podcast called Wonderful. Listeners are encouraged to write in with items of enthusiasm such as movies, television, sports, books, and more for topics of discussion. With a background in poetry, Rachel began an informal segment called "Rachel's Poetry Corner" to expose more ...
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Diverse Book Wish List

Diverse Book Wish List

Do you want to contribute books to our mission? You can! Purchase these books from our 20 books by 2020 advocates BookPeople or Half Price Books. You can help diversify our book selections for children and families in Central Texas. Shop at BookPeople or Half Price Books         ...
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Celebrating diversity with children’s books

Celebrating diversity with children’s books

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, we are hosting a community-wide book drive that exemplifies diverse characters reflective of young Central Texas readers. From January 21 through February 28, we ask that you collect and share children’s books that celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusiveness ...
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