The Next Great Book: Summer Reading, Part One

Posted by on May 19, 2015.

We recently held a book review event for our children’s librarians. We had a panel of four reviewers and talked about new fiction for middle grades through high school.

As I was creating the list of books I wanted to review I realized with no small amount of shock that I had a long list consisting of…historical fiction?!

If you’re a parent and…you’ve got a slugger

Posted by on April 23, 2015.

Well, maybe not a “slugger.” More like a clunker.

His pitching is anything but fast, his tiny hands can barely close his glove, let alone catch with it, and he usually forgets to run the bases when his bat finally makes contact with the ball.

Middle Ground: Fizz, Boom, and Read this Summer!

Posted by on July 14, 2014.

In a public library, summer is the time of year when the children’s room truly comes to life.

It is the time of year when books are returned with sand from the beach stuck in their plastic book covers, when kids walk into the children’s room still soaking wet from their morning swim lessons and plop down on our giant teddy bear to read a book.

Share your favorite summer book!

Posted by on July 8, 2014.

Remember the book you read one summer? You never forgot how it made you feel. Maybe you shared it with your own children. Since May we’ve been keeping a list collecting your favorite summer reads.

Now, for just $5 per book, you can share your favorite with a child served through CLiF’s Summer Readers programs.

CLiF Spotlight: Back to Camp!

Posted by on June 30, 2014.

Copper Cannon 2012

On June 25 I donned shorts and flip-flops and traveled to Bethlehem, NH to visit Copper Cannon Camp (CCC) located on 128 acres adjacent to the White Mountain National Forest. CCC has thick woods, views of distant mountains, and the Gale River running through the property.

CLiF Spotlight: What makes a great summer book?

Posted by on May 14, 2014.

We’re starting to think about summer. Specifically: favorite summer books.

Recently, this conversation sparked a debate among CLiF’s voracious readers:

What makes a book a great summer book?

  • Is it a picture book, like Blueberries for Sal, that captures the long, hot days of the season?

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.

Last Day of School!

Posted by on June 14, 2013.

Nine months ago I sent my newly minted kindergartener off to school with a fresh set of markers, perfectly pointy crayons, a brand new clean lunchbox, and an excitement to be a part of something bigger, a community of kids with their own job and a place to do it.