Vermont author Doug Wilhelm read to students at the Village School on Wednesday, November 14, and shared stories as part of the kickoff event for the 2018-2019 Children’s Literacy Foundation Rural Libraries (CLiF) grant won by the John G. McCullough Free Library. Wilhelm, is the author of 14 books for middle-grade readers, including The Revealers and nine books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series. The CLiF Grant also made it possible for Director of Library Services Amanda Bickford to purchase new books for the Village School library (see list below).


CLiF Grant Kickoff Event 11.15.18

CLiF is an independent nonprofit 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 225,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away nearly $6 million in new high-quality children’s books. For more information, visit This grant encourages libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont towns of 5,000 residents or fewer to partner with schools and childcare centers to encourage a community wide commitment to literacy. The Village School of North Bennington library received $500 worth of new books and John G. McCullough Free Library Youth Services Librarian Nicole Hall was able to select $2,000 worth of new materials to be added to the John G. McCullough Free Library’s children’s collection. Thank you CLiF and its donors for making all of this possible.

The Village School’s New Book Aquisitions

Village School Library Services Director Amanda Bickford is excited to continue to build the school’s library collection with assistance from the CLiF Grant. Through the grant, Mrs. Bickford purchased books on the 2018 Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Book Award list, as well as graphic novels, and picture books.

Narwhal and Jelly 3 by Ben Clanton
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Zita the Spacegirl 1 by Ben Hatke
Hilo 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
Hilo 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick
Hilo 3: The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
I See A Kookaburra! Discovering Animal Habitats Around The World by Steve Jenkins
Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Goodnight Already! by Jory John
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
The Wonderling by Mira Bartok
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
Restart by Gordon Korman
Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk