Don’t miss all the Great American Read events taking place in Central Texas this summer!

KLRU is working with libraries throughout Central Texas to encourage reading this summer as part of The Great American Read.  Watch the kickoff program on May 22nd at 7 pm on KLRU and attend any or all of the events taking place this summer. Those include:

Leander Public Library Great American Read kickoff
May 19th from 7-9 pm
Leander Public Library
Watch the first episode of The Great American Read before it airs on KLRU. There will be refreshments and activities for the kids and much more!

Smithville Public Library Great American Read kickoff
June 5th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
Screening of Great American Read and discussion. Get your book lists and vote for your favorite book.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: What we do for Love
June 14th at 7- 9 pm
Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended, here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is What We Do for Love in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Smithville Public Library Teen Night
June 26th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
Discuss the premiere program as well as upcoming theme-related programs. Teens will discuss how their favorite books fit into which themes and vote for their favorites. Plus plan future TeenNews programs where participants will create live video interviews, asking their peers about their favorite books.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: Being American
July 12th from 7 – 9 pm
Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended. Register here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is Being American in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Smithville Public Library Great American Read at the Summer Reading Club Finale
July 18th from 10 am to 1 pm
Riverbend Park
Smithville Public Library will share the Great American Read with families attending the library’s Summer Reading Club Finale. SPL will give away 25 free books (through a ticket drawing) to promote home reading.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: Heroes and Villains
Aug. 9th from 7 – 9 pm
Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended. Register here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is Heroes and Villains in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Thanks to our partners at the Smithville Public Library, Leander Public Library and Austin Public Library.

Join KLRU at the new Austin Central Library for our annual KLRU KIDS Writers Contest Celebration

The KLRU KIDS Writers Contest is a local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade were encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU. We had over 550 entries this year! You can read them all online now at

We invite you to our celebration to be there and cheer on our 2018 winners as they read their stories. The event is Saturday, May 19, 11:30 am – 1 pm at Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez Street. Please RSVP to

Served Like A Girl Screening 5/22

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Society for our Indie Lens Pop Up screening of Served Like a Girl. This free screening takes place May 22nd at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the AFS Cinema at 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.

Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

The film, by Lysa Heslov, airs on KLRU on Memorial Day, May 28th, at 9 pm.

KLRU’s 5 Day Online Drive Starts June 4!

Save the Date! June 4 – June 8

KLRU’s Online Only Drive is coming up and it’s extra wonderful for two important reasons:

1. No on-air interruption during programming: Online Only.
2. It’s zippy! You help us raise $100K in just FIVE days!

Innovative fundraising like this requires YOUR engagement. Keeping pledge drives short without cutting into programming is what viewers request from us and we like it better this way too! But it only works when Central Texans like YOU stand up for Austin’s unique, award-winning media space and make a gift to your only community-supported public television station.

KLRU is home to the highest quality educational content, trusted public affairs programming and inspiring art and culture. Mark your calendars for June 4-8, and together we’ll make sure that this important resource remains strong.Thanks neighbor!

Vehicle Donation is OIL the Rage!

The Big Spring Clean – It’s Simple

Break ups can be hard, but sometimes that vehicle just needs to go. Let the beauty of spring inspire you to get rid of the car, truck, RV, boat or motorcycle that’s just taking up space! 🌷

Clean out your yard or garage all while knowing you’re making a big difference to your only community supported public television station. 

KLRU takes care of everything, from initial pick up to sending out final tax documentation. No matter what condition your vehicle is in, we can retrieve and put it directly toward the quality programming and vital services Central Texans depend on.

Getting the process started is super easy too! Just fill out this short online form or call us directly at 855-996-KLRU (5578).


Your thoughtful gift to KLRU this spring ensures that your neighbors—families that attend our educational workshops, individuals who rely on our news and public affairs programming, fans who watch Masterpiece just for the pleasure of a fun drama—will always have this space to be educated, entertained and inspired.

Thank you!

Overheard tapes Lee Ann Womack 04/20

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lee Ann Womack on April 20 at 1:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack is a country music singer and songwriter who came to fame in 2000 with her single I Hope You Dance. Womack has won five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards and one Grammy Award and has sold over six million albums. Her latest album, titled The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, is a hybrid of country, soul, gospel and blues.

Friday, April 20 at 1:15 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors for KLRU members at 12:15 p.m.
Doors for general admission at 12:45 p.m.
Entrance is based upon capacity.

NEW entry procedures:
• KLRU members receive early studio access. This benefit is available only to current members with valid RSVP for up to 5 total guests in each party.
Not a member? Donate here.
• General admission begins 30 minutes after KLRU member entry. Priority access for members also ends at this time (no jumping the line).
• All attendees are still required to RSVP as usual. If the deadline has passed, walk-up admission may be offered on a space-available basis.
• Lobby doors will remain closed until published entry times. Lines will form outside on the plaza, rain or shine; please prepare accordingly. KLRU personnel will be available to assist guests with accessibility needs.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up its eighth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Lee Ann Womack. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at

New Overheard Sponsors 2017

Celebrate Earth Day with Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky screening 4/22

Join KLRU for our Indie Lens Pop Up screening of Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky by Austin filmmaker Laura Dunn. This free screening takes place April 22nd at 1:30 pm at the AFS Cinema at 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America through the voice of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. Centered in his native Henry County, Kentucky, Look & See is an elegy to a lost way of life that was once the bedrock of America–the culture of agriculture.

Doors open at 1 pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Screening will be first come, first served until capacity is reached.

Get A Shirt, Save The Drive!

Will you help us catch up?

KLRU eliminated an entire weekend of on-air interruption, ending our fund drive two days early! That means we still have $12,000 more to raise! Can we count you in?

And when you give a gift equal to or more than $10/sustaining or $120/one-time, you can receive KLRU’s schnazzy soft cotton baseball tee as our thank you!

baseball tshirt

KLRU is free to everyone, with no commercial influence. Without donor support, we wouldn’t exist. This spring, every child who acquires a new skill from PBS KIDS, every adult who gains broader perspective from NewsHour or Decibel and every low-income family who engages in STEM-based community workshops will benefit with your commitment to this PBS station.

Meet The Stanton Family

What do science lessons and family bonding have in common? For Patrick, Lucinda and Naomi Stanton, the connection comes from their time together at the Ruff Ruffman Family & Community Learning workshop.

The Stantons participated in this four week series along with other area families. Designed to spark STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) interest in young children, the workshop also empowers parents like Patrick and Lucinda to support their child’s education both at school and home.

“With the four weeks of science projects and doing things and meeting different people, Naomi learned a lot. It was awesome!” Patrick’s observation of his daughter’s time at the Ruff Ruffman workshop is a testament to what a valuable experience these sessions are for kids and parents alike.

Low-income and underserved households are often less equipped to address learning gaps. KLRU’s collaboration with key community partners addresses critical needs in early education by presenting lessons through play and hands-on activities. Research-based, engaging outreach to Central Texas families provides practical tools that these participants can continue to utilize well beyond the workshop.

Miriam Mendoza, KLRU’s Project Director for Ready To Learn says “I just like those little moments where the parent realizes ‘Wow, my child can learn through playing and I can be a part of that.’”

Each session starts with a meal, giving the adults the chance to talk and connect with neighbors who also have young families. Spending quality time with neighbors expands the support network for all these parents, which in turn supports all the children in their STEM progress.

Lucinda was particularly excited about the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad Naomi received after graduating from Ruff Ruffman. “It has a lot of learning apps: reading, drawing, spelling. It’s helping her to get more familiar with computers because they use them at school. And it actually helped me out too.” For some families, this is the first device they’ve brought home. This access lets kids hone technology skills and engage in creative, thoughtful play.

The Stantons gained the confidence at our Family & Community Learning workshop to tackle hands-on engineering projects together. KLRU’s Ready To Learn promotes early learning and school readiness while striving to build a more informed and connected Central Texas. And from Naomi’s smiles, this is just the first of many exciting STEM discoveries that she’ll make with her parents there to cheer her on.

“We’re thankful for the educational workshops KLRU provides in the community.”

                                                                                                        – The Stanton Family————————————————————————

Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help at

Family & Community Learning (FCL) workshops are part of the Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) project through the Ready to Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.


Get to know KLRU’s early childhood community partners: Thinkery, Communities In Schools of Central Texas and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. These local organizations are essential to the success of our workshops! They recruit families like the Stantons, they provide the space and their staff lead instruction.

Check out additional information about KLRU’s time at the Ruff Ruffman camp.

Read more about KLRU’s involvement with Ready To Learn (RTL) and Family & Community Learning (FCL).