2018-02-07 / Front Page

Holiday book drive partnership helps support local CLiF programs

Children beam big smiles as they hold new books distributed through area CLiF reading programs, which this year received supported from a book drive by Phoenix Books, including in Chester. ON THE COVER: A young student happily displays the book he received at a Year of the Book kick-off literacy event in October literacy event at the Sustainability Academy. - Courtesy PhotoChildren beam big smiles as they hold new books distributed through area CLiF reading programs, which this year received supported from a book drive by Phoenix Books, including in Chester. ON THE COVER: A young student happily displays the book he received at a Year of the Book kick-off literacy event in October literacy event at the Sustainability Academy. - Courtesy PhotoCHESTER — During 2017's holiday season, Phoenix Books, which has a store in Chester, partnered with Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) to collect books for children all over Vermont.

"The 2017 holiday season was our first time working with CLiF," said Phoenix General Manager Colleen Shipman. "All the books collected at our Phoenix Books stores will be staying in Vermont, and used in CLiF programming throughout the state. When CLiF received the donations, they complimented the selection and quality of the books that had been donated. Thank you to everyone who helped and participated.”

CLiF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low­-income, at­-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high­-quality children's books.

“The Children’s Literacy Foundation is proud to partner with Phoenix Books to provide high-quality children’s books to the most vulnerable children in our region," added Erika Nichols-Frazer, CLiF's communications manager. "Our literacy programs serve children in communities all over both states, including in each of the regions Phoenix Books serves, so customers can give books to kids in their area who have few or no books at home and help them develop a life-long love of reading.”

The CLiF program brings authors, illustrators and storytellers, literacy programming and resources, including new books, to elementary schools, libraries, after school programs, shelters and affordable housing units, refugee programs, Head Start, nutrition programs, and many others.

Phoenix Books has locations in Chester, Rutland, Essex, and Burlington. For more information, visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.

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