Reading is a fundamental life skill, essential for academic success and employment opportunity. In our increasingly technological world, illiteracy is a serious barrier to success as an adult. Therefore, one of the most important skills a child can acquire is the ability to read with ease and accuracy. Unfortunately, at least 61% of low-income families have no books in their homes; attend schools with no libraries; and have limited access to public libraries.
RIF in Chicago believes reading should be a part of every child’s life and book ownership inspires a lifelong interest in reading. Since 1972, RIF in Chicago has been building a community of readers by distributing over three and a half million books to ethnically diverse, economically depressed, inner city children. During the 2013-2014 school year, 85,000 books were distributed to 42,000 children!