Storybook Holiday

13% of $5,000 goal
This campaign ended on June 30, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Frostburg State University by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorDr. Bill Bingman matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorDr. Ed Root matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorDr. Bill Bingman matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000
Gifts to Storybook Holiday contribute to:
40 Years of Children's Literature Centre
518 Donors - $50,840 Donated

In 1982, the Children's Literature Centre was created to promote literacy. Over the past almost 40 years, CLC has greatly expanded our outreach into the community. We need your support to help us in our mission over the next forty years and beyond!

Because of donors like you, we are active on campus and in the community through events like Storybook Holiday. Gifts to CLC allow us to provide these offerings to our community and little or no cost to participants.

Please join today in making a gift to the future of the Children's Literature Centre.

50 years of Dr. B!

Dr. B is celebrating 50 years at Frostburg State University! To help us celebrate this amazing milestone, let's try to raise $50,000 for CLC before the Spring Festival of Children's Literature.

For more details on the Spring Festival of Children's Literature, please visit our website.

465 days ago by Liz Nelson
Thank you!

With 112 days to go, we are now at 112% of our goal! Thank you for making your gift and being part of this campaign to raise $40,000 in honor of our 40th Anniversary.

472 days ago by Liz Nelson
Storybook Holiday is less than one month away!

Mark your calendars for this year’s event on Saturday, Dec. 3 – the elves will be working the Main Street area all day! The featured author will be Will Hillenbrand, who will share his amazing book, “Santa’s Story.” A few highlights of the day will include Breakfast With the Elves, Letters to Santa, a magical parade, Elves’ Secret Workshop, sticker stops and a classic movie. 

This year, CLC and its elves are bringing a special gift to Frostburg in the form of a television crew that will capture the town’s Christmas celebration for part of a reality series called “Small Town Christmas,” airing later this year on cable channel UPtv. This is the second season of the docuseries, which pays tribute to small towns that celebrate the holidays in big ways. The show is hosted and executive produced by Megan Alexander, a national correspondent for “Inside Edition” and the author of books that include “The Magic of a Small Town Christmas.”

Alexander was drawn to Frostburg for its “cool” name as well as the annual Storybook Holiday celebration. She and her production team will wrap up their season in Frostburg and will be in town in late November and early December to capture Storybook Holiday. The episode is scheduled to air on UPtv on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. 

To get a preview of what “Small Town Christmas” is like or to see last year’s episodes, go to  

592 days ago by Liz Nelson
CLC Honored with William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

Earlier this month, Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Frostburg State University to honor CLC with the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.

Comptroller Franchot said this about CLC:

"Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Centre has been instrumental in promoting literacy through technology and other innovative approaches that focuses specifically on children's books, authors and illustrators."

616 days ago by Liz Nelson
A new challenge!

Dr. B has offered another great challenge! He will match all gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000!

663 days ago by Liz Nelson
We won!

If you missed all the fun over the weekend, you missed a lot! The CLC won $10,000 towards this campaign by having the most donors on Bobcat Giving Day!

WE WON because of YOU!! The CLC cannot thank you enough for making this possible!! The CLC legacy & commitment to providing literacy to children will continue because of your generous donations & support to the CLC. We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

We hope to see you soon at one of our events!!

812 days ago by Liz Nelson
Happy Holidays!

We had an amazing Storybook Holiday celebration earlier this month. Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who gave in support of this wonderful celebration.

920 days ago by Liz Nelson
First Challenge Met! Dr. Root issues another!

Thank you to everyone who gave to meet Dr. Bingman's challenge! 

Dr. Ed Root has generously offered another. Please share this with your network online to encourage more to join you in your support.

936 days ago by Liz Nelson
Storybook Holiday 2021 Schedule of Events

939 days ago by Liz Nelson
We're halfway to meeting Bill Bingman's match!

Thank you to everyone who has given so far. We are halfway to meeting Dr. Bingman's match.

948 days ago by Liz Nelson
Storybook Holiday is coming!

The 18th annual Storybook Holiday celebration, hosted by FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre, will bring its seasonal cheer to downtown Frostburg on Saturday, Dec. 4. The festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. and end with a snowball toss at 4 p.m. In case of inclement weather, activities will be held in the Armstrong Insurance garage. 

The event welcomes all ages and features a parade, storybook readings and many more family-friendly activities. In additional, attendees have the chance to meet Santa and children’s book author Marty Rhodes Figley.

The day’s events begin with Breakfast With the Elves from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Hotel Gunter at 11 W. Main St. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults and will be sold in advance at the hotel. The Maryland Masonic Child Identification Program (MD CHIP) will be held throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion at 27 W. Main St. 

Following breakfast, elves will compete against one another in the Elf Olympics at the Broadway parking lot from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. After the friendly competition, attendees can head over to the parade kickoff performance in front of Hotel Gunter at the Mountain City Center for the Arts at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. following Run Your Bells Off for Autism, a charity fun run. 

Following the parade, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cocoa With the Po-Po will take place at the Frostburg Police Department at 37 S. Broadway. Then, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, the Frostburg Dance Academy will perform at the Broadway parking lot. Also beginning at 11:30 a.m., and lasting until 12:30 p.m., Tail Waggin’ Tutors will give storybook readings at the Frostburg Community Library at 65 E. Main St. 

Seasonal activities and attractions will be available at City Place at 14 S. Water St. from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., including Elves’ Secret Workshop, Write a Letter to Santa and Photo With an Elf. 

Next, Figley will give a presentation and sign copies of her book, “Santa’s Underwear,” at the Hotel Gunter from 1 to 2 p.m. The book can be purchased at Main Street Books. Cookie kits will also be given out, so kids can do cookie decorating at home. 

Other attractions include craft stops and business specials in the Main Street area. Children can visit the Miniature Railroad Display at 10 Mechanic St. and Santa’s House at P.S. Hair Design at 20 S. Broadway. 

Storybook Holiday will end with the Jack Frost Neighborhood Snowball Toss held throughout residential streets from 4 to 5 p.m. 

In addition to FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre, Storybook Holiday is sponsored by the city of Frostburg, Somerset Trust Company and M&T Bank. For info, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or Updates can also be found at  


952 days ago by Liz Nelson

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