Last Wednesday, Duncan McDougall — Founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) — visited Montgomery Elementary School with $2,000 in beautiful new books (over 100 books!) for the Montgomery Town Library to add to its collection for the children of our community. Mr. McDougall spoke about the power books have to unleash the imagination. He told the audience that his favorite place to read, when he was young, was up a tree; from there, he could go on all sorts of thrilling adventures in distant locales — yes, books are a form of transportation! Then Mr. McDougall presented many of the new books. One of them he brought to life by not only reading it but acting it out, pulling the audience into the story and making it real for them.
Students each picked out one book to sign out from the library and bring home. Teachers later reported how excited their students were to be the first to read these new library books.
Earlier in the day, Mr. McDougall gave just as captivating a storytelling presentation to the Pre-K and K classes in the school library. After a rousing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” (and elbows!), he read Eric Rohmann’s My Friend Rabbit, inviting the students, at points, to help tell the story. (Could they guess what would happen next?) Afterwards, the students were invited to tour a display of many, many books and each pick out two books to bring home and keep — forever!
This was a very exciting day! The Library is grateful to the Children’s Literacy Foundation, to Duncan McDougall and Suzanne Loring and everyone else there, and to the donors. The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among children throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998 CLiF has served more than 125,000 children in nearly 400 communities across every region of the Twin States.
We are also grateful to Montgomery Elementary School and Principal Beth O’Brien for so graciously hosting this celebration, and to the teachers for accommodating it into their busy teaching schedule, and to Ruth Little, the school Administrative Assistant. And last but absolutely not least, Mrs. Robin Bryce, the Librarian and Media Specialist at MES, who helped schedule and organize the event and is an energy dynamo!