If You’re a Parent and…You Miss Letters

Posted by on January 12, 2017.

I received a letter – a handwritten card with the inside and back filled with news. It is a bit sad that this is such a remarkable event. We received lots of holiday cards, but they were either picture cards or typed and copied updates.

CLiF Spotlight: Digging for Incredible Family Stories

Posted by on March 17, 2015.

Family story keepers

Everyone has a story worth telling.

That’s the message Vermont children’s book author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock shares with students across Vermont, New Hampshire, and around the country. Natalie practices what she preaches. Many of her 25 children’s books are based on amazing true stories from her own extended family.

April 11 Friday Links Library

Posted by on April 11, 2014.

Could it be? Is that… sun? Are those… green sprouts coming out of the ground?

Here are a few notable stories we saw over the past several sunny, springy days:

  • Charlotte Albright of Vermont Public Radio visited Lowell, VT to talk with CLiF Year of the Book students and Natalie Kinsey-Warnock about their Story Keepers family history research and writing projects.

If you’re a parent and… you’re looking up the family tree

Posted by on April 4, 2014.

Family Tree

A very talented friend of mine designs modern family trees, and when I had my child, I decided to get her one.

This turned into a much bigger project than I expected. I was so thankful that family members have been collecting my family’s and my husband’s lineage.

CLiF Spotlight: Keeping Family Stories Alive

Posted by on March 26, 2014.

From a Lowell, VT child's Storykeepers family history research project: "I never got to meet my grandfather. But if I could, well, I'd love to."

Probably most adults could not coherently discuss

  • the differences between the 1840 and 1860 census
  • how a daguerreotype differs from a tintype
  • or the repercussions of the 1890 census being destroyed in a Department of Commerce fire.

But the children of Island Pond and Lowell, Vermont can.

A Bag of Books Hooks a Young Reader

Posted by on October 16, 2013.

Girl reading on horseback

Reading specialists Kathryn Mullen, M.Ed. and Sue Megas-Russell, M.Ed. are the onsite coordinators for 2013-2014’s CLiF Year of the Book at Cutler Elementary School in West Swanzey, NH. Over this school year Kathryn and Sue will take turns guest blogging for CLiF.

Author Teaches Students How to Tell Family Stories

Posted by on December 10, 2012.

Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, a children’s book author from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, has been visiting K-8 students at the Lunenburg Elementary School and Gilman Middle School since October to teach her Story Keepers humanities curriculum. Story Keepers is part of Lunenburg’s three-year Community Literacy grant from CLiF.