Mothers and Kids: Togetherness

Posted by on May 15, 2015.

At CLiF, much of our work occurs behind the scenes. We spend many hours scheduling events, organizing logistics, communicating with coordinators who are on the ground in various communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. While we love what we do, nothing compares to hanging up the phone, logging off our email, and stepping out from behind our desks to get face-to-face with the communities, families, and children we serve.

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: 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.

In Support of “Failing Schools”

Posted by on September 4, 2013.

Last week my husband and I walked our two girls down the street for their first day of school. There was a strong sense of community and celebration as our children paraded into the building. We have a great school with incredible teachers, programs, and families and we feel fortunate to be a part of it.

The Big Book Order

Posted by on August 7, 2013.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes in the CLiF office. Julia is busy assembling a huge book order for CLiF’s fall programs through our partner First Book.

It’s a thoughtful process. Lots of kids in New Hampshire and Vermont are interested in hunting, animals, and nature, so she’s including

and while we’re on Hatchet, the survival genre is hot (think Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies).

Calling Rural Libraries: Apply for Grant, Attend Conference

Posted by on August 1, 2013.

Fifteen years ago CLiF’s very first literacy program supported rural public libraries. We’re delighted to once again offer the Rural Library Sponsorship and support public libraries and schools in New Hampshire and Vermont’s small towns. CLiF is accepting applications through September 16, 2013.

Summer Readers Underway!

Posted by on July 22, 2013.

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.

Barre Pool 2013

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.