ClLiF Year of the Book Kick-offs, News, Rural Libraries Conference, Available Literacy Grants, Libraries, Kids Hop Collaboration

October 2017

10 Schools in NH & VT Kick Off the CLiF Year of the Book!

Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School students react to Duncan's stories 

Ten elementary schools across New Hampshire and Vermont kicked off their CLiF Year of the Book programs this past month with inspiring stories from our Executive Director, Duncan, and the first of many new books students got to choose and keep. From the northernmost corners of Vermont to southern New Hampshire, the excitement around reading and writing was palpable!  

This is just the beginning for these ten schools - they're in for a full school year of fun literacy programming, such as...
  • Interactive presentations from CLiF's 62 amazing children's authors, illustrators, poets, storytellers and graphic novelists
  • Writing, Cartooning, and Storytelling Workshops with CLiF presenters such as Ted Scheu "That Poetry Guy", author/storyteller Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, graphic novelist Marek Bennett, and more
  • Family Literacy Celebrations - where families enjoy a free meal together, hear fun presentations from CLiF presenters, and learn tips for reading together - plus they get to take home free books!
  • Ice Cream Socials - with storytelling! - to celebrate at least 80% of families in the school signing "Read to Me" contracts committing to reading together weekly
  • Creative literacy programming tailored to each unique school - Examples from past schools have included puppetry workshops, bookmaking, reading about gardening and creating a community garden, units on reptiles culminating in real live snakes and alligators visiting the school, reading about sled dog racing then getting to actually race sled dogs,  and flying in a hot air balloon, just to name a few
  • Plus, new books for the school, local public library, and classrooms and ten new books for each child to choose for themselves!
               Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, NH celebrates the Year of the Book
This year's ten Year of the Book schools are:
  • Alburgh Community Education Center, Alburgh, VT (sponsored by NorthCountry Federal Credit Union and the Freeman Foundation)
  • Ashland Elementary School, Ashland, NH (sponsored by the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Cricenti Family Trust, Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation, and anon. donors)
  • Campton Elementary School, Campton, NH (sponsored by the Couch Family Foundation)
  • Canaan Schools, Canaan, VT (sponsored by the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation)
  • Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School, Nashua, NH (sponsored by Wind Point Foundation, Dusky Foundation, and Glenn & Susanne Currie)
  • Molly Stark Elementary School, Bennington, VT (sponsored by the APS Foundation)
  • Peterborough Elementary School, Peterborough, NH (sponsored by the National Philanthropic Trust, Helen G. Hauben Foundation, and Phillip & Ellen Blumberg)
  • Salisbury Community School, Salisbury, VT (sponsored by Ron Miller & anon. donor)
  • Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School, Burlington, VT (sponsored by the Shelley Family Foundation and anon. donor)
  • Unity Elementary School, Newport, NH (sponsored by Cindy & Jim Varnum, Jenny & Stan Williams, In Memory of Betsy Sylvester, and In Memory of Winnie Morrissey)

Principal Cherrie Fulton of Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, NH says, “Our staff and our families have the highest hopes for a wonderful school year devoted to the pleasure and joy of reading. We are so very grateful to CLiF because the Year of the Book grant creates added spark to our ongoing efforts in literacy this year. The grant will allow us to be more rigorous and more inventive in our teaching and learning, and the best part is that each student will go home with new books this year.”

Check out the enthusiasm for reading and writing in our 2017-2018 Year of the Book schools below!

*Interested in seeing an event in action? Many are open to the public. You can find upcoming events on our online calendar. If you'd like to come to one, please let CLiF know so we can make the necessary arrangements with the school.*

Thanks for all you do to make this all happen. 

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

Dr. Norman Crisp Elementary School students show off their new books (Nashua, NH)

Preschoolers at Canaan Schools chose new books for themselves (Canaan, VT)
Notes from Peterborough Elementary School students (Peterborough, NH)

A young reader at Alburgh Community Education Center (Alburgh, VT) chooses a classic

Students at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington, VT dive right into their new books

Author/illustrator Ashley Wolff draws her popular character Baby Bear for the Salisbury Community School before reading Baby Bear's newest (and not-yet released) adventures

Get Thee to the Library

As those leaves turn and the air gets colder, what better place to hunker down and escape the chill than your public library?

Fortunately, CLiF is donating new books and bringing our incredible storytellers to many public libraries across NH & VT through our Rural Libraries and Year of the Book programs. Take a look at our calendar to see when CLiF is coming to a library near you!

We're kicking off our Rural Libraries grant at 12 public libraries in selected small towns this fall. Each sponsored library gets $2,000 in new books to add to their children and Young Adult sections, as well as $500 in new books for the local elementary school, and four storytelling events at the library as well as  local school and childcare centers to promote library use throughout the town. They also get $250 for literacy-themed "mini-grants," which fund cool new projects and initiatives to promote literacy engagement at the library. The picture above shows what Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield, NH chose to do with their mini-grant last year - a local artist painted an author's chair with beloved children's book characters. The chair is a friendly space for kids to be their own storytellers and was inspired by Emily Neuberger's book Show Me A Story: 40 Craft Projects to Inspire Children's Storytelling.

Here are this year's CLiF Rural Libraries:
  • Jericho Town Library (Jericho, VT)
  • New Durham Public Library (New Durham, NH)
  • Lanpher Memorial Library (Hyde Park, VT)
  • Orford Social Library (Orford, NH)
  • Roger Clark Memorial Library (Pittsfield, VT)
  • Haston Library (Franklin, VT)
  • Madbury Public Library (Madbury, NH)
  • Hill Library (Strafford, NH)
  • Enosburgh Public Library (Enosburgh, VT)
  • Cavendish Fletcher Community Library (Cavendish, VT)

Don't see your local library on this list, but think it would be a perfect fit? Rural Libraries applications will be available on CLiF's website in the Spring. Encourage your local library to check it out and apply! 

Building School-Library Partnerships

Although CLiF's Year of the Book program is awarded to elementary schools, school's not the only place kids and families can access to books and literacy programming. An important part of encouraging a community to embrace literacy is to build on  and connect folks to the existing resources in their area, and one of the most beneficial resources to encourage reading is your local library!

In addition to new books for the school, the Year of the Book brings $1,000 in new children's books to the local public library, holds a storytelling event to celebrate the new books, and invites the librarian into the school to introduce students and families to this important local resource.

2016-2017 Year of the Book School Bennington Elementary School in Bennington, VT reported: "The Year of the Book has made a profound impact on the students visiting the library more and the children's librarians were present at all our events, and this was noticed by the students.
" Success!

A Hopping Kids' Hop

CLiF partnered with Let's Grow Kids for fun family-friendly events at the Kids Hop during Burlington's annual South End Art Hop in early September.

We spent the day playing, reading, and making magnetic poetry with aspiring young poets and their adult companions. We also gave away many beautiful picture books generously donated by the Vermont Folklife Center, and listened to Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger read to kids at the Let's Grow Kids offices (pictured above). The little ones may not have known that the guy reading "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "My Friend Rabbit" was the mayor; they just cuddled up closed and enjoyed the stories!

Vermont Folklife Center Book Giveaway at the Let's Grow Kids Offices in Burlington
               A young poet making magnetic poetry in the Kids' Tent


CLiF's Rural Libraries Conference 

On September 15, librarians from every corner of Vermont and New Hampshire joined us at CLiF's semi-annual Rural Libraries Conference in White River Junction, VT. Panelists discussed everything from developing library policies to diversifying collections and creating family-friendly programming and spaces. Interactive workshops on storytelling and incorporating play into programming got our minds and bodies moving, and participants got many books to bring home to their libraries. You can read more about the conferences and the results of our "Hot Book" giveaway on CLiF's blog.

Thanks to all the librarians who participated, the Hotel Coolidge and Briggs Opera House of White River Junction, VT for hosting us, our panelists and workshop leaders, and storyteller Simon Brooks for donating one of his entertaining storytelling presentations to a lucky raffle winner! 

CLiF's next conference will be our Literacy Conference coming up in March for past, current, and incoming Year of the Book schools. Look out for more details on that soon!

Apply for a CLiF Literacy Program Grant 

Calling organizations, schools, and programs working with at-risk, low-income, and rural kids in VT and NH -
Two CLiF literacy grant applications are open now. Apply today!

Community Building Program Grant: 
Deadline to Apply: October 15, 2017
What The Grant Provides: A training session with a  CLiF presenter and new books for programs participating in Senior Reading Buddies or 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten; Or a writing workshop with a CLiF presenter and the "My Community Story" digital platform (by the Young Writers Project)

Click here to apply.

Email or call Meredith at (802) 244-0944 with any questions.

At-Risk Children Program Grant:
Deadline to Apply: December 6, 2017
What The Grant Provides: An on-site children's library, a storytelling event with a CLiF presenter, two new books for each child to choose and keep, and an optional parent literacy seminar.

You can find more information here and learn about our Fall 2017 At-Risk Children partners here.

Click here to apply.

Email or call Jana at (802) 244-0944 with any questions.

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