Happy New Year, A look at 2016, CLiF Grants Available, Book Drive Thank Yous, Donor Thank Yous, Adventure Backpacks, VT Conversation

January 2017

Happy New Year!

Richford Elementary School Librarian Lyle Willey with students and their new books at Richford's CLiF Year of the Book Kick-Off, September 2016

While a lot of people were happy to see 2016 go, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on all the good things CLiF last year, thanks to your help. With all of 2016's ups and downs, it was actually a pretty great year for CLiF. 

In 2016, CLiF:
-Gave kids $550,000 in brand new, high-quality, super-awesome books 
-Held more than 500 fun and inspiring storytelling presentations for children and families
-Served 35,000 low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in NH & VT!
-Traveled all over New Hampshire and Vermont in the CLiF-mobile bringing books, a love of reading & writing, and the joy of literacy everywhere we go!

A friendly sign at the Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield, NH (2016-2017 Rural Libraries recipient)

This is all possible because of your support! Thank you for donating, volunteering, partnering with us and spreading the word to inspire a love of reading and writing in thousands of kids across New Hampshire and Vermont!
A note from a grateful young reader

Thanks for a great year sharing stories with kids and families all over the Twin States! We're looking forward to another fantastic year spreading a love of reading and writing with you! All the best in 2017.

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

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Reminder: CLiF Literacy Grants Available!

It's a New Year, and it's time to apply for CLiF 2017-2018 grants!

Coming Up:

-CLiF's new Community Building Grant

Designed to promote community connections through reading and writing; Pick suggested programs such as Reading with Animals, Reading Buddies with Seniors, or Pen Pals, or build your own program!
Application due January 17, 2017

-CLiF Year of the Book Grant (for 2017-2018 school year)

Designed to create a culture of literacy within a community through $25,000 in literacy programming, including author/illustrator visits and storytelling presentations, family literacy celebrations, new books for the school and public library, and new books for each child to keep!
Application due February 8, 2017

-Rural Libraries Grant

New books for the public library and elementary school, storytelling presentations at the library, school, and local childcare centers, and brand new books for each child to keep!
Application due April 5, 2017

Check out 
www.clifonline.org for more information and call
(802) 244-0944 or email meredith@clifonline.org with any questions.

Bookstores Give Children's Books to CLiF

Thank you to all the bookstores who held book drives for CLiF, and their generous customers who donated books for low-income, at-risk, and rural kids this holiday season!

The following book stores held CLiF book drives this year:
-Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT (Book Bear Tree pictured above)
-Bridgeside Bookstore in Waterbury, VT
-Ebenezer Books in Johnson, VT
-Next Chapter Bookstore in Barre, VT
-Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, VT
-Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH

Thank you to these bookstores and the generous shoppers who donated books to CLiF this holiday season. Many young readers will be happy to select these new books at a CLiF event soon!

Giving Outside the Box

We appreciate everyone who donates to CLiF to make our programs possible for young readers and writers. We want to give special thanks to these groups and companies who gave to CLiF this holiday season in creative ways. 

Oliver Wyman's Boston office held a charity auction and its employees donated $10,000 to CLiF as a result! That allows us to give exciting literacy presentations and brand new books to 400 young readers and writers in 2017! Thank you to Oliver Wyman and all who donated!

This holiday season, Cambridge Pacific thanked their clients with a donation to CLiF in their honor, along with the postcard you see above. Their customers can feel good knowing that their business helped inspire young readers and writers all over New Hampshire and Vermont. Thanks, Cambridge Pacific!

And check out this recent blog post about some creative young CLiF donors. We thank all 2016 CLiF donors for their generous support that makes our mission of inspiring a love of reading and writing a reality.

Thank You from CLiF!


Join the Conversation

Can Books Change Lives?

That's the question CLiF's Executive Director Duncan McDougall set out to explore when he founded CLiF nineteen years ago, and which he recently discussed with David Goodman on WDEV's Vermont Conversation. We also talked with Jess Kell, CLiF Board Advisor/Lund's Kids A Part Program about the CLiF Children of Prison Inmates Program and Williamstown Elementary School Principal Jamie Kinnarney about the CLiF Year of the Book.

Click here to listen to the full interview.  

Thanks to Jess and Jamie for talking to us, David Goodman and WDEV for hosting us, and VBSR for sponsoring the Vermont Conversation.

Mini-Grants Bring Adventure to Milton Mills, NH

Last year, CLiF added a mini grants component to our Rural Libraries grant, enabling libraries to launch exciting new activities to promote literacy. Milton Mills Free Public Library Director Betsy Baker
used their mini grant to create Adventure Backpacks to encourage young adventurers to explore what their area has to offer while suggesting books to help build on what they're learning first-hand.

The "Woods" backpack includes binoculars, a compass, magnifying glasses, a bug net and containers, and resources such as a Wilderness and Travel Medicine book, a compass and map guide, and cards to identify animal tracks. Both the Woods and Beach Adventure Back-packs come with a list of books available at the library to learn more, as well as an instant camera to capture adventures. The Milton Conservation Commission also plans to produce maps of local trails and waterways to include in these backpacks.

You can read all about the Milton Free Public Library's Adventure Backpacks in the Milton Advocate.

This is just one of the many creative and exciting ways rural libraries are enhancing learning experiences through CLiF's Rural Libraries grant. Don't forget - applications for 2017-2018 Rural Libraries grants are due April 5, 2017! Click here to learn more.

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