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Events Reach out and Read Kansas City

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's 20th Birthday Breakfast

April 20, 2017
Uptown Theater
3700 Broadway
Kansas City, MO

Details coming soon!

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books is an annual book drive competition for schools throughout the metro that takes place in January and February. The school that the collects the most new and gently used books wins bragging rights, a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books, and a celebration assembly. More importantly, this effort provides a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are sorted and redistributed to other organizations and schools who need your help.

Participating is as easy as 1-2-3

1-   Sign-Up through our website and schedule your book drive for any time, and any duration of time, between January 11 -- February 19, 2016.

2-    Spread the word that you'll be collecting new and gently-used children's books appropriate for infants to 14-year-olds.

3-    Count the books and report your results by February 22, 2016.    

After your drive, donated books will be picked up by a Hooked on Books volunteer.

New this year, all students in your school receive a bookmark and coupon for a free kids pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, and the winning classroom is entered into a drawing to win a pizza party from CPK!

For more information email or call 913.588.0295.

We have completed the Hooked on Books event for 2016. Read about our winners and our Hooked on Books volunteers on our blog.

Books On Tap

September - Date TBD
Join us for Books On Tap, Reach Out and Read Kansas City's party with a purpose for young professionals supporting children's literacy and kindergarten readiness. Enjoy time networking with friends, colleagues, and contemporaries old and new with good friends old and new while enjoying enjoy local food and libations at the library.Books On Tap features food and fare from a host of local favorites.
Stay tuned for updates about this year's event!

$25 in Advance, $35 at the door

Your ticket includes an assortment of appetizers, three drink coupons, 1 raffle ticket, live music by Them Pick-less Fools, and parking validation

Every year, Reach Out and Read Kansas City provides more than 76,500 new, culturally, and developmentally appropriate books and literacy advice to nearly 30,000 low income children, birth to age 5, and their families during well-child checkups at 50 partner clinics located throughout the metro. Through Reach Out and Read, each child can build a 15-book library before they enter kindergarten. For many families, these are the only books in their home. By attending Books On Tap, you are providing enough support to purchase 5 books - a full third of their 15-book library!

Must present valid ID to enter. Tickets are nonrefundable.

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Reach Out and Read Month at 39 Rainbow

During the month of July, dine at select restaurants at 39th and Rainbow Blvd (near KU Med) and RORKC will receive a portion of the proceeds. Eateries include IHOP, Five Guys, Subway, Topp'd, and Pita Pit.

You can also drop off book donations at the 39th and Rainbow Holiday Inn Express throughout July.