Thank you from the Children’s Literacy Foundation!

Posted by on November 22, 2017.

As we gather with family and friends this week, we at the Children’s Literacy Foundation (“CLiF”) want to share how thankful we are for so many wonderful partners, supporters, and volunteers, who help us spread the joy of literacy to thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children in Vermont and New Hampshire each year.

Raising Eco-Conscious Kids

Posted by on November 16, 2017.

Today, we face many environmental issues including air pollution, water contamination and large-scale global warming. Fortunately, we can all do our parts by making the planet a much safer place—children included! Nurture your child’s curiosity about their environment and teach them how to live greener.

Tips from a Reading Specialist: How to Help Reluctant and Struggling Readers

Posted by on November 8, 2017.

Helping reluctant and struggling readers may be the hardest, but perhaps the most important, reading-related issue for many parents. However, take comfort that there is help! The first thing you may need to know is that, just as infants learn to walk at different times in their lives, children learn to read at different times in their lives, too.

Baby Time! Taking Advantage of Your Local Library’s Resources

Posted by on November 3, 2017.

Photo: A baby developing early literacy skills at the CLiF table at Burlington Parks & Rec’s annual Kids Day, May 2017

Yesterday, I got to spend my morning surrounded by adorable babies singing songs, flipping through board books, and playing along with their parents at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT’s weekly baby time.

Walk in Their Little Shoes: Understanding Your Child’s Point of View

Posted by on October 26, 2017.

Children view the world quite differently than adults do. In order to cater to their needs and create a powerful bond, it’s important for parents to really think like their children and take their perspective into consideration.

Taking the time to learn how your little one thinks and feels will enable you to understand their reactions and better relate to them.

Confessions of a Bookworm: I FINALLY Got a Library Card

Posted by on October 19, 2017.

I’m going to share something with you that is totally embarrassing (promise not to tell anyone, ok?): It has been years since I have actually held a library card. Three and a half years, to be more specific. This seems especially mortifying to me, for several reasons:

  1. I love to read, and I do it A LOT. 

CLiF Spotlight: Belmont, NH

Posted by on October 12, 2017.

Question: Why is Marty Kelley, (right) author of the book Ladybug Award nominee Albert’s Amazing Almost Adventure and Almost Everyone Farts, reading The Organic Gardener’s Home Reference to elementary aged children?

Answer: He read it to train them how to share books with others.

Keeping Up the Momentum: A Reading Specialist Shares How to Help Young Readers Maintain Skills

Posted by on October 5, 2017.

While schools do a lot to promote and improve literacy skills in young readers, there is still a lot you can do at home to help your child succeed. Just because a child has learned to read doesn’t mean that he or she no longer appreciates, or wouldn’t benefit from, reading aloud with an adult.

A Happy Mind: 5 Ways To Maintain Summer Reading Habits

Posted by on September 28, 2017.

School starting again means having more things to do: pack lunches, attend meetings, do homework, participate in after-school activities, and the list goes on. While getting back into the swing of the school year is exciting, the shift from summer to fall is overwhelming and often results in the loss of well-formed, closely-followed, summer habits…such as reading!

Librarians Share Their “Hot” Books This Fall at CLiF’s Rural Library Conference

Posted by on September 22, 2017.

Last week, more than 80 librarians from 71 towns across New Hampshire and Vermont gathered at the Briggs Opera House and Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, VT for CLiF’s semi-annual Rural Libraries Conference. It was a packed day of panels, workshops, and exciting prizes like a storytelling presentation by popular CLiF presenter Simon Brooks.