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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.

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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Parent Book Club Trainer of Trainers
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 ...
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A Special Thanks to Our Board
(Pictured above: Executive Director Emily Ball Cicchini, President Ann Gass, Immediate Past President Chris Randazzo) BookSpring was pleased and proud to honor some of our ...
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BookSpring Partners With BookPeople
BookSpring is proud to be a partner in literacy with BookPeople. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas since 1970. Located in the ...
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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 ...
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New Reading Program Shows Promising Results
BookSpring has just completed preliminary evaluation of the pilot Read For Success program in Central Texas and the results are very encouraging. The program is ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Luncheon2017
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 ...
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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, ...
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GAAMBK
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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Girl Scout Gold Award book project
My first involvement with Ana Menchaca was through her Girl Scout troop. They volunteered to work on a project the Rotary Club of Austin was ...
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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 ...
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Thank you for helping make a difference!
There is something almost magical about encountering a book you simply cannot put down. A book that leaves you longing for answers  of what lies ...
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Extreme Child Care Center Lobby Makeover!
Wow, what a difference! In May 2016, various organizations partnered with us at Forbes Child Inc. in order to bring new life to our lobby ...
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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 ...
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Battling the Summer slide with the Andy Roddick Foundation
by Mariela Rodriguez BookSpring and the Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) partnered up in an effort to battle the summer slide through the foundation’s 2016 Summer ...
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Defining The Path for Organizational Growth
For over 40 years, BookSpring has worked tirelessly to close the literacy gap in Central Texas. Promoting a love of reading from infancy is our ...
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Moody Foundation Combats Childhood Illiteracy
BookSpring is proud to announce that the The Moody Foundation has granted a $20,000 gift toward our ReadWell program, which aims to improve family literacy ...
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Doing Well for Good at Philanthropitch
On Monday May 2nd, BookSpring presented a Philantropitch at the ZACH Theatre in downtown Austin to a lively audience and a panel of socially conscious ...
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Little Books at Work

Little Books at Work
BookSpring recently received a generous donation of over $600 from our wonderful benefactor, Little Book of Words. BAB-GAB Little Book of Words has a simple ...
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BookSpringer appointed to health role
Our very own Clinics & Health Partner Manager at BookSpring, Cynthia Ivey, has been appointed to participate in the inaugural group of Community Health Champions ...
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Read-A-Thon Wrap Ups

Read-A-Thon Wrap Ups
Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Read-A-Thon! Batty about Books was another successful year for our annual event that motivates young readers to ...
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Pattern People brings words and concepts to life
BookSpring is proud to be partnering with Pollyanna Theatre Company to present Pattern People, January 23 – 31, 2016 at the Long Center for the ...
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Kay Gooch Featured In AAS

Kay Gooch Featured In AAS
Our friend and librarian site coordinator Kay Gooch was featured in today's issue of the Austin American-Statesman! We are all lucky to have passionate people ...
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New Book Releases & The Giving Tree Program
Authors Chris Barton and Jennifer Ziegler are celebrating the release of their two latest children’s books at a holiday event at BookPeople in Austin, TX ...
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BOOKFAIR at BookPeople Nov 1-7
You can support BookSpring this week! BookPeople Flyer Your book purchase will help us purchase books for children and families in need—right here in Austin! ...
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Austin Reads Aloud with BookSpring Day
Pictured: Kazique Prince from the City of Austin, Emily Ball Cicchini and Drew Scherz from BookSpring Weds Oct 28, 2015: To celebrate BookSpring’s achievement in ...
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Austin Reads Aloud with BookSpring
Councilwoman Ora Houston loved her time at Houston Elementary! For the second year in a row, BookSpring is reaching out to area business and civic ...
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Books Needed for Travis County Kids
Great News! BookSpring is proud to announce our partnership with Austin Community College's Student Government Association through their “I Can Read” program. Together with the ...
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Margene Beckham Board Member
Four of Bookspring’s board members have just completed their terms. Each has made significant personal and financial commitment on behalf of Austin’s children, and their ...
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Thank You Macy’s & ATX!

Thank You Macy's & ATX!
BookSpring would like to send a warm thank you to all the Austinites who participated in the recently-finished Be Book Smart campaign, as well as ...
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2020 Readathon
READ A BOOK, OWN THE GALAXY  Congratulations to our winner Megan O. from The Girls' School of Austin, Middle School! Congratulations also to finalists Amelie ...
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Read Aloud 15 MINUTES

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn. While BookSpring ...
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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 ...
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World of Reading literacy mural unveiling in northeast Austin
Austin, Texas – Two Austin nonprofits launched the Windsor Park neighborhood in northeast Austin into a world of reading – through art. Local nonprofits, BookSpring ...
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Art Contest Winner 2015

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The winner of the 2015 Read-A-Thon Logo Art Contest is... Hanna R. from The Girls' School of Austin! Calling all young artists for the 2015 ...
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Librarian Kay Gooch kicks off Read-A-Thon 2014 at Gullett Elementary
Submitted by: Shelley Renee, Read-A-Thon Manager Another exciting Read-A-Thon year has come to a close with 23 schools, 1,941 students and 367 teachers in the ...
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The power of books

The power of books
Submitted by: Christina Nelson, Librarian at T.A. Brown Elementary Personal Background Reading has always been my escape. Ever since I can remember, I have always ...
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Janelle reads to her daughter
Submitted by: Janelle Nichols, Guest Blogger The phrase, “A picture paints a thousand words, “ is one that definitely applies in my case. In the ...
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Madeleine with Books
Submitted by: Lisa Moore, Junior League Community Volunteer and Guest Blogger My daughter Madeline loves books. We spend a lot of time reading, rereading and ...
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Book cover "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
Submitted by: Joan Wabschall, Executive Director When I think of children's authors/illustrators, I think of Eric Carle. His book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been ...
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Book Cover "The Mitten" by Jan Brett
Submitted by: Jill González, Director of Programs Brrr! It’s cold today, a perfect day to cuddle up and enjoy the classic story, The Mitten. Jan ...
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Scene from Katy No Pocket. Smock with many pockets and animals.
Submitted by: Brenda Brantley, Communications Manager One of my family’s favorite children’s author and illustrator is H.A. Rey. Known for his timeless classic, the Curious ...
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Book Cover "Tuesday"
Submitted by: Shelley Renee, Read-A-Thon Program Manager This book starts on a Tuesday evening around 8 when it appears that a number of frogs have ...
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a volunteer from 3M with a child from Wooten Elementary
Submitted by: Amanda Shaver, Volunteer Manager During this season of giving, I feel so fortunate to be a in the position to work with so ...
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