Every 4-9 year old in Schenectady can learn to read and have fun doing it!


Come Join Us! Whether you are looking for an organization that can help your child learn to read or if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity. You've come to the right place:                  

The Reading Is Fun Program


This program is designed to help children in the city of Schenectady. If you would like a volunteer to work with a child, or request help for your child please go to the Contact Us page and send us a message.



Our second


will be not held at this time due to the Coronavirus. We will reschedule as soon as we can.

Our first Scrabble-Rama was a huge success!

Watch this space for information.

Volunteers Needed


Go to the Volunteer Page to learn more and sign up.  


Click here:  


All schools are reopening some in person and virtual and some all virtual.  We are working on how we are going to be able to work with the students virtually.  

Check back for updates.

Please stay safe and healthy!


The plan is to reschedule it for next April.  Watch this space for updates.

The Program


It is our goal that every 4-year-old to 9-year-old in Schenectady learn the letters in the alphabet and their sounds and have fun doing it!  Conversational skills are used to help youngsters develop vocabulary to help build the basis for them to be successful in school and throughout life.  


Some volunteers work with a child in their schools and the library.  


Sessions occur:

1. Once a week at convenient times

2. For 30–60 minute sessions

3. In public places near their homes or

4. In Schenectady elementary schools

No teaching experience is necessary to volunteer. Volunteers are trained in one-hour sessions conducted by literacy educators and reading teachers.  

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." - Frederick Douglass


"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald

Mission Statement

The Reading is Fun Program (RIF)

mobilizes volunteers to reinforce reading-readiness and conversational skills and vocabulary to Schenectady's most challenged  youngsters ages 4-9.

The Reading Is Fun Program is free of charge to its participants. The program will gladly accept donations to help defray the costs associated with administering  the program. Please click Donate on the menu bar above to see how you can send in your donations.

Donate Books!

We are looking for books for ages 4-9 that are in very good to new condition.  In particular we are looking for Early Readers, Early Chapter Books, Sight Word Books.  Especially welcome are books with diverse characters.  We will also accept very gently used art supplies and games.  Please go to the contact us page to email us and we will set up a collection day/time.  THANK YOU!"

Already trained and

volunteering, and need some books or supplies?

When we stopped being able to go into the schools we had Presently RIF has 65 volunteer teachers working with 200 students in 11 elementary schools. Our volunteers are  adult community residents; students from Union College, Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady High School, and Niskayuna High School; and uniformed officers in the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office RIF will need many more volunteer teachers as it spreads across the nearly one dozen elementary schools in the district.


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The Reading Is Fun Program

P.O. Box 9437

Schenectady, NY 12309