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United We Read attempts to bring a community together. Helping to fund the campaign lets you be a part of that effort.

The Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network (KCMLIN) is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit multi-type library consortium serving the thirteen counties surrounding the Kansas City Metropolitan area in Kansas and Missouri.

KCMLIN is positioned to coordinate a project that will bring Kansas City together. The United We Read initiative would provide an opportunity for breaking down barriers between people and cultures in our community. Individuals can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them. This project provides that opportunity. Through a community-wide reading program people from all walks of life, of all ages and education levels can gather in libraries, book stores, coffee shops, schools and homes to discuss issues. Similar programs in Chicago and Seattle have "unified the community in a unique and powerful way, over a book, of all things."

The Metro-Area Reading Round Table (MARRT) a committee of KCMLIN would be the organization coordinating this effort. They will negotiate and host an author visit, develop displays and promotional materials, implement a marketing plan and initiate partnerships with cities and media, develop a reading group treasure chest, partner with bookstores, schools, and senior centers and coordinate stocking public library shelves with copies of the book selected "to read".

What a unique opportunity this would be to replicate an endeavor that has been so successful for other cities in bringing their communities together. We are excited about bringing this powerful program to the Kansas City Metropolitan area and are seeking financial support. Attached you will find our "levels of sponsorship." These funds will assist in the stocking of the selected books in public libraries and schools, printing of promotional items, development and distribution of the reading group "treasure chest" and contracting to bring the selected author to the Kansas City Metropolitan area to lead a book discussion, a radio talk show and more. The total projected cost for the project is $95,000.

This will be a stimulating opportunity for the Kansas City Metropolitan community with your sponsorship and support.


Susan Burton
Executive Director
Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Information Network
15624 E. 24 Highway
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 521-7257

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