In 2015, CLiF received a grant from the Canaday Family Charitable Trust to study whether schools that had received a Year of the Book Grant (YOB) were able to sustain their momentum around literacy once the grant ended. CLiF contracted with Evergreen Evaluation and Consulting, Inc.(EEC) to conduct an external evaluation that addressed the following questions:

  • How successful have past CLiF Year of the Book schools been in maintaining their momentum after the initial year is over?
  • What are the greatest obstacles schools encounter when trying to maintain momentum?
  • What lessons can be learned from past schools on ways to maintain sustainability?
  • What would be the impact of CLiF offering a relatively small challenge grant and other forms of professional support in Year 2 to help schools maintain momentum?

Additional research findings are presented in EEC’s infographic


Based on this research, CLiF announces a new sustainability grant for the year after completing Year of the Book. Schools that completed 2019-2020 Year of the Book grants are eligible for $1,000 of program support in 2020-2021. Please fill out the complete this form by September 16, 2020 to receive this additional support to sustain your Year of the Book momentum.

Our Summer Readers program looked different this year due to the challenges posed by COVID-19.  We are thrilled to have been able to offer resources to your summer programs to help keep kids engaged with reading and writing over the summer.  Please submit feedback to let us know how your program utilized the resources that CLiF made available and what additional action we might potentially take to continue to support the important literacy work that you are doing in your communities.  In addition to filling out this survey, please feel free to contact me directly at jana@clifonline.org or 614-832-2909 (mobile number) with any additional questions, thoughts, or feedback.  Thank you!  Completing this survey is one of the requirements of the Summer Readers grant award, please respond by September 30th.   

Thank you for taking the time to complete this simple feedback form. At CLiF, we continue to adapt and evolve. Central to our improvement is the feedback we receive from program participants. Please share your thoughts on the event, presenter, and program as a whole. We value all feedback and hope you have some anecdotes and quotes to share too. Thank you!

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