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Mother Goose ProgramsFor over 25 years the Vermont Center for the Book has not only helped change the lives of thousands of young children and their families, but it has empowered librarians, teachers and child-care providers to use picture books, conversation, and standards-based activities to transform the learning lives of thousands of young children all over the country.

How do we do this?  In short, with our Mother Goose Programs, we’ve put into practice what children’s librarians have always known:  You can use a picture book to talk about—and learn about—virtually anything.

We are proud to be one of 50 state Centers for the Book, affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

What’s new?
On Tuesday, January 26 we’ll be at the Vermont State House with Governor Shumlin and State Librarian Marty Reid to announce the new VELI-STEM project. We’ll be partnering with the Vermont Department of Libraries for this three-year project, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Activities for this year’s Red Clover Award nominees have been uploaded. Check back as we add more throughout the year. We have also uploaded handouts from the October 7th conference.

Are you looking for more activities and other Red Clover Award resources? Library media specialists (and Red Clover committee members) Carol Scrimgeour and Kate Davie have put together an excellent Red Clover program resource for all educators. Be sure to visit their Red Clover Award website when you have a chance.

We’ve been receiving some great feedback from VELI librarians who’ve been working with FFN (Family, Friend and Neighbor) caregivers and infants and toddlers in their communities. Thanks to a new grant from Vermont Birth to Five, we’ll be continuing this work in 2016 with VELI libraries who will work with FFNs who care for preschoolers.

And…We got an award! On October 16, the Vermont Center for the Book was awarded one of VAEYC’s “Pass it Forward” awards, the one for VAEYC Visionary. This award is given each year to an early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who brings creativity and innovation to early care and education in Vermont.  Our colleague Jan Steinbauer from the Vermont Humanities Council, presented the award at the annual VAEYC conference and we can’t wait to pass it forward next year.