Mark your calendars for our 4th annual friend-raising and networking
event for young professionals,
Books on Tap, Wednesday, September 23, 2015,
from 5:00 to 8:00pm.
Formerly known as Books and Brews, this year’s event has a new name but will
take place in a familiar setting, the stunning rooftop event space of the
downtown branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Stay tuned for updates,
sponsorship opportunities, and ticket information coming soon.
Want to get involved? Drop us a line if you’d like to help with planning or
setting /cleaning up on the day of the event.
Summer is here, which brings lots of kids into our clinics – and they
all want to take home a book! We are in need of your gently used children’s
books, and there’s no better time to clean out the closets than during these
lazy days of summer. Are your kids looking for a project? Have them do a
neighborhood book drive for ROR-KC. This also makes a great activity for day
camps, vacation bible schools, and businesses looking for ways to help out the
community. Call Janice at 913-588-0295 for more information.
We are SUPER excited to be partnering with KCMO Mayor Sly James and Turn the Page KC to help present
“Every Hero Has A Story: A Summer Reading Celebration!” at the Sprint Center
July 15 from 11:45 AM -2:00 PM.
The event is FREE and open to the public, but a ticket for all attending is required. Visit the
mayor’s website for more information and to reserve your place.
Over the past month, our director, Mark, and volunteer manager, Jenny,
set out on a series of day trips to visit each of the 51 partner clinics
delivering the Reach Out and Read program.
This was no small task since the clinics are located across both sides of the
state line and in 7 counties throughout greater KC. Most were easy to find,
some were so far we needed to pack a lunch, and only one threw us for a loop
because the post office changed their address even though the office stayed
put. Though the undertaking was great, the information we gained from the
wonderful people and places we visited was even greater. We saw first hand what
each of our providers have been telling us all along – these folks are
BUSY, they work very hard, and the new and used books we give them are highly
valued by the providers and the families they serve.
To all the staff, nurses, doctors, and practitioners who carved out a few
minutes to say hi and show us around – THANK YOU. We couldn’t do
what we do without you.
Join us in welcoming Lucia Jones, the newest member to the
Reach Out and Read Community Council!
Lucia is a nurse and Program Manager at the Community
Health Council of Wyandotte County. Before joining the Council, she shared the
following information about herself and why she feels so strongly about the
value and importance of Reach Out and Read:
(Growing up in Uruguay,)
I come from a family where books and reading are part of the norm. In my family
books are birthday and Christmas presents. They are reason for laughs and
arguments. I have many memories of my mother reading her books until late into
the night, and my grandma reading a passage out loud for us to enjoy. I read my
first novel when I was 11 years old, my mom gave it to me and it had been given to her by my grandpa. 12 years ago, I became a mother and faced the challenges of being a good and productive parent. Going to school, working, and taking
care of my kids was difficult, but I knew how important it was for my kids to
have a relationship with books and reading.
I believe we are the result of our environment, and for many the environment does not support the formation of reading habits that will have a lifelong impact. For me, reading is learning and loving. It is spending time with your child, it is imagining and dreaming. Reading means learning and improving, and our community needs all of that. I believe the Reach Out and Read KC program is very important because it brings families closer to books and (good) reading habits, and because it brings families together. I hope my experience, relationships, and understanding of the the KCK community will bring a positive impact to the council and program.“