Outreach Coordinator Jodi Eastwood Recruits Student Volunteers for Literacy Program
"Books in Character" Outreach Reading Program Coordinator, Jodi Eastwood, started working for the foundation in September of last year. Only two short weeks after starting she was on the road for her first outreach tour. The "Books in Character" Outreach Reading Program is one of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation's most successful programs as it has such a large reach, affecting children in just shy of 60 preschools, Head Starts, and Kindergartens in Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine. On each outreach tour she visits close to fourteen hundred children, bringing a life-sized character, a guest reader, and a brand new book for each child to take home with them. This takes place five times a year, and takes about three weeks to complete each time. During these outreach visits, Jodi is dependent on volunteers to fill the roles of readers and characters, which has proven to be the biggest challenge to overcome. Although she has several retired volunteers at the ready to read and engage the children, she lacks those eager to wear the costume. With limited resources, she reached out to her family, friends, co-workers, and even the Executive Director to jump in the suit when necessary. It wasn't until one of the last days of her first tour that she was introduced to the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School, the only school at that point to offer student volunteers to come out on the road for the outreach program.
Jodi was impressed with the eighth graders from Haverhill, and was inspired by the sense of community she experienced that day in Woodsville. After reflecting on her first tour, she proposed to the director that they reach out to all of the middle and high schools in the areas they visit, believing that with a little guidance and instruction, these kids could really offer something unique to the program and perhaps be the solution they needed to fulfill it. She drafted letters to the proper administrators and expressed the potential she saw in using students to reinforce the Foundation's mission of getting children excited about reading. It was a slow process - between getting in touch with the right people, adhering to certain school policies, and juggling class and school schedules - but was definitely worth it with five schools now participating in this community service initiative. This last Outreach Reading tour was a huge success with students volunteering on eight of the thirteen days. Jodi is eager to continue this program next year, and hopes to build relationships with more schools in the Fall.
Tamworth K.A. Brett School 8th Grade Volunteers on the Road.
Avoid the Summer Slide
(July 20, 2015) Although our "Books in Character" Outreach Reading Program doesn't operate during the summer, our goal is to provide children with the right tools to foster their love of reading until we can visit again in the fall. By letting children pick out five brand new books throughout the year, Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is helping children build libraries full of books they are interested in, which is crucial when trying to engage and excite them about literacy.
In a recently published article by The New York Times, educator Jessica Lahey explains how quickly children lose acquired skills when not practicing them regularly. This is especially true for children in poverty; she states, "Two-thirds of the 16 million children living in poverty in this country don’t own any books, so when school lets out for the year, reading and learning does not just take a vacation, it deteriorates. This deterioration is known as 'summer learning loss,' or 'summer slide,' and it is disastrous, particularly for impoverished children. More than 80 percent of children living in poverty can lose one to three months of reading skills over the course of a summer. That is equivalent to three years of learning loss by the end of fifth grade.”
The correlation between loss of skills and lack of resources is evident, and Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is striving to fill the void and make summer reading possible for the children in every community it visits, specifically the North Country which is statistically more poverty stricken than other parts of the state.
Providing books is only half the battle however; we know that making time to sit down and read can be difficult when the sun is shining, the weather is great, and there are so many fun ways to spend your summer days. It's important to remember that learning can be fun though, especially with children who are naturally curious and eager to explore new things. Developing an environment that reinforces the role of literacy in your everyday lives can be accomplished in a number of ways. It can be simple too! Check out this list of ways to engage your children in a literacy-loving home:
- Tell stories
- Read aloud
- Turn stories into plays
- Be a role model and read in front of your kids
- Listen to audio books in the car
- Get a family library card and make it a treat to go
- Let them choose the books they want to read
- Encourage big kids to read to the little ones
- Re-read their favorite stories even if you've done it a million times
According to Reading is Fundamental, rif.org, “Children develop much of their capacity for learning in the first three years of life, when their brains grow to 90 percent of their eventual adult weight. When parents talk, sing, and read to their child, links among the child's brain cells are strengthened and new cells and links are formed.” Reading is a great way to ignite the imagination and accentuate your summer experiences.
As things are starting back up for the 2015-2016 school year, we at Believe in Books are doing our best to link up with eager students and community members that have an interest in volunteering for our many programs and events. September is a busy month for us with our outreach reading program on the road, our big race fundraisers taking place, and character appearances throughout the community. With such a variety of activities going on at the foundation, there are always ways to help out; our volunteers can be found registering participants at a race, bringing stories to life for preschoolers, or prepping for our shows and events.
Similar to most non-profits, we frequently depend on the helping hands of volunteers to support our foundation. Because we need them so often, we try to find incentives and rewards for our volunteers to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the little learners in our communities. PBS published an article http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/emotions/volunteering/article2.html about some reasons to volunteer, reasons that go beyond the tangible benefits and look into the personal payback that comes from volunteering as well. If you haven't volunteered with us before, it's not too late to start! Whether you'd like to qualify our scholarship program, have a love for kids and literacy, or a wish to try something new, we'd love to have you. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 603-356-9980.
“Children have the most to gain from all the great benefits that hiking offers. By introducing your kids to hiking, you’re helping them take steps, literally and figuratively, in the right direction…The best way to introduce children to the outdoors is to make it fun. Play is how kids learn. When something is fun, we want to do that activity again. Involving kids in fun, engaging outdoor activities will instill a desire to continue playing outside. Even within an environment of computers and television, kids will associate fun with playing outside and electronic gadgets won’t be their sole form of entertainment.” (read more at: themindfulword.org)
The Trails in the Wood trail system was developed for the purpose of education and recreational opportunities. You can take a walk and read a story on our Storybook Trail and experience great children’s stories in a unique way. It’s a wonderful way for the family to read and play together. We feel that early exposure to simple outdoor activity in a family setting will encourage lifelong healthy habits. Exercise for the brain and body. The trails are open from 9am – 4pm or whenever the gate is open.
Experience a new story every 2 weeks! This week’s story is Little Snowflakes Big Adventure by: Steve Metzger
27th Annual Chocolate Festival
Sunday, February 28th, 11am-4pm
For over 25 years people have been coming from all over to cross-country ski and snowshoe along the trails and receive chocolate treats at stops along the way!!! (Total distance is approximately 15K) Not up for the trek? You can also drive from Inn to Inn and other area stops! No matter how you get from here to there you will enjoy this chocolatey, fun filled day going on from 11am to 4pm… COST of FESTIVAL PASS: Advance Purchase - $30 per person, purchase the Day of the Event - $35 per person …This event is a fundraiser... tickets are non-refundable.
*** Our Sugar Shack at the 100 Acre Woods, conveniently located on Route 16 between the northern stops and the Touring Center, will be open from 11 am - 4 pm on Festival day. Stop in and join us for a "chocolately-mapley" treat! ***
$5 suggested donation per person
Starting THIS Saturday morning! Join us every Saturday morning, March 5th – April 16th 2016, at 10am for our Character Breakfast! Enjoy delicious, gluten-free pancakes with our own maple syrup, made right here in the 100 Acre Wood! Not only will you get to enjoy a storybook reading, each week a new character will join you for breakfast, such as Cat In The Hat, Winnie-The-Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Eyeore and we’ll end the season with a mini-show of The Lorax, to celebrate Earth day! When you’re done, feel free to walk off your yummy pancakes on our 100 Acre Wood Trails!
For more information on our Character Breakfast ...CLICK HERE!
Sugar Shack in the 100 Acre Wood!
If you see steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, that means we are making maple syrup! The Sugar Shack will be open March and April, during sugaring season, weekends 11am to 4pm, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Come on in and learn about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a warm sample!
We even offer guided, wagon ride, tours through our Sugar Bush on weekend afternoons. Where you can learn about the history of sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, collection through our bucket and tubing systems and sample tasting. The tour is approx. 1 hour. (Please dress according to weather). A suggested donation: $5/per person, we are grateful for all donations which goes directly toward our literacy programs.
Or, if you’d prefer, self-guided tours can be done on our Maple Storybook Trail which begins near the Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime between 9am and 4pm while the gate is open, however an inside peek at our Sugar Shack can only be done when it is open. We also offer Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week. Please call 603-356-9980.
Do you know about our "Tap Your Own" Program?!?!
Have you ever wanted to tap your own maple trees but didn't have the equipment to do so?
Well now you can! Believe in Books has a "Tap Your Own" program with buckets available for you to borrow, you can also purchase drill bits and spiles at our office or in the Sugar Shack during open hours. We provide the buckets - you provide the trees! After you've collected your sap, you can bring it back to our Sugar Shack and at the end of the season receive your maple syrup!
To learn more about Maple Sugaring, click here!
BAM! Book Drive to Benefit Believe In Books Literacy Foundation
We are so fortunate to live in such a generous and supportive community! Our local Books-A-Million bookstore is hosting an upcoming event to benefit our Literacy Foundation. Come on over to the North Conway BAM! (located at 1500 White Mountain Highway) on Saturday, May 7th between 12 and 4 pm. If you mention our Foundation at check-out, BAM! will donate a portion of the sales directly to Believe In Books Literacy Foundation. We will be on-site during this time, with a special, surprise character appearance! Bring your kids, take a photo, and have a visit with one of our favorite friends.
This fundraiser is a great way contribute to literacy and get your personal shopping done! Grab a last minute Mother’s Day gift (May 8th!), a gift for your Graduate, or a new book for your summer reading. It is also a great opportunity learn more about our Foundation and the many programs that we offer. Sign up to be a volunteer, or become a member!
Don’t miss out on this chance to get to know us, and learn what we are all about. Your participation in this event will help us give the “gift” of literacy to children in the communities that we serve. Hope to see you there!
“Books In Character” May Tour to Feature Eeyore!
The time has come for another Outreach Reading “Books In Character” visit! This time, our Outreach Coordinator Andrea will be hitting the road with our good friend Eeyore. After all, Eeyore’s birthday is May 10th, and what better way to celebrate than visiting students and bringing them new books?
Eeyore’s visits begin Monday, May 9th in the Littleton area. Over the next three weeks, he will travel as far north as Berlin, west to Piermont, south to Plymouth and Wakefield, and as far east as Fryeburg, Maine. Overall, he will visit nearly 60 schools, greeting and engaging over 1,500 students in four counties!
Our Outreach Reading “Books In Character” program provides young students with a unique opportunity. The program provides interactive reading that encourages students to be excited about literacy and exposed to the wonders of reading. Students are read a story by one of our volunteer readers, greet Eeyore and pose for a photo, and then select a new book to bring home for their personal library. Eeyore will be bringing several different titles for the students to choose from, such as The Penny by Andy Cutts, Yak Attack by Uncle Tom Merriam, and Ellis Goes to the Doctor by Siri Reuterstrand.
There are a couple of ways that you can help support this program. We are currently seeking Costume volunteers to accompany Andrea on this (and future!) tours. If you are interested, please contact her at email@example.com for more information.
We are also looking for new members to join our Literacy Foundation. Your annual (tax deductible) dues of $50 will help support “Books In Character”, as well as our many other programs. As a thank you for your donation, you will receive an annual Trail Pass to our Trails in the Wood 10K trail system, as well as a Rewards Card - exclusive to our members! The Rewards Card will provide you with a variety of discounts at numerous businesses in the communities we serve. More information about our Membership and Rewards Card programs can be found on our website at http://believeinbooks.org/membership.html. Our Literacy Foundation relies on the generosity and participation of people like you, in order to make programs like this possible.
Eeyore has the honor of being the last Outreach character for the 2015-2016 school year. Our “Books In Character” visits will resume in the Fall, after the new school year has begun.
If you would like to see Eeyore this summer, you can catch him at the Character Kick-Off event at Story Land on June 11th. He will be back at Story Land July 22nd & 23rd, as well as October 10th to close out the season.
So, Happy Birthday Eeyore! We wish you and Andrea the best of luck out on the road!
Register NOW for our
7th Annual Race for Reading!
We are proud to present our 7th Annual Race for Reading at our 100 Acre Wood on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016! This event is a fundraiser that directly supports our Literacy Programs. The event offers several different courses to include fun for the entire family! Children ages 8 & under can participate in a ½K course and there will be a 1K course for kids ages 9-12. Both Kids Fun Runs will begin at 9am. At 9:30am, all participants age 13 and up will take off on the 5K Trail Run/Walk. All races occur rain or shine! Dogs are welcome at the event, but are not allowed on the race routes.
Pre-Registration for the event is open now until Friday, May 27th on our website at www.believeinbooks.org/race-for-reading-5k. Pre-Registration is only a $25 donation, and participants are encouraged to gather pledges to raise more funds for literacy. You can also Register the day of the event, from 8-8:45am, for $35. Kids can register for the Fun Runs for $10, and The Memorial Hospital has graciously sponsored the Registration of all local children!
We have over $2500 worth of prizes to give away at this event! Dress up as your favorite Storybook Character to be eligible to win passes to Story Land! Other prizes include Journey to the North Pole tickets and tickets to our Children’s Summer Theater. All participants will receive an official Race for Reading 2016 T-shirt.
We look forward to a fun-filled day of spirited competition, family, friends, neighbors, and of course a little sweat! Please join us in this great community event…on your mark, get set, GO!
Story Land Character Kick-Off Party set for Saturday, June 11, 2016
Saturday, June 11th marks the beginning of our Character Appearances at Story Land for the 2016 season. Come join us for a Kick-Off Party with Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, & Eeyore! Story Land has generously decided to hold Book Drive in our honor, in order to celebrate the big day. Bring a new children’s book to donate to our Literacy Foundation, and Story Land will take $5 off your park admission! Bring a book for each member of your family, as everyone is eligible to receive this discount.
Children will be able to greet and take photos with the characters from 10 am to 3 pm throughout the day. Appearances last 15 minutes, and occur on the hour and the ½ hour at the front of the park. This is a great way to learn more about our Literacy Foundation, as a staff member will be available to answer any questions you might have about our numerous programs and upcoming fundraisers.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer season with our friends Clifford, Curious George, Biscuit, and many more! To see a full listing of our Summer Character Appearance Schedule, please visit www.believeinbooks.org/character-appearances. Hope to see you there!
Children’s Summer Theater Series at Theater in the Wood
School is out, summer has arrived, and it is finally time for our Children’s Summer Theater Series! The season officially begins at the Theater in the Wood this Friday, June 24th at 10 am with “The Ugly Duckling” featured as the first performance. We are proud to offer this series, as it is made possible through a unique partnership between our Literacy Foundation, Jean’s Playhouse, and IMPACT Productions.
The season features eight musicals that put a new twist on classic children’s fairy tales. Each Friday will present a new story, so you can come all season and never see the same show! The musicals incorporate original, catchy songs that your children will love. Each performance stars professional actors in elaborate costumes that will delight both adults and children alike. Visit our website at http://believeinbooks.org/children-s-theater.html for a complete schedule of upcoming performances.
We will have fresh popped popcorn for sale in our lobby for only $1 per bag. Guests are encouraged to bring their own drinks, but we will have cold water available if needed.
After the performance, we encourage all of our guests to use our Trails in the Wood trail system for the day, free of charge. Our Storybook Trail is conveniently located near the Theater parking lot, and the ½ mile loop is a perfect way for your little ones to burn off their energy. The Storybook Trail will feature a book related to each show, and will be a great extension of the performances!
Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased at the show, or in advance through our website at http://believeinbooks.org/index.html. Season passes are available, and offer a great savings at only $40 for the entire season. We look forward to seeing you there!
Good Day, Fellow Literacy Lovers!
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself – my name is Cait, and I am the new marketing coordinator here at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. I am so thrilled to join such an incredible team, and be a part of this wonderful foundation – which all of YOU make possible!
That being said, I’d love to fill you in with some of the exciting happenings going on at BIBLF and the Theater in the Wood, right here in the 100 Acre Wood! We are continuing full steam ahead with our Summer Theatre Series every Friday at 10am throughout the summer. We are proud to offer this series, made possible through a unique partnership between our Literacy Foundation, Jean’s Playhouse, and IMPACT Productions. Next up is the ageless tale of Jack and The Beanstalk on July 8th, followed by Rapunzel on July 15th. Check out http://believeinbooks.org/children-s-theater.html for a complete schedule, and the opportunity to see new and time-honored classics brought to life on stage! After each performance, we encourage all of our visitors to use our Trails in the Wood trail system for the day, free of charge! Our Storybook Trail is handily located near the Theater parking lot, with a ½ mile loop that is perfectly suited for your little ones to explore. The Storybook Trail will feature a book related to each show, and will offer a great extension of the performances! This week, the Trail will showcase “Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!” A wonderfully and hilariously modern take on one of our favorites!!
Also currently in the mix, our Outreach team is rockin’ character appearances Wednesdays through Saturdays at Story Land in Glen, NH and every Sunday at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH. This week, Skippyjon Jones and his adventurous and imaginative ways will be making the special visits – and next week, Martha the Talking Dog will take over with her tail-wagging and funny banter! For a complete list of character appearances and where to catch them, check out http://www.believeinbooks.org/character-appearances.html .
Last but not least, it is NEVER too early to start getting excited for our Journey to the North Pole! Get your tickets nice and early to ensure your spot on this two-hour adventure and magical trip to see Santa Claus in his workshop at the North Pole! Tickets are available for dates in November and December. For more information on this thrilling Journey, sure to create memories that last a lifetime, and information about our corporate and lodging supporters, please visit journeytothenorthpole.org or believeinbooks.org.
Well, I do believe that’s it for now, folks! It’s been a pleasure introducing myself and getting to fill you all in on the special services we love to provide! Come say hi to all of us here at the Believe in Books office anytime, and while you’re here, pick up some of our delicious and local 100% real maple 100 Acre Wood maple syrup! Oh, and don’t forget to keep checking in with our bi-weekly blog to stay up to date with all that is going this summer and beyond ☺
Happy Summer and Happy Reading!!
Good Afternoon, Beautiful Bibliophiles!
I hope this finds you all happy and healthy, and able to beat the heat that has once again joined us in a welcome wave of summertime bliss! I know one of my favorite summertime pastimes is taking my favorite book down to the river, and basking in the rays while dipping my toes in the cool water – or, taking it to recline on a hammock in a shady sanctuary! What are all of you reading these days? What is your favorite book to escape the day with, or take you on a literary journey? Let me know on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BelieveinBooks/ and I’ll keep you posted on what I’m currently reading, too!
Speaking of literary journeys, this past week’s Storybook Trail’s featured story of “Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!” has to come to an end, and we are excited to showcase another fun and quirky adaptation of a classic – “Rapunzel and The Seven Dwarfs,” a silly and entertaining story presented by Maynard Moose, passed down from the ancient Mother Moose tales! What a perfect extension of this weeks’ featured play at the Theatre in the Wood, which just so happens to be “Rapunzel” – made possible by our BIBLF, Jean’s Playhouse, and IMPACT Productions! On July 15th (that’s THIS Friday!) at 10am, come see what all the fuss is about, and join us in the 100 Acre Wood to see this classic story of perseverance and true love brought to life! For more information on all of the theatrical fun we’re having this summer, check out http://believeinbooks.org/children-s-theater.html for a complete schedule!
Our Outreach team is continuing to rock character appearances Wednesdays through Saturdays at Story Land in Glen, NH and every Sunday at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH. This week, Martha the Talking Dog is entertaining those of all ages with her tail-wagging and funny banter! For a complete list of character appearances and where to catch them, check out http://www.believeinbooks.org/character-appearances.html .
Something else super important that I wanted to mention and fill all of our wonderful readers in on is our “Books from Birth” program – which is where we donate a book to each newborn baby born at Memorial Hospital, here in North Conway. Included in each cozy fleece packet, made locally at Ragged Mountain, are pamphlets regarding the importance of reading to your little ones – as well as a postcard that once filled out and dropped in the mail, enrolls you in a free book-delivery during all of your kiddo’s large developmental milestones through 5 years old, at no cost to the parents! Our hope and goal through this program is to plant the seed of literary love and encourage the importance of reading to both children and parents alike. Research has shown that early childhood experiences help determine brain structure, shaping thinking and learning, amongst other attributes. That being said, children who are read to regularly are more likely to succeed on their path to education and good health, along with impacting emotional and social development. Because brain development and early literacy follow the "use it or lose it" principle, exposure to reading should occur early and often. We at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation want to not only encourage that, but make it easier for parents to do such! Again, you can sign up via the postcard found in the fleece packets, but don’t forget to visit http://believeinbooks.org/books-from-birth.html for more information and to sign up online for this unbelievable opportunity. (Missed the boat at your child’s birth? Have no fear – it’s never too late to sign up!)
Thanks for swinging by and taking a gander at what we’ve got to offer this week! Keep checking in for weekly updates, and to learn all about what we have to offer here at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation! Stay in touch via our Facebook pages, and feel free to shoot any questions our way!
Stay cool, and keep readin’ on!!
Good Day, Friends!
I hope this finds you all healthy, happy, and enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve had – and, fingers crossed, that this past week has treated you well!
The dog days of sweet Summertime always bring me back to my childhood: The memory of walking down the street to the town library almost daily and devouring book, after book… I just adored the library growing up, and I still do to this day. There’s something about walking into a library – whether it’s the one you grew up attending in your hometown, or venturing into the unknown territory of the city you just moved to, perhaps trying to find a new identity in your new locale, and yet, finding solace (and a sense of relief) at the local library – that feels safe and familiar, like home. The comfort of being wrapped up in the smell of well-worn and well-loved books; the coziness in every old weathered velvet or threadbare brocade chair that in itself has hosted many readers, and feels like your body was just meant to recline in whilst taking in a good read; even the librarians – no matter young or more distinguished, male or female, there’s a comfort in their perfect, albeit stereotypical, balance of kind-heartedness and a bit stern-faced. With Summer came freedom, and although I adored the library all year ‘round, Summer was when I had the license to sit Indian-style, as though performing my own practice of meditation, on the floor at the base of a shelf of books… Reading a chapter, and then two, and eventually getting entirely lost amongst a novel that I was “just previewing” to later check out. Summer was when I could lazily stop along the way home and lay amongst the fresh green grass of the neighbors yards because I couldn’t wait to get home to read my new-to-me book. Talk about an age of innocence.
My hope for the next generation of young readers is that, amongst this advanced time of technology, the feeling of flipping the softened and yellowed pages of a book will not be lost. That there will still, and always, be an excitement and an awe of entering a library. Books, and reading in general, allow our brains to go off on adventures near or far, or stay put and learn of current events. Reading allows us to be an educated populace, utilizing our complex native tongue for all it’s worth… That being said, not everyone can squeeze in the time to physically visit a local library. As luck would have it – and, it is, after all, 2016 – a wonderful web site by the address of www.goodreads.com has recently come to my attention, and is a wonderful and useful resource to keep the love of reading real books alive. Although I find the prospect of not attending a library quite sad, the thought of never reading a physical book again is quite unbearable! So, in these bustling days, make it a point to carve out some time and go back to the age of innocence with a book. You won’t regret it!
Speaking of regret, if you missed last week’s incredible performance of “Rapunzel,” brought to you in collaboration with Jean’s Playhouse, IMPACT Children’s Theatre, and of course, our beloved Literacy Foundation, there is another chance THIS week on Friday, July 22, to attend yet another wonderful rendition of a classic tale: “The Velveteen Rabbit!” With only four more performances to take in for the summer, I would urge you to get your wonderful selves over to the Theatre in the Wood on Friday mornings at 10am to avoid missing out! Of course, the best follow-up to a wonderful theatrical experience is to go for a stroll along the Storybook Trail! This week, the Trail is featuring “Thumbelina,” one of my favorites from my youth! I’m excited that we get to share this timeless tale with all of our young pals!
One more thing before I bid you adieu until next week (unless of course, you’ve been following our Facebook pages, where we here at Believe in Books are trying to garner a stronger a presence…): it’s never too early to sign up for this year’s 4th Annual Children’s Fun Run at Story Land, in a very generous partnership between Story Land, Memorial Hospital NH, and BIBLF! All proceeds benefit our Literacy Programs – Books from Birth, Book Bags, etc. – and what a wonderful way to put the punctuation on an incredible Summer but to partake in this awesome race, complete with character appearances, a pass to Story Land to be used that day, and more!
Well, I suppose, that’s all she wrote! Thanks, friends, for checking in weekly to read up on everything fun going on here at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, and for allowing me a place to express my musings!
Have a wonderful week!
Well, we meet again, Dear Friends!
I hope this finds you all well, and enjoying this absolutely gorgeous – and sweltering – summer weather! We at BIBLF have had a whirlwind of a week, filled with lots of fun and exciting things to tell you about!
Speaking of this hot and humid weather, come beat the heat tomorrow at the continuation of our Children’s Summer Theater Series, put on in collaboration with Jean’s Playhouse, IMPACT Children’s Theater, and of course, BIBLF! Tomorrow’s showcase is – appropriately – “The Snow Queen!” Starting promptly at 10am and running for about an hour, this is the perfect excuse to cool off in our wonderful Theater in the Wood, located in our 100 Acre Wood! Following the play, take a leisurely walk around our shady and breezy ½ mile StoryBook Trail, which following the theme of this week’s play, is playing host to “Stella: Queen of the Snow.” On days like we’ve been having, it’s hard not to think about a fresh blanket of snow in the dead of winter…. But, then, I snap out of it – knowing all too well how long our winters are, and how seemingly short our summers are! ☺ For more information on this week’s play, and the following weeks to come, check out http://www.believeinbooks.org/children-s-theater.html or give us a shout on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BelieveinBooks/ . We love hearing from you, and we love seeing pictures of our lovely guests enjoying themselves on our trails and at our events!
Next up, and this is something we are SO excited about… Our BookMobile has hit the road!!! This week was our inaugural adventure, striking off to see our friends at different area summer recreational programs and day camps. We were so thrilled to see how HAPPY all of our buddies at North Conway Recreation, Lincoln-Woodstock Recreation, and Madison Recreation were to receive two free gently-loved books to take home, read, and breathe life into as if they were new, all over again! I can’t tell you how fulfilling it was to see, in this day and age of such advanced technology, how excited each and every kiddo was to look through our immense selection of donated books. The simplicity and delight of physically turning the pages goes deep, and that feeling was not lost on these children! ☺ We are going to be venturing back to North Conway Recreation on Tuesday (located by Schouler Park, so feel free to stop by and say hi, and grab a book or two!), and then down the Kanc to Lincoln-Woodstock, and back up again over the mountain and through the woods to Madison, on Wednesday. We hope to see you soon, and thank you for your continued support and encouragement! Next summer, we hope we can add more stops! Also – it’s YOU who enables us to provide such a wonderful service with all of your donated books at our drop-boxes, so keep them coming! THANK YOU!!
One last note: it’s never too late to sign up for this year’s Fun Run held at Storyland on September 5th! Storyland, in a partnership with Memorial Hospital and our beloved Literacy Foundation, is excited to host our 4th Annual Fun Run, and we couldn’t be more appreciative! For more information and to sign up, have a look at http://www.believeinbooks.org/kids-fun-run-at-story-land.html , and stay up to date with our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BelieveinBooks/ ! ☺
Hope to see you all tomorrow for the play, and I hope to see your beautiful faces next week at our BookMobile stops! Until then: read up to cool down!
– Cait ☺
Hi there, Friends!
Here we are again on yet another Wonderful Wednesday! Isn’t it crazy how time flies?!
I hope you all have had an incredible week, and are excited to tune back in and see what’s shakin’ at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation!
Our Summer Children’s Theatre Series is coming to a close with only two shows left! This Friday, IMPACT Children’s Theater, in conjunction with Jean’s Playhouse and our beloved Literacy Foundation, is putting on “Aladdin,” one of our favorite tales here at BIBLF. The play begins promptly at 10am, so make sure you get here nice and early to get a good seat and some yummy homemade popcorn! What a wonderful way to kick off a fun Friday! After finishing up the play, take a stroll around our Storybook Trail – a healthy way to read! – and read “Tales from The Arabian Nights.” What a great way to continue the theme! For more information on the last two weeks of this awesome theater series, check out http://www.believeinbooks.org/children-s-theater.html as well as our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BelieveinBooks/ .
Next up for us at BIBLF is the wonderful non-profit event Art in The Park, held this Saturday on August 6th, from 10am-4pm, at Schouler Park located downtown, right in the heart of North Conway Village! Come join us as Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will be there with our ever-popular BookMobile, offering up free books and lots of information on what's happening here in the 100 Acre Wood, as well as membership info. For signing up to become a member here at BIBLF, you will be entered to win 2 passes to Whale's Tale Water Park (valued at $70), as well as a Family Pack of 4 passes to Cranmore Mountain Resort (valued at $156.) Make sure you take advantage of such a fun day and our wonderful town, and swing by and say hi! :) For more information, please visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BelieveinBooks/, or https://www.facebook.com/MWVArts/ .
Speaking of the BookMobile, we have had yet another incredibly successful week, reaching hundreds of Valley children at various recreational programs and day camps. There is nothing like giving the gift of reading!!! Each kiddo has the opportunity to take one or two books home from our BookMobile, each week, helping to build their own library and encourage the love of literature. Seeing the smiles on their faces upon finding the “perfect” book has been so fulfilling. Thank YOU, readers, for allowing us to make the BookMobile happen by continuing to drop off your gently-loved books. We couldn’t do it without you!
Last but not least, I can’t stress enough that it is never too early to sign up for the 4th Annual Storyland Fun Run! Held on September 5th, it is the perfect way to put the punctuation on an incredible summer! ☺ Please visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BelieveinBooks/, or either http://www.believeinbooks.org/kids-fun-run-at-story-land.html or https://www.storylandnh.com for more information!
Well, folks, that’s all she wrote! I look forward to seeing you all around the 100 Acre Wood, and chatting next week!
- Cait ☺
Well, hello there, Friends!
Here we meet again! I hope this finds you all happy and well-read! ☺
Today marks the end of an era – we had our last trip in the BookMobile today, which proves how quickly this summer has gone! We had a very successful last week with the BookMobile, giving well over 100 children the gift of literature! We doled out over 200 gently-loved books between Tuesday and Wednesday, in North Conway, in Madison, and even down over the Kancamagus (pronounced Kank-uh-mah-gus! ☺) in Lincoln!! It’s pretty remarkable what our Outreach team does for the Community, and I feel so proud to be a part of such an incredible organization. Did you see us out and about at all this week? Or, how about your kiddos? If you’ve benefitted from the BookMobile, I’d love to hear how and why! Feel free to reach out on our Facebook page, Believe in Books Literacy Foundation.
Speaking of free stories, come join us and take a stroll on our Storybook Trail! A ½ mile loop, it is perfect for little legs! All along the way, you will make stops to read the next page of the story – this week, we are showcasing a fun twist on an age-old classic, “Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter.” This one is a bit lengthier; perfect for starting to refocus our brains on the upcoming school year! The Storybook Trail: the active way to read a book!
In the theme of staying active: have you and your friends signed your children up for this year’s 4th Annual Fun Run at Story Land? Held in a wonderful conjunction with Story Land, Memorial Hospital, and our Literacy Foundation, the Fun Run will be held on Labor Day, September 5th. Your child will receive a medal, a t-shirt, AND a FREE TICKET to Story Land for the day! What a way to put the cherry on top of this fantastic summer! Please click Story Land Fun Run or give us a shout at 356-9980; we’d love to hear from you!! ☺
One more thing! An activity for not only the kids, but for the adults, too!! Join us on September 24th for the 100 Acre Challenge for an opportunity to test your limits and complete a crazy obstacle course! The kids will have their own course, so by all means – go nuts!! Sign up ASAP, as spots ARE limited! Visit us at The 2016 100 Acre Challenge to learn more!
We hope you keep reading up on the ‘blog to stay up on all the wonderful and exciting things we have going on here at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation – be sure to like us on Facebook, and come check out our trails sometime soon!
Cheers to a wonderful week ahead!
Good Tidings, Friends!
I hope this week’s installment of the Believe in Books Blog finds you all happy, healthy, and full of excitement for the next week ahead! The weather has turned from sweltering heat and humidity, to the pleasantries of autumn-kissed air and warm sunshine. Although I am not thrilled to see Summer fade away just yet, I also do anticipate Fall – welcoming cozy sweaters, hot cups of tea, and the perfect book to curl up with – with open arms! As busy Summer days of frolicking at the river or beach, or visiting all of your favorite attractions, start to calm down, what book can you not wait to dive into? Let me know! I’m always on the hunt for a new read. ☺
On the subject of a “new read,” we are looking forward to changing up the StoryBook Trail on Thursday, as we always do, and introducing you to “Big Bear Hug,” by Nicholas Oldland. This sweet and visually-pleasing story has a lot to teach our young friends! As you stroll our ½ mile loop, read about how it is kind to accept and treat all creatures on the Earth the same – with compassion and love! Whether small, or big, tall, or short, scary, stinky, or sweet! This book also has an underlying of conservation; something we at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation care very much about, as we are lucky enough to be nestled in the 100 Acre Wood!
Changing gears a bit, it is not too late to sign up for the Story Land Children’s Fun Run! Held at Story Land on September 5th, this is a wonderful way to spend your Labor Day, reflecting back on an incredible summer! Each child who signs up for the Fun Run will receive not only a t-shirt commemorating their participation, but also a medal upon completion, AND a day pass to Story Land for that day! We are so lucky to have wonderful partners in Story Land and in Memorial Hospital, who without their support, we could not run such a worthy FUNdraiser so smoothly! For more information, visit Story Land Children's Fun Run, or give us a call at 356-9980. We look forward to seeing you at the start!
With all of this feeling of Fall in the air, and on our minds, it is also time to start thinking about signing up for the 100 Acre Challenge! The early bird DOES get this worm! Spots will fill up, so don’t wait too long. Also, this is a family-friendly, all-ages-welcome event! Kiddos get their own course, and adults have their own course and time to shine. This year’s 100 Acre Challenge will be held on September 24th, and to gather more information, visit 100 Acre Challenge. Of course, you can always call us at 356-9980 – we’d love to hear from you!
Time to bid you all adieu! I hope you enjoy this next week to come, and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our events to come!
Can you even believe that it is the LAST DAY OF AUGUST?! Where in the world did our Summer go? I think it is wild how quickly these last few months have flown by. However, with the closing of one door, opens another – and, I’m not sure about you, but I am getting really excited for Fall! The beginning of Autumn always makes me feel nostalgic, but also happy for a fresh start. I’m sure the dichotomy of both feelings come from starting a new school year, and I’m proof that no matter how many years pass, that feeling doesn’t fade. With that being said, I’m committing myself to re-reading classics that I haven’t touched in years: Tolstoy, Hemmingway, Dickenson… They are classics for a reason, and deserve a visit every so often. What books are you excited to curl up with this Fall? Let me know on Facebook, and I’ll keep you posted on my endeavors! It’s pretty fun reading a book you’ve already read; whether it’s been 10 years, or only one, you get to gain new perspective every time.
With only five days to go until the Kid’s Fun Run at Story Land, I highly suggest you sign up TODAY, and get ahead of the crowds! Of course, you can register your children the day of the event, but it can often be a bit of a mad house the morning of the race – so, save yourselves the time, and get your kiddos ready to race early! This FUNdraiser is so generously put on in conjunction with Story Land and Memorial Hospital, and allow us at Believe in Books Literacy Foundation to continue doing what we do best: bring the love of literature and literacy to children all over the Mount Washington Valley, and beyond! For more information, visit Story Land Kid's Fun Run, and you can always give us a shout at 356-9980 with any questions! We look forward to seeing you on Monday!! ☺
I also want to encourage you to sign up for the 100 Acre Challenge! With less than a month away, and limited spots available, it is within your best interest to register nice and early to ensure that you will get a chance to race this super fun obstacle course! Kids are able to race this event, as well – they get their own course, and allow the adults their own time to shine! Check out 100 Acre Challenge to gather all sorts of information, and as always, you can also give us a call at 356-9980.
Lastly, the Journey to the North Pole is only just over two months away!! This is our biggest fundraiser all year long, and we are always so excited to bring this magical event to you and your children. Limited tickets are available right now – however, you can register at Journey to the North Pole by October 1st, to gain an access code, which allows you to take place in a lottery on October 13th. First come, first serve, the lottery will take place from 7am-midnight, and let you choose ANY date you want that is available! However, if you miss out on the lottery on October 13th, starting the very next day, you can still purchase whatever tickets may be left without needing an access code. Stay tuned for more “Journey” information to come as we get closer! Also – we are always looking for volunteers as elves, chefs, and more – if this interests you, please call Andrea at 356-9980.
That should do it for now! I look forward to chatting with all of you BIBLF supporters in SEPTEMBER!
Hello, Friends and Fellow Book Enthusiasts!
I hope this finds each and every one of you doing very well, and settling into the Back-to-School groove with great ease! It’s hard to believe that Summer in the rear view mirror as we start cruising into Fall, isn’t it? Although, with the temperatures as of late, you’d be hard-pressed to convince me that it isn’t still Summer!! (Although, I suppose, it technically is Summer until September 22… It just feels as though Labor Day really puts the punctuation on easy-breezy summertime…)
We have been busy little bees over here at Believe in Books! The Story Land Fun Run, held in conjunction with Memorial Hospital, was held on Monday, September 5th – Labor Day! What a beautiful day it was – perfectly cool in the morning, allowing all 400 participants to run around the paths of Story Land with ease. The sun was shining down gladly on all of us, and it was a perfect bluebird day! We had our biggest showing yet as we entered our 4th year of Story Land Fun Runs, and are very excited to see where milestone-5th Annual will take us! A huge thank you to all of our participants for joining in the fun, and a massive thank you to all of our wonderful, smiling volunteers – we could not have pulled off such an incredible event without each and every one of you!! We appreciate all of you more than you’ll ever know.
That being said, we are gearing up and getting stoked for our next big event – the 100 Acre Challenge, held here at Believe in Books in the 100 Acre Wood on Saturday, September 24th!! We are so excited for what obstacles will appear in this year’s mud run throughout the trails of our property. Smoke on the Water BBQ NH will be serving up delicious food – hot dogs, hamburgers, brisket, pulled pork, etc. – and Moat Mountain will be here with their delicious brews to help wash it all down! For more information and to sign up, check out 100AcreChallenge.org or head to BelieveinBooks.org – we suggest doing it soon, as there are only so many spots to fill! This is an all-ages event, and a great spectator race as well – there will be lots of fun music entertaining the crowd and the participants, so make sure you don’t miss this event on September 24th! We are also in search of more volunteers to make this event as successful as the Fun Run, so if you have any interest – or, know of anyone who may – please call Andrea (603)356-9980! Thank you!!
Speaking of hitting the trails, the weather is ideal for grabbing the little ones and taking an adventure through the StoryBook Trail! This week, we are featuring “On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects” – a Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss-inspired book written by children’s author Tish Rabe. A wonderful season-transitional book, bridging Summer into Fall, this book is sure to please all audiences! Our StoryBook Trail is a ½ mile loop, perfect for little legs and all abilities. The StoryBook Trail: the *active* way to read a book!
On another note, we are very excited to announce our September Sweepstakes! By going to our Believe in Books Facebook page, you can see the post about winning a FREE entry to our Journey to the North Pole lottery! Included in your winning, is the chance to purchase a membership (that has so many amazing benefits, found at www.believeinbooks.org!!) to our Literacy Foundation, that also includes our amazing trail system, at HALF PRICE! Wow! So head on over to Facebook, and LIKE both the post and the page to be entered to win!!! ☺ We will announce a winner daily through October 1st!
That being said, our Journey to the North Pole is coming RIGHT up!!! The last day to register for the online lottery is September 30th, so make sure you get those access codes to allow you to have your pick of the litter when it comes to ticket dates and times. Sign up at www.believeinbooks.org, or at www.journeytothenorthpole.org. The lottery will be held October 13th, from 7am-Midnight! So exciting! For any questions or clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling our office at (603)356-9980. We look forward to hearing from you!
Lastly, we have a wonderful opportunity to all involved Valley Community members! The Carroll County Coalition needs YOUR voice! Three events coming up - two Community Conversations held on both Wednesday, September 21st (at the North Conway Community Center), and Tuesday, September 27th (at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School), and a Community Forum held on Wednesday, October 12th (at Kennett High School (New Hampshire)) - have been designed to help garner your help in finding and shaping solutions to help ensure all children are ready to learn and thrive in kindergarten. These are free events, which fall under the umbrella of "Raising Mt. Washington Valley," held each date from 6-8p, include a light dinner, onsite childcare, and small group discussions. Although pre-registration is encouraged at www.cp3h.org, walk-ins are welcome! We want to hear from YOU! ☺ For more information, contact Emily Benson at Emily.Benson@graniteuw.org. These events are facilitated by NH Listens for School Administrative Unit 9 (SAU 9) in partnership with NH Endowment for Health & Carroll County Coalition for Public Health.
Phew! Talk about a novel, but that’s what happens when we have so many upcoming, exciting happenin’s occurring here at the 100 Acre Wood! Thanks for reading up on what we’ve got going on – I hope to see you around the trails soon, and by all means, pop into the office – we’d love to say hi!!!
Keep calm and read on!
Greetings and Good Tidings, Fellow Bibliophiles and Adventure-Enthusiasts!
I hope this finds you all doing very well, and enjoying this GORGEOUS weather we’ve had! Cool, crisp evenings and mornings… Sunny, warm (not too hot, not too muggy) days… I feel like Goldilocks over here! I have exciting information to fill you in on, but not quite as lengthy as last week! (Y’all deserve a medal for getting through that novel!!)
We are a week and a half away from our 4th Annual 100 Acre Challenge! As always, the 5K Obstacle race will be held here at Believe in Books in the 100 Acre Wood; this year’s date is Saturday, September 24th!! We have been starting to lay out the course – up and over walls, running over logs, hopping puddles and ponds, and more! It is a family event, so don’t let me scare you off – nothing too extreme like barbed wire, or electric fencing… Just clean, old, challenging FUN! We will have Smoke on the Water BBQ NH serving up delicious food – hot dogs, hamburgers, brisket, pulled pork, etc. – and, Moat Mountain will be here with their yummy local brews to help wash it all down! We also have just confirmed that local legends and fan-favorites Shark Martin will be bringing the entertainment for participants, volunteers, and spectators alike; the 24th is sure to be a PARRRRR-TYYYY! For more information and to sign up, check out 100AcreChallenge.org or head to BelieveinBooks.org – we suggest doing it soon, as there are only so many spots to fill! This is an all-ages event, with both an Adult Race, and a Children’s Mini-Challenge; it’s also a great spectator race as well! We are in search of more Volunteers, so if you’d like to offer your help, do your good deed for the day, or you just want free food and beer, you are our person!!! ☺ If you have any interest – or, know of anyone who may – please call Andrea (603)356-9980! Thank you!!
We are kicking off the 100 Acre Challenge with a concert at the Theater in the Woods the night before, on Friday, September 24th! Come get wild with Rek’lis, the Valley’s resident rock stars! Tickets are $10 at the door, and the show starts at 7:30pm; BYOB is allowed, but, remember: “responsibility” in the word to remember!!! ☺
This is the perfect week to take on the StoryBook Trail! With cooler temperatures, and bugs starting to hit the road, Fall is the ideal time to walk our favorite ½ mile loop and enjoy one of our beloved stories. This week, the StoryBook Trail is featuring “Dragons Love Tacos.” Who knew?! Dragons… tacos…?! Actually… It makes sense to me. Who doesn’t love tacos?? So come by the 100 Acre Wood with all of your favorite kiddos, and walk the StoryBook Trail: the *active* way to read! Pop into the office to say “hello” before – or, after!
On another note, our September Sweepstakes is a huge hit! We have announced 5 winners thus far, and are excited to keep giving away goodies to qualifiers! By going to our Believe in Books Facebook page, you can see the post about winning a FREE entry to our Journey to the North Pole lottery! Included in your winning, is the chance to purchase a membership (that has so many amazing benefits, found at www.believeinbooks.org!!) to our Literacy Foundation, that also includes our amazing trail system, at HALF PRICE! Wow! So head on over to Facebook, and LIKE both the post and the page to be entered to win!!! ☺ We will announce a winner daily through October 1st!
That being said, our Journey to the North Pole is coming RIGHT up!!! The last day to register for the online lottery is September 30th, so make sure you get those access codes to allow you to have your pick of the litter when it comes to ticket dates and times. Sign up at www.believeinbooks.org, or at www.journeytothenorthpole.org. The lottery will be held October 13th, from 7am-Midnight! So exciting! For any questions or clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling our office at (603)356-9980. We look forward to hearing from you!
Thanks for joining me for this week’s Believe in Books ‘Blog! I hope to see all of your shiny, happy faces at the 100 Acre Challenge, and I hope I get to give a lot of you some September Sweepstakes winnings! Follow the directions above, and on our Facebook page – and, may the odds be ever in your favor!
With hugs and the love of literature,
Happy New Year
Good Afternoon fellow bloggers, we are happy to be here!
As the year begins the foundation looks forward to our upcoming events. A big thank you is in order to all of our volunteers that helped us in the 2016 season, especially with our Journey to the North Pole™ (pictured above).
We have many volunteer opportunities throughout this year and look forward to working with our community to support our mission advancing healthy development through literacy programs, which encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity.
In the winter time we highly suggest a walk, run, snowshoe, or cross country ski through our 100 Acre Wood. We are happy to bring Storybook Character Breakfasts to our Theater in the Wood in February and March where families will enjoy pancakes with pure maple syrup from our 100 Acre Wood Maple Sugar Shack! The Storybook Character Breakfasts will also be accompanied by one of the book’s characters, with a special Lorax breakfast to celebrate Earth Day.
In the Spring time our Sugaring Shack is open for business, where people are welcome to tour, purchase maple syrup, and watch how maple syrup is made right here in Intervale, NH.
In the summer we have Jeans Playhouse preform children’s plays, and we run a Book Mobile where we visit local Recreational Departments, offering used books to the children while encouraging summer reading.
Throughout the early winter we will be dedicating our time to our Journey to the North Pole for the communities in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, our largest fundraiser of the year! A truly magical time indeed!
Come Enjoy the New Snow!
The snow is falling, the trails are groomed. We hope to see all of your smiling faces in our 100 Acre Wood! Speaking of woods did you know that today is National Winnie the Pooh day? We are so excited, stop in and get some maple syrup and go for a walk, snowshoe, or ski!
Our Storybook Trail is Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, and illustrated by John Schoenherr. It’s about a young girl and her father who go owling together, after the daughters bed time. A beautiful book that we are happy to share with you and your family.
Today part of our team was blessed to give books to students as we took Curious George on tour to see our friends at Preschool Room, Fryeburg Head Start, and Conway Head Start. We are so excited and blessed to be able to bring this program to people in our community!
Our many volunteer events support our literacy initiative and our ability to bring children books in New Hampshire and Western Maine. Please look out for our upcoming events and feel free to help us out!
Thank you to all of our volunteers and followers!
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