Staff

Meet the Staff: Shannon Thorne

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 Me is a book ownership program which serves the entire school with students receiving 3 books. The other program, Summer Success targets the slide in ...
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Meet the Staff: Katie Mathews

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 early childhood centers, as well as any programs we run with parents & families.  What do you like about your job at BookSpring?  There are ...
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Meet the Staff: Suzanne MacGillivray

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 with things involving fundraising. What do you like about your job at Bookspring?  I help with raising the funds that make it possible for BookSpring ...
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Dana Silverman

Meet the Staff: 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 the community through a year of service to feed an altruistic spirit that had been leaning toward nonprofit work after many years of working in ...
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Shefali Tewari

Meet the Staff: 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 finance and accounting. What is your job at BookSpring?  I am the Director of Finance and Operations at BookSpring.  I work on accounts, finance and ...
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Meet the Staff: Clare Bresnan

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 blog. This week the spotlight is on Clare Bresnan! She joined the BookSpring team August 2018 as the Book and Supply Manager. Clare spent twenty-five ...
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Partner Spotlight: Our H-E-B

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 who has gone above and beyond to serve and meet the immediate needs of Texans: H-E-B. Last year, BookSpring and H-E-B partnered together to bring ...
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Loving Literacy as an AmeriCorps Member

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 next year, and I am super excited to help fulfill BookSpring’s mission of building early literacy in children and families through healthcare (Rx), education (Ed), ...
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Emily Ball Cicchini

Executive Director Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

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 board, staff, partners, and volunteers, have accomplished together. In Emily’s words, “…this organization is truly a collaborative labor of love for hundreds of very committed ...
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When you own the book you own the stage

Future work for 20 Books in Central Texas homes

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 families with children we serve. Wouldn't it be great if we could know now what we'll know in the future? Well, we can't! The best ...
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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 am so glad that you are here,” said Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center librarian Alexia Haywood in a chipper, enthusiastic voice. “I can’t wait to get started ...
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Celebrating the Giving Season with Book People

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 to deeply and others they have worked with to make Austin an incredible place to live. Book People is hosting give-back days throughout the month ...
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Donated Books

Literati and Half Price Books are filling shelves in Central Texas homes

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 (Go) partners. It is these partnerships that allow us to reach children and families in need across Central Texas. Two of our greatest supporters in ...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Kara Hooper

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 others.” – Deann Hollis Meet Kara Hooper, who began her volunteer work with BookSpring in July 2018. Kara is an educator currently on sabbatical and ...
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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  Today is a bittersweet day at BookSpring as we say goodbye to one of our long-time staff members, Jill Gonzalez. Jill is embarking on a ...
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Resiliency and a Big Anniversary

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 of Austin's community centers. This young girl was so memorable to me, because she was so insistent that I read that one book, a counting ...
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Recognizing Our Board of Directors

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 with Central Texas. Please join us in offering a heartfelt thank you to Beth, Jan, and Jerry for their years of service! Though we are ...
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Book cover "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

Staff Picks: 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 translated into more than 55 languages. In all his books, his art is distinctive and easily recognizable as a "collage technique." He uses hand-painted papers ...
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Book Cover "The Mitten" by Jan Brett

Staff Picks: 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 Brett, author and illustrator of The Mitten retells a classic story with amazingly detailed illustrations. Growing up in the north, I was well acquainted with ...
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Scene from Katy No Pocket. Smock with many pockets and animals.

Staff Picks: H. A. Rey and Katy No Pocket

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 George series, Rey’s illustrations in Katy No Pocket, are what my daughter most likes to discuss during her bedtime story. Katy No Pocket, is the ...
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Book Cover "Tuesday"

Staff Picks: Tuesday by David Wiesner

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 suddenly discovered they can fly. It is a surreal and almost wordless Caldecott Medal-winning illustrated story with fantastic realistic images of frogs flying on lily ...
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