READ TO LEARN / BOOKS FOR FREEWhat's the Story?
More books in the hands of our children.
Books they can read once. And once again and again. Books they can carry from the waiting room and read on the journey home. Books their moms and dads, or grandmas, uncles, cousins, friends can read with them on the couch, over cereal bowls at breakfast or pizza dinners, or snuggled in bed in the hour before sleep. Stories that will take them on adventures. Stories in which our kids can see themselves healing the sick, solving crimes, teaching children like themselves, building roads and bridges and tunnels, flying rockets…
Stories that will help them understand that even the sky is not the limit.
Read to Learn Books for Free is a program of The Children's Trust in partnership with The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. It encourages children and parents to read together by placing bookshelves full of free books in locations throughout Miami-Dade County where parents and children visit together often, including clinics and doctors' offices, the Juvenile Justice Center, and Community Service Centers—40 locations in the first year, and we are hoping to grow. We have created vibrant signage inviting the children to take a book and keep it. We are committed to restocking the bookshelves regularly, keeping them tidy and full of wonderful books.
Forty bookshelves full of free books for children in Miami-Dade County. We know you want to be part of THIS story. Organize a book drive. Adopt a bookshelf. Volunteer to sort the books or re-stock shelves.
Current bookshelf locations:
Borinquen Medical Center Pediatric Unit (3601 Federal Hwy, 3rd floor, Miami, FL 33137)
Cutler Manor Apartments Community Center (10875 SW 216th St, Miami, FL)
Goulds Community Service Center (21300 SW 122nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33170)
Joseph Caleb Community Service Center (5400 22nd Avenue, 3rd Floor, Miami, FL 33147)
KidsTown Pediatrics (4112 NE 1st Avenue Miami FL 33137)
Legion Park (6447 NE 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33138)
Perrine Community Service Center (17801 Homestead Avenue Miami, FL 33157)
Wynwood Community Service Center (2905 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33127)
Miami Children's Initiative Community Center (1907 NW 60th Street)
Jessie Trice Center for Community Health - Pediatric Unit (5361 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33142)
Borinquen Medical Center North Miami (708 NE 125th Street North Miami, FL 33161)
Miami Gardens Community Service Center (16405 NW 25th Avenue, Opa Locka, FL 33054)
Lotus House (203 NW 36th Street, Miami, FL 33127)
Catalyst Miami (1900 Biscayne Blvd. # 200, Miami, FL 33132)
New Life Medical Institute Inc. (5975 SW 8th Street, West Miami, FL 33144)
Culmer Community Enrichment Center (1600 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136)
Liberty City Community Service Center (6100 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127)
We need thousands of books to give this story a happy ending. Are you a business owner? Regional manager? Marketing director? PTA president? Chair of the board? Love to rally your people for a good cause? Help us collect new or gently used books at your place of business or through your service organization. We bring the bins, and collect the books. Adopt a bookshelf – check on it, stock it, or make a monetary donation that underwrites its cost. We'll put your name on it to show your love.
Call or e-mail us for more opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.237.7418
Together we can get kids reading and succeeding! Now that's the best ending ever.
Want to be a character in this story? Volunteer!
Donate gently used or new books! Call 305-237-7418 or e-mail email@example.com
Current book drop off locations:
Books & Books Coral Gables (265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134 - 305.442.4408)
Books & Books Miami Beach (927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 - 305.532.3222)
Books & Books Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154 - 305.864.4241)
The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC (300 N.E. Second Avenue, Building 4, 1st Floor, Downtown Miami, FL 33132 - 305.237.3940)
Aventura Honda and Aventura Chrysler - part of the Aventura Auto Gallery (2198 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162)
Junior Orange Bowl (3001 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 200 Coral Gables, Florida 33134-2945)
Don't have gently used kids' books to donate?
Pressed for time to purchase books to bring to our office? Donate!
As little as $5 will get a book in one of our Read to Learn Books for Free bookshelf. Want to help us buy a shelf? Give $250. Want to buy a shelf with books? Give $500