For the past 20 years, Duncan McDougall has successfully been raising funds (while telling stories to LOTS of kids) to support CLiF’s continued growth. We asked him to share his technique for fundraising and grant writing with our Year of the Book teachers at a past Community Literacy Conference.
Updates from CLiF’s literacy programs, office news, trends in children’s literacy. Authors rotate among CLiF staff: Duncan, Suzanne, Julia, Gretchen, and Katie.
As schools, libraries, afterschool programs, and preschools ramp up for fall, we wanted to share some low-cost literacy program ideas that CLiF partners generated last year. Many of our grants now include an additional program component. The ideas listed here came from these CLiF opportunities:
- Last winter, CLiF added a $500 Revive grant to any organization who had received a CLiF grant within the last 5 years
- $250 program grant that is part of the larger Rural Libraries grant
- $400 mini grant for teachers that is part of Year of the Book
Many of the grants supported book purchases and author visits – so exciting for kids and parents.
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.
On Sunday May 20, about 100 librarians, teachers, authors, educators gathered at Burlington High School for Vermont’s first nErDcampVT. The name says it all, and as attendees and organizers acknowledged, only true book nerds would give up a Sunday in May to talk about books, reading, and how to make more kids love both!
Annually, CLiF invites past, present, and recently-accepted Year of the Book partners to attend the CLiF Community Literacy Conference. The main goal of the conference is to connect teachers, librarians, and administrators with ideas for making their Year of the Book fun and for continuing the momentum the grant generates.
How will you spend April 19, 2018? Maybe you will celebrate National Bicycle Day (we wish we could!), National D.A.R.E Day, or National Garlic Day. At CLiF, we will celebrate a big day of bringing kids together with books, community, authors/illustrators/storytellers, and having fun in school, the library, or at another favorite out-of-school-time place.
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.