RIFSoCal Welcomes New Board Member Katherine Richards

NEW BOARD MEMBER: KATHERINE RICHARDS “My mother was legally blind. She knew how to read because the onset of her vision loss came when she was a teenager. She could not read. My father read to me and my sister before our bedtimes and he read to my mother in the afternoon. She finally started getting records for the blind from the Library of Congress when I was in elementary school. And I read informational items to her when my father was at work. Obviously I have a passion to make sure that everyone has a chance to read. My mother’s story has a happy ending. She had surgery when I was in college and she could read again.” ~Katherine Richards

Dear Master Dragon is sure to Delight!

Dear Master Dragon

By Alva Sachs / Illustrated by Patricia Krebs 

Danny Dragon decides to write a letter to the Master Dragon for help. Why would Danny need help? Will The Master Dragon write him back, or will he have to solve his problems by himself? 

Join Danny on his adventure as he discovers what it is like to be REAL dragon. Alva Sachs, award winning children’s author and RIFSoCal Board V.P., has produced another gem! Her newest children’s book, Dear Master Dragon, is sure to delight children of all ages. Fear of failure and humiliation from bullies has stifled poor Danny Dragon’s ability to learn to fly and breathe fire. Children will easily relate to his denial and excuses to avoid having others find out – until - Danny learns one of the most important lessons of childhood: be brave and keep working to overcome challenges. Patricia Kreb’s expressive illustrations charm us, this time with a twist. The interactive and creative book is printed in blackline as a coloring book, encouraging each child to colorize the pages, using the accompanying colored pencils, using their own imagination.  The book’s final empty pages invite readers to continue the tale or make up another.  Dear Master Dragon was recently awarded Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine and earned a 5 star review from Reader’s Favorite. Visit Alva’s website for downloadable activities to accompany Dear Master Dragon: Thank you, Alva, for again giving the world a great gift!

From the Heart

Many thanks to Danny Flores and Daniel Hernandez from UCLA who have produced this video in support of RIFSoCal and Children’s Literacy. You two definitely know what Life’s all about! We enjoyed your presentation at RIFSoCal’s 2013 - 2014 Orientation.

Be Book Smart!

JUNE 21, 2013 - JULY 21, 2013

Support RIFduring our biggest fundraiser of the year. Because when a child has a book, they have a chance to dream. Visit your local Macy’s store to participate today. You can also help spread the word online.

Share inspiring quotes by some of our favorite authors and you’ll be entered to win a $500 Macy’s gift card. Enter today, and every day until July 19**.

 *Exclusions and restrictions apply.







**Sweepstakes run from June 21 - July 19, 2013. For more details, visit

RIFSoCal Wins 5000 Books from “Marvel Comics: Close Up” and ABC7!

RIF SoCal is thrilled to have been awarded a book donation from

ABC7, Disney and First Book!  During the Disney XD/Marvel literacy

program “Marvel Comics: Close Up,” programs were nominated by community

members. RIF SoCal will receive 5000 books from Disney Publishing

Worldwide and their charitable partner First Book, whose mission is to

end illiteracy in the United States by providing new books to kids in


Seeds of Inspiration supports RIFSoCal

Seeds of Inspiration, a new family-owned small business, has partnered with RIFSoCal to help raise money for their Motivational Reading Program.

“The Seeds of Knowledge Scented Apple has been created just for RIFSoCal because we share their belief that all children should have books of their own.”

The RIFSoCal Apple is available from April 1-June 30, 2013, just in time for Spring carnivals, book fairs, teacher gifts, and other school events. Seeds of Inspiration can attend any of your school events to sell these handcrafted apples. Each apple costs $6 and 20% of each one sold at your school will help RIFSoCal bring much needed books to your students.


Seeds of Inspiration will also be selling the apples, their bracelets, and packets of sunflower seeds at local fairs and events, as well as online to raise money for RIFSoCal. Please visit their website at:


CLCLA Partners with RIFSoCal

​RIFSoCal is pleased to join Children’s Literacy Coalition Los Angeles in promoting childhood literacy in Southern California.

Live Theater at the Geffen

“Thank you for your donation of eight season tickets to the Geffen Theater for use by our residents. Gifts such as you donated help us to nurture our residents in ways that go beyond providing a simple place to stay.  In kind donations help us to attend to our girls’ physical, emotional, psychological, educational and personal needs. Over the years donors like you have made it possible for the Daughters of Charity to provide the best and most loving care to children. We are deeply grateful and thank you for this thoughtful and generous gift. You are a blessing to Maryvale and to our children.”

      ~Rosemarie Boerger, Vice President of Development and Communications Maryvale

The Geffen Playhouse, a small theater in Westwood near the ULCA campus, prides itself in providing outreach programs for the community.  Lights Up, their newest initiative, “engages with and within populations who, due to a measure of disadvantage, have the least access to the arts.  Lights Up will provide theater experiences that enhance quality of life, inspire creativity and imagination, and foster positive social interaction.”

Carol Henault, RIFSoCal Executive Director and Lights Up member, has been delighted to share By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and Coney Island Christmas with 8 Maryvale Group Home teens. Maryvale, founded in 1856 by the Daughters of Charity as the first orphanage for the growing city of Los Angeles, has operated continuously since then, evolving to respond to the changing needs of the families and children of Los Angeles.

“Thank you very much for giving me the experience to actually go to a play that was not at my school or the plays that I was in that were at my school. I would love to go again sometime.” ~Kera

“Seeing the play was an amazing experience. It was my first ‘real’ play. The actors and actresses were so amazing. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be at your theater.” ~Carrie