Press Release: CLiF Awards Rural Libraries Grants to Public Libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont

For Immediate Release

(CLiF) Awards Rural Libraries Grants to Twelve Public Libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont

Waterbury Center, VT — The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has awarded Rural Libraries grants to six public libraries in Vermont and six public libraries in New Hampshire for the 2017-2018 school year.

CLiF’s Rural Libraries grant enables rural public libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont, many of whom face stagnant budgets and limited resources, to create excitement around reading, increase circulation, and strengthen their relationships with their communities. Since 1998, CLiF’s Rural Libraries grant has served more than 85% of eligible towns in Vermont and New Hampshire.

2017-2018 Rural Libraries Grant recipients include:
· Cavendish Fletcher Community Library (Proctorsville, VT)

· Enosburg Public Library (Enosburg, VT)

· George H. Bixby Memorial Library (Francestown, NH)

· Gilmanton Year-Round Library (Gilmanton Ironworks, NH)

· Haston Library (Franklin, VT)

· Hill Library (Strafford, NH)

· Jericho Town Library (Jericho, VT)

· Lanpher Memorial Library (Hyde Park, VT)

· Madbury Public Library (Madbury, NH)

· New Durham Public Library (New Durham, NH)

· Orford Social Library (Orford, NH)

· Roger Clark Memorial Library (Pittsfield, VT)

Each of these libraries will receive brand new children’s books ($2,000 value), in addition to new books for the local elementary school ($500 value), four storytelling presentations at the elementary school and childcare center(s), $250 to support a special initiative in the library, and new books for all children who attend the presentations to keep. The grants kick off with storytelling and book giveaways in Fall 2017 and conclude with a finale celebration in Spring 2018.

New Durham Public Library Director Cathy Allen says, “This is the most exciting thing that has happened to our library, but it’s not just the monetary benefits, which are major. We envision a shift in the way residents view early literacy, heightened awareness regarding how important reading, writing, and self-expression are, and increased involvement by parents. In the long run, all of that will prove more valuable than the books themselves.”

About the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)
CLiF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low­-income, at­-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through five literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high­-quality children’s books.

For more information about CLiF, visit www.clifonline.org.

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