With a vision to inspire Texans of all ages to love reading, the Texas Book Festival (TBF) connects authors and readers through experiences that celebrate the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. The TBF promotes the joys of reading and writing through the annual free Texas Book Festival weekend, the Texas Teen Book Festival, Reading Rock Stars school literacy program, grants to Texas libraries, Fresh Ink Fiction Contest, and year-round literary programming.
Impact StatementIn 2018, we are hoping to reach more Texans than ever through all our literacy programs. Moreover, we are hoping to reach more Texans while maintaining the high quality of programming that the Texas Book Festival has maintained for 23 years. To date, the Texas Book Festival has given out more than 85,000 book and scheduled 370 authors visits through Reading Rock Stars. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,121 grants totaling nearly $3 million to 600+ libraries in every corner of the state. This year will be the 10th anniversary of the Texas Teen Book Festival! All of this impact and more is thanks to our generous and committed community. Thank you!
Needs StatementThe Texas Book Festival accomplishes incredible literacy outreach in Austin and throughout the state with a staff of six and hundreds of volunteers. We are committed to using all our resources for literary programming, whether that means bringing more authors to the Texas Teen Book Festival, buying more books for Reading Rock Stars, giving more grants to small town libraries, or making the annual Festival the best we possibly can for attendees because all Texans deserve the opportunity to love reading.
Whether you give $20 or $2,000, your dollars make a real, meaningful impact:
$20 - One signed, new book for a Title I elementary student, maybe the first book they have ever owned.
$100 - Help bring authors from across the U.S. to the annual Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival.
$250 - First place prize for a teen author in the Fresh Ink Fiction Contest.
$500 - Paying a local artist to create a unique and Texas-themed Lit Crawl program.
$1,000 - A full Reading Rock Stars grade level, including books for every child and author visit.
$2,500 - Collection grant for a Texas public library, to purchase books needed by that specific community.
$10,000 - An entire Reading Rock Stars school, including books, author costs, and curriculum guides and supplies for classroom teachers and school librarian.
-- "As a Librarian I love seeing all of the authors and books, and I enjoy volunteering during the festival. My library also was very blessed to receive one of the $5,000 grants in '07 to help start our Every Child Ready to Read program. My best memory [of the Festival] is hearing Liz Carpenter speak in 2000 & getting her book signed. During the signing she looked at me and asked how in the hell did I know about her." -Shelly Lane, librarian
-- "The first year we went, we didn't do much research about the book festival. We just figured - we like books, let's go! And then we got to the Capitol grounds. "You mean we get to go inside? And there are chairs? And air conditioning??? AND people are still going to be talking about books? Best festival EVER!" It's like Comic Con for book nerds." -Julie Blackwell, attendee
-- "My first month at the University of Texas I received an email stating that I had placed in the 2014 Youth Fiction Writer's contest. I will never forget how proud I felt sitting inside the Capitol building in the same spot that I had watched Katherine Applegate sit in during a panel two years earlier. It was the first moment I felt like a real writer. Receiving validation from the Festival gave me the confidence peruse creative writing in college and inspired a passion for the world of publishing." -Holly Rice, Youth Fiction Winner and former TBF Intern
Matching Funds DescriptionThe Herbert Simon Family Foundation is a private family operating foundation. Established in 1999, the Foundation has been providing support for organizations across the United States and around the world. They will match every dollar given to the Texas Book Festival during Amplify up to $20,000. Thanks to the generous support of the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, your contribution will make twice the difference.
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.