News & Events

Scroll down for a timeline of important news and events about our Storybook Heroes, Readathon, and other happenings across our network of early literacy friends.

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Current Status: BookSpring is open as an essential business providing services to low-income families in Central Texas.  However, we are observing all city, county, state, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Amplify Austin Day 2020

Amplify BookSpring
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 ...
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Emily Ball Cicchini
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 ...
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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 ...
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The 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey
BookSpring’s 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey offers insight into the state of reading in Central Texas and early literacy efforts in our community. The survey ...
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Lorena Koppel Volunteer
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 ...
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When you own the book you own the stage
by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director This coming "hindsite is 20/20" year promises to be landmark one for BookSpring and for all the partners and ...
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Summer Reading Enriches Future Academic Success
It is no mystery that summer break can result in an exponential loss of academic skills or the “summer slide.” Research conducted by John Hopkins’ ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Children’s Book Recommendations for Mardi Gras!
By: AuntieCam, Guest Blogger  As March gets underway, many communities will celebrate Fat Tuesday, the last day before the Christian season of Lent.  Those in ...
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Partner Spotlight: CommUnityCare North Central
It is never too early to share books with your baby. Reading to babies immerses them in sounds, rhythms, and rhymes building language and early ...
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The New Faces of Children’s books
By: Ashley Hawes, JLA Volunteer As the world grows increasingly smaller due to connectivity through the internet and global travel, children’s books should represent the ...
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Librarians are Superheroes

Librarians are Superheroes
Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Librarian Alexia Haywood, in front of her newest bulletin board, holding two of her favorite books. By: Kara Hooper/ Guest Blogger  “Oh, I ...
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Children’s Book Recommendations for Sharing Love
By: AuntieCam, Guest Blogger  It is time to celebrate our love of books with books about love. As a proud “Auntie” to many children, I ...
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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 ...
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Horseback riding improves reading skills
By: Nicky and Sam Ellis - Guest Bloggers of Horse Foals Man and horse have shared a strong bond for thousands of years. Horses are very friendly ...
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Book drives give back to your host city
Mariela Rodriguez/Communications Director Over the last three years, we have been recipients of book drives held by several professional meetings, events, or conferences engaging their ...
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Celebrating the Giving Season with Book People
The giving season kicked off with Book People featuring BookSpring in its annual Giving Guide. This year they are featuring organizations whose missions they connected ...
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20 books by 2020 Story Challenge: Sarah R.
Sarah Rasmussen has been a children's librarian for six years. As the librarian at Reilly Elementary, Sarah works to constantly engage the community in and around ...
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Donated Books
With the 20 Books by 2020 initiative under way, the need for books to distribute through our programs with healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), and community ...
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Giving Tuesday: 20 books by 2020 initiative continues
The mere presence of books in the home creates a culture of learning that translates to a more prosperous future. Books allow children to explore ...
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Sharing a Vision of 20 Books in All Homes
by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director We here are BookSpring have announced a big audacious goal: to get 20 high quality children's books in every ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Kara Hooper
“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of ...
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Highlights from 2018 The Central Texas Reading Survey
BookSpring’s Central Texas Reading Survey offers intriguing insights into the state of reading in Central Texas, and the implications for early literacy efforts in our community. We ...
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A Staff Farewell

A Staff Farewell
Jill Gonzalez receives Storybook Hero Award from Emily Ball Cicchini (Executive Director), Drew Scherz (Board President), at Austin Taco Project, Austin Hilton, Aug 29 2018  ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Atlassian
Atlassian is our pick for the Volunteer Spotlight! Atlassian is an Australian enterprise software company, that specializes in products for collaboration and product development. They ...
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Resiliency and a Big Anniversary
by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director This photo was taken at a lunchtime summer Go event at one of the Housing Authority of the City ...
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Recognizing Our Board of Directors
As another school year ends so does the service of some outstanding board members. These individuals are deeply committed to sharing their love of reading ...
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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 ...
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Wanted:  Healthcare Professionals Who Care About Academic Success
By Rachel Elliot, BookSpringRx Director Social science research shows a statistically significant correlation between the size of home libraries and children’s future academic success. According ...
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About the Executive Director
Emily Ball Cicchini Executive Director Emily joined BookSpring in 2015 and is a strong believer in the long-term benefit of early childhood literacy and creativity ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Central Texas Reading Survey
Over Half of Austin Children Reading on Mobile Devices A wide body of research consistently shows that reading is one of the most important indicators ...
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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 ...
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Summer Success
By: Joel Gross, BookSpringEd Director Photos by Tyler Schmitt / The Mill Photography Studio At BookSpring we know one of the most critical areas in students’ ...
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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 ...
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