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Coronavirus COVID-19 Impact and Updates

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, and federal mandates.  This includes requiring the use of face masks and gloves from all employees and volunteers, practicing social distancing of at least 6 ...
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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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The 2019 Central Texas Reading Survey

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 provides valuable information about the reading habits of families in Central Texas, while raising many interesting questions about the state of reading in the region, ...
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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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Wanted:  Healthcare Professionals Who Care About Academic Success

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 to Unite for Literacy’s book desert map, which analyzes variables including income, ethnicity, geography and languages, at least 70% US households have fewer than 20 ...
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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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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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Central Texas Reading Survey

Results of the 2017 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 of personal and professional success, and yet, historically we have known very little about why children and families choose to read. Now, a new reading ...
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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 will ensure they read and succeed together. With thousands of books constantly flowing in and out of our office, we are keeping home libraries growing ...
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A Special Thanks to Our Board

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 long standing board members at our May board meeting, on Wednesday, May 24th. We are blessed with an outstanding board and are always sad to ...
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BookSpring Partners With BookPeople

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 heart of downtown, BookPeople has been voted best bookstore in Austin for over 15 years. BookPeople was voted Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly ...
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New Reading Program Shows Promising Results

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 designed to reduce the summer slide, a phenomenon where children’s academic skills, including reading, decline during the academic year break. According to Reading Is Fundamental ...
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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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Thank you for helping make a difference!

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 ahead for the hero or heroine of the story. A book with such an enthralling story that your way of viewing the world is completely ...
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Extreme Child Care Center Lobby Makeover!

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. The vision of our lobby became the vision of not only one person, but a collaborative inclusive one with our staff and families in mind ...
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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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Battling the Summer slide with the Andy Roddick Foundation

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 Learning Program at Pecan Springs Elementary. The foundation operates a six-week summer learning program with a focus on STEM, literacy, arts, and sports. The overall ...
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Moody Foundation Combats Childhood Illiteracy

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 through book distributions at doctor’s offices. The goal is to transform the early childhood well check experience into a reading experience year-round for families. ReadWell ...
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Doing Well for Good at Philanthropitch

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 entrepreneurs to expand our pediatric literacy services. We were grateful to be the recipients that night of $11,000 from Mission Capital and the audience choice ...
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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 way to help fight illiteracy and open doors for children in need: Buy A Book - Give A Book (BAB-GAB). Every time you buy a ...
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BookSpringer appointed to health role

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 for 2016! Community Health Champions is a new Central Health initiative to bring together community members who want to improve access to and the quality ...
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