Celebrate literacy. CLiF Year of the Book, At-Risk grant recipients, PBS writers contest, Thank you!

January 2016

Let's celebrate!

2015 was a banner year for CLiF! We helped many thousands of children in Vermont and New Hampshire learn to love reading and writing. Total attendance at CLiF events was 33,000, we gave away $400,000 in new books, provided inspiring storytelling presentations and literacy programming, and most importantly helped grow a culture of literacy in communities throughout the Twin States. While we celebrate these accomplishments, we realize that our work is far from complete. As we turn the page over to a New Year, we are reinvigorated by CLiF's mission and determined to make 2016 our best year yet!

We kick off the year by welcoming ten well-deserving organizations as partners for our Spring 2016 At-Risk Children grant. These organizations include shelters, after-school programs, community centers, and ELL programs. Additionally, we open applications for the 2016/17 CLiF Year of the Book grant, which will provide eight schools with $25,000 in literacy support throughout the school year. We invite you to join us in celebrating national efforts in literacy, as we partner with Vermont and New Hampshire's PBS writers contest, and recognize National Readathon Day on January 24th.

We resolve to keeping the spirit of literacy alive all year long, and hope you will join us! Read to a child, volunteer at your local library, help support CLiF's programs, or host a book drive. You, too, can inspire children to learn to love reading and writing!

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

Seeking Year of the Book grant applicants

CLiF is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 CLiF Year of the Book grants from New Hampshire and Vermont public elementary schools. Over the course of a school year, winning schools will receive $25,000 in literacy programming, support, and events for the school, and new books for the school, students, and public library.

Learn more and apply online.



Thank you!

Our heartfelt thanks the seven bookstores that held holiday book drives for CLiF this season (Barnes & NobleBridgeside BooksEbenezer BooksThe Flying Pig BookstoreNext Chapter BookstoreNorwich BookstoreThe Toadstool Bookshop), and to the five organizations that also held drives (BookBugs, New London Rotary Club, Oliver Wyman BostonStowe Elementary School, and Mountain River School). Each one of these books your customers, staff, members, and students generously donated will go into the hands of a child who needs it!

To our supporters, we are so grateful for the year-end gifts that keep CLiF's mission alive and inspire tens of thousands of children every year to read and write!


And to the schools, coordinators, and volunteers who made the family holiday events a success, thanks for your hard work and dedication, and for bringing the joy of reading to families in your towns!


Calling all writers...

Vermont and New Hampshire parents and teachers, take note! Children in grades K-3 may submit original illustrated stories to their state's PBS Kids Writers Contest, a statewide and national contest designed to promote children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to create their own original stories and illustrations.

CLiF is an annual partner for this fun contest. Click here for contest rules, to find your state competition, and entry form.

Read Meredith’s recent blog post to learn more about how you can encourage your children to become brave storytellers.


Announcing At-Risk Children grant recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of CLiF's spring 2016 At-Risk Children grants.

Vermont recipients are: Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Northshire Day School, Union Memorial School ELL Program , Walden Extended Learning Opportunities, and Sunrise Family Resource Center.
New Hampshire recipients are:
YMCA of Strafford County, Keene Family YMCA Learning Center, LRCS Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, Freedom Early Childhood Program, and Easter Seals New Hampshire.

This spring, CLiF will provide each organization with $5,000 in literacy support including an onsite library of new books, a professional storytelling presentation, a seminar for parents (when possible), and free, high-quality books for children to choose and keep.


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