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Building Connections to the World through Books

Building Connections to the World through Books

Join us for this very special BookSpring event! Who: Christy and Turk Pipkin of The Nobelity Project When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5 pm Where: via Zoom! RSVP, and we will email a private link to you. Donate & Register Guest Speakers Turk Pipkin Founder of The Nobelity Project, Turk Pipkin is an award-winning author, director, ...
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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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Emily Ball Cicchini

Executive Director Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

We are celebrating Emily Ball Cicchini's five-year anniversary at BookSpring! She joined BookSpring in February 2015 and is proud of all that we, as a board, staff, partners, and volunteers, have accomplished together. In Emily’s words, “…this organization is truly a collaborative labor of love for hundreds of very committed ...
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Lorena Koppel Volunteer

Community Connections Resource Fair

By Lorena Koppel: Volunteer I had an awesome time representing BookSpring this weekend at the Community Connections Resource Fair, sponsored by Austin Energy! The fair featured over one hundred vendors and representatives of businesses and organizations, and showcased local artisans and performers. With BookSpring, I was able to spread awareness ...
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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 leaders raised over $112,000 in support of BookSpring’s early literacy programs at the 6th Annual Storybook Heroes Luncheon on Friday, April 6 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Grammy nominee and ...
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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, a new full-scale program designed to address the widespread drop in reading skills that occurs in economically disadvantaged elementary students over the summer. Research has shown that over 80 percent ...
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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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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 over 15 years. Now, we are bringing our expertise to you. The 3-hour course is led by experienced book club facilitators who will share their best practices. This workshop offers ...
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Book People summer kickoff!

Book People summer kickoff!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17th! Book People, Austin Allies, AISD, and BookSpring are kicking off the summer reading season! Join the First Zilker Theatre Productions' cast of this summer's musical, The Wizard of Oz, for a special storytime and oz-themed costume contest at 11:30 am at Book People, ...
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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 Swap Party! A book swap is a great way for families to get excited about summer reading. BookSpring invites all avid readers, on Saturday, June 10 from 9 am to 12 ...
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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 ready for your summer reading with a fun family event! Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 2-4 pm outdoors at The Arboretum at Great Hills for the BookSpring into Summer: ...
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Luncheon2017

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 ceiling, and Mexican title floors set the ideal ambience for the 119 BookSpring guests. Total amount raised was nearly $20,000, representing over 8000 new children's books for Central Texas families ...
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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 years of age.  All Aboard, by Bethany Lynn Corey, is a play for very young children that brings the world of transportation to life through colorful characters and motion. The ...
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GAAMBK

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 President Barack Obama, addresses the challenges that young men of color face. The GAAMBK initiative kicked off on March 8, 2015 at SXSWedu. This initiative is a collaboration among city, county, ...
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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 programs and services. Thank you for your donations! Particularly our stellar raffle contributors: We visited with friends old and new, caught up with BookSpring, and met some of our favorite ...
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CTX gets Wild About Reading!

CTX gets Wild About Reading!

Engaging and activating young minds to think philanthropically BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon encourages community service and sharing the joy of book ownership with children in our community. During the two week event, students and book lovers read and collect donations based on the number of minutes they read. The donations buy books ...
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HACA lunch and learn initiative

HACA lunch and learn initiative

By Amanda Shaver On Fridays this summer, BookSpring collaborated with the Housing Authority for the City of Austin (HACA) to provide books and story times for the children who attended the HACA/Capital Area Food Bank’s summer meal program. Spending this time with the kids ended up being one of the ...
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Lynda Johnson Robb to speak at 2015 Storybook Heroes Luncheon

Lynda Johnson Robb to speak at 2015 Storybook Heroes Luncheon

We are excited to announce that our 2015 Storybook Heroes Luncheon...in the Hundred Acre Wood will feature guest speaker Lynda Johnson Robb. Join us for this special event Wednesday, May 6, at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown, 111 E. Cesar Chavez. We are celebrating 40 years of reading ...
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Read-A-Thon brings joy of reading

Read-A-Thon brings joy of reading

Submitted by Shelley Renee, Read-A-Thon Program Manager As I drive around the Austin area visiting schools to promote the 2014 Read-A-Thon I hear so many stories from librarians about the joy that reading brings their students. I recently visited an elementary school that participates in BookSpring’s Read-A-Thon and Reading is ...
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BookSpring program celebrates 40 years in Austin

BookSpring program celebrates 40 years in Austin

Austin, Texas, September 11 – Lynda Johnson Robb and Catherine Robb joined local librarians to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program in Austin. BookSpring held its annual RIF librarian training at the Windsor Park Library and closed with a cake cutting ceremony marking 40 years in ...
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2012 Read-A-Thon Results Are In!

2012 Read-A-Thon Results Are In!

The results are in for the 2012 “Book A Trip” Read-A-Thon sponsored by Howdy Honda! The competition was fierce, and the results from the top three schools were close, but the final tabulations are as follows: • $138,995 raised by 2,100 readers • 1,500,000 pages logged • Gullett Elementary Earns ...
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