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!
Duncan, Meredith, Jana, Erika, Stephanie, and Izzy