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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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Summer Success

Summer Partnership with Andy Roddick Foundation

By: Joel Gross Photos by Tyler Schmitt / The Mill Photography Studio At BookSpring we know one of the most critical areas in students’ early educational journey is stemming the tide of summer reading loss. More broadly, the summer also presents an added challenge to many parents as they strive to ...
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Over the Moon!

At BookSpring, we are just over the moon this fall – even though it’s time for a solar eclipse! (okay, we’re a little out of sync…) We’ve got a collaboration in the works that has brought so many people together and we are truly excited about it! The Girls Scouts ...
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Bon Voyage!

BookSpring is a very special place to be. Our mission and vision are tied to the success of children and families and their learning to love books and reading. We can attribute many of our daily successes to the amazing skills and talents of our staff. Today we are saying ...
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AALL’s Amazon Book Drive

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 BookSpring as the recipient of their children’s book drive. AALL’s Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section addresses issues of social change and social responsibility that are ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Literacy First

Literacy First is an esteemed AmeriCorps program in the Austin community. Since 1994, Literacy First has worked to ensure that children in Central Texas are successful readers before third grade. Not only do these AmeriCorps members provide intensive one-on-one and small group literacy intervention at various Title 1 schools, they ...
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Book People summer kickoff!

Book People summer kickoff!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17th, 2017! 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, located at 603 ...
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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 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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El día de los niños (Children’s Day)

Each year on April 30, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)—also referred to as Día!—countless libraries and community organizations celebrate the importance of diversity and literacy for all children. Embracing a child’s home language and culture contributes to their cognitive, social emotional, and literacy ...
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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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Using Digital Marketing to Promote Reading

Using Digital Marketing to Promote Reading

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director A little over a year ago, BookSpring was awarded an Impact Grant from IBM to develop a Digital Marketing Strategy for our programs and services. Arranged by BookSpring Champion Beth Tracy, IBM Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, and lead by IBM consultants ...
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A Boost for Boys of Color

A Boost for Boys of Color

[two_third]BookSpring is partnering with Greater Austin Area My Brother's Keeper (GAAMBK) to address a troubling and persistent problem. Young boys of color are often among the least prepared to enter kindergarten. Kindergarten readiness includes social, emotional, and early literacy skills such as vocabulary, oral expression, and story comprehension. Low-income boys ...
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Announcing:  Rx, Ed, and Go

Announcing: Rx, Ed, and Go

This year promises a lot of exciting enhancements to BookSpring’s research-based and time-proven efforts to increase the love of reading in young children and their families. First, we’re pleased to announce the creation of three new positions: BookSpringRx Director, BookSpringEd Director, and BookSpringGo Director, being filled by Cynthia Ivey, Wayne ...
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2017 Read-A-Thon gets Wild About Reading

2017 Read-A-Thon gets Wild About Reading

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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childrren's book authors supporting BookSpring

Local Authors Support BookSpring

A group of local authors are lending their support to BookSpring's efforts.  Learn more about these fascinating writers right here in our own backyard. Bethany Hegedus’ books include the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi and the newly released Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: WE Communications

Volunteer Spotlight: WE Communications

Volunteers from WE Communications pose with McBee Elementary Librarian Heather Stephens after spending the day volunteering in her library. WE Communications employees here in Austin have been volunteering with BookSpring for the past three years, and they very rapidly earned the distinction of “the GT Group”--that’s Gifted and Talented for ...
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Girl Scout Gold Award book project

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 coordinating for BookSpring. The girls collected gently used books from their friends and classmates, took the donation to BookSpring, and prepped the books for distribution ...
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MAXIMUS Foundation grant awarded

MAXIMUS Foundation grant awarded

BookSpring was recently awarded a grant from the MAXIMUS Foundation. This foundation awards grants to local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health, and community development. “It’s an honor to provide BookSpring with a MAXIMUS Foundation grant that will enable such a ...
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GE employees make an impact

GE employees make an impact

GE Aviation of Austin hosted their first volunteer event with BookSpring. Over 70 employees helped build literacy through the community on Tuesday, December 20. “We have been in Austin (as GE) for a little over 4 years. This is the first time we've done a volunteer event,” said GE Flight ...
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8,000 books distributed at Coats For Kids!

8,000 books distributed at Coats For Kids!

BookSpring and the Junior League of Austin (JLA) teamed up for another successful Coats for Kids' community fair book distribution on Saturday, December 10 at the Palmer Events Center. Junior League members collected over 10,000 books over the course of the year. 8,000 books were distributed in Austin, and the ...
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Leadership in the Healthcare Community

Leadership in the Healthcare Community

BookSpring's Clinics & Health Partner Manager Cynthia Ivey was elected as Vice President of Community Partnerships of The Community Health Champions Alumni Leadership Committee for 2017. Community Health Champions is an initiative by Central Health to bring together diverse and informed community members from across Travis County to learn about, discuss, ...
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