It is difficult for many of us to imagine not having the resources to obtain books, but this is the case with so many children RIFSoCal serves. RIFSoCal books are often the first book in the home, becoming the beginning of a personal home library.
With service to Los Angeles County’s most resource-deprived children since 1972, RIFSoCal has witnessed thousands of life-changing moments and received innumerable testimonials from grateful participants. We are now into our second and third generation of RIFSoCal “kids.”
RIFSoCal will build the personal libraries of up to 55,000 children in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in the 2014-2015 program year, distributing over 170,000 new books of choice at 233 sites, including Title I public and parochial schools, Head Start programs, and community-based organizations.
Coordinators from over 200 RIFSoCal sites visit our warehouse three times each program year to select books for their students to choose and take home to create their own home libraries. Often overwhelmed by the extraordinary selection of titles, many spend hours identifying the free, new books they feel will excite the children in their program to read for FUN and pleasure.