Remembering Mary Jane (MJ) Manahan — Longtime CLiF Advisor

Posted by on April 17, 2015.

Everyone at CLiF was saddened to learn that longtime CLiF Advisor Mary Jane (MJ) Manahan passed away earlier this month at 61.

MJ was a founding member of the CLiF Board of Advisors and served from 1998 to 2008. The Advisors serve as CLiF’s programming ‘brain trust’, and MJ brought a wealth of library and bookmobile experience to that role.

If you are a parent and… your child learns to read

Posted by on March 23, 2015.

Little boy with dinosaur book

I’ll be honest – I burst into tears.

At first I didn’t believe it. Emmett’s friend (who is nine) had been sitting with him looking at a book when she alerted me: Emmett can read. I said, “What?! Really? Are you sure?”

“Watch,” was her response.

CLiF Spotlight: National Readathon Day

Posted by on January 21, 2015.

Kids drop everything and read

What better way to spend a cold winter Saturday afternoon than reading?

This Saturday, January 24 is the first National Readathon Day. A project of the National Book Foundation, GoodReads, Mashable, and Penguin Random House, National Readathon Day aims to raise awareness about the millions of Americans who struggle with low literacy skills.

If you’re a parent and… you dread the 28-part nonfiction series

Posted by on October 2, 2014.

Sarah Stewart Taylor, a CLiF presenter and author, interviewed CLiF’s founder and executive director Duncan McDougall for a recent parenting piece. Sarah summarizes the aspects of reading supported by our programs – relaxing and enjoying the moment, modeling by reading yourself, repeating books, and letting kids choose.

If you’re a parent and… you’re raising a problem solver

Posted by on September 5, 2014.

Countless studies analyze to what extent kids take their cues on how to react and how to behave from their parents. A devotee of the PBSKids show Wild Kratts, my six-year-old has absorbed an astonishing amount of animal facts.

When she calmly and with interest told me there was a snake on the swimming ladder, I should have taken a cue from her to remain calm.

If you’re a parent and… it’s July 4th!

Posted by on July 3, 2014.

Happy July 4th! This holiday inspires me to read books about American history: presidents, symbols, battles, trivia, monuments, houses – there are some great stories!

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up a day of parades, candy, fireworks, barbecues, and swimming with two of my daughter’s favorite books: Looking At Lincoln and So You Want to Be President.

If you’re a parent and… weather interrupts vacation

Posted by on June 16, 2014.

Today is the last day of school – let summer vacation begin!

Planning child care, camps, vacations, work obligations, and family visits has been a three month process. And we all know that despite these best-laid plans, our carefully structured calendar will be rocked by the unforeseeable – beach days interrupted by afternoon thunderstorms or rainy days at the lake.

June 6 Friday Links Library

Posted by on June 6, 2014.

June is here! We’re celebrating lots of grant program finales and are gearing up for summer… Summer Readers in particular. Let’s take a breather to catch up on some literacy news.

 

  • Just in time for Father’s Day next weekend, here’s the #DadsRead campaign. 

If you’re a parent and… making up stories doesn’t come naturally

Posted by on May 5, 2014.

I love a good story. But making them up on the spot doesn’t come naturally to me. I dread when my child asks “tell me a story.”

She usually asks when I feel least creative – driving to school, waiting in the doctor’s office, or sitting in her bed in the middle of the night after a nightmare or an upset stomach.