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Welcome to the RIF Highlights eNewsletter            July 1, 2003

The RIF website is full of ideas for incorporating reading into your everyday summer plans. Visit www.rif.org to find activities, tips, reproducible worksheets, and more!

Before your summer vacation, check out RIF's family activity ideas!
Whether you're headed for the beach or a national landmark, let your first stop be your local library, where you can check out books related to your itinerary! And before you travel, check out these activity ideas from RIF:

  • "Almost There!" Travel Maps
    When children follow their own homemade maps, they won't need to ask you, "How long before we get there?" The information will be right in front of them.
  • When In Rome
    When in Rome, read about Rome! The same applies for everywhere you travel with your children. Check out book suggestions for a trip to the shore or a historic city.
  • Reading Passports
    Before your children take off on a round-the-world reading odyssey, issue them each a passport so they can keep track of the places they visit.
  • Backseat Scavenger Hunt
    If you prepare a backseat scavenger hunt for a long car ride, your children may be too busy looking out the window to notice how long you've been on the road.
  • Detour, Exit, Falling Rocks: Car Game
    In this road activity, the riders on the left side of the car take on the riders on the right side in a race to spot words that begin with all the letters of the alphabet.

For more family activity ideas, visit the Parent's section of the website. Also, check out RIF's online Summer Reading Guide for more summer-specific ideas!

More News from RIF:

Help RIF Secure Funds for Local RIF Programs in 2004
Congress is currently working on the FY '04 Budget and your voice can make a difference. Show your support for RIF programs and advocate for RIF today.

Summer Reading Contest Is Underway!
Now through August 15, children ages 5 to 18 can participate in Riffington's Summer Reading Contest. Prize packages include a $20 gift card to buy books, a copy of a Harry Potter video, a RIF Frisbee, and a book light. Read the contest details.

School Library Journal Named RIF Website "Site of the Week"
On June 16, the School Library Journal chose RIF's online Summer Reading Guide as their pick of the week. See why these resources were chosen. Check out the Summer Reading Guide now!

RIF Plans National Reading Celebration for September 2003
This year's theme, The Art of Reading, will showcase the importance of illustration in children’s literature by featuring a wide variety of free, family-friendly, art-themed activities at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The event will take place on September 13, 2003. Look for a special "save the date" invitation to arrive in your email inbox soon. Learn more about the plans for this event.

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