KLRU and Community Partners: Families Creative Learning workshops

KLRU has partnered with the Thinkery, Boys & Girls Club, and Communities in Schools to bring Families Creative Learning workshops to low-income families with young children. Parents bond with their children as they both learn to code.  Using the Scratch Jr. PBS app, the families animate their favorite PBS characters. The parents have the wonderful opportunity to be active participants in their children’s learning. As supportive collaborators, parents encourage their children to problem solve and experiment while being persistent in their creative process.

Walk into a session and you’ll see friendly families sharing a meal. Afterwards, it’s time to reflect on what has been learned. Then parents work together with their children to create a project that tells a meaningful story.  It’s neat to see how imaginative the children can be as they express themselves using technology. The final projects are shared amongst the group and include animated greeting cards, stories about their family, and other wildly creative animations.

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What’s great is that families receive a tablet at the end of 4 weekly sessions. These tablets are a gateway to more learning using the many free PBS kids apps available. Families also receive books that they can enjoy at home as a vital component of at-home learning.

Educational experiences such as this empower parents to continue engaging in their children’s education. It inspires children to continue to explore and discover new ways of self-expression in today’s digital world.

Families Creative Learning is part of the Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media, funded by the US Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Give the gift of KLRU! End our Fund Drive early!

Give the gift of KLRU this holiday season! We have gifts, giveaways and heaps of cheer to say thank you!

Oh, and guess what? We have less than $10,000 left until we hit our goal. If we reach $220,000 by midnight tonight, we’ll end our Winter Fund Drive ahead of schedule and return to your regular, uninterrupted programming tomorrow.
YOUR support could end the drive one day early! It’s not too late to make an impact and get a thank you gift (or two) for yourself and loved ones.

Gift exchanging time is closing in and KLRU has some great offers! Some of the most popular thank you gifts of the drive have literally been flying off the shelves—like Nature Super Hummingbirds. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price together—if you’re a fan of classic outlaw country, then Last of the Breed is for you! And Downton Abbey—It will always set the bar. It will always be worth re-watching. And Lady Mary will always look fabulous while being terrible to Edith.

Everyone loves a giveaway, and we have LOTS! There’s a chance to win tickets to see Odd Squad Live! at the Long Center or warm up this winter drinking from your own Mr. Rogers sweater changing mug! Love Hamilton? Because KLRU certainly does. Enter to get a copy of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new Hamilton Mixtape. Some lucky Masterpiece fan out there will scoop up Seasons 1 & 2 of Poldark. We’ve even got a drawing for portable phone chargers—they sure do come in handy while traveling. And, of course, any true public television fan wants to throw a hat in the ring for a retro PBS tote bag! Those groceries aren’t going to carry themselves! (Entries close December 15.)

Your support will truly ensure that YOUR KLRU has a holiday season that is merry and bright! Now here’s to enjoying some eggnog, hanging some lights and maybe even putting on a Christmas episode of Downton Abbey!

KLRU wants to give your phone a CHARGE!

KLRU is giving away PBS NewsHour Weekend Jolt Triangle Suction Chargers— perfect for giving your smartphone a boost on the go. Never be stuck with a dead phone again!

What does it do?
• Provides a 2,200 mAh charge when plugged into your smartphone
• Functions as a phone stand
• Includes a USB to Micro USB cable which can be used to recharge the power bank
• Shows off your PBS love

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, simply share something you love about KLRU. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Enter to win the entire series of Downton Abbey on Blu-ray!

I Miss Downton Abbey! airs tonight on KLRU at 9:30pm.

The title nicely sums up how so many of us feel. This favorite clips and interview show highlights the amazing production work that went into creating this spectacular series.

KLRU wants to make the lack of Downton Abbey easier on one lucky person. We’re giving away the entire series—Seasons 1 through 6—on Blu-ray.

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, just comment with who your favorite Downton Abbey character is, and why.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Koko & Mister Rogers

Tune into KLRU tonight at 7pm and watch Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.

This documentary is perfect for the whole family. Getting an in-depth look at Koko learning to communicate and connect with humans through sign language is incredibly powerful. With the help of her devoted teacher, Penny Patterson, this amazing animal truly built a bridge between our two species. The lessons we still learn from Koko about the threads that bind us all together are as important as ever.

Did you know that Koko is a huge Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan? The first time she met him, she sat down and took off his shoes—just like Mister Rogers did at the beginning of each of his shows. Koko even appeared on an episode in 1998!

To commemorate both Koko and Mister Rogers, we’re giving away a Sweater Changing Mister Rogers mug!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, just send us a picture of you or someone you know changing shoes. If you happen to be wearing a Mister Rogers type sweater while you do, all the better. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Tell us what you’re watching and you could win this fab tote!

Giveaway survey! KLRU is more than halfway through our Winter Fund Drive! And we’re interested to learn what you’ve been tuning in to see. Tonight Part Two of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise airs. Maybe you caught Part One last Tuesday? Or perhaps another KLRU program grabbed your interest in the past week?

And don’t forget to look forward to the rest of the drive where we’ll be rolling out Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, NOVA: Great Human Odyssey and Il Volo Notte Magica, just to name a few of our great primetime options.

Whatever programs you’re enjoying on KLRU, we would love to know! Tell KLRU what your favorite episode of this 2016 Winter Fund Drive has been and you’ll be entered to win a Retro PBS Tote Bag. You clearly love PBS… might as well show that pride as you go about your day!

Just comment with your Winter Fund Drive 2016 highlight(s) and you’ll be entered.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Win Poldark Seasons 1 & 2! Perfect for cozy winter binge watching.

The Season 2 closer of Poldark re-airs tonight! KLRU wants to make saying goodbye (for now!) to our tricorn-hat wearing hero a little easier… with a giveaway!

Two lucky winners will receive Poldark Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD or Blu-ray—winners’ choice. Add this PBS favorite to your video library and revisit Cornwall and all its sweeping imagery and adventure whenever you need an escape. What better way to fill the time as we wait for Season 3 to arrive?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. Enter all 4 ways to increase your odds!

The characters of Poldark are experts at smoldering looks. Share a picture of you or someone you know doing their best 18th century drama face and you’ll be entered! 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Hamilton: The Mixtape. (It’s so good.) Win a copy, join the revolution!

How could KLRU not jump on the Hamilton bandwagon?!
This Broadway phenomenon has broken records and charmed America with its diverse casting and innovative style. If only high school history class had been so entertaining!

With Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda created a blend of Broadway bravado, rhythmic hip-hop and political intrigue that is massively entertaining, but why stop there? The Hamilton Mixtape is the newest effort from Miranda—an album of covers from the hit musical with a who’s who list of modern recording artists—and KLRU is giving away copies of the CD this December!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win The Hamilton Mixtape.

Just comment about what you love about Hamilton—the musical or the man—and you’ll be entered.
1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody kicks off KLRU’s 2016 Winter Fund Drive

KLRU has some amazing programming lined up for our Winter Fund Drive. Starting us out is Lang Lang Live from Lincoln Center. This young man has built an enviable classical career and keeps surprising audiences with his energy and expertise on the piano.

Before tuning in, why not see how much you know about Lang Lang? Take our quiz and test your knowledge!

Due East 11/10

Due East is the official kick-off party and fundraiser for the East Austin Studio Tour and takes place Nov. 11th. Guests of this event receive a 2016 East catalog and are first to experience the opening of the East Group Exhibition, presenting the work of nearly 300 East artists. This year’s event takes place at 916 Springdale Rd. You can purchase tickets now

Entertainment is provided by performance artist Katelena Hernandez Cowles, Austin Phonograph Company, and Austin Maker Faire.

On the menu for Due East 2016 are some of Austin’s best restaurants, including La Condesa, Sway, Salt & Time, Hillside Farmacy, Weather Up, and Gelateria Gemelli. Drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Austin Beerworks, The Austin Shaker, Austin Eastciders, Topo Chico, JuiceLand, Wunder-Pilz Kombucha, and Chameleon Cold-Brew are also featured.

KLRU is a media sponsor of the East Austin Studio Tour.