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Books On Tap

WOW!! Our 11th annual fall fundraiser, Books on Tap 2022, was one for the books!! We raised over $23,000 dollars for early literacy!! A huge THANK YOU to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, our Event Sponsors, Committee Members, Host Lady T, Event Volunteers and In-Kind Donors! 

Save the date for next year's event: September 14, 2023, 5-8pm at Chicken N Pickle OP.



Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Pamela Miller & Michael Cummings
Tom and Teresa Walsh
Sallie Page-Goertz and Kenneth Goertz
Baby & Child Associates
Ascend Learning
Lucas Commercial Flooring
Cathy and Joe McCaddon
Monica Tiffany
Tanya Rodecker-Wendt and Samuel Wendt
The University of Kansas Health System - Pediatrics
Kathy Palermo

For the Love of Books Breakfast

In 2022, Reach Out and Read Kansas City will celebrate its 25th anniversary serving our community!

We invite you to join the celebration by attending our first special event of the new year. The 2022 For the Love of Books Breakfast will be VIRTUAL again this year!  We all need to stay healthy!  

Please tune in on February 17th for a shortened program starting at 8:00am and lasting about 45 minutes.  Our emcee, Gina Kaufmann of KCUR will take us through the morning as we hear from our honorary host and co-founder, Michele Kilo, a sweet story about a family currently in our program, our keynote children's book author - Natasha Wing and more.  We can't wait to 'see' you online and celebrate all year long!

Have you heard about the Golden Ticket Raffle?

One lucky winner will win:

  • A dinner for 8-10 people
  • Prepared by two local chefs (Chefs Anouram Thomson of Anousone and Doug McNay of Norcini, both at Strang Hall) on a mutually agreeable night.
  • Including wine pairings 
  • And no grocery shopping or cooking for the night!

The winner will be announced live on February 17th!

The Golden Ticket raffle supports school readiness for Kansas City children and families. Each ticket purchased provides a library of books for one child in the ROR-KC program.  Will you be the lucky winner?  Only 150 raffle tickets will be sold!  Buy your tickets now before they sell out!  Please click here for terms and conditions.

Find out more information by texting RORKC22 to 243725 or by clicking HERE.

We are excited to have children's book author is Natasha Wing join us as this year's keynote speaker. Natasha's best-selling children's book "The Night Before Kindergarten" is given out in the ROR-KC Kindergarten Book Bags during the four-year-old well-child visit. Hear her inspiration behind the story and how it is helping children all over the world get ready for school success.

Tri-Event Sponsors:

Thank you for sponsoring ALL of our 2022 Events!

Michael Cummings and Pamela Miller

Sallie Page-Goertz and Kenneth Goertz

Baby & Child Associates


Tom and Teresa Walsh

Bliss Books & Wine

Lucas Commercial Flooring

Cathy and Joe McCaddon


Tanya Rodecker-Wendt and Samuel Wendt

Swope Health

The University of Kansas Health System - Pediatrics

Monica Tiffany

Kathy Palermo

For the Love of Books breakfast sponsors:

Frank and Kris Cappo

Hallmark Cards, LLC

Merck Foundation -- Matching Sponsor

Michele Kilo -- Honorary Host

Pamela Madaus and William McLean, III

Anne and Bill Blessing

Laura and Lewis Gregory 

Don Hall, Sr.

MarksNelson, LLC

The DeBruce Foundation - Paul & Linda DeBruce

All About Books

Tom and Judy Bowser

Commerce Bank

Jean Harty

Tension Envelope

David and Betty Lowe

Thank you to our Breakfast Planning Committee: 
ROR-KC Vice Board Chair Ben Gebhards, Cynthia Fry, Derek Gale, Victoria Whitebread, and Tiffany Wu.  Also to Guadalupe Centers High School Students: Mariana, Ashaly, and Yaneth and teachers: Brianna Eberle and Keith Schoen.

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drives

It's Holiday Book Drive Time!

These Barnes and Noble locations are collecting books for Reach Out and Read KC. Consider buying one (or two) board books at the register when you check out, from now through December 9th. 

Give a family the gift of reading this holiday season.


Barnes & Noble @ Town Center

4751 West 117th Street

Leawood, KS 66211


Barnes & Noble @ Oak Park Mall

11323 W 95th St,

Overland Park, KS 66214


Barnes & Noble @ Country Club Plaza

420 W 47th St.

Kansas City, MO 54112

Giving Tuesday 2022

Help us fill the shelves for this year's #givingtuesday! Our goal is to raise money and build libraries for as many children in need as we can. All it takes to build one child's library is $70.  You don't have to wait until Giving Tuesday. Click on the bookshelf above and help us start filling the shelves today!

Visit our Instagram and Facebook page to stay up to date on #givingtuesday!