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

Children's Theater Series July 13, 2018
Children's Summer Theater Series
presented by Jean's Playhouse & IMPACT
Fridays, 10am
July 13th - August 17th
Tickets: $8/person (Under 3 FREE)
Buy a Season Pass for $35 and Save!


Schedule
Wendy and the Pirates: A Neverland Story - July 13th
In this delightful prequel to Peter Pan, join Wendy and her brothers John and Michael Darling as their imaginations take them on journey where Pirates abound, friendship blooms, and differences are celebrated!

The Reluctant Dragon - July 20th
What happens when you meet a dragon that loves poetry instead of shooting fire out his nostrils? What happens when the town insists that the dragon is dangerous no matter what you say? Join the boy, St. George and the dragon as they find a raucous way to convince the town that the dragon is more than what meets the eye!

The Princess and the Pea - July 27th
Finding the right person to marry can be a difficult job, especially when your Mother insists that she be a princess. For Prince George all the princesses he’s met so far…just don’t feel real. Then one stormy night a drenched young woman shows up at his door! The Queen Mother creates the test of all tests to see if she’s true as Prince George wonders…could she really be the one?

Azban’s Great Journey: An Abenaki Tale adapted from New England author Brian Chenervert's book - August 3rd
Azban, the raccoon is quite the rascal. On his journey from river lands to the ocean, he spends his days scheming ways to get free meals and meddling in the affairs of those he encounters. Soon Azban realizes that sometimes his behavior comes at a cost and that perhaps he should mend his ways.

Little Bo Peep and the Beautiful Owl - August 10th
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep…or has she? It seems that it wasn’t only Bo’s fault that the sheep disappeared that day. In the process of trying to find them and bring them home, Bo comes across a strange family and a beautiful owl who lives outside their home. There is something quite mysterious about this owl and Bo refuses to leave until she discovers just what it is!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit - August 17th
Mr. McGregor has a luscious garden right next door to Peter’s home. Peter’s Mother has told him and his sisters, they mustn’t ever go there. Peter thinks it won’t hurt to eat just a few of the vegetables, but when he does, the afternoon doesn’t go as smoothly as Peter planned!
Location: Theater in the Wood, Intervale, NH

Memorial Hospital's Kids Fun Run at Story Land September 3, 2018
Join us for a fun-filled morning and race your way around

Story Land! There will be appearances from some of the

Story Land Characters as well as a few other special guests!



Registration is $10/child.



Registration begins at 8:15am on Race Day.



All participants receive a race medal, t-shirt and a pass to

Story Land to be used that day.



First Race begins at 9:00am



Race 1: Ages 9 - 12 - 1K

Race 2: Tot Trot - Ages 4 & Under - Short Loop*

(to start immediately after Race 1 is on course)

Race 3: Ages 5 & 6 - ½K

Race 4: Ages 7 & 8 - ½K



*Parents are allowed on course for the Tot Trot only.



Our usual pre-race activities (book swap & smoothie bike) are being moved to inside the park AFTER the race. Kids will be able to use their free admission to the park to visit our book swap table and to have a chance to use Memorial Hospital's smoothie bike and get their free water bottle (must show race bib). There will still be characters around the start/finish line before and during the race to hand out medals and take photos.


Location: Story Land

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

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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