If You’re a Parent And…You’re Finding a Voice

Posted by on August 9, 2018.

When my fourth grade daughter started thinking about her informational writing piece, a culminating writing project of sorts, she initially focused on topics about which she was knowledgeable – myths (thank you Rick Riordan), dogs, skiing. I asked her what she wanted to learn more about, and her answer was the Taliban.

How to Encourage an Aspiring Young Writer

Posted by on August 2, 2018.

Does your child love to write? How can you encourage her passion without turning writing into a chore?

As I write this from a writers’ retreat in Lost River, WV, I’m reflecting on what’s helped my writing, from making up my own stories as a young child until now, as a  Master’s candidate in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

If You’re a Parent And…You Have A Special Summer Place

Posted by on July 19, 2018.

My family has been spending summers in the 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River since I was a child. As I have aged and introduced my own daughter to island living, it has become clearer to me how this place has influenced my life decisions, sense of friendship, love of the outdoors, and appreciation of hard work and inventive problem solving.

1 Day, 6 Presenters, 9 events: Are You Ready for Summer Readers?

Posted by on July 5, 2018.

CLiF is taking on summer 2018 with our Summer Readers program. Summer Readers brings storytelling presentations and book giveaways to libraries, schools, camps, and more sites all across New Hampshire and Vermont. Watch this video to get a taste of CLiF’s Summer Readers program.

Bookmaking for Kids and Adults

Posted by on June 28, 2018.

In March, I traveled to Nicaragua with one of Planting Hope‘s multigenerational trips. Over the past eighteen years, this small NGO has been using volunteers to help bolster the schools and libraries in and around San Ramon. Our group of about 20 people, ranging in age from 9 to 79-ish, visited a different school or library each morning and afternoon and conducted lessons in STEM, art, literacy, and sports, based on volunteer expertise and school need.