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Summer!

School's out (or almost!), but libraries and out-of-school-time partners are gearing up for a busy season fighting summer slide

At a recent Vermont Department of Libraries meeting, partners in the Collaborative Summer Learning Program shared their ideas for planning around the summer reading theme On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! Events included: Olympics, nutrition, gardening, Sudoku, break dancing, sneaker dancing, Renaissance Games, mini golf, archery, board games, and hula hoops. They have partnered with local sports teams, state parks, summer meal sites, and expert community members. Local bookstores, such as Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, also offer a wide-range of summer reading activities.

Whether you are in the thick of planning or just beginning to think about next year, here are some program ideas to enact now or to toss around over the summer. 

Summer Ideas:


Fall ideas:


Thank you to all of our dedicated partners. We look forward to hearing about your summer accomplishments and program successes. We at CLiF hope you can all find time to enjoy your own "just right" summer books!
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CLiF News

We happily announce our Year of the Book, Rural Library, and At-Risk Partners for Fall 2016. 

For Everyone

✪ NH leading the way in locally managed assessments
✪ More on place-based initiatives to build up rural areas
✪ How can we help nurture sensitive parenting? 7 tips to help parents bolster and model self-regulation
✪ How to engage boys and girls in making
✪ Report on Inequality in VT schools
✪ How can your organization become deliberately developmental?
✪ More on e-readers from Pat Cantor

For Teachers

✪ Teacher-powered schools succeeding
✪ Teachers working together – there is an app for that!
✪ Free Downloadable Common Core Materials
✪  More on arts integration

For Librarians

✪ Program idea: Read My Grandfather’s Coat, use old t-shirts to make cat toys for the local animal shelter (thank you Morrisville Elementary School for the idea)
✪ Urban Library Council Leadership Brief: Libraries Supporting Family Learning
✪ Little free library festival

Funding

✪ Upcoming grant opportunities
✪ Why it never hurts to apply (a donorschoose.org story), but what to do if a funder rejects your proposal
✪ 12 useful tips for approaching potential donors for K-12 programs

From the Blog / From Pinterest

Summer slide
Kids participating in fundraisers
Book recommendations

Upcoming CLiF Events

Ideas, contributions, or questions for the Community Update?
Contact Meredith Scott, CLiF program director.

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