In an MCC warehouse, a massive effort to put books in kids’ hands


MCC’s Facilities Services warehouse near 18th Street and Prospect Avenue was abuzz recently, with more than half a million children’s books flying in and out.

First Book, an organization based in Washington, chose Kansas City as a national distribution center for the 570,000 books from publisher Random House. More than half — about 300,000 — will be given to low-income children in the Kansas City area, handed out by schools, parent educators and nonprofit groups.

As The Kansas City Star reported, the books include almost 100 titles for young readers up to age 18.

IMG_20150923_140418The MCC warehouse had just about the exact amount of space First Book needed, although some stuff had to be moved to other buildings to make way for the boxes of books.

Volunteers coordinated by Turn the Page Kansas City worked in shifts to get the books to where they’re needed.

The operation was described as the largest-ever distribution of books in the Kansas City area.