LINCOLN - Last week, all the children at the Lincoln Community School attended a lively and colorful book delivery and storytelling presentation by the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF).
CLiF recently awarded a Rural Library Sponsorship to the Lincoln Library. As part of this grant, CLiF is donating $2,000 in new children's books to the public library. The Lincoln Library is one of 12 libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire to receive a CLiF sponsorship for fall 2009.
To celebrate the arrival of the new books and reach out to as many local children as possible, the special storytelling event will take place at the community school.
On Nov. 16, CLiF Director Duncan McDougall visited the school to display all the beautiful books, perform stories, and share his love of reading and writing with the students. About 115 children from Kindergarten through Grade 6 will participate. The literacy program aims to inspire the children to discover the joy of reading and to check out new books from their local library.
According to Librarian Debi Gray, "We are overwhelmed with joy at receiving the books and audios in a year where we have not been able to purchase materials due to a budget deficit. It will give our collection such a boost and I can't wait to see the smiles on the children's and parent's faces!"
After the presentation at the elementary school, McDougall visited the Lincoln Cooperative Preschool to tell stories to the children and give each child the opportunity to choose a book to take home and keep. CLiF will also donate an additional collection of children's books to remain on-site.