Putting Books In The Hands Of Children

LYNDONVILLE-Children Literacy Foundation's (CLiF) mission is to put books in the hands of children all around the state of Vermont and New Hampshire. CLiF has been one of Cobleigh Public Libraries long time allies, and the library recently received a Rural Libraries grant from CLiF. "With this grant, it goes to smaller communities," Youth Services Librarian, Abby Johnson said.


The Cobleigh Public Library was able to get the grant after applying in partnership with Newark Street School. Cobleigh Library is loaning the books they received to the school, and will have them added back to their collection after the school year ends. "CLiF thought if we worked together with the school that it would make more sense to receive this grant," Johnson explained.

The Library teamed up with the school in hopes of reaching more students, and increasing their access to new books. The grant was able to purchase two thousand dollars worth of books, all ranging from different subjects. "Everything from board books, to young adult books. We had a really great list to choose from, a lot of new and diverse titles," Johnson said.

The Library was additionally given a mini grant to purchase a collection of French language books as well. "Organizations that receive the Rural Libraries grant were also eligible for these mini grants. Which in a non-covid year, we would have reached out to the school to bring the kids in for a special event at the library. But we could not do that this year," Johnson explained. The French language books were a good alternative to spend the money on.

The Library is excited to have a more books to add to their collections, such as non-fiction, space, animals, biographies, young adult books, and books about community. "Some really fun early reader books. My favorite one that we got for the young adults was, "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs," Johnson said with enthusiasm. The Library is looking forward to future events that can be held "covid-friendly." Cobleigh Public Library plans to do a "free book give away" in the spring during special events.