Believe in Books Literacy Foundation
Telephone: (603) 356-9980
Toll Free: (603) 356-9980
PO Box 1800
Intervale, NH 03845
41 Observatory Way
Intervale, NH 03845
The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to enhance the quality of life through exposure, education, and the engagement of reading by bringing stories to life. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.
The Foundation is supported entirely by fundraising efforts and donations. Our largest and most prominent fundraising event is The Journey to the North Pole (previously called The Polar Express Event of New England®). We are the original event of this kind and the only one that fully engages guests as if they were living the book.
In December of 1995, in North Conway, NH, the Journey to the North Pole Event first reenacted the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsberg. Following the book, the magical trip to the “North Pole” had begun. With exclusive treats, just like the book, and gifts, the two-hour holiday journey includes a train ride to the North Pole, and an enchanting walk to the North Pole Theater where visitors are greeted by a “sea of elves”, a retelling of the book and a visit from Santa himself. By the second year of the event, tickets sold out within two weeks. By the third year the event sold out in a matter of days. In response to the popularity of the event, a lottery system was put in place to allow more people to have a fair chance to purchase tickets.
Journey to the North Pole immediately gave back to the community after the first running of the event with $1000 awarded to the NH Council on Literacy. Fast forward to 2014 and now known as the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, over $2 million has been gifted through literacy programs, scholarships, grants and book distributions in New Hampshire and Western Maine.
Believe in Books Literacy Foundation began as a family literacy initiative to provide children with Book Bags filled with quality children’s books. Three local elementary schools were provided nine Book Bags each with the goal to reach 100 bags per school for area children. In May of 1998, the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation was officially designated a charitable 501(c)(3) foundation by the IRS. By November, the Foundation reached their Book Bag goal and had already donated more than $25,000 to literacy programs while the bookbag program expanded to two more local schools. The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation was well on its way to having an encouraging impact on children throughout the area.
With outreach programs like “Books in Character”, “Books from Birth” and our “Book Bag Program”, the foundation reaches out to families and children throughout Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine. All of our programs and events are made possible by fundraising and our children’s literacy programs are offered FREE and are open to the public.
In 2003, land in Intervale, NH was acquired by the Foundation. This property is now the “100 Acre Wood”, home to the 300-seat “Theater in the Wood”, “Trails in the Wood” trail system, Sugar Shack maple sugar house and Foundation office.
The Theater in the Wood hosts Children’s Theater Series, Main Stage Concert Series, Character Breakfasts and the Journey to the North Pole Event. The theater offers an intimate space to experience a variety of children’s events, theater and concerts and is occasionally used by other groups.
For more information about all of our literacy programs, membership opportunities and events, visit http://www.believeinbooks.org/.
"Theater in the Wood"
This unique performance space is situated within the 100 Acre Wood in Intervale with privacy and beautiful views. The 150-300 seat theater is a year-round performing arts facility for entertainment, education, and as a gathering place for non-profit groups and others in the community. A wonderful place to host your event or wedding!
"Trails in the Wood"
The Trails in the Wood trail system was developed for the purpose of education and recreational opportunities. The trails were designed for walking, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, maple sugaring, and nature observation. 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.
Trail passes are $3 per car load for the day, $10 for the week.
Memberships INCLUDE trail passes:
$50 - Individuals or $75 - Family.
There are two conveniently located kiosks in the 100 Acre Wood where you can find trail maps and pay for your trail pass for the day.
Character Breakfast Series April 4, 2015
Character Breakfast Series
Saturdays, February 28th - April 18th, 10am
$5 suggested donation per person.
Join us for a small breakfast including pancakes with our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and a visit from the featured character of the week! Plus use of the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the day.
Location: Theater in the Wood
Race for Reading 5K: May 25, 2015
Race for Reading 5K:
Trail Run/ Walk & Kids Fun Runs
Monday, May 25th - Memorial Day!
Happening every Memorial Day, the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is proud to present the Annual Race for Reading 5K Trail Run/Walk for Literacy and Kids Fun Runs. We are excited to bring this event to the 100 Acre Wood as a fund raiser to benefit our Literacy Foundation. 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!
Race Day Info/Schedule:
Kids Runs (begin @ 9:00am):
•1/2K - Ages 8 & Under
•1K - Ages 9-12
5K Trail Run/Walk begins @ 9:30am, Rain or Shine
A $25 donation.
Participants are encouraged to gather pledges.
(Registration is $35 the day of the race)
Kids Runs Registration is $10
** Dress up as your favorite storybook Character! Story Land passes for the best costume!
Location: 100 Acre Wood
Red Jersey Summer Race Series June 7, 2015
The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will be the host for this summer's Red Jersey Summer Bike Race Series. The races will take place on the first Sunday of every month from June – October.
The Red Jersey Summer Bike Race Series is back with Carl Iacozili from Red Jersey Cyclery leading the charge. Formerly at Whitaker Woods, this mountain bike race series is starting in June and will be held on the 100-Acre Wood property in Intervale, NH. Registration will begin at 9am, the kids race will start at 9:45am, and the adult races will follow at 10am. There will be three levels of races; expert, sport, and beginner. This will be a great opportunity for family fun outdoors on the Trails in the Wood with music, prizes, food, and drinks to follow. For more information about this event please visit www.redjerseycyclery.com or check out the Red Jersey Summer Race Series Facebook page.
Location: Theater in the Wood
Children's Summer Theater Series June 26, 2015
Children's Summer Theater Series
Fridays June 26th - August 14th at 10am
June 26th - Goldilocks and the Three Bears
July 3rd - The Pied Piper
July 10th - Puss in Boots
July 17th - Arabian Nights
July 24th - The Three Little Pigs
July 31st - The Emperors New Clothes
August 7th - Snow White
August 14th - Pinocchio
Tickets are $7.50/person (Children 3 & Under FREE) and can be purchased at the door for each show.
Season passes are $40/person and can be purchased at the door
Location: Theater in the Wood Intervale, NH
Adam Ezra Group July 24, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm)
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Having toured with Rusted Root, The Wailers, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Indigo Girls, Corey Smith, Deer Tick, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Marshall Tucker Band, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, Gin Blossoms, and many more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level with a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country’s most talked about bands.
All Ages! B.Y.O.B
$15 in advance , $20 Day of Show
Location: Theater in the Wood
Memorial Hospital Fun Run at Story Land September 7, 2015
The Story Land Fun Run, presented by Memorial Hospital, is an event for kids up to 12 years old. The Fun Run will be held at Story Land in Glen, NH on Labor Day, September 1, 2014.
The event is a fundraiser for the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation and its goal of purchasing a new Storybook Bus for outreach programs.
There will be four different races:
Ages 4 and under (Tot Trot - a short loop)
Ages 5 & 6 (1/2 K)
Ages 7 & 8 (1/2 K)
Agess 9-12 (1K)
Registration is at 7:30am with the first race at 8:15am.
Every runner will receive a FREE pass to Story Land good for race day only.
All runners will receive an event T-shirt and a medal. Registration is $10/child.
Visit www.believeinbooks.org or call 603-356-9980 to register or for more information.
Scholarships for Local MWV children are available from Memorial Hospital's 2014 Golf Tournament Support Student Wellness Program.
Volunteers for a variety of positions are needed, please contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Story Land, Glen, NH
The American Rogues September 25, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015 7:30pm
(Doors open at 7:00pm)
"One of the top Celtic music acts today!"
-- Celtic Music Magazine
With 5 musicians voted #1 in the world The American Rogues have performed for thousands of people. Headlining shows in Asia, Europe, Canada, and from New York to California; album & group of the year; 2 shows in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Air Force Symphony... The American Rogues are taking on the worlds of Celtic, rock, roots, patriotic, world, military, and classical music.
All Ages! B.Y.O.B
$25 in advance , $30 at the door
Location: Theater in the Wood
100 Acre Challenge September 26, 2015
We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again!
The 3rd annual 100 Acre Challenge is an obstacle 5K race set in the 100 Acre Wood in Intervale, NH on September 26th 2015. Competitors will run, swim, crawl, and climb as this 5K challenge takes them into the mud, water, over walls, rock piles and through the wood. It's all in fun and for a good cause with net proceeds benefiting the fundraising campaign for a new Outreach van. Individuals and teams of two or four are invited and for kids 12 and under there is the Mini Acre Challenge featuring mini obstacles.
Registration is limited to 250 participants.
The kids’ race starts at 9:00am followed by their awards. Starting at 10am, heats for the individual competitors and teams of two and four will depart the starting line every 15 minutes. Winners from each category are determined by best time.
Following the event, food and beer will be available. Prizes for first three places of each category.
Location: 100 Acre Wood Intervale, NH
Superhero Buddy Bash! October 24, 2015
On October 24th, 2015, Jax Runs, Jackson Grammar School’s running and healthy habits club, is having their second annual Superhero Buddy Bash hosted by Believe in Books Literacy Foundation.
This event was created by the 20+ kids and their parents in the running club at Jackson Grammar School and 100% of the proceeds will go to 3 charities this year: Conway Area Humane Society, CASA of NH, and The Bartlett/Jackson Food Pantry.
In addition to featuring a 1K & 5K run/walk/soar; The Buddy Bash will provide a bunch of wellness activities and family fun.
We are inviting all of the heroes in the community that we admire to join us so that we can thank them for all that they do. In fact, we’d like anyone who has a hero or who is a hero to grab a buddy and join us for fun!
Believe in Books Foundation, Trails in the Wood 9 am -12 pm
9-10 registration, warm-up, family fun
10 race begins
11-12 family fun
Cost $10 per person, $15 per buddy pair, $15pp and 20 per buddy pair on race day
Costumes optional, but they make it more fun!
To register and for more information go to www.believeinbooks.org
Location: 100 Acre Wood, Intervale, NH
Journey to the North Pole November 20, 2015
Join us on the family adventure of a lifetime aboard the magical Journey to the North Pole! The Journey to the North Pole offers a truly unique experience that only happens here in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, with adventures departing from North Conway and Lincoln, NH.
The Journey to the North Pole is a two-hour round trip adventure taking you on a magical trip to see Santa.
You and your family will board the Journey to the North Pole train and be served delicious hot chocolate by our magical chefs, along with Santa’s favorite chocolate nougat with centers as white as snow! When you arrive at the North Pole, you will depart from the train and follow the elves up to Santa’s Toy Workshop where you'll sing with the elves and hear about a Christmas story. Then, Santa will take a break from his busy schedule to pay you a visit! This Journey will make true believers of all, reminding us that the gift of giving is truly the most cherished gift of all!
Net proceeds from the Journey to the North Pole Event fund Literacy Programs such as our Books in Character Outreach Reading Program, the Believe in Books Bookbag Program, and the Books from Birth Program in Northern New Hampshire and Western Maine.
Location: North Conway