48 different children’s summer programs across Vermont and New Hampshire. 3,300 kids.
Two free books per child.
That’s a lot of books. No wonder the CLiFmobile just needed its shocks replaced.
Rec program at the Barre Municipal Pool in Barre, VT
From June through August, CLiF’s Summer Readers program visits lunch programs, low-income summer camps, and summer schools to combat “summer slide” — the attrition of literacy skills outside the structure of school to which low-income and at-risk children are especially susceptible.
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.
About a week ago, a big box arrived at our office. With everything from Captain Underpants to an illustrated Secret Garden, it was overflowing with beautiful, brand-new children’s books.
Thanks to a successful bookdrive by Bud and Bella’s Bookshop of Randolph, Vermont, we now have 50 books to add to our library!
With the promise of summer weather on the horizon, I’ve started to contemplate fun ways to bring our reading outdoors on warm, sunny days. Luckily with the world of Pinterest and creative blogs, I found a wealth of ideas for summer literacy activities.
Got a “summer reader” in your life? How would he or she like a bundle of brand new books to read on the beach, at the playground, in a treehouse, or anywhere inviting this summer? Enter our Summertime Reading Contest on Facebook for a chance to win 15 brand new books and give other children access to books too!
Amidst a sea of bustling children, adorable little ones in strollers and Ergo carriers, and mamas-to-be looking radiant and curious, Julia and I set up a table at the Good Beginnings First Annual Baby and Child Expo to talk with parents about reading to their children from the get-go.
Here at CLiF we feel lucky to have such a wide range of supporters. We receive donations from authors, educators, retirees, families, small businesses, and foundations, just to name a few. But it’s a rare and touching occasion when a young donor approaches us with an interest in supporting CLiF.
A long time ago, when we were first married, my husband and I used to love to hang around on a Sunday morning reading the New York Times.
In my memory of those days, it was cold and raining outside, or 20 below, and we had no place in particular to be.
CLiF spends a lot of time thinking about what a child will need to be successful. We are dedicated to getting books into the homes of children who don’t have them and to promoting the ability to read, write and understand printed material. We know the power of a literate mind and we want that for all children.