On June 7 at 1 PM all the children at Salisbury Community School in Salisbury will attend a lively and colorful book delivery and storytelling presentation by the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF). CLiF recently awarded a Rural Library Sponsorship to Salisbury Free Public Library. As part of this grant, CLiF is donating $2,000 in new children's books to the public library. Salisbury Free Public Library is one of 12 libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire to receive a CLiF sponsorship for spring 2010.
To celebrate the arrival of the new books and reach out to as many local children as possible, the special storytelling event will take place at the community school. On June 7, CLiF Director Duncan McDougall will visit the school to display all the beautiful books, perform stories, and share his love of reading and writing with the students. About 100 children from Kindergarten through Grade 6 will participate. The literacy program aims to inspire the children to discover the joy of reading and to check out new books from their local library.
After the presentation at the elementary school, Mr. McDougall will visit Linda Smith's House, an in-home daycare in Salisbury to tell stories to the children and give each child the opportunity to choose a book to take home and keep. CLiF will also donate an additional collection of children's books to remain on-site. A new part of a Rural Library Sponsorship, daycare and childcare center visits give CLiF the opportunity to nurture a love of reading among the younger children in the community and to help the public library establish a relationship with a local childcare center or provider.
"The local public library is the primary source of books for thousands of children who live in rural communities," explains McDougall. Unfortunately, due to shrinking budgets and rising book costs, many of these libraries possess only limited collections of children's books, and what volumes they own are often falling apart from over-use or are out-of-date. Library Director Jennifer Stefani was able to choose the new books from the CLiF booklist, which includes more than 800 titles -- classics, Caldecott and Newbery award winners, recent titles, and a wide selection of books by local authors and illustrators.
Salisbury Free Library's sponsorship is made possible by a donation from Andrew and Sarah Goodwin of Burlington, VT. The sponsorship is part of CLiF's Rural Library Program, which awards support to 24 rural libraries throughout New Hampshire and Vermont each year. The program was started in 1998 in an effort to boost the children's book collections of small libraries with the hope that increased exposure to great books and inspiring storytelling will go a long way toward improving children's literacy across the Twin States. CLiF has already sponsored more than 75% of all the rural public libraries across New Hampshire and Vermont.
CLiF is a non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among children throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Through 16 successful literacy programs CLiF will touch the lives of more than 15,000 young readers and writers across the Twin States this year.
CLiF does not receive any federal or state funds for its programs. It relies solely on the generosity of individuals, local companies, social organizations, and foundations. To find out more about CLiF or make a donation, please visit www.clifonline.org or contact CLiF Executive Director Duncan McDougall at: Children’s Literacy Foundation, 1536 Loomis Hill Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677, 802.244.0944, firstname.lastname@example.org