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Books On Tap

Our 8th annual Books on Tap happy hour networking event will be held on September 18th, 2019 at the River Market Event Place from 5:00-8:00 p.m. 

Join friends, co-workers and supporters of literacy to support Reach Out and Read Kansas City. Buy your ticket by clicking here.

This year's event will feature great food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries, as well as a raffle and silent auction with unique local items.

Books on Tap proceeds provide books and literacy advice to low-income families throughout the Kansas City 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...


Tanya Rodecker Wendt and Samuel Wendt

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

Thank you Barnes and Noble Leawood and Overland Park! 

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

Generous shoppers purchased and donated a total of 3,154 books to Reach Out and Read Kansas City through these drives! These brand new books will go to young children at our partner clinics during well child visits. 


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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Giving Tuesday: A Special Opportunity!

Reach Out and Read Kansas City embraces #GivingTuesday, a global movement that encourages community support and giving back. 

In 2019, #GivingTuesday will take place on December 3rd. Check back here for more information about incentives for donating during our #GivingTuesday campaign. 
Last year during our #GivingTuesday campaign, we launched the extremely popular Librarian's Club. You can join the club at any time.

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.

For the Love of Books Breakfast

On Valentine's Day, Kansas City showed its love of literacy at our annual For the Love of Books Breakfast at Uptown Theater. 

The event was a huge success, with Cathy and Joe McCaddon co-hosting. The event raised over $88,000 for the are's only medically-based early childhood literacy program. Roasterie Founder Danny O'Neill gave the keynote address, and Fox 4's Dhomonique Ricks emceed. Mr. Stinky Feet and Stage Right Performing Arts choirs performed and guests enjoyed a video crafted by Richard Sharp of 41 Action News. The over 200 attendees received Roasterie coffee, chocolates from Andre's in Overland Park and book lights courtesy of CommunityAmerica. 

Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors!

Valentine Sponsors:

Cathy & Joe McCaddon

Sweetheart Sponsors:

Pamela Miller & Michael Cummings

Crush Sponsors:

Eckert Family Foundation

Pamela A. Madaus & William C. McLean III

Admirer Sponsors:

Anne & Bill Blessing

Sallie Page-Goertz & Kenneth Goertz

Laura & Lewis Gregory

Donald J. Hall

Lucas Commercial Flooring

Tom & Cynthia Ryan 

Mark Van Blaricum

Hooked on Books

  CONGRATULATIONS Lone Jack Elementary School!!  

Lone Jack Elementary collected 5.9 books per student -- WOW!  A big thanks to ALL of the schools participating this year!  With your help we collected almost 13,000 gently used books in 2019! This drive allows ROR-KC to have plenty of gently used books for our waiting rooms and we were able to share books with approximately 10 other deserving agencies.

Book Drive information will be available in November 2019 for the 2020 Book Drives.  Can't wait?  Host a virtual or traditional book drive of your own now.  
Click here for more information

Give a Child a Book and 

You Give a Child the World

Special thanks to Rainy Day Books for hosting a drive as well!

Race To Read 5K

The 3rd annual Race to Read 5K was Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, and it was a big success! 

Read all about it in this blog post

A hug thank you to all of the volunteers and committee members who helped to make this year's race happen! If you're interested in being on the committee for the spring 2020 race, contact Jenny Horsley at

If you're interested in volunteering with ROR-KC for the race or any other events, contact Marianne Sharp at 

Sponsorship Opportunities: We'll definitely have exciting sponsorship options for the spring 2020 race. 

Contact Jenny Horsley for sponsorship levels. (email: or call 913-945-6577)

Cannot make it to the race? You can still support our cause, Click here... 

Ultra Runner Sponsors

Strider Sponsor

Tempo Runner Sponsors

Tanya Rodecker-Wendt & Samuel Wendt

In-Kind Sponsors