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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?
We are holding a VELS (Vermont Early Learning Standards) training conference for Vermont public librarians on Tuesday, August 23.

The Red Clover Award conference will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at Lake Morey. Kate Messner will keynote and Tanya Lee Stone is the endnote speaker. Registration materials will be posted here as soon as they’re available.

This year’s Red Clover Award winner is Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton. Here is the final 2016 Red Clover Book Award vote tally.

Here are the Red Clover Award 2016-2017 nominees! Activities for the new nominees will be posted on this site beginning in mid-May.

We are partnering with the Vermont Department of Libraries for a new VELI-STEM project, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Twenty-six Vermont libraries are participating in this three-year project. The first training conference took place on April 25 and 26, 2016.

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.