Literacy for All Luncheon
Thursday, September 25
Join fellow literacy advocates on Thursday, September 25 at the Grand Street Event Space – hear from community leaders and Literacy Kansas City volunteers and students about the critical need for literacy in our homes, schools, and businesses. Our featured speaker is Whitney Terrell, acclaimed novelist and journalist, and current New Letters Writer-in-Residence at UMKC. For more information, visit our event page.
A Gatsby Affair Gourmet Dinner
Saturday, October 4
Join us for an evening of entertainment and a multi-course gourmet dinner, hosted and organized by volunteers at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside. All proceeds from the evening’s festivities benefit Literacy Kansas City. Elegant or period dress is encouraged. For more information, visit our event page.
The Power of Reading
Tuesday, September 9
The sixth annual Power of Reading will be held at the Kansas City Public Library , Plaza Branch from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. It will feature adult learners from Literacy Kansas City sharing their personal stories and how learning to read has transformed their lives. In addition, local writers including New York Times bestselling author Candice Millard, poet and fiction writer Maija Rhee Devine, journalist Brian Burnes, and human rights activist Alvin Sykes will read personal stories and original writings, and discuss the power of books and reading in their lives. Nick Haines of KCPT will emcee the event.
Open to the public and free of charge
Please RSVP to the library (816) 701-3407
Announcing the Family Reading Program!
Teach the Parent, Reach the Child
Literacy Kansas City is launching a new Family Reading Program to combat the inter-generational problem of illiteracy with a multi-generational solution! This exciting, technology-driven approach to teaching literacy is in partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Kansas Public Libraries, Kansas City Public Schools, and Connecting For Good. The first term was a shortened Summer term and took place at the Kansas City Public Library’s Westport branch. The Fall term will include 15 weeks of class at the following locations: Waterstone Apartments, Faxon Elementary, Garcia Elementary, King Elementary, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School.
The Family Reading Program engages adult learners in functional literacy, computer literacy, and family literacy using a combination of software, cohort learning, and individualized and small group tutoring. Adult learners will spend time learning on a self-paced reading computer program with the guidance of an instructor followed by individualized and small group tutoring. While adults are in class, their children will spend time with librarians and volunteers in age-appropriate literacy activities that include technology, playing, dancing, and singing.
At the beginning of each term, students will complete Connecting for Good’s computer literacy course and earn a $50 voucher toward a refurbished personal computer. Then, specified class days will bring the parents and children together in family reading activities designed to promote literacy in the home environment!
To tutor, become a student, or for further information, contact:
Family Reading Program Coordinator
(816) 333-9332 x112
Our Heroes: the Literacy Champions
The Literacy Champions are a group of supporters acting as investors and advocates of Literacy Kansas City. Their mission is to help meet the increased demand for literacy services in our community through advocacy, awareness, and fundraising efforts. All funds raised will directly benefit our literacy programs and services.
Membership levels range from $25 – $250 annually. Literacy Champions enjoy exclusive member benefits, such as:
- Invitations to social gatherings and author events
- Special recognition in annual report, personalized bookplate in tutoring book, and/or named on new Little Free Library
- Subscription to the Literacy Champions newsletter
- Unique gift from Hang Ups in KC
- … and more!
Shop the Literacy Kansas City Collection from Hang Ups in KC!
Literacy Kansas City partnered with Hang Ups in KC in 2013 to help spread the word about the need for literacy in our community. Hang Ups — a maker of handmade jewelry, ornaments, cards & gifts — has created a line of jewelry just for us. The Literacy Kansas City Collection features necklaces, bracelets and earrings — using vintage and re-purposed items — that celebrate the joy of reading with inspirational words and quotes. A portion of every sale from this exclusive line of jewelry will go to Literacy Kansas City.
Kristi and Carolyn, the brains behind Hang Ups, are passionate about literacy. Both love to read and believe that everyone should have the same opportunity. Their designs reflect their enthusiasm and love for reading, and we couldn’t be happier with the results!
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