Enosburg Falls Elementary School in Enosburg Falls, VT has had a busy school year so far. In September, they kicked off their CLiF Year of the Book with storytelling by Duncan McDougall, their first book giveaway where kids chose new books for themselves, and a family literacy event featuring author David Martin and two more new books to choose! They also held a Halloween Trunk or Treat event with storytelling and other fun activities. Students chose their next of more than ten books they’ll get this year when rolling book carts visited each classroom. This month, author Christy Mihaly will return to the school for an event in partnership with Enosburgh Public Library, highlighting the new books CLiF donated to the library’s collection. Other upcoming events at the school include a three-day songwriting residency with singer/songwriter Jon Gailmor, an ice cream social with author/illustrator Jason Chin, and author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s multi-day genealogy program, Storykeepers. The school will also host Circus Smirkus performers for a fun workshop and performance.
All this is made possible by CLiF’s Year of the Book grant program, which provides $25,000 in literacy programming and new books to selected elementary schools in Vermont and New Hampshire. Enosburg was one of ten schools chosen for the 2019-2020 school year. The school will receive many author visits and workshops, family events, new books for the school and local public library, special programming, and ten+ books for each student to choose!
Enosburg librarian Joanne Allen says, “With CLiF’s partnership, we have many exciting things to be thankful for. When CLiF is mentioned, the students already understand that means opportunity, fun, and something new and exciting. Thank you Children’s Literacy Foundation for teaming with us at Enosburg Elementary to helping to build a culture of literacy in our community and for bringing so many wonderful opportunities to us.”