Reading Is Fundamental Funding Dies
In comics, we always have to keep an eye on where our next generations of readers will come from– and it’s just become a bit harder, as earlier this week Congress and President Obama eliminated funding for the literary organization, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
CEO Carol H. Rasco made this statement:
RIF’s ability to provide 4.4 million children with free books and reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 17,000 locations throughout the United States is in jeopardy. RIF programs are in schools, community centers, hospitals, military bases, and other locations that serve children from low-income families, children with disabilities, homeless children, and children without adequate access to libraries. For 44 years, RIF has provided millions of children the opportunity to choose free and high-quality books to read and keep for themselves.
But it’s okay– it’s not like comic sales are going down or anything. Besides, you don’t actually have to know how to read to read comics. Amirite?