CLiF Spotlight: Encourage Children to Choose Their Own Summer Reads

Posted by on June 9, 2016.

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.

Remembering Mary Jane (MJ) Manahan — Longtime CLiF Advisor

Posted by on April 17, 2015.

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.

CLiF Spotlight: Digging for Incredible Family Stories

Posted by on March 17, 2015.

Family story keepers

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.

CLiF Spotlight: Back to Camp!

Posted by on June 30, 2014.

Copper Cannon 2012

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.

CLiF Spotlight: The Man Behind the Book Nook at UVM

Posted by on May 23, 2014.

JP's Book Nook

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.

CLiF Spotlight: Boys and Books

Posted by on January 29, 2014.

A boy finds a book that captures his imagination at a recent event in Barton, VT.

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.

CLiF Spotlight: A Day On the Road with Duncan

Posted by on December 13, 2013.

CLiF serves many thousands of children each year across New Hampshire and Vermont – a service area of 19,000 square miles. I’m on the road a great deal, giving presentations and meeting with kids, parents, teachers, coordinators, presenters, and donors.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 was an unusually long day for me: 17 hours and 372 miles.

CLiF Spotlight: Connecting Inmates and their Children Through Stories

Posted by on November 26, 2013.

When an officer behind the tinted bulletproof glass pressed a button, the second heavy steel door closed with a reverberating clang. Deb and I descended a wide metal grill stairway and entered the New Hampshire State Prison for Men (NHSPM), home to 1,600 inmates.