If you’re *almost* a parent and you want to start good reading habits…

Posted by on June 5, 2014.

Rogers family practices prenatal reading

My husband Tom and I are expecting our first baby in July. As the current Program Manager here at CLiF, I get to see on a daily basis the positive impact that strong reading habits have on children and families. But, like most first-time parents, I’m also getting a healthy dose of information and advice from those that came before me!

CLiF Spotlight: Holiday Book Drive Season!

Posted by on November 21, 2013.

I love children’s books. Two perks of my job are maintaining CLiF’s inventory of books and ordering titles for our book giveaways. Around the end of the year I take stock of books bound for daycare centers, afterschool programs, schools, and other program sites.

Capturing Small Moments: Using Technology to Tell Stories

Posted by on August 19, 2013.

One goal of CLiF’s Year of the Book program is to help teachers engage students with reading and writing in new and creative ways. To that end we offer mini-grants to teachers in Year of the Book schools to develop projects that meet this goal.

Poetry, Fairy Tales and Wokka Wokka at Bobbin Mill

Posted by on June 27, 2013.

“How – do you -wokka-wokka?” author Elizabeth Bluemle chanted rhythmically to the beat of a drum. Kids at the Bobbin Mill apartment complex danced, shimmied and shook maracas as she continued,” I wokka-wokka like flamingos in a flocka- croackie-yocka, leggy-longy, pinky hoppa-hoppa…”

Author Elizabeth Bluemle infuses her storytelling with percussion to the delight of her audience
Author Elizabeth Bluemle infuses her storytelling with percussion to the delight of her audience

Elizabeth’s performance was the perfect antidote for the muggy, drizzly summer evening.

Book Hounds: Kids Reading to Dogs at Stowe Free Library

Posted by on February 12, 2013.

As the biased parent of this lovable Rottweiler-Malamute mix, I look at the picture above and coo. Sylvester, a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs of Vermont, has just started a new gig at the Stowe Free Library. To him, this seems like the easiest job in the world: He shows up, gets loads of pets, cuddles and treats, and has an opportunity to show off his best tricks.

Many Thanks to Photographer Marina Zinovyeva!

Posted by on December 5, 2012.

The day before Thanksgiving, Duncan rolled up to McLaughlin Middle School with the CLiF mobile chock full of books.   CLiF specifically came to visit the ELL students – or English Language Learners – at this school in Manchester, NH.   Almost all of these ELL students are New Americans, whose families have recently relocated to Manchester from all over the world. 

All Hallows READ

Posted by on October 31, 2012.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending this Halloween curled up with a scary book as you wait to chase hooligans off the supposedly-haunted bridge across from your property.  But even if you’re not like me, you should still consider spending this cloudy, drizzly, decidedly creepy time of year reading an appropriately eerie book with your little monsters.