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Books On Tap

Event Details

Date: Thurs, Sept 13th, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

NEW Location: River Market Event Place
Restrictions:  21 or older

You are invited to attend our 7th annual Books On Tap happy hour event, where friends and co-workers come 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 will feature 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 will also be tickets for Royals, KU Basketball and Sporting KC games, and lots of goodies from local businesses. 

What's on Tap:

For just $30 in advance or $35 at the door, ticket buyers will receive one complimentary raffle ticket, entry into the silent auction, three drink coupons, and appetizers from local KC restaurants. 

Don't forget your T-shirt!  For $10 with the purchase of a ticket or $15 at the event, you can also get a Reach Out and Read Kansas City T-shirt.

Proceeds from Books On Tap provides books and programming to low-income children and families throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Tickets are on sale now, make plans to join us for the 7th annual Books On Tap.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring Books On Tap?  

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...


Smith Group 

221B Consulting Appraisers, LLC

Theme, LLC 

For the Love of Books Breakfast

Thank you to all who attended ROR-KC's For the Love of Books Breakfast on February 15th, 2018. A special thank you to Honorary Co-Hosts Kathleen and Bill Johansen, Alastair Heim, and Dhomonique Ricks for making this year's breakfast the very best. 

View photos from the Breakfast.

Watch the Breakfast video.

If you were unable to attend but would like to support our mission, please consider making a tax-deductible donation, please donate here.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Honorary Co-Hosts : Valentine Sponsors:

Kathleen & Bill Johansen

Sweetheart Sponsors:

Walsh Family Foundation

Pamela Miller & Micheal Cummings

Crush Sponsors:

Pam Madaus and Will McLean

Admirer Sponsors:

Anne & Bill Blessing 

Sallie Page-Goertz & Kenneth Goertz

Laura & Lewis Gregory

Donald J. Hall

Hooked on Books


Hooked On Books provides a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are sorted and redistributed to organizations and schools who need your help. 

Thank you for collecting 17,000 books this year during our Hooked on Books 2018 effort!  

Congratulations to Clear Creek Elementary for collecting the most books per child.

Please check back in October to participate or request books again.

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

For more information email Janice or call 913.588.0295.

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