Sustaining Momentum through Creativity

Posted by on May 1, 2015.

What do skiing, books, and microcontrollers all have in common?

The CLiF Community Literacy Conference, of course!

In all honesty, the skiing was only a background as attendees sat slopeside in the conference room at The Mountain Club on Loon. While the spring skiers glided past the window, teachers, principals, librarians, and other eager past, present, and future participants in the CLiF Year of the Book (YOB) grant shared ideas on how to make CLiF programming efficient, effective, and sustainable.

CLiF Spotlight: Let’s All Read Across America

Posted by on March 3, 2014.

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I started hearing Christmas music in October. No exaggeration – I was still shopping for the final touches of my son’s Halloween costume when the bells were jingling and the sleighs were dashing right there in my radio speakers. I love family traditions and glowing lights and – oh, wow – nothing compares to the magical twinkle in my son’s eye when he talks about Santa’s imminent arrival.

CLiF Spotlight: A Book On Every Bed

Posted by on December 10, 2013.

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Here’s a holiday tradition all of us at CLiF wholeheartedly endorse.

A Book On Every Bed is a program developed by the advice columnist Amy Dickinson together with Ithaca, NY’s Family Reading Partnership (whose executive director, Brigid Hubberman, was the keynote speaker at CLiF’s 2013 Community Literacy conference).

Evidence That Pleasure Reading Matters

Posted by on September 17, 2013.

Girls reading new books after a CLiF event

Last week Mediabistro’s Galleycat blog released a post with a headline that sent hearts fluttering through the CLiF office:

Pleasure Reading “Significantly” Increases School Performance

The post is in reference to a study by the Institute of Education at the University of London.

Giving You the Floor: Bolstering Parental Involvement

Posted by on July 10, 2013.

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Our excitement is ramping up for the newest Year of the Book town kickoffs, and we are thinking a lot about successes and lessons learned when looking back over our first year of offering this grant. We have been excited to hear about the burgeoning relationships between the school and the public library, the changed culture among students who are now seeing books as “cool,” and the inspired poems written by children who used to claim they hated to write.

Top Ten Reasons Reading Is Better Than Watching TV

Posted by on June 24, 2013.

1)      If you fall asleep while reading you don’t miss anything.

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2)      It’s quiet.

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3)      You can do it ANYWHERE including places with no cell service, electricity, wifi, or satellite transmission.

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4)      It’s private, just you and the author linking minds and ideas.