The Children’s Literacy Foundation, based in Waterbury, was chosen to receive the Stowe Rotary Club’s 2016 Oktoberfest profits.
With that money, CLiF provided a grant to the Hyde Park Public Library, providing spring and fall author visits, books for the school and public library collections, a two-book giveaway in the spring for all kids, and $250 to start a new program at the library.
“Stowe Rotary was thrilled to have the opportunity to support CLiF’s mission of inspiring a love of reading for low-income, at-risk, and rural children in Vermont,” said Jennifer Colin, the club president. “Stowe Rotary has been supporting education in Lamoille County through giving scholarships and donations to local educational efforts for many years, so a partnership with CLiF was the perfect way for Stowe Rotary to continue in that tradition.”
With Hyde Park Elementary School under construction — it’s being completely overhauled —CLiF provided high-interest books at the school’s temporary location at a Morrisville hotel, and helped the Hyde Park Public Library to act as a bookmobile.
Amy Olsen, the library director, has been visiting the school and remotely checking out books to them.
Additionally, the sixth grade is temporarily housed at Lamoille Union High School, not with the K-5th graders. Olsen used the $250 program grant to hire a bus to bring the sixth grade to the public library for multiple visits.
Hyde Park kicked off the grant on Oct. 18. Duncan McDougall, CLiF’s executive director, gave presentations to two groups of Hyde Park Elementary School students who were bused over to the Lamoille Union High School auditorium. The kids sat on the stage surrounded by the $2,500 worth of new books for their school and public libraries.
Olsen and school librarian Robin Bryce talked about their books with much excitement, and McDougall told stories and talked with the kids about their favorite books, favorite places to read, and general silliness they have discovered in books.
Bryce said: “As a school librarian, one of the best parts of the job is to put books into children’s hands. That is the only piece that is personally difficult in this transition year. Thanks to your support of the CLiF grant, you are not only supporting the students here at (Hyde Park Elementary), but also supporting the love I have for my profession.”
CLiF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among lowincome, at-risk and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired nearly 225,000 young readers and writers through six literacy program grants and has given away almost $6 million in new, highquality children's books. Information: clifonline.org.