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Hooked on Books


Join schools throughout the Kansas City area for our 21st annual Hooked On Books book drive competition! It's a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are distributed to medial clinics, schools and literacy organizations that need your help.

The school that collects the most new and gently used books per student wins a pizza party for one classroom, a $500 gift certificate from Scholastic Books and, of course, bragging rights!

Here's how to get involved:

1. Sign up

2.Schedule your drive for any amount of time between Jan.7-March 8, 2019

(volunteers will pick up books between Feb.11-March 15)

3. Spread the word that you're collecting new and gently-used children's books

4. Count the books and report your results by March, 15.

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Reach Out and Read Kansas City will deliver collection bins and posters before your drive begins. For more information, email Janice at orc call her 913-588-0295

If you are a nonprofit or school serving at-risk children or families you are also eligible to receive donations from the Hooked on Books drive. 

Give a Child a Book and You Give a Child the World

Giving Tuesday: A Special Opportunity!

Reach Out & Read Kansas City is fully embracing #GivingTuesday this year!

The global event takes place Tuesday, November 27th, after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to focus on giving back to our community that day, and we hope that includes your support of Reach Out and Read KC.
Our theme this year is "Who are you thankful for?" We are thankful for you: our volunteers, donors, medical clinic staff and providers, board and event committee members, and families who participate in the program each year.
We have special incentives for donating in November and on #GivingTuesday.
Show your Gratitude: If you donate to ROR-KC in November, you'll have the opportunity to include the name and e-mail address of someone special, and we'll send them a note, letting them know you made a gift in their honor because you're thankful for them.
The Librarian's Club: become a Founding Member, be Entered in a Special Drawing! If you donate $100 or more to ROR-KC between November 1st and November 27th, you become a founding member of our new Librarian's Club, a group that will receive special recognition, a membership card, and extras, like bonus raffle tickets at events and other goodies. You'll also be entered to win a fantastic prize basket, which includes:
            -Samsung Galaxy Tablet 
            -Card-making party for 4-6 people at Paper Source
            -Necklace and Earrings from Final Touch Jewelry

Click here to find out more about the Librarian's Club

Matching Money! Kathy Palermo and The General Federation of Women's Clubs have generously offered to match the first $100 in donations that ROR-KC receives on #GivingTuesday. If you give that day, your gift is worth even more! Thank you to the GFWC!
Raffle: All November donors will be entered into a raffle to win KU basketball gear, including hats, shirts, belts and more, as well as a Chick-fil-A $10 gift card.
We hope you'll consider supporting ROR-KC, the only medically-based early childhood literacy program in the area, this #GivingTuesday. Your $70 donation covers books and advice for one child throughout all 14 well child visits from birth to age five.

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

From November 1st to December 31st, 2018, Barnes and Noble Leawood and Overland Park will be hosting their annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City.

Make a difference by purchasing a book for a child this season! Books hand-picked by Reach Out and Read's Book Coordinator, Janice Dobbs, will be located behind the Barnes and Noble checkout counters. They'll go to children in our 50 Kansas City metro-area medical clinics during well child visits. Providers also prescribe daily reading for parents and children together. 

Be an advocate for early childhood literacy in Kansas City this holiday season!


Barnes & Noble @ Town Center

4751 West 117th Street

Leawood, KS 66211

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Barnes & Noble @ Oak Park Mall

11323 W 95th St,

Overland Park, KS 66214

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For the Love of Books Breakfast

Event Details
February 14, 2019
7:30 - 9:00am
Uptown Theater
3700 Broadway Blvd, KC, MO
Coffee and registration begin at 7:00am
Map to free parking

Sponsorship Levels are available here

If you are unable to attend but would like to support our mission, 

please consider making a tax-deductible donation, please donate here.

Sweetheart Sponsors:

Pamela Miller & Michael Cummings

Crush Sponsors:
Pamela Madaus & William McLean III

Admirer Sponsors:
Laura & Lewis Gregory

Race To Read 5K

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Family Fun Run : Race to Read 5k

Thanks to our runners, walkers and supporters who made the Race to Read 5K a huge success this year! The 2nd annual event, which was held August 25th at Penguin Park, boasted a bigger turnout and lots of great activities for kids, courtesy of Mid-Continent Public Library Youth Services, as well as a children's fun run, face painting, live music from Mudflap Mafia and a raffle.  Check out our Photo Album from the event. A big, hearty congratulations to our 5K winners:


1st: Frank Paul Siragusa Jr.
2nd:Tyler McDaniel
3rd: Samuel Todd


1st: Joanna Ryan
2nd: Laura Howard
3rd: Allison Mack

The race continues to grow, and in 2019, the 5K will be held in the spring. We'll look forward to seeing you!

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for the Race to Read, please contact Jenny Horsley or call 913-588-2793.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K?  Click here to learn more...


Mary Olive & Ian Joyce
Vasquez Family
Lee's Summit Pediatrics 

Books On Tap

Thanks to everyone who came out for our 7th annual Books On Tap happy hour networking event on September 13, 2018 at the River Market Event Place. Friends and co-workers came together to celebrate our mission of giving young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

The event featured drinks, appetizers from local restaurants, and entertainment, as well as a raffle and silent auction with unique local items, including the opportunity to design a "Reach Out and Read" coffee blend at The Roasterie. There were also tickets for the Royals, KU Basketball and Sporting KC games, and lots of goodies from local businesses. 

Books On Tap proceeds provide books and programming to low-income families throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring Books On Tap in 2019?  

Click Here to view our sponsorship levels and benefits.

Contact Jenny Horsley for more info.

(913) 588 - 2793

Can't make it to the event? 

You can still support our cause!  Click here...


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