Year of the Book and Rural Libraries finales, Welcome Izzy, Summer Readers, Kids Day

June 2019

Wrapping Up the School Year

                             Duncan at Hillside Elementary School in Berlin, NH

As that last school bell nears, we've been busy with finale events concluding our school year programs, such as
the Year of the Book and Rural Libraries. Both of these programs have kick-off events in the fall, with storytelling, the first book giveaway, and an introduction to the exciting year ahead. These two programs conclude in the spring with a fun finale event, complete with interactive storytelling, and the last of the new books kids get to choose.

The CLiF Year of the Book is our $25,000 grant for elementary schools serving high percentages of low-income kids and students underperforming in reading and writing assessments. The program infuses communities with literacy, including many author visits and workshops, free family events, and special programming like field trips and guest dance troupes, for example. It also brings $1,000 in new children's books for the school library, additional books for classrooms, $1,000 in new books for the local public library, and TEN new books for each student to choose!

Here's a glimpse of the Year of the Book at ten elementary schools in NH and VT this year:


Allenstown Elementary School in Allenstown, NH

Author/illustrator John Steven Gurney visits Boscawen Elementary School in Boscawen, NH

Bristol Elementary students in Bristol, NH with their new books

A Castleton, VT student with author/illustrator Phoebe Stone

Derby, VT students meet Laddie, the star of John & Jennifer Churchman's "Sweet Pea & Friends" series

Author/illustrator Jim Arnosky shares his books with Eden, VT preschoolers

Author Marilyn Taylor McDowell tells stories to Milan Village School students in  Milan, NH

Graphic novelist Marek Bennett shares his creative process with Morristown Elementary students in Morrisville, VT

Poet Rajnii Eddins with JFK Elementary students in Winooski, VT

Special programs sponsored by the Year of the Book grant included field trips to the Boston Tea Party Museum, the Clemmons Family Farm (Vermont's oldest African-American-owned farm), and the Fairbanks Planetarium, along with creating a book wagon and reading nook. Families also celebrated literacy with special events, including free community dinners with storytelling and book giveaways.

CLiF's Rural Libraries program gives public libraries in towns of 5,000 or less storytelling sessions in the spring and fall, mini-grants for new library programming, $2,000 in new books for the library and $500 in new books for the local elementary school, and two new books for each child to choose. Twelve libraries in NH and VT were awarded the grant for the 2018-2019 school year. Funding for library programming supported themed nature/outdoor backpacks and supplies for a Blanket Fort Reading Party.

Jaffrey, NH preschoolers listen to stories at Jaffrey Public Library

Thanks for making this all possible! 

Warm wishes,
Duncan, Meredith, Jana, Erika, Stephanie, and Izzy

Welcome, Izzy!

The CLiF team is delighted to welcome Izzy Moffroid to our ranks as CLiF's Summer Intern. Izzy is studying speech pathology at George Washington University and hails from Warren, VT. 

She says, "Finishing up my freshman year at the George Washington University, I was eager to be back home to Vermont for the summer. Like every college student, I was on the hunt for a summer job or an internship. When I came across CLiF, I was nothing but impressed by this, not so little, nonprofit and all their success. As a speech, language, and hearing science major, I hope to help children with speech disorders gain confidence when speaking in classroom settings. And like most things, it derives from reading and the sharing of ideas with the people around you. CLiF's mission is universal in so many regards. As I admire the impact they have made on the future generations of Vermont and New Hampshire, I am ecstatic and thrilled to be a part of something so exceptional." 

Izzy will be helping us coordinate more than 150 Summer Readers events across VT and NH this summer, while making sure thousands of books get where they need to go - into the hands of low-income, at-risk, and rural kids!

On her first day, 1,500 books were delivered to the CLiF offices, so she jumped right in to help sort and process them. 

Welcome, Izzy! We're looking forward to a busy and fun summer working with you.

Making Poetry at Kids Day

Once again this year, the CLiF team was at Burlington, VT's annual Kids Day making magnetic poetry and giving away books. We always have a blast getting out and connecting with the communities we serve. We even saw some families who'd been at our family event at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with our Children of Prison Inmates program just that morning!

Summer Readers Has Begun!


School may still be in session, but CLiF's Summer Readers program has already begun! We brought storytelling and new books to the NH Foster & Adoptive Parent Association's annual family event (pictured above with storyteller Marv Klassen-Landis) and today storyteller Simon Brooks will visit the Parker Varney School in Manchester, NH. In addition to fun storytelling, each child gets to choose 2 new books for themselves. We'll be serving more than 10,000 kids throughout NH and VT again this summer. There are many opportunities to see an event in action in your area - let us know if you're interested in coming to one!

There's Still Time to Apply for Summer Readers!

We still have a few spots open in our busy Summer Readers schedule and they're going fast! If you'd like our storytellers to visit your program and bring 2 new books for each child to choose, apply today. Open to any program serving low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in NH or VT. Our Summer Readers partners include summer schools, camps, recreation programs, immigrant and refugee programs, summer meal sites, affordable housing developments, and other places where kids spend time in the summer. 

We're accepting applications until June 12, but the earlier you apply, the sooner we can schedule your event.

Send any questions to Jana or call (802) 244-0944.

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