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CLiF Turns 20
Date: January 13, 2018 03:19PM

CLiF Turns 20

In 2018, the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) will be celebrating 20 years of "Opening Books, Opening Minds, Opening Doors" by encouraging a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 225,000 kids and given away nearly $6 million in new, high-quality books!

CLiF volunteers and supporters will be celebrating all that they have accomplished together at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, Vermont on March 9, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:45 P.M.

One of CLiF’s valuable efforts is the Children of Prison Inmates program. This program inspires children of inmates to read more often, connects children and incarcerated parents through stories, and gives prisoners extra confidence to read to their children, even if they are not strong readers themselves. CLiF has provided children’s literacy programs and parent seminars to 17 facilities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Activities sponsored by Children of Prison Inmates program include:
• Inspiring storytelling presentations for inmates and their children
• Donating on-site libraries in prison visiting rooms
• Book giveaways: Parents choose brand-new books to send home as gifts; children select new books on visiting days
• Literacy seminars for parents to help inmates read with their children
• Audio recordings of incarcerated parents reading to their children, so they can share stories from afar

In December, as 2017 wound down, CLif visited its partnering prisons for the last time last year to talk to incarcerated parents about the importance of developing early literacy skills in their children, nieces and nephews and grandchildren, and sharing fun, easy tips for reading and talking about books together. As always, participants had the opportunity to choose new books for the children in their lives and write personal notes in them. Then the CLiF's stellar volunteer team arranged to get them where they needed to go.

In addition to these seminars and books, CLiF has also donated children's books to give away to visiting families during holiday parties at prisons in Berlin and Concord, NH.

CLif volnteers know that the holidays can be an especially difficult time for kids who have family members that can't be there, so the opportunity to visit and have a fun experience reading together — plus, getting to take home a new book — is priceless to these children and their families.

A video featuring the Children's Literacy Foundation’s Children of Prison Inmates initiative and more information about other CLiF literacy programs may be found at [].

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