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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.


Hooked on Books

Join schools throughout the metro for Reach Out and Read Kansas City's 22nd annual Hooked on Books book drive competition. The school that collects the most new and gently used books per student wins bragging rights, a pizza party for one classroom plus a special read aloud visit from Ruby Reads, and $250 from Reach Out and Read Kansas City to purchase books for your school library.  


Most importantly, Hooked on Books 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.

Register Your School Today!


PARTICIPATING IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3

1. Sign up and schedule your book drive for any time between January 6 - February 28, 2020.
     Please note that HOB volunteers will only be available to pick up your books from February 10 - March 6, 2020, so please plan accordingly.

2. Spread the word that you will 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 March 6, 2020 to Janice Dobbs, jdobbs@kumc.edu or 913-588-0295.



After your drive, donated books will be picked up by a Reach Out and Read Kansas City volunteer or someone from your school can deliver them to our location Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm (KU Medical Center campus, Support Services Building, 2100 W. 36th Ave, KC, KS). Please schedule a drop off with Janice Dobbs.

Sign up today!  We have a limited number of collection bins (first come). Collection bins and posters will be delivered to your site before your drive begins.


Are you interested in receiving books from this book drive effort?  Please fill out this form to request books.

For more information contact our office:

Janice Dobbs, Book Coordinator
jdobbs@kumc.edu
913-588-0295

or 

Jenny Horsley, Executive Director
jhorsley@kumc.edu
913-945-6577

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

For the Love of Books Breakfast









Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 13th, 2020!

This will be the 14th year for our longest-running signature event, now called the For the Love of Books breakfast. 

New this year, we'll be raising funds for literacy at a new location, the Grand Street CafeWe hope you'll join us for a morning filled with delicious food, great entertainment and a celebration of early childhood literacy. Our Emcee will once again be Dhomonique Ricks of Fox 4. 

If you are interested in sponsoring the For the Love of Books Breakfast, click here for more information. 


Last year's event at the Uptown Theater was a great success, and raised over $88,000 for ROR-KC, the area's only medically-based early childhood literacy program. Click here to read more about last year's event and see photos. 














Race To Read 5K


























Please join us for our fourth annual Race to Read 5K Run/walk 

Saturday, April 25, 2020 
Berkley Riverfront Park, 1892 River Front Dr., Kansas City, MO 64106 
The race will begin at 8:30am

Register HERE 


We are now accepting sponsors for the event! Click here to learn more about sponsoring Race to Read 5K, and click here to learn about our 2020 sponsorship packages. 

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 and see photos in this blog post

Can't make it to the race? You can still support our cause by clicking here to donate. 

Thanks to our 2020 Race to Read 5K Sponsors!





Strider Sponsor:

Sallie Page-Goertz and Kenn Goertz


Tempo Runner Sponsors:








Tanya Rodecker-Wendt & Samuel Wendt






Books On Tap







Our 8th annual Books on Tap happy hour networking event was held on September 18th, 2019 at the River Market Event Place, and was our most successful to date! 

Literacy supporters gathered to enjoy delicious local food and drinks, take part in a unique silent auction and raffle and raise funds for ROR-KC. Thank you to all who attended and made it a great night!

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

Our 2020 Event will take place on Wednesday, September 16th, and will once again be held at the River Market Event Place. We are accepting sponsors now. Click here for more information about sponsoring Books On Tap in 2020, and here for information about our 2020 sponsorship packages for all three signature events. 

Thank you to our 2019 Brewer Level sponsors, who helped to make this event possible:

Contact Jenny Horsley with questions about sponsoring an ROR-KC event.

(913) 588 - 2793

jhorsley@kumc.edu

Can't make it to the event? 

You can still support our cause!  Click here.


2020 Sponsorships

Sponsor a Child's Success!


Fundraising events are critical to the Reach Out and Read KC program. They bring in a third of the funds we need to get 74,000 books into the hands of the local children and families who need them each year. 

Each year we hold three signature events: Our For the Love of Books Breakfast in February, the Race to Read 5K in the spring and our Books On Tap happy hour, which takes place in September. We accept sponsorships year-round, and offer packages that include sponsoring one, two or all three events. We have a wide range of sponsors, including individuals, organizations and businesses. There's something for everyone. Thank you to all of our sponsors!


Click here for an overview of our sponsorship options. 

Click here to learn about sponsoring the For the Love of Books Breakfast.

Click here to learn about sponsoring Race to Read 5K.

Click here to learn about sponsoring Books On Tap.

Click here to download the sponsorship form. You can also sign up to be a sponsor here

Please feel free to contact Jenny Horsley at jhorsley@kumc.edu if you have any questions!





Cover Stars:

Sallie Page-Goertz and Kenn Goertz


Bookmarkers:








Tanya Rodecker-Wendt & Samuel Wendt







Librarian's Club Happy Hour Events


Librarian's Club Happy Hour Events
When you join Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Librarian's Club, you become part of a group of dedicated literacy supporters, and you get a few perks as well!
One big benefit is an invitation to two special happy hour events each year (one in the spring and one in the fall). These are fun social gatherings that include free appetizers and wine, an opportunity to share reading recommendations and often something special, such as a poetry or book reading. 


Join the club and join us for our next Happy Hour event!

Monday, November 4th at Our Daily Nada, a bookstore and bar in the River Market.

Don't miss this fun evening that celebrates the joy of reading - and celebrates your generosity and partnership as a member of the Librarian's Club!

Bring a friend so they can learn more about Reach Out & Read KC and join you as a member of the Librarian's Club!

Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers*

Hear a poetry reading by local author Lauren Scharhag

Share your fall reading recommendations & find out what other Librarian's Club members are reading

*Beer and other drinks will be available for purchase

DETAILS

Monday, November 4, 2019

Our Daily Nada

304 Delaware St.

Kansas City, MO 64105

5 pm - 7 pm

Street parking is available directly in front of Our Daily Nada on Delaware. Ample, inexpensive parking is also available in the metered lot just south of Our Daily Nada for $1 per hour.

Register by clicking here.