I devoured adventure stories when I was a kid, tales from the ends of the earth. Toasty in my bed, engulfed in the safety of my comforter, I was pursued by Palau pirates, Patagonian pumas, and polar bears. I uncovered secret valleys, erupting volcanoes, and underwater caves, and by closing the books’ covers I always managed to make it back home in one piece.
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The CLiF office looked remarkably like Santa’s workshop this week as holiday tunes played in the background (see photo above).
Summer is a magical season for kids – a time when they finally get to make many of their own decisions. Except when it comes to reading. This summer millions of children will be slogging through a school-assigned reading list. And that may not be such a good thing.
Everyone at CLiF was saddened to learn that longtime CLiF Advisor Mary Jane (MJ) Manahan passed away earlier this month at 61.
MJ was a founding member of the CLiF Board of Advisors and served from 1998 to 2008. The Advisors serve as CLiF’s programming ‘brain trust’, and MJ brought a wealth of library and bookmobile experience to that role.
Everyone has a story worth telling.
That’s the message Vermont children’s book author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock shares with students across Vermont, New Hampshire, and around the country. Natalie practices what she preaches. Many of her 25 children’s books are based on amazing true stories from her own extended family.
It’s not often that folks compete for the honor to have lunch with me (especially when I’m not footing the bill) but it happened on October 6th. And it was a blast!
I was in Allenstown, NH awarding a Rural Libraries sponsorship to Allenstown Public Library.
On June 25 I donned shorts and flip-flops and traveled to Bethlehem, NH to visit Copper Cannon Camp (CCC) located on 128 acres adjacent to the White Mountain National Forest. CCC has thick woods, views of distant mountains, and the Gale River running through the property.
On May 14, Gretchen, Julia, and I attended the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Spring Conference held at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. For several years CLiF staff have attended and exhibited at this conference and enjoyed speaking with a wide range of socially responsible business leaders from across Vermont.
Every year CLiF works with thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children from birth to age 12. And every year, without fail, our most challenging clients are the oldest boys.
We’re not alone. Nationwide boys read at a lower rate than girls, drop out of school at higher rates than girls, go to college at lower rates than girls, and earn college degrees at lower rates than girls.