It's Our Golden Gala -- Hope YOU Will Be There!
September 2022
Don't Miss It: RIF of NOVA's Golden Gala!
The excitement is growing for RIF of NOVA's 50th anniversary Golden Gala: One for the Books! And more sponsors have signed on to help. Learn more about sponsoring this key event right here. Can't make the gala? No problem! Donate! How? Please click here. Individual tickets are also available for purchase by clicking here. We hope you will sign on to help us fund books for children as we enter our next 50 years!
When: Thursday, October 20
Where: Westwood Country Club, Vienna
Time: Reception 6:00 p.m.; Dinner 7:00 p.m. / Cocktail or business attire
What: A fun- and fundraiser to celebrate books for area children
Why: To celebrate NOVA RIF's 50 years of providing books to area children
Who: YOU!!! We need your help!
RIF of NOVA's first-ever "Literacy Luminary" to speak at Golden Gala

What better authority to speak about the value of books and reading than someone who knows! Since 2012, Dr. Ingrid Bynum has been the principal of Patrick Henry K-8 School, one of the 37 schools and sites served by NOVA RIF. As a child, she received a book from RIF while living in dire poverty in the city of Richmond. It changed her life. Now, with many degrees to her credit, including a Doctorate of Education in advanced educational leadership, this Alexandria City Public School 2016 Principal of the Year is passionate about reading and urges every one of her approximately 900 students to read, read, read! Reading scores at her school have improved dramatically because of it! Click on the YouTube link below to hear Dr. Bynum speak about the impact of books on her own life and the value she places on reading and RIF of NOVA for her own students!
Amazon Web Services signs on as Golden Gala Presenting "Nobel Prize" Partner!
According to its website, "Amazon Web Services (AWS) launches long-term, innovative programs that will have a lasting impact in regions around the world where we work, live, and raise our families. AWS InCommunities is obsessed with being good neighbors, and we start with the community and work backwards to represent infrastructure communities inside AWS." Click here or on the AWS logo above to learn more.

AWS has joined RIF of NOVA's Golden Gala event to enhance our ability to provide books for children in our region who need them the most! We are beyond grateful to AWS and to others listed below who have signed on to help as we celebrate 50 years in Northern Virginia! More firms and individuals are joining in, too! Maybe one of them can be YOU! Please click here for the most current list of sponsors!
More New Sponsors!

As RIF of NOVA celebrates 50 years in 2022, we are hearing from our community of supporters!

"With the highest regard, the Arlington Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) congratulates RIF of NOVA on 50 years of amazing service to the young readers in our community. As educators, we recognize that your mission to get free, self- chosen books into the hands and home libraries of underserved students is essential to their growth as readers. ARTA is proud to be a longtime sponsor of RIF of NOVA and will continue to support your vital literacy work!"

-- Nancy King, Immediate Past President, ARTA Executive Board
"Congratulations to Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia for successfully promoting literacy for 50 years. Having access to books is key to further developing literacy skills as well as a love of reading. Thank you RIF of NOVA for putting books in the homes of children in Northern, VA."

What WAS happening in the children's book world in 1972 when RIF of NOVA began? On a special page on our website, we are counting backward from January through December to reach the top-selling book of 1972.

Number 4 on the list is The Farthest Shore, a fantasy novel by American author Ursula K. Le Guin, first published by Atheneum in 1972. It is the third book in the series commonly called the Earthsea Cycle. The Farthest Shore won the 1973 National Book Award for Children's Books. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle has earned a treasured place on the shelves of fantasy lovers, alongside the works of such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
Golden Gala Guest Authors
In addition to our Keynote Speaker -- suspense and legal thriller author David Baldacci -- each table will feature a Guest Author to speak about his/her story, books published or in the works, and the importance of books and reading. Authors are signing on for the Gala "as we speak," so to speak! Three are pictured below, and the full list to date can be found by clicking here. (Note: Due to scheduling issues, author and educator Kwame Alexander has had to cancel his appearance at the Golden Gala.)
Sue Fliess
Angie Kim
E. Ethelbert Miller
Also at the Gala: Author/Illustrator Lulu Delacre!
From her earliest days, Lulu Delacre loved to draw. "It's like going into another world," she says. The daughter of parents from Argentina and a grandmother from Uruguay, she grew up in Puerto Rico, exposed to an upbringing rich with the oral retelling of colorful Latin folktales going back 500 years and more.

With 42 titles now to her credit and two new books in the works, this three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree is proud of the impact her books have on Spanish-speaking children and of her role as a Latina author and illustrator.
As an illustrator, Lulu Delacre is quite well known for the art work she created for a children's book by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Turning Pages.

Delacre's newest author/illustrator book is Luci Soars about a girl with no shadow who finds her difference is what makes her special. Read more about Lulu Delacre on our Celebrating Local Authors page here! We are delighted that she will join our Golden Gala celebration!
Latinx Kidlit Book Festival October 13-14
The Latinx Kidlit Book Festival takes place at the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 each year).
It's a FREE virtual celebration of Latinx KidLit authors, illustrators, and books for all students, educators and book lovers everywhere.

The Festival offers a combination of educational materials and virtual literary content in the form of panels, craft sessions, and illustrator draw-offs with best-selling and award-winning Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, comic books, and poetry.

The sessions are geared toward all schools, educators, students, and book lovers, not just those identifying as Latinx. Everyone is welcome! To learn more, click here!
RIF of NOVA offers several Resource pages with links to children's books by theme, including National Hispanic Heritage Month. Find the NOVA RIF listing for Hispanic American/Latinx Book Resources by clicking here. Other pages focus on children's books about financial literacy, the environment, graphic novels, and more!
All donations help!
$3 = one book for a deserving child in our community!
*Contribute online by Paypal or credit card at: Donate links can be found on every page of our website, too.
*Send a check to our mailbox:
P. O. Box 7012
Arlington, VA 22207-0012
Other options to help:

*Register with Type in Reading is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. to select us as the charity you want to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to RIF of NOVA. The 0.5% can really add up!
*If your workplace holds a United Way campaign, designate RIF of NOVA as your chosen philanthropy. Our United Way # is 8959.

Thank you for any donation -- no matter how big or small! And thank you for being part of the RIF of NOVA community!
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