This program inspires children of inmates to read more often and gives prisoners extra confidence to read to their children, even if they are not strong readers themselves.

Activities and Support

  • Inspiring storytelling presentations for inmates and their children
  • Donating on-site libraries in prison visiting rooms
  • Book giveaways: Parents choose brand-new books to send home as gifts; children select new books on visiting days
  • Literacy seminars for parents to help them read with their children

CLiF works with two correctional facilities each year and has provided children’s literacy programs and parent seminars to 16 facilities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

In 2016, CLiF is partnering with Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, a women’s prison in South Burlington, VT; and Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin, NH.

Storybook Programs

CLiF donates books to be used in prison storybook programs. These programs give inmates the opportunity to send a children’s book – and a recording of themselves reading the book – home to their children.

Studies show that participation in storybook programs helps keep families together and increases the chances of a parent staying at home once he or she is released from prison.

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