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New Durham Library hosting children's book giveaway


July 29, 2021
NEW DURHAM — "I can't think of a better way to wind up a summer reading program than with a book give-away," New Durham Public Library Director Cathy Allyn said. "Once again, that's possible next Tuesday due to the Children's Literacy Foundation."

Referred to as CLiF, the nonprofit organization works with libraries and schools to inspire a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. The work is done through a variety of different grants, and the library has been fortunate enough to receive several.

"Through the past few years, grants from the foundation have beefed up our Easy book section, funded early literacy programming, and brought in presentations to augment the summer program," Allyn said. "So many children in New Durham have books from CLiF at home. I cannot say enough good things about this group."

A CLiF Summer Readers grant for 2021 provides a presentation and book give-away. On Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at the New Durham School, children's author Marty Kelley will talk about the books from CLiF, tell an interactive story, and share a book.

"Marty is a dynamic performer," Allyn noted. "The kids just absolutely fall down laughing when he gets going."

"After that," Kelley said, "I let the kids choose their free books."

The books cover all different reading levels from pre-K to sixth grade.

"Each child is allowed to choose two to take home," Allyn said.

Those who cannot attend are asked to contact the library at 859-2201 or newdurhamlibrary@gmail.com so staff can pull books for them.

"Everyone is invited to this presentation," Allyn said. "We want to share this wealth of books."

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