CLiF Spotlight: Family Holiday Dinners, or the Best Events Ever

Posted by on December 12, 2014.

Father and children in Albany, VT

I love this season. I love that so many cultures have holidays this time of year, when it’s cold and the nights are darkest and we’re most in need of shared light and warmth.

It’s hard to pick a favorite CLiF event, but our holiday family events for Year of the Book communities are right up there.

If you’re a parent and… it’s July 4th!

Posted by on July 3, 2014.

Happy July 4th! This holiday inspires me to read books about American history: presidents, symbols, battles, trivia, monuments, houses – there are some great stories!

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up a day of parades, candy, fireworks, barbecues, and swimming with two of my daughter’s favorite books: Looking At Lincoln and So You Want to Be President.

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: Why We Love Reptiles

Posted by on April 24, 2014.

Kath and Sue with python at Cutler School

We love reptiles because kids love reptiles. And when third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders know they’re going to meet some snakes, you can bet they’re excited to read about snakes.

 

Cutler School in West Swanzey, NH is a 2013-2014 CLiF Year of the Book school.

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.

March 21 Friday Links Library

Posted by on March 21, 2014.

Happy Spring! Kind of. Nobody’s putting their skis away around here.

Lots of interesting tidbits in the news this week. Here’s the roundup:

  • Last week, the New York Times printed op-eds by father and son authors Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers on why we all critically need to see children of color better represented in children’s literature.

Feb. 14 Friday Links Library

Posted by on February 14, 2014.

Valentine’s Day/Nor’easter edition! Just got in from shoveling, so let’s start with a pick-me up:

  • Those kids reading aloud to shelter cats that went viral this week.
    The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA started a Book Buddies program when their program coordinator noticed her son preferred reading to a feline audience. 

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.