RIF is everywhere—a reservation community in South Dakota, an urban neighborhood in New York, a rural hamlet in Florida, and even navigating a world of visual and hearing impairments.
RIF is putting books in the hands of readers, nurturing youngsters hungry for knowledge and passionate about learning. RIF is everywhere you are—thanks to countless volunteers in schools, libraries, childcare centers, Head Start programs, parks, community centers, health clinics, migrant camps, and domestic shelters.
RIF's programs are as varied as the communities they serve, but each contains the power of choice for the child and a can-do spirit from the parents, teachers, and volunteers who supervise the events—from an outdoor read-in to parent training to book distributions.
In fact, RIF’s passion for literacy creates a unique method of distribution: Dozens of books are displayed, allowing children to explore their interests and make their own choices. The books are free but the moments are priceless, as excited readers show off their selections, pose for pictures, and ask in wide-eyed amazement: “I really don’t have to bring this book back to the library?”
When a local RIF program launches an event, kids are energized, parents are encouraged, and educators feel a sense of satisfaction. Volunteer readers, teachers, and parents make it fun and memorable. Says one coordinator: “We just don’t distribute books, we have a RIF party.”
RIF makes a difference:
- A nation of readers become productive people who help create strong communities.
- Reading ignites the imagination and inspires learning—basic tools for success in school.
- Reading improves child development, leading to better grades and higher graduation rates.
Wherever, whenever, however you look at it—Reading Is Fundamental and always makes a difference.