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For 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 able to provide these learning opportunities through grants and donations from individuals. Please let us know if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation! Vermont Center for the Book is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

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 once again conducted a four-day STEM in the Early Years course for early educators at the Early Childhood Summer Institute at Castleton University in July 19.

We will represent Vermont at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. in September, along with the Vermont Department of Libraries. If you’re at the festival, stop by and say hi!

Thanks to funding provided by the A.D. Henderson Foundation, we were able to offer four two-day STEM in the Early Years trainings for early educators. Each training provided up to 30 hours per student. Email us for more information about future trainings.

We trained new Vermont Early Literacy Initiative librarians in Spring/early Summer 2019, thanks to funding provided by the Windham Foundation. Please contact us if you’d like to be included in future professional development opportunities.

We have developed a new Civics/Social Studies program for preschoolers, their families and caregivers called Social Studies and Me! We are currently seeking funding to provide training and programming to public libraries and Vermont communities. Please contact us if you’d like more information about this exciting program.

This was the final year of VELI-STEM, our project with the Vermont Department of Libraries  funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Twenty-five Vermont libraries have been participating in this three-year project. We met with the project librarians one last time on October 16, 2018 with STEM content specialist Meredith Wade. The topics for this final year were Light and Sound. We have developed a weebly site for the project; the site includes bibliographies and a STEM Clearinghouse of website links and STEM activities for preschool children, families and child-care providers. Check it out! Let us know if you have questions about the project or would just like more information. The final VELI-STEM evaluation report, compiled by Dr. Kelly Myles, is now available.