BookSpring offers a Continuum of Literacy Programs designed to reach children from birth through age 12 by building an active and supportive communities of readers. We offer these programs through three partner areas: Healthcare (Rx), Education (Ed), and Community-based Organizations (Go). We reach children and families where they live, work, and play through professionals that they know and trust.
- Who do we reach? Children (0-5yrs) and their parents/caregivers
- What do we do? Distribute new and used books, parent educational materials and assists medical professionals in pediatric literacy
- Where does it happen? Clinics, Community Health Centers, (mostly low-income serving)
- When does it happen? During well child exams, clinic waiting rooms (gently used books)
- Why does it work? Stimulates early brain development/pre-literacy skills and changes family behaviors around reading and reading aloud
- How do we know it works? Parent-based exit survey of motivation, book ownership, and satisfaction of care
- How is it supported? Program fees, individual donations, grants, volunteer time
- Who do we reach? Children/students (0-12yrs)
- What do we do? Distribute new and used books, motivational activites, educational materials for parents and assist educational professionals in reading promotion
- Where does it happen? Elementary Schools, Pre-Schools, Early Childhood Centers, Child Development Centers, Charter Schools (mostly low-income serving)
- When does it happen? During school hours, over Summer Break, after school and out of school hours
- Why does it work? Improve educational outcomes and influence motivation to read and learn
- How do we know it works? Analysis of standardized formative and summative assessment in reading; survey based on the validated scale of the motivation to read books
- How is it supported? Program Fees (on a sliding scale based on free/reduced lunch percentage), grants, donations, volunteer time
- Who do we reach? All families/people in our communities within a 100 mile radius of Austin
- What do we do? Provide motivational reading experiences and improve, create, and/or expand reading spaces and access to books
- Where does it happen? City-wide, in community centers, housing services, and partner nonprofits (mostly low-income serving)
- When does it happen? In and out of school time (after-school, summer), one-time events with partners, and public events
- Why does it work? Builds awareness on the importance of reading and provide access to books, literacy materials, and positive adult interactions
- How do we know it works? Exit survey using a scale of motivation to read books and our activity reports to demonstrate outputs based on research
- How is it supported? Cooperative agreements, grants, donations (books and money), and volunteer time
We measure our activities in numbers and demographics of readers, books, sites, and hours spent directly and indirectly with children. We prove our impact through a variety of evaluation methods grounded in research-based models that focus on language skills and social emotional learning, as well as participant satisfaction. We engage elementary students and the librarians, teachers, healthcare professionals, and parents of all children in our service area through the inspiration of being lifelong readers. See our Blog for periodic updates on specific program activities, and our Mission & Vision page for regular updates on our progress on the key metrics of books distributed, children engaged, and hours of engagement across all our programs.
If you are a community leader, school librarian, teacher, principal, pediatrician, medical professional, or childcare provider interested in promoting literacy with the children and families you reach, we need your help to coordinate our programs for delivery at your location.
While most programs require some fee for participation, you can work with funders to Adopt-Your-Site and we sometimes have special discounts and opportunities for specific areas of need. Applications are generally taken on an annual cycle, and certain qualifications and restrictions apply. Your involvement as a volunteer site coordinator is critical in developing a fully literate future together. Please read more about BookSpringRx, BookSpringEd, and BookSpringGo, and contact the appropriate area partner manager to see how to enroll for our partner services.