CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 in almost 85% of the communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Who We Serve

Who We Serve

Our fun, interactive literacy programs benefit children from many backgrounds, all of whom are at risk of growing up with low literacy skills:

  • Children from low-income families
  • Children in shelters
  • Children in low-income housing
  • Children of prison inmates
  • Refugee children
  • Migrant children
  • Rural children


Every week we receive feedback about our events and ongoing programs. Local program coordinators, librarians, and teachers tell us that after many CLiF events they see:

  • An increase in the number of children who sign up for their first library card
  • Children’s book circulation rises at school and public libraries
  • More children start to read books for pleasure
  • More children write for pleasure and for school projects
  • Librarians, teachers, and parents report that that children are more enthusiastic about reading, writing, books, and stories


We invested in a three-year study with the national educational research firm WestEd. Their research helps us track and assess the impact of CLiF’s work on the children we serve in New Hampshire and Vermont. Now that the study has ended, we’re using WestEd’s findings to make CLiF programs stronger and more useful to the children and communities we serve.