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What's the Story?

More books in the hands of our children.
Books they can read once — and once again.

Read to Learn Books for Free is a program of The Children's Trust in partnership with The Center for Writing and Literature @ 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 they 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.

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. Become a part of this story.


Call or e-mail us for more opportunities: or 305.237.7418


Have new or gently used children's books to donate?
Drop them off in one of our green bins. Click here for a list of current book drop off locations. Click here for a list of current book drop off locations.

Coral Gables Branch Library - 3443 Segovia Street, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Pinecrest Branch Library - 5835 SW 111 Street, Miami, FL 33156
Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch Library - 2930 Aventura Boulevard, Miami, FL 33180
Key Biscayne Branch Library - 299 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
West Dade Regional Library - 9445 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165
West End Regional Library - 10201 Hammocks Boulevard, Suite 159, Miami, FL 33196
Miami Lakes Branch Library - 6699 Windmill Gate Road, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Kendall Branch Library - 9101 SW 97th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176
Doral Branch Library - 10785 NW 58 Street, Doral, FL 33178

Miami-Dade Police Department: Fred Taylor HQ - 9105 NW 25 Street, Doral, FL 33172
Miami-Dade Police Department: South District - 10800 SW 211th Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189-2899
Miami-Dade Police Department: Midwest District - 9101 NW 25 Street, Doral, FL 33172
Miami-Dade Police Department: West District - 10000 SW 142 Avenue, Miami, FL 33186
Miami-Dade Police Department: Intracoastal District - 15665 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Miami-Dade Police Department: Kendall District - 7707 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL 33183
Miami-Dade Police Department: Northwest District - 5975 Miami Lakes Drive East, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Miami-Dade Police Department: Northside District - 799 NW 81 Street, Miami, FL 33147
Miami-Dade Police Department: Town of Miami Lakes - 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Miami Beach Police Station - 1100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Books & Books: Coral Gables - 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Books and Books: Lincoln Road - 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Glades Middle School - 9451 SW 64th Street, Miami, FL 33173
Leewood K-8 Center - 10343 SW 124th Street, Miami, FL 33176
Palmer Trinity School - 7900 SW 176th Street, Miami, FL 33157
Florida Memorial University (Honors Program) - 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054

The Children's Trust 3150 SW 3rd Avenue (Coral Way), Miami, FL 33129
Baptist Health South Florida - 6200 SW 72nd St (Sunset Drive), Medical Arts Building, 2nd Floor, South Miami, FL 33143
Coral Gables Youth Center - 405 University Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Guardian Ad Litem - 601 NW 1st Court, South Tower, 10th Floor, Miami, FL 33136
Miami Beach Customer Service Center - 1755 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Beach 21st Street Recreation Center - 2100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Lakes Town Hall - 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, 33014


We need help sorting books and restocking shelves.


Too many books to carry?

Call 305-237-7418 or e-mail

Don't have gently used kids' books to donate?
Buy one in our online bookstore and we'll put it on a shelf for you!

Looking for a bookshelf?
Click here for a list of current bookshelf locations. Click here for a list of current bookshelf locations.
Accion Community Action and Human Services (858 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130)
Borinquen Medical Center North Miami (708 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161)
Catalyst Miami (1900 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 200, Miami, FL 33132)
Children's Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center (3300 NW 27th Avenue, Suite #1000, Miami, FL 33142)
Culmer Community Enrichment Center (1600 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136)
Cutler Manor Apartments (10875 SW 216th Street, Miami, FL)
Department of Children and Families Downtown (401 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite N526, Miami, FL 33128)
Department of Children and Families South (12195 Quail Roost Drive, Miami, FL 33177)
Department of Children & Families North (100 Opa-Locka Blvd, #200 South Building, Opa Locka, FL 33054)
Family Court Services (175 NW 1st Avenue, 15th Floor Miami, FL 33128)
Flamingo Park PAL Building (999 11th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Jessie Trice Center for Community Health (5361 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142)
Jessie Trice Center for Community Health - Flamingo Pediatrics (901 E 10th Avenue, Bay #39, Hialeah, FL 33010)
Jessie Trice Center for Community Health - North (4692 NW 183rd Street Opa Locka, FL 33055)
Jessie Trice Center for Community Health Pediatrics - North Shore Park (1190 NW 95 Street, Suite 304, Miami, FL 33150)
Joseph Caleb Community Service Center (5400 22nd Avenue, 3rd floor, Miami, FL 33147)
Kids Town Pediatrics (4112 NE 1st Avenue, Miami FL 33137)
Legion Park (6447 NE 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33138)
Liberty City Community Service Center (2500 NW 62nd Street, Miami, FL 33142)
Liberty City Public Housing (Miami Children's Initiative) (1907 NW 60th Street, Miami, FL 33142)
Little Haiti Net Services/ Little Haiti Park (6301 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33138)
Lotus House (217 Northwest 15 Street  Miami, FL  33136)
Miami Gardens Community Service Center (16495 BW 25 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054)
Naranja Community Service Center (13955 SW 264th Street, Naranja, FL  33032)
New Life Medical Institute Inc. (861 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL  33130)
North Shore Park and Youth Center (501 72nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33141)
Perrine Community Service Center (17801 Homestead Avenue, Miami, FL 33157)
Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center (5000 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 110, Miami, FL 33137)
Urban Strategies Housing  Northpark at Scott Carver (2181 NW 74th Street Miami, Florida 33147)
Wynwood Community Service Center (2905 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127)
WIC Clinic Homestead (753 W. Palm Drive Florida City, FL 33034)
Jessie Trice North Shore Hospital (1190 NW 95th ST. Suite 304 Miami FL 33150)
Little River WIC (300 NE 80th Terrace Miami, FL 33138)
North Miami WIC (14101 NW 8th Avenue Miami, FL 33168)
Carol City WIC (4737 NW 183rd Street Carol City, FL 33055)
Juanitta Mann WIC (7900 NW 27th Avenue Miami, FL 33147)


Seen our shelves? Taken a book?
Let us know what you think!





Click here for a list of Read to Learn Books for Free partners. Click here for a list of Read to Learn Books for Free partners.

· A Novel Idea

· Property Markets Group

· Books & Books

· The City of Miami Beach

· Univision

· Navarro Discount Pharmacies

· Tropical Girl Scouts of South Florida

· Pottery Barn Kids at Merrick Park

· South Florida Business Journal

· Peek Children’s Boutique

· First Book

· Publix Super Market Charities

· SapientNitro

· ArtCenter/South Florida

· South Dade Toyota of Homestead

· ZGS Digital

· Holland & Knight

· Kaufman, Rosin & Co.

· Florida Community Bank

· Law Offices of Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez

· Stonegate Bank

· Pottery Barn Kids Merrick Park

· Great Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

· Cool de Sac

· Junior Orange Bowl

· Aventura Auto Center

· The Junior League of Miami

· Dental Care Group

· Adrian Scheck

· Virginia Key Beach Park Holiday Fair

· The JPM Centre at Miami Gardens Drive

· Miami Book Fair International

· All Miami Dade College campuses

· Somerset Academy Silver Palms

· Homestead Girl Scouts Troop 253

· Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School