The Children’s Literacy Foundation Brings Stories and Books to Royalton Memorial Library

On Friday, June 28, we were treated to a storytelling presentation from Duncan McDougall and brand-new books to keep, thanks to a grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF).

StorytellerDuncan McDougall led an interactive presentation for over 20 children. At the end of the presentation, each child selected two new books to keep from hundreds of titles.

CLiF awards Summer Readers grants to organizations serving kids at high risk of experiencing a “summer slide” in literacy skills. The partnership between Royalton Memorial Library and CLiF reached Royalton’s young readers who are at greatest risk.

Research shows that children who don’t read over summer vacation tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read improve their reading abilities. Low-income children and youth often experience greater summer learning losses than their higher-income peers.

About the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF): CLiF is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. CLiF has inspired more than 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away more than $5 million in new, high-quality children’s books. For more information visit