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Trainings available via Region 13

Trainings available via Region 13

Our communities are strongest when we build them in ways that ensure the well being of all residents. BookSpring meets our clients where they are, through our community partners. BookSpring trainers are certified through the Texas Trainer Registry (Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System). They equip childcare professionals, teachers, parent ...
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Give the gift of time

Give the gift of time

Tis the season for giving, giving what you can to make a difference! Austin University Area Rotary Club members give the most precious gift of all, their time. Every Tuesday and Thursday Rotarians volunteer at JJ Pickle Elementary, a title one school located in Northeast Austin. They work closely with ...
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Combining two of my passions: Service and Literature

Combining two of my passions: Service and Literature

By Nancy Kelly This year, approximately 1,200 Junior League of Austin members will complete a staggering 100,000 volunteer hours for over 30 local community projects. One of those programs is BookSpring. I am one of the ten JLA members who are lucky enough to be spending their year working with ...
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A Lesson Learned from Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

A Lesson Learned from Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story

By Natalie Kelly Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story is the recently published follow up to 2014’s Grandfather Gandhi. Local author, Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi, Mohandas K. Gandhi’s grandson, wrote both books. Bethany Hegedus will be speaking and signing copies of her book this weekend at BookPeople. It ...
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See a need, take the lead

See a need, take the lead

By Haley Justiz Ever since I was a little girl, I have always spent my summers volunteering. Throughout the years, I’d hop from organization to organization, until I finally found BookSpring: it was love at first, well, book donation! A little something about me: I love to read. And that ...
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For the Love of Reading

For the Love of Reading

By Jill Gonzalez I remember wonderful hours spent under a makeshift tent of blankets and our picnic table under the shade of a beautiful oak tree reading the books I had found at the library. That tent was a magical place, only to be ventured out of for Kool-Aid, or ...
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You've Heard of STEM? Get Ready for SEL

You’ve Heard of STEM? Get Ready for SEL

By Lili Cantu At BookSpring, we have spent some of our summer getting some continuing education and preparing to offer continuing education courses for other organizations. I was privileged to present a session along with my colleague, Jill Gonzalez, at the 6th annual Texas School Ready Institute, titled Moms, Dads, ...
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Defining The Path for Organizational Growth

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 objective, in order to make book sharing and reading aloud an integral part of daily family activities. Building on this history, BookSpring continues to redefine ...
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The Importance of Bilingual Books

The Importance of Bilingual Books

by Cynthia Ivey La translación en español puede ser encontrada aquí. We all know that reading is an essential building block for literacy, but what if English is not your first language or not a language you speak at all?  The need for Spanish and bilingual (English/Spanish) books for children ...
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Read Aloud Infographic

Troubling New Study on Reading Aloud

by Mateo Ibranji 54% of parents do not read aloud A new survey shows how far we have to go to encourage parents to read aloud to their children. Conducted by Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a national campaign to increase reading aloud at home, the report shows that fewer than half (46%) ...
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Book Club Opens Doors

Book Club Opens Doors

by Mateo Ibranji “The book club has helped me to open a dialog with my boy about what's in a book, proper library behavior, proper treatment of a book, and how to use a book/library to find information.” – Delia, Parent Book Club This quote from a participating parent (name ...
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Adding STEAM to Stop the Summer Slide

Adding STEAM to Stop the Summer Slide

by Mateo Ibranji Our mission statement here at BookSpring has always been centered on helping children and their families achieve a new level of success through reading. We support and inspire parents and caregivers to read aloud and engage with children through language every day, and this summer, we plan ...
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Reading Aloud Kwanzaa

Reading Aloud Kwanzaa

by Sophia Toprac Kwanzaa, the Pan-African Diaspora Holiday, is a great time to read a book about this unique holiday to a child! The week long holiday spans from December 26th to January 1st and is a time for African-Americans to reconnect with their roots, and with each other, by ...
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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Best wishes from all of us at BookSpring to the whole community of readers! We will close Dec 22 and reopen on January 4. The drop box can accept book donations throughout the holidays ...
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Goddard School Craft Show/BookDrive

Goddard School Craft Show/BookDrive

Shop and drop off books with our friends at The Goodard School. THIS Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Only! 1905 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park, TX ...
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BOOKFAIR at BookPeople Nov 1-7

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! Please bring this flyer to BookPeople (603 North Lamar) any time between November 1-7, 2015 Present this flyer with your purchase to the cashier at ...
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Austin Reads Aloud with BookSpring Day

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 delivering its one millionth book to children of Greater Austin, community leaders, such as First Lady of Austin Diane Land, Superintendent Paul Cruz and Senator ...
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Don't Stop Reading to Older Children

Don’t Stop Reading to Older Children

by Sophia Toprac An article recently published by the New York Times that discusses recent studies that reveal the benefits of reading aloud to your child. The article points to studies done across the nation that found that the three main traits that all the most voracious young readers seems ...
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Quotes on Reading

Quotes on Reading

"Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don't need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different." — Steven Pinker A house without books is like a room without windows. — Heinrich Mann ...
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The Multifaceted Permanence of Books

The Multifaceted Permanence of Books

by Emily Ball Cicchini, Executive Director My home was one of the many hit by the Texas Memorial Day floods. We are only now getting everything back in order, thanks to many helpful friends and services, particularly two burly men from Stanley Steamer and two helpful home inspectors from FEMA ...
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A Lifetime Passion for Literacy

A Lifetime Passion for Literacy

There is something totally inspiring about a person who dedicates their life to a mission that is impossible to complete. A mission impossible, if you will. Lynda Johnson Robb is one of these people. Speaking at the BookSpring Storybook Heroes Luncheon on May 6, 2015, she recounted how her interest ...
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