It’s that time again – Books, Brains & Boulevard is around the corner!

Boulevard Brewing CoLiteracy Kansas City’s annual Trivia Night, hosted by Boulevard Brewery, is scheduled for Monday, December 1st.  Click here for more information on this casual, fun event.  We hope you can make it!

Literacy for all Luncheon

The Literacy for All Luncheon on September 25 was a success! Thanks to our sponsors, honored speakers, and attendees.

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Platinum Sponsors
Mike & Millie Brown



Gold Sponsors
Mark & Lynne O’Connell, Judy Pfannenstiel, Research & Training Associates


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Silver Sponsors
American Century Investments, Boots Leieter Churchill, Peter & Michelle deSilva, Warden Grier, Dr. Marilou Joyner, MCC-Penn Valley, Carrie McDonald, Park University

Bronze Sponsors
Helen Betts, Denton & Claire Bishop, Comcast, Commerce Bank, Dollar Burns & Becker Law Firm, Hon. Elena Franco, Louisa Raich Grill, Kansas City Parks & Recreation, Jeff McDaniel, Ed Nickel, James B. Nutter & Company, Mark A. Schweizer, SureWest Foundation, Unity Temple

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:

Logan Hartpence
Family Reading Program Coordinator
(816) 333-9332 x112

Our Heroes: the Literacy Champions

The Literacy Champions support Literacy Kansas City as investors and advocates. 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 Literacy Kansas City 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!
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Shop the Literacy Kansas City Collection from Hang Ups in KC!

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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