Raise a Reader emphasizes the invaluable assistance the public library can provide in promoting early literacy and good reading habits at a young age. Through St. David’s hospital and local birthing centers, Raise a Reader packets are distributed to new parents. The packets contain a board book, a library card application form and other library information, and brochures with reading tips and early literacy information.
The Library Foundation's cultural series featuring author events, musical performances, film screenings, cooking demos & art exhibitions at the Austin Central Library.
Badgerdog writing programs follow the workshop model: Writers of all ages and skill levels are invited to examine the techniques of literary artists and experiment with language to communicate experience and meaning. Our goal is to empower Austinites to develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively and beautifully, to amplify individual voices, and to share in a love of reading and writing.
Mayor's Book Club
The Mayor's Book Club is an annual citywide reading campaign to encourage a community experience through reading, discussion, and exploration of shared books. The Mayor's Book Club is presented by the Library Foundation in partnership with the City of Austin Mayor's Office and the Austin Public Library.
Raise a Reader
Kids Block Party
The Kids Block Party is an annual festival that celebrates children, literacy, and learning through play. This fun-filled event takes place at the Austin Central Library and gives kids a chance to spend a day creating, discovering, experimenting, moving, dancing, and so much more.
Austin Youth Poet Laureate Program
Each year, a young poet is chosen from a field of applicants to represent Austin as its Youth Poet Laureate. The Austin Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify and uplift young writers and leaders who are committed to civic & community engagement, poetry & performance, human relations, diversity, social justice and education across Austin.
The Austin Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Library Foundation and the National Youth Poet Laureate Program led by Urban Word, with additional support from the Austin Public Library, Creative Learning Initiative, Learn All The Time, and Host Publications.