The Left and the Right: How Books Are Helping Kids with STEM

Posted by on December 10, 2015.

Exclusively written for CLiF
By TheLearningBlock

For the longest time, many had believed that an affinity for math and science and an affinity for the humanities had been mutually exclusive, and this had been attributed to the fact that we are either left-brained, or right-brained, depending on which hemisphere of our brain is more active.

March 14 Friday Links Library

Posted by on March 14, 2014.

Happy Friday!

We’re digging out after Vulcan dumped two feet of fresh snow over Vermont. Which means all this weekend we’ll be doing our two favorite activities: reading and skiing.

Here are some clips from the last two weeks.

Meredith found a lot happening in Ohio to help third graders pass reading tests:

  • When more than half of Columbus, Ohio third graders scored below proficient on the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests, the schools enlisted parents to help (and, we hope, to love reading together).

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.

Capturing Small Moments: Using Technology to Tell Stories

Posted by on August 19, 2013.

One goal of CLiF’s Year of the Book program is to help teachers engage students with reading and writing in new and creative ways. To that end we offer mini-grants to teachers in Year of the Book schools to develop projects that meet this goal.

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.

A Book First Graders Fight Over

Posted by on July 25, 2013.

Sometimes it can be tough to get new readers to read on their own.

Many beginning reader books are too complicated, too simple, or just plain don’t make sense. To be fair, it is really difficult to write a good story and stick within the necessary parameters for new readers: simple vocabulary, understandable content, and repetition.

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.