Holiday Book Drive at Phoenix Books partners with CLiF

ESSEX, Vt. – This holiday season, Phoenix Books is partnering with Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) to collect books for children all over Vermont. The book drive will run from Thanksgiving through the end of the year in all Phoenix Books locations, and customers will receive a 20 percent discount off books purchased for donation and will have the chance to enter a drawing for a Phoenix Books gift certificate.

“We are so excited to be working with CLiF on a holiday book drive,” says Phoenix’s General Manager Colleen Shipman. CLiF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low­income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired nearly 200,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away almost $5 million in new, high-quality children’s books. CLiF brings authors, illustrators and storytellers, literacy programming and resources, including new books, to elementary schools, libraries, after school programs, shelters and affordable housing units, refugee programs, Head Start, nutrition programs, and many others.

“The Children’s Literacy Foundation is proud to partner with Phoenix Books to provide high-quality children’s books to the most vulnerable children in our region,” adds Erika Nichols-Frazer, CLiF’s Communications Manager. “Our literacy programs serve children in communities all over both states, including in each of the regions Phoenix Books serves, so customers can give books to kids in their area who have few or no books at home and help them develop a life-long love of reading. All of our programs conclude with book giveaways during which children choose new books of their very own to keep. To see the kids’ eyes light up when they find that perfect book for them is truly heart-warming, and we sincerely thank all the kind people who make that magic possible. We gave kids in need more than 41,000 books last year, which is only possible with the support of partners like Phoenix Books and the generous donations of its customers.”

CLiF’s current and recent programs local to Phoenix Books locations include:

  • Year of the Book grant at Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes School in Burlington for the 2017-2018 school year. This is CLiF’s biggest grant program, in which every child receives 10 free books throughout the school year, in addition to new books for school and library.
  • Fletcher Free Library receives new books, including book bundles they will loan to local schools, and a presentation by local author/illustrator Jason Chin on Nov. 30, 2017 as part of a local Year of the Book school grant.
  • CLiF is sponsoring J.J. Flynn Elementary’s Senior Reading Buddies program with the retirement community next door in Burlington’s New North end for the second year.
  • Lund Adoption Center received storytelling and new books at their 20th Annual Adoption Picnic this fall, a parent discussion on reading together, and new books for Lund adoption offices and for children of adopted families to keep.
  • At the Champlain Valley Head Start Open House at Shelburne Museum, CLiF provided stories and new books for the Head Start programs this Fall, as well as two new books for each child.
  • Jericho Town Library received CLiF’s Rural Libraries grant for the 2017-2018 school year, including four storytelling presentations, funds for special literacy initiatives and programs in the library, new books for the library and local elementary school and two new books for each child to choose at each presentation.
  • CLiF’s Summer Readers programs serve Essex Parks and Recreation and Camp Koda Essex each year, as well as Rutland’s Little Lambs program
  • Rural Libraries sponsorship 2017-2018 at Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield/Killington Elementary school: They recently held a Veteran’s Day event with new books about veterans supported by the CLiF grant.
  • In the past year, CLiF has served the Ludlow Afterschool Program with stories and new books and a Rural Libraries sponsorship in Proctorsville, as well as a Year of the Book grant at Ludlow Elementary School a few years ago.

Phoenix Books has locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester, Vermont. For more information, please visit

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Young reader shows off his book on Ocean Animals. Photo provided.
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Reading time is great when shared with a friend. Photo provided
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Throne of Fire is a favorite for this young reader. Photo provided.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is still a classic. Photo provided.
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Enjoying books through the grant at Sustainability Academy. Photo provided.
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Young reader shows off her selection Vampirina Ballerina. Photo provided.

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