Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

erin@believeinbooks.org
Telephone: (603) 356-9980
Toll Free: (603) 356-9980

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1800
Intervale, NH 03845

Physical Address:
41 Observatory Way
Intervale, NH 03845

About Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. 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/.


Amenities
    

"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!
http://www.theaterinthewood.org

"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 $5 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.


 

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Events

100 Acre Challenge: 5K Obstacle Adventure September 22, 2018
Run, Swim, Crawl, Climb & then some!!

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 Believe in Books Literacy Foundation and our programs.


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 12 minutes. Winners from each category are determined by best time.


Following the race, Home Depot will be on site with kid's activities, a Food Truck will be serving up some awesome food and Entertainment TBD will be rockin' the tunes. Beer will be available for anyone 21 and older. Prizes for first three places of each category.


The Mini Acre Challenge for kids ages 12 and under is for individuals only. Registration is $10. All kids receive a medal. Prizes awarded to the top 3 male and female in each age group.


Please contact Erin Sweeney, Race Coordinator, if you have any questions. (603) 356-9980 or erin@believeinbooks.org

Location: 100 Acre Wood, Intervale, NH

Thriller in the Woods October 3, 2018
A Night with #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner in conversation with New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author Lisa Unger. They will be discussing Unger's latest psychological thriller UNDER MY SKIN (coming Oct. 2!)

That's right, two amazing crime novelists named Lisa, for one night, in the NH woods! Tickets are $5 per person or pre-order the book for only $25 (and admission is FREE!). We will also be hosting a pre-event party starting at 5:30 pm in the lobby of the Theater in the Wood with hors d'oeuvres and BYOB.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

With over 22 million books in print, Lisa Gardner is published in 30 countries. She’s also had four novels become TV movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide) and has made personal appearances on TruTV and CNN.
Lisa’s books have received awards from across the globe. Gardner is the Valley’s own New York Times bestselling author and lives with her family in Jackson where she is always at work on the next book, or involved with various community projects.

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels, including the new psychological thriller UNDER MY SKIN.

Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, Amazon.com, Independent Booksellers, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Sun Sentinel to name a few.

Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It's been a year since Poppy's husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan's Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn't recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack?

The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. Poppy starts having nightmares and blackouts--there are periods of time she can't remember, and she's unable to tell the difference between what is real and what she's imagining. When she begins to sense that someone is following her, Poppy is plunged into a game of cat and mouse, determined to unravel the mystery around her husband's death. But can she handle the truth about what really happened?

Join us in the woods, October 3rd, for what is sure to be a thrilling evening with these two bestselling authors!
Location: Theater in the Wood

Peacheaters & Truffle October 5, 2018
Cost: $18 Presale/$25 At the Door
Start Time: Doors @7pm, Performance @7:30pm

Fueled by admiration and passion for the music of the Allman Brothers Band, The Peacheaters have been rocking audiences for over 15 years. Many other media outlets have raved about the authenticity of the Peacheaters performances. The band digs deep into the 40-Plus year catalog of Allman Brothers Band music and deliver an EXPERIENCE like no other. No two gigs are ever alike. The Peacheaters make these songs feel as fresh as the first time you heard them.

Also, celebrating 30 years as a band in 2016, Truffle are passionate players and entertainers who are in it for the long haul; it’s what they do and who they are! Their travels have taken them to all but ten states in the US; and now tour the New England region constantly. They have released five full length albums, as well as numerous compilations culminating in their “30th Bandiversary Double Bootleg” (2016) Roots, and Soul music with strong songwriting makes for a truly unique Truffle sound all their own.
Location: Theater in the Wood

Dine to Donate October 8, 2018
Join Believe in Books Literacy Foundation at Joseph's Spaghetti Shed on Monday, October 8th for Dine to Donate!!
20% of all sales will be donated to BIBLF!
Come enjoy a great night out for a great cause!
SEE YOU THERE!
Location: Joseph's Spaghetti Shed

Hilarious Hypnosis October 20, 2018
Join us at the Theater in the Wood in Intervale, NH for a spectacular display of mind bending antics that can turn any skeptic into a fan. The act is always fresh, energetic and unique; no two shows are ever the same.

October 20th, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Show will begin at 7:00 pm!
Tickets: $15 per person!
Location: Theater in the Wood

Disney's Mulan Jr. October 26, 2018
To celebrate Disney's Mulan's 20th film anniversary Believe in Books Youth Theatre presents: Disney's Mulan, Jr.!

Disney's Mulan JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney's Mulan JR. brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.

October 26th, 2018 at 7:00 pm
October 27th, 2018 at 7:00 pm
October 28th, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Doors open half an hour before showtime.
Tickets are $12 per adult or $10 for BIBLF Members, Children 12 or under, & Seniors. Children UNDER 3 are FREE!
Location: Theater in the Wood

Journey to the North Pole November 23, 2018
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

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