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Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books

Join Reach Out and Read Kansas City and schools throughout the metro for the 18th annual Hooked On Books book drive competition. 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!

Sign up today and don't worry, we'll deliver collection bins, posters, and personalized flyer templates in December.

For more information email or call 913.588.0295.

Are you interested in receiving books from Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Hooked on Books Book Drive? Nonprofit organizations and schools serving at-risk children and families are eligible to receive books.  Sign up will be available here November 1, 2015.

You're invited to
Reach Out and Read Night
California Pizza Kitchen,
Park Place, 11655 Ash Street, Leawood, KS 66211
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Join us for dinner, cater your office lunch or evening meeting, or grab take out

Books On Tap

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:00-8:00 pm
Kansas City Central Library

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. This year's event will take place in a familiar setting, the stunning rooftop event space of the downtown branch of the Kansas City Public Library. 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.

Eventbrite - Books On Tap

$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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