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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

Click HERE to register!

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

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 if you have any questions!

Cover Stars:

Sallie Page-Goertz and Kenn Goertz


Tanya Rodecker-Wendt & Samuel Wendt

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!


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, 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


Jenny Horsley, Executive Director

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

For the Love of Books Breakfast

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 13, 2020!

We hope you'll join us for a morning filled with delicious food, great entertainment and a celebration of early childhood literacy. 

The 2020 For the Love of Books Breakfast is next week and we have some exciting changes to tell you! We'll be in a new location at Grand Street Cafe and we'll hear from two local authors, Aja James (daughter of former Kansas City Mayor Sly James) and Audrey Masoner. Together, they wrote a children's book "Mayor Sly and the Magic Bow Tie: A Kansas City Adventure" featuring former Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

To kick off the morning, ROR-KC's Advisory Board Chair Tanya Rodecker-Wendt and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas will proudly endorse Read Out And Read Kansas City's commitment to the community as FOX-4's Emmy Award winning reporter Shannon O'Brien will Emcee and ROR-KC Medical Director, Sallie Page-Goertz, APRN and her husband Kenneth Goertz, MD will be our hosts throughout the event.

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

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

Can't make it to the event? 

You can still support our cause!  Click here.

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


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.

Giving Tuesday 2019: A Great Success!

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

On December 3, 2019, because of generous supporters like you, we exceeded the $750 match offered by Brookside Mothers' Association, netting $2,775 on this day of giving!

Thank You for supporting ROR-KC, the only medically-based early childhood literacy program in KC. Your donation gives books and advice to children at 14 well-child visits from birth to age five.