The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) serves more than 350 communities across every region of Vermont and New Hampshire with the goal of nurturing a love of reading and writing in children. They focus on children from birth to age 12, especially rural and at-risk children. Further reading. I have written about book donation programs before but CLiF also does in-class author readings and workshops and more. Just to be clear, I have no connection to these guys, but this aligns with many of my interests.
CLiF's programs are supported entirely by donations from individuals, companies, foundations, and social organizations... Great, so what?? Well, the book-sale aggregator Better World Books is offering $20,000 to the finalist of the Readers' Choice Literacy Grant. You can help CliF get this by voting online... Not going to bash you over the head about it, but if you like the sound of this operation you can vote for them here. No registration or emails asked for.
Also, for anyone who has a connection to an elementary school or library in New Hampshire or Vermont, tell your librarian or a local teacher about these two Spring 2010 grants provided by CLiF;
Deadline: January 13 (don't sleep)
Author/Illustrator Visits or Writer-in-Residence Grants.
New Hampshire and Vermont elementary schools looking for a free author visit to their school should check out these two simple grant applications. Have an author visit your school and give a presentation to the entire school body or enjoy three days of hands-on writing workshops with a professional author for up to 85 of your students. Get more information about the Author/Illustrator program application or Writer-in-Residence application.
Deadline: February 1.
Rural Library Sponsorships. Vermont and New Hampshire libraries in towns of fewer than 5,000 can receive $2,000 worth of new books and a special storytelling presentation for all the elementary students in their town. Apply.
That rural librarian look.
10e visits the South Londonderry, VT library.