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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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2020 Readathon:  Read a Book, Own the Galaxy!

2020 Readathon: Read a Book, Own the Galaxy!

Awards Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's BookSpring Readathon event. We had over 1,117 student readers representing 20 schools read more than 566,681 minutes combined. Top Schools Overall Most Raised Gullet Elementary School $26,068.28 raised Most Minutes Read Galindo Elementary School 80,170 minutes read Top Classes Overall ...
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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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2019 Readathon: Monster Readers

2019 Readathon: Monster Readers

Thank you! 2019 Monster Readers was a roaring success! Cheers to the over 1,400 readers and 2,500 reading sponsors who raised over $140,000 to help kids own books! Check back here for updates for the 2020 Read-A-Thon What is the BookSpring Read-A-Thon? The BookSpring Read-A-Thon is an annual event where kids ...
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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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Read-A-Thon Art Contest Winner 2018

Read-A-Thon Art Contest Winner 2018

The Girls’ School of Austin Art Director Nancy Hoover and Caroline “Coco” Sutherland During the fall, BookSpring launched its annual search for the 2018 Read-A-Thon logo through the community-wide art contest for children in elementary and middle schools. Caroline “Coco” Sutherland of The Girls’ School of Austin won this year’s art ...
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Go for the gold: 2018 Read-A-Thon!

Go for the gold: 2018 Read-A-Thon!

This year, go for the gold! Gold Medal Readers is the theme of 2018 Read-A-Thon kicking off January 22nd through February 4th. Impacting the community The Read-A-Thon continues to encourage the community to indulge in books for a worthy cause for two weeks. Students and book lovers will read and ...
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Targeting Summer Slide with New Program

Targeting Summer Slide with New Program

By BookSpringEd Director  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 Read-A-Thon rocks!

2017 Read-A-Thon rocks!

Greater Austin area students get Wild About Reading for the 2017 Read-A-Thon! With over 40 schools participating, the Read-A-Thon participation rates have increased tenfold since its launch in 2006. This goes to show that reading promotes more reading! Read-A-Thon encourages the youngest of community members to serve their community and to share the joy ...
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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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