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Aug172011

KidLitCon Teams up with RIF

When Jackie Parker and I sat down to plan this year’s KidLit Con in Seattle one of the things that we spent some time thinking about was how to incorporate a fundraiser into the weekend’s plans. This has always been a significant and enjoyable part of the conference and everyone looks forward to it. What we decided was to shift things just a bit, both by moving away from publisher donated ARCs as raffle prizes and also toward a long term partnership with one organization. Ultimately what we came up with made sense in so many ways that in retrospect it was one of the easiest things we decided. I am delighted to announce that KidLit Con is now entering into a partnership with Reading Is Fundamental which we hope will extend for many years into the future and make a powerful difference in the lives of many.

I’m sure many of you are aware how RIF’s budget was decimated by the elimination of federal funds this year. I’m not going to get all political with you because the hard truth is that there are few painless answers to our economic mess. But cutting RIF is particularly harsh as it exists solely to put books into the hands of children who otherwise can not afford them. RIF is an investment in our future in the purest and most direct terms. When you think about that way, it’s hard to understand why anyone would ever put RIF on the chopping block but that is what has happened and now we just have to do what we can to make sure that future promise remains unchanged.

There are many generous groups and corporations who have stepped up to help RIF and for that we should all be grateful. KIdLit Con is seeking to make a more personal and direct contribution as the funds we raise will be coming directly from book lovers in the pursuit of creating more book lovers. Now is the time, quite frankly, where we need to put up or shut up. If you are a writer or a librarian or a bookseller or a book blogger or if you read blogs about books then this fundraiser is targeted directly at you.

So that’s all of you, right?

We are living in the era of information overload and thus we don’t get to say anymore that “there is nothing we can do” or “we just didn’t know” or “we didn’t have time to figure out how to help”. This is easy. You think books matter then you need to do something to help kids get books. Period. This is your job, it’s your political moment, it is your calling. And it doesn’t matter what color state you live in or what little letter is next to your choice when you vote or who you think is to blame for where we are right now.

None of that matters.

The only thing you need to think about is the $1 or $5 or $10 or $20 or $50 (or more) that you can donate right this very second to RIF. You need to think about linking to this effort and you need to think about posting it to facebook and you need to think about tweeting it. You need to think about telling folks on your list serve. You need to think about how much you can give and how many other people you can spread the word to because at the end of the day the best thing about who we are is that we believe in the power of words and RIF is all about spreading that power as far and wide as possible. RIF does nothing less than change the world - that’s its very mission - and if you don’t think that’s the most worthy thing any of us can be part of then you really are not the kind of book lover I know you to be.

Don’t let us down, folks. Join KidLit Con’s effort to raise money for RIF over the next thirty days as we count down to the conference. Help us show the power of booklovers; help us prove that it’s not about the books we get, it’s always and only about the books we can give.

Please donate now.

[Post pic from Macy’s RIF event.]

—Colleen Mondor

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    Thank you to our KidLit friends who will donate, who will assist in spreading the word about this booklovers’ fundraising effort, who assist RIF in our various campaigns from the halls of Congress to the aisles in Macy’s and more, and who day to day stand by us at RIF in ...

Reader Comments (3)

Wow, in just three days you have donated $870.00 to RIF! That is approximately 350 new, high quality, paperback books for kids! And some of you have started a new twist, honoring bloggers and authors and illustrators; I will be posting the first of those here tomorrow (Saturday!)

Thank you, thank you!
Carol Hampton Rasco

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRasco from RIF

Alas, I did not make it back on Saturday night as promised but now I am back. At this point the Kid Lit Con Fund at RIF stands at $1056! And that is in a very short period of time...applause, applause! I am so thankful on behalf the children and families who will get a new, free book to call their own because of your generosity!

I noted on Friday night there were those making these gifts in honor of individuals and groups. Here is the list thus far of those gifts; please note all honor gifts but the first one have been given anonymously (for various reasons which we will certainly honor). The gifts are listed in order of receipt.

IN HONOR OF Colleen Mondor and Jackie Parker for your generosity in putting this partnership in motion by the RIF National Staff.

IN HONOR OF the Kidlitosphere members who encourage us and help us move our books into the hands of readers and create stronger readers by Authors and Illustrators.

IN HONOR OF Jen Robinson who is the most dedicated person to Kid Lit I know who isn't in the field by training but by love of kid lit by an appreciative teacher.

IN HONOR OF Betsy Bird who starts my morning off better than anything ever has by an appreciative reader.

IN HONOR OF MotherReader for the fabulous 48 Hour Reading Challenge and serving as co-leader of The Comment Challenge.

IN HONOR OF Liz Burns who keeps us all honest!

IN HONOR OF Jen, Terry and Carol for those Reading Roundups by a harried blogger.

IN HONOR OF Greg Pincus who is always so welcoming to new bloggers like me who feel dumb by a new blogger!

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRasco from RIF

my mom helps with RIF.
such an amazing organization. =)

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThai Massage Sugar Land
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