Celebrate community! Community involvement in CLiF, Summer Readers, Year of the Book, and new books by Terry Farish.

August 2016

It Takes a Community.

This summer alone, CLiF anticipated to visit 105 sites, see over 6,000 children and give away over $134,000 in brand-new books through our Summer Readers program. This program targets low-income, rural, and at-risk youth, who may be at greatest risk of experiencing the 'summer slide' – a loss of skills gained in the previous school year, disproportionately affecting those from low-income families.
Providing children with access to high-quality books and opportunities to see inspiring storytelling presentations is arguably priceless, however it doesn’t come free of cost to CLiF. As many of you may know, CLiF doesn’t receive any state or federal funding, so we rely heavily on generous donations from individuals, companies, foundations, and social organizations. This month we would like to thank everyone for their continued support - from our fantastic network of presenters to literacy event attendees and their parents, to companies and organizations that have held innovative and exciting fundraisers to benefit CLiF – we could not carry out our mission without your help. 
While we could not carry out our work without financial support from our twin state community, we also rely heavily on our fantastic roster of authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers who provide children with inspiring storytelling presentations, complete with musical instruments, singing, and acting. Our presenters also help to engage students in literacy through writing workshops and special programs such as ‘Storykeepers,’ a series of lessons in geneology research lead by Vermont author, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock through the Year of the Book Grant.
Lastly, we would like to thank the community – event attendees and their parents and all of the organizations that we partner with; from schools to public libraries to soup kitchens and shelters – with your help we are able to carry out our mission and spread a love of literacy to children at greatest risk of growing up with low-literacy skills. 
Warm wishes,
Duncan, Meredith, Jana, Stephanie, and Hannah

Thank You!

Seussical Director Beth Esmond and actor Sam Lewis ('Horton') kindly delivered a collection of lovely new books and the funds they had gathered.

Thanks to our friends at the Stowe Theater Guild, who encouraged playgoers to donate, CliF received 23 Dr. Seuss books and $45.00 in monetary donations.
Bridgeside Books
Bridgeside Books, a local bookstore in downtown Waterbury, Vermont has graciously supported us throughout the year, via book drives, Independent Bookstore Day, and most recently partnering with Seussical to donate Dr. Seuss books at discounted rates.

CLiF received a very generous donation from Dealer.com thanks to the innovative initiative PC’s for P.E.A.C.E, a program that refurbishes retired computers and sells them back to employees. Employees then choose one of four local non-profits to donate the proceeds to. Thanks to this wonderful program CLiF received $5,500, which helped to fund multiple Summer Readers events in the Burlington area.

Upcoming Events! 

Burlington Vermont Moms Blog – Saturday, August 20, 2016
Join us on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:00am at Sam Mazza’s in Colchester for the fourth annual Family Fun Day. Get your tickets online today at Burlingtonmomsblog.com – admission includes all food, drinks, and activities, as well as goody bags for the little ones. CLiF is the recipient of 100% of the raffle proceeds.
Flying Pig Footrace – Saturday, September 3, 2016
Northfield Savings Bank is holding their 38th Annual 5K Footrace and 1 Mile Kids Race. The Children’s Literacy Foundation will receive $5.00 for each registered runner. The 1 Mile Kids Race (Ages 5-13) will begin at 9:30am and the Flying Pig 5K will begin at 10:30 – these events are located in Northfield, Vermont. 

New Books!

Terry Farish, CLiF presenter and author has two brand new books out!

The first book, which came out in March is titled Joseph’s Big Ride - a light-hearted and humorous story of determination and friendship. In this tale, characters Joseph, who is a recent refugee, and Whoosh, nicknamed for her ‘whoosh’ of hair, craft a friendship around common needs, interests, and goals.

The second story, which came out in April is titled Luis Paints the World. This story is about a young boy named Luis and his older brother, Nico. Nico is leaving the Dominican to serve in the army and "see the world". Luis wants to show Nico that the world is all right there in the Dominican so he begins to paint a large mural near their house, but as Luis paints to show Nico that all he could ever need is in the Dominican, Luis begins to expand his own horizons as well.

Year of the Book Kickoffs!

 As September nears, we can’t help but get excited for this year’s Year of the Book kick off events! Throughout the month of September we will visit all nine recipients of the YOB Grant for the 2016-2017 school year, see the full list here.
The CLiF Year of the Book Grant (YOB) was created to further our mission and support elementary schools with rural, at-risk, and/or low-income students in Vermont and New Hampshire. The grant provides schools with more than $25,000 worth of literacy programming, books, and support.
Year of the Book works to connect the school community with the larger community – bringing together, parents, teachers, CLiF presenters and community members. The grant aims to create a pro-literacy culture that continues to grow even after the year has passed and money has been used up. 

Summer Readers in Full Swing

Not long ago we were boasting the fact that we would be visiting 105 sites, serving more than 6,000 children, and giving away over $134,000 in brand-new books through our Summer Readers program.
Now just six weeks later, we have only a handful of Summer Readers events left. However we are excited to announce that we will be visiting a new partner, the Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL), located in the Michael Briggs Community Center on Wednesday, August 10 at 9:00am for a storytelling presentation and book giveaway.

The MPAL is an organization that brings children and cops together through athletic and academic programming. The organization aims to provide children with a safe place, rooted in positive activities, where police officers serve as mentors and role models to at-risk youth.
This Summer Readers event is free and open to the public, so if you’re in the Manchester area this Wednesday, come check it out!

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