(RIF) has long been a tradition in Pulaski County. Ask adults in their 20s and 30s what RIF means to them and you'll hear all about new books that they got to choose themselves from the selection laid out on the tables of their elementary school libraries. Their names were put into those books and they could keep them forever! You'll find many books on family book shelves and at used book sales with that familiar stamp in the front of the book, "This R.I.F. Book is Presented to __________ by Pulaski County Library System and R.I.F., Inc."
Children of those original RIF book recipients are now getting their own books 3 times each school year at their schools. RIF has been expanded to include every child at all the elementary schools in Pulaski County, preschool through fifth grade, and the Pulaski Headstart Classes.
Recently the schools have taken more responsibility in the process, distributing the books when it best fits into their busy schedules. Your public library is still partnering with them in ordering the books, handling the bookkeeping, sending them out to the schools and doing the reports for RIF.
Parents and volunteers are still a huge part of
every RIF distribution. If you have a few hours to offer, several times a year,
contact your local elementary school librarian and enjoy watching the children
choose their very own RIF book.