Our largest program, Books for Keeps, features fun, educational Reading Celebrations that combine storytimes, motivational literacy activities, and the opportunity to select a book to take home and keep. Each year, children at 100 schools, early childhood centers, and afterschool programs participate in 3-5 interactive Reading Celebrations led by RIF Pittsburgh outreach coordinators. Designed to engage children in the joy of reading and learning, Reading Celebrations pair interactive storytimes with engaging, complementary activities like crafts, games, and even science experiments! By weaving literature together with art, music, creative writing, and even dance, RIF Pittsburgh works to ignite a passion for reading and learning that will follow children throughout their education. Reading celebrations feature stories, art, music, science, creative writing, dancing, outdoor play, special guest readers, and so much more! These positive reading experiences are especially critical for children at-risk of educational failure, providing them with the tools they need to succeed in school, and beyond. Each year, this program places nearly 55,000 books a year into the hands of nearly 16,000 of the most economically disadvantaged children in Pittsburgh.