FREE eBooks, audiobooks, and more!

Did you know that Hoopla offers a wide variety of digital content, including eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music, all of which are available for free to Kansas City Public Library cardholders? With Hoopla, you can borrow up to 10 items per month, and there are no holds or waitlists. Simply create an account on the Hoopla website or app, enter your library card information, and start browsing and borrowing! Hoopla is also available on Roku devices and Apple TV.

Kansas City Public Library cards are easy to get! Visit their website at to get yours today.

Target Circle Results are in!

Reach Out and Read was thrilled to be featured in Target Circle from January 1 through March 31, 2023!

Thanks to our amazing supporters and children's literacy advocates, ROR-KC will receive 382 books!

Children are still catching up from all that was missed during the pandemic. This makes reading over the summer even more important! We have put together some resources for parents and kids to help avoid that summer slide (see Sallie's Medical Minute for more information on this).

Summer Reading at the Johnson County Public Library

Each summer, Johnson County Library offers programs and events connected to a theme chosen by the Collaborative Summer Library Program and adopted by libraries across the country. This year the theme is the theme All Together Now.

Summer Library Program by Mid-Continent Public Library

Read and win prizes (ages 0-19) at MCL this summer! They also offer Dial-a-story, homework help, story times and even have a librarian help find your next book!

Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party by Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with a FREE movie: Minions: Rise of Gru (2022) on 6/1/23 at the Boulevard Drive-In. Pre-show entertainment will include bubbles, face-painting, summer reading sign-up, and a book giveaway with local author Chris Meggs. Each car of attendees will receive a free copy of his book Go Chiefs Go while supplies last! 

Summer Reading Program by Kansas City Public Library

Join KCPL in celebrating books’ power to build bonds, create connections, inspire us, enrich us, and empower us with books & discussions, events & activities, learning & creativity resources AND MORE!

Reading Tips for Parents by Colorín Colorado

Offers one-page Reading Tip Sheets, available in thirteen languages, with ideas for parents to help kids become successful readers. These tips were created with the generous support of the American Federation of Teachers.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading List

Summer reading lists for all ages & interests!



Books On Tap 2023

Books On Tap 2023 Event Details

September 28, 2023 | 5-8 p.m.

Chicken N Pickle

5901 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223

Books on Tap 12th annual fall fundraising event is this September, and you're invited to join the fun for a good cause! On Thursday, September 28th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, we'll be gathering at Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park to raise funds and awareness for Reach Out & Read Kansas City.

What can you expect from this event? Plenty of delicious food and drinks from Chicken N Pickle's menu, of course, as well as a silent auction, raffles, and games and activities. You can also meet and mingle with fellow early literacy champions and members of ROR-KC, and learn more about their programs and impact on the community. Tickets go on sale August 1st so be on the lookout for more information coming soon! 

We look forward to seeing you in September to raise a glass to literacy!

Want to be on the committee and make a meaningful impact in your community? There is still time lend your voice and ideas to make this event a huge success. Email Jennie Andra by clicking the below or at for more information.

Be on the committee


by Sallie Page-Goertz, MN, APRN, IBCLC

Avoid the summer slide

Spring flowers are blooming and the pollen is abundant! This means lots of itchy noses and eyes, runny noses and coughs…and thankfully these are usually NOT Covid this spring!

In clinics, we are gearing up for preschool physicals and sports physicals. We talk to families about preventing the hazards of summer – sun protection, insect repellent (30% DEET), water safety and more. We look forward to hugs from 4 year olds as they receive their kindergarten book bag – filled with 2 great books to share, and information for families about kindergarten readiness and enrollment. Health care providers would not have these bags and books to give, along with our advice about book sharing, without our generous donors!  

This also begins the time when we think about summer activities, daycare for kids, and hopefully planning those trips to the library for summer reading programs. It is SO important that children keep sharing books/reading books over the summer to avoid the infamous “summer slide”. Kids LOSE so many newly learned skills, that teachers expect the first 1/3 of their year to be “refreshing” those skills that were forgotten over the summer.

So, with that in mind, plan those trips to the library, look into the HOOPLA app mentioned in this edition, and if you need reading suggestions for the children in your life, this website has summer book list for babies through teens!


by Stefanie Estes, M.L.S.

My Body illustrated by Libby Burns and Ours by Ruth Forman, illustrated by Talia Skyles

Published by Ladybird and Little Simon

Age Range: 12 months – 3 years

Self-esteem is a trendy topic in children’s literature today and Reach Out and Read is here for it! In fact, we’ve just received two gorgeously illustrated board books for our youngest patients. Ladybird Magic Windows: My Body is the embodiment of perfection in children’s literature. My Body is a must-have with a modern color-scheme, diverse illustrations (featuring a wheelchair among other lesser seen details!) and sliding pull tabs on every page to help develop baby’s pincer grasp. It’s a lovely first look at our amazing bodies and how to take care of them.

With only a few words on its lushly illustrated pages, Ours is a wonderful introduction to self-love. It follows children playing at an urban park who show what they love about their bodies. The children ask, “we love ours, you love yours?” and features a mirror for baby to admire what makes them uniquely them.

I recommend both books for anyone looking to empower their little one with a positive message of self-love. For more information on this important topic, here’s a great Zero to Three article worth checking out: Who am I? Developing a Sense of Self and Belonging.



We recently held our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. This year, we celebrated at Chicken N Pickle Overland Park with our dedicated volunteers and their families. We played pickleball, enjoyed delicious food, and the weather was beautiful. 

It was such a wonderful evening, and we're already looking forward to the next time we can get together and show our volunteers just how much we appreciate them. Thank you, Chicken N Pickle, for providing a great venue for our event, and thank you, volunteers, for all that you do!


  • Advisory Board
  • Office Volunteers: Ruby Nelson, Raisa Akram, Roxana Akram, Sally Clark, Patti Jachowicz, Margarita Watson, Lisa Nickel, Vandita Garimella and Stacy Pratt


  • CyTek Corporation
  • Meadow Lane Elementary 5th grade Service Club
  • Books On Tap Committee

Book Donations

  • Amanda Bong donated 17 books
  • The Gale family donated 35 books
  • Primrose School of Blue Valley donated 299 books

Want to be a Reach Out & Read KC volunteer? Click here to sign up!

Shout out to all of our amazing volunteers!

We couldn't do it without you.

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When you make a gift to Reach Out and Read Kansas City, you make it possible for families to read together. Your donations are used to purchase new children's books and deliver them directly to medical providers throughout the area to be used during well-child visits for children birth – age 5. Providers talk to parents about the importance of a reading routine and then the book is sent home with the family with a ‘prescription’ to read daily.

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