Ends on November 1, 2017

The book giveaway is a key component of all CLiF programs. Research proves that if kids can chose their own book, then they will be more likely to read it. CLiF has some titles earmarked for giveaways that we think might be enjoyed more if used as a part of a classroom project, and we want to get them into the hands of kids!

The competition is simple, the participating teacher should follow this link to fill out a simple form. Then have your students answer the following prompt: Why do you think that your classroom should receive a brand new class set of books?

For first and second grade classrooms, children should draw a picture and write one-two sentences explaining why their classroom should receive new books, Differentiation - have students who cannot yet write full sentences on their own, draw a picture and label the parts.

For third and fourth grade classrooms, students should write a paragraph (three to five sentences) answering the prompt above. Differentiation - have students who cannot yet write a full paragraph on their own dictate thoughts to a teacher to scribe, or draw picture and include one-two sentences explaining their picture.

For fifth and sixth grade classrooms, students should write a detailed paragraph explaining why their classroom is deserving of new books. Differentiate as necessary.

The form will prompt you to add these documents electronically.

Entries will be accepted until November 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by November 15, 2017.

Books must be used by programs or classrooms based in NH or VT. We hope to be able to give all entrants books, but there are some limited quantities. We are looking for creative answers! Questions, please email meredith@clifonline.org. 

Ends on November 15, 2017

Do you have a creative idea for a NEW literacy program in your library that will help children and families develop a love of reading and writing and a love of the library? CLiF offers you the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to help get your ideas up and running. This grant must fund a program new to your library.

Please submit this application no later than November 15. Decisions will be made no later than December 1.

Mini-Grant Overview

  • Up to $2,000 worth of funding school-wide: An individual teacher may submit a project application for up to $400. Multiple teachers can combine forces to ask for more money (two teachers can submit a joint application for up to $800.)  We will award up to $2,000 to at least five teachers.
  • Activities to make reading and writing FUN: Teachers submit grant applications that are project-oriented versus material-oriented.  A teacher can certainly ask for books as part of the grant, but it should be in support a larger project that will help develop a love of reading and writing. For example, it is acceptable to ask for Greek mythology books to work on a creative writing unit in which students craft their own Greek myths.
  • CLiF chooses recipients: Teachers submit applications directly to CLiF. We will evaluate the applicants and make the final granting decisions.
  • Deadline: All applications must be received by November 1st
  • Completed mini-grant survey: Teachers receiving a mini-grant are required to fill out a short report after they complete their projects. This should include a recounting of the project as well as pictures. This helps us track the mini-grants but also allows CLiF to grow our ideas roster.


Examples of Successful Mini-Grant Projects

  • Using Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, a music teacher had K-2 graders play music and act out the story. Each student shared both book and song with their families.
  • A collaborative project between 5th-8th grade social studies teachers had students read Edgar Jackson’s Green Mountain Boys and take a field trip to the Hubbardton Battlefield.
  • A preschool read going-to-work related books to therapy dogs as part of a unit on empathy.
  • Eighth graders working with an art teacher wrote poems, illustrated them with paintings, and worked with a dancer to choreograph them. The eighth graders taught the dances to first and second graders.
  • A guidance teacher purchased My Book About Me by Dr. Seuss, Incredible You!, by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and 104 composition notebooks for grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Reading and journaling helped students develop a better sense of self and motivated them to set personal goals. She brought the motivational interactive performance for the entire school and community.