- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. (AP) - The Children’s Literacy Foundation is inviting rural libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire to apply for grants to increase their children’s book collections.

The foundation is also offering grants for summer reading and fall programs that serve children up to age 12 who are at risk of growing up with low literacy skills.

The rural libraries grants provide qualifying libraries with $2,000 to buy children’s books and $500 to the library’s local elementary school to buy new books as well.

Summer Readers grants are available to community organizations, summer schools, camps and other programs that support at-risk children during school vacation. The grants are designed to help sustain children’s literacy skill levels during the summer months and encourage reading for fun.

“We are seeking to partner with rural libraries, as well as a broad spectrum of community organizations who serve at-risk children both during the summer and throughout the school year,” said the foundation’s program manager, Jana Brown. “Strengthening the relationship between families and their local library and other community programs, and providing access to new, high quality books in the home helps families and communities make literacy a priority.”



The Vermont-based Children’s Literacy Foundation was founded in 1998 with the goal to instill a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Grant applications are being accepted through May 4, 2016.

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For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit clifonline.org.

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