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.

A Picture (of a poem) is Worth a Thousand Verses

Posted by on May 22, 2013.

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I could start by telling you about the beautiful view of Lake Champlain from our corner table. I could then tell you about the endless performances, exhibits, and activities for kids taking place all day.

I could tell you about the throngs of children – of all ages – gathered around our table eagerly awaiting a turn with the magnetic poetry…or about the looks on their faces when they won prizes – like new books (everyone who participated won a prize).

Bellies, Babies, and Books. Oh My!

Posted by on May 9, 2013.

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Amidst a sea of bustling children, adorable little ones in strollers and Ergo carriers, and mamas-to-be looking radiant and curious, Julia and I set up a table at the Good Beginnings First Annual Baby and Child Expo to talk with parents about reading to their children from the get-go.

The Creators of The Expeditioners Visit Students in Newbury, VT

Posted by on April 5, 2013.

Flight goggles firmly on their heads, Vermont author and CLiF presenter SS Taylor and New York City illustrator Katherine Roy voyaged to the Newbury Elementary School in Newbury, VT last Friday to give three presentations to all the students from Grade 1 to Grade 6 about the multi-year process they navigated to create their new epic children’s book The Expeditioners.

Reptiles, Mushers, and a Gecko Named Lizzie

Posted by on March 15, 2013.

Do you want to get students excited about reading nonfiction? Invite some lizards to school.

Twice in the past two years, Lunenburg Elementary School has invited creatures that include reptiles and canines to visit students. The ulterior motive, of course, is to get them to read all sorts of books about dogs, lizards, mushers, snakes, and even alligators.