Read to Learn Books for Free

Read to Learn Books for Free is a program of The Children’s Trust in partnership with Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College. Our goal is to get more books in the hands of children – books they can keep to read with their families over and over again. We achieve this goal by delivering approximately 3,500 books per week to more than 50 free bookshelf locations through Miami-Dade County. These books are free for the taking by children and their caregivers.

Upcoming Events

February 2020

Saturday, February 29 @ 11:00 am
Books & Books – Coconut Grove
3409 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with us and bring the perfect gift: a gently-used children’s book for other kids who don’t have. Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss character, and join us for arts & crafts, readings, and lots of fun. Drop your gently used baby books, first readers, and picture books in the Read to Learn Books for Free bin, and know that your books stock the 65 bookshelves found around Miami-Dade providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home.…

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Past Events

October 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
The Motivational Edge
1550 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33142 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free 1,000,000th Book Celebration

Since 2013 Read to Learn Books for Free has distributed 1,000,000 books to 65 bookshelves around Miami-Dade County. To celebrate, we will be hosting an event at one of our bookshelf locations, The Motivational Edge, on Wednesday, October 23, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Free books will be given out, performances will be put on by the students at The Motivational Edge, and light refreshments will be provided.…

September 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

Brad Meltzer Reading Circle

Drop your gently-used children’s books into the Read to Learn Books for Free bin and stay to have lunch with us and learn all about Walt Disney and Marie Curie with best-selling New York Times author Brad Meltzer. Brad will sign books after the presentation. California Pizza Kitchen, 300 Miracle Mile, will donate a portion of your bill to Read to Learn Books for Free, which provides free books to children.…

August 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
The Wharf Miami
114 SW North River Dr, Miami, FL 33130 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free: Book Lovers Collection Drive & Happy-Hour

Friday, August 9th, join us at The Wharf Miami for a special book collection drive, & happy-hour! DONATE ANY NEW OR GENTLY USED CHILDREN’S BOOK, & RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY COCKTAIL ON US! FRIDAY HAPPY-HOUR: $1 BEER & $3 WINE BY THE GLASS (FROM 4-7PM) For Table Reservations please email hello@wharfmiami.com or call 305.906.4000 presented by The Children’s Trust Read To Learn, Miami Book Fair, & Miami-Dade Public Library System —— —— —— MUSIC BY: PAUL E &…

July 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Puss in Boots

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Puss in Boots (a musical retelling of the classic tale by Charles Perrault)! Saturdays, July 6 – 27, 2019 @ 2 p.m. Everyone’s favorite swashbuckling “Feline in Footwear” shines in this musical retelling of the classic tale by Charles Perrault. Discover how Puss gets his Bodacious Boots and Flashy Fedora, and then join him as he helps the Miller’s youngest son go from rags to riches.…

May 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! (based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series)! Saturdays, April 25 – May 23 @ 2 p.m. The Emmy Award-winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series comes to life onstage in Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! This pop culture phenomenon follows Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher, who is extremely worried about his first day of school tomorrow.…

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10:30 am
Pinecrest Library
5835 S.W. 111th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Reading Circle Read-a-thon!

The students of Doral Prep’s National English Honor Society will be reading one book right after another to younger kids, a storytelling Read-a-thon marathon! Cookies and milk, provided by Milam’s, will be served. The younger kids and their parents & siblings are encouraged to share their love of reading by bringing a gently-used children’s book to drop in the Read to Learn Books for Free bin at the Pinecrest. These collected books stock the 65 book shelves all over town, from juvenile court to community service offices,…

March 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Cinderella

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Cinderella (based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault) Saturdays, February 7 – March 21 @ 2 p.m. Loved the world over, Charles Perrault’s classic tale of a young lady’s struggle to overcome the tyranny of her wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters springs to life. Toss in a zany Fairy Godmother with two comical assistants, a Prince who is having parental problems of his own,…

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Books & Books at Suniland Shops
11297 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Reading Circle – March 2019

Reading, Arts with Miami Kids Magazine, and Music making with special guest Brandon Cruz of South Florida Center for Percussive Arts. Share the love of books….Drop gently-used baby books, first readers, and picture books into the Read to Learn Books for Free bin, and know that your books stock the 60 bookshelves found around Miami-Dade providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home. Together we can change the statistic that only 1 in 300 children own a book at home!…

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Into The Woods, JR!

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of Into The Woods, JR! (based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon series)! Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 24 at 4 p.m. (Beans Cast) Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. (Nectarines Cast) The Brothers Grimm “go Broadway” as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into The Woods JR.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – Frost Family Day

Florida international university’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum is collecting gently-used children’s books to donate to our community’s children! Books can be dropped in the Read to Learn Books for Free bin at Frost Family Day, a free event with hands-on art activities that engage everyone with the museum’s collections and exhibitions.…

February 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Books & Books at Suniland Shops
11297 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Reading Circle – February 2019

Bring your gently-used children’s books and drop them into the Read to Learn Books for Free bin when you join us for our February Reading Circle celebrating Miami’s own Laurie B. Friedman and her rhyming picture books Love Ruby Valentine. Share the love of Reading and Books…. We deliver more than 5,000 books per week to more than 58 bookshelves throughout Miami-Dade County, providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home. Help us keep the bookshelves stocked!…

August 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Tropical Park Stadium
7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free at 7th Annual Breastfeeeding Awareness Walk

Bring your family and friends to take part in walking to raise awareness of breastfeeding in our community. Tons of activities for the kids. Visit the many exhibitors that make up our community. Take part in health and wellness screenings, breastfeeding and nutrition workshops, car seat safety, raffles, music, food and so much more. Stop by the Read to Learn Books for Free tent to pick up a free book!…

Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Little Haiti Soccer Park
6301 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free at Little Haiti Book Bag & School Supplies Giveaway

9th Annual Little Haiti Optimist Club/Little Haiti NET & Partners Book Bag & School Supplies Giveaway 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Working together, we can provide the youth of Little Haiti book bags & school supplies for this upcoming school year. Read to Learn Books for Free will be attending this event and passing out free books to put in the book bags!…

July 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz) Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day,…

Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz) Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day,…

Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. Today, MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic. The brilliantly restored images are accompanied by full symphony orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. Gently-used children’s books are being collected at both showings for Read to Learn Books for Free to stock the 55 bookshelves found around Miami-Dade providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home.…

Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was a technical marvel for the MGM studio in the late 1930s. Today, MGM has stunningly re-mastered this timeless classic. The brilliantly restored images are accompanied by full symphony orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. Gently-used children’s books are being collected at both showings for Read to Learn Books for Free to stock the 55 bookshelves found around Miami-Dade providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home.…

Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz) Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day,…

Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Books & Books at Suniland Shops
11297 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Reading Circle – July 2018

Summer Time Reading Circle! Reading, Arts and Music-Making with special guest Brandon Cruz of South Florida Center for Percussive Arts. Share the love of books…. Drop gently-used baby books, first readers, and picture books into the Read to Learn Books for Free bin, and know that your books stock the 55 bookshelves found around Miami-Dade providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home. Together we can change the statistic that only 1 in 300 children own a book at home!…

Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Book Drive – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Actor’s Playhouse will be running a book drive for Read to Learn Books for Free during their special performances of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz) Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day,…

June 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free – Book Booth Unveiling & Beyond Literacy

Beyond Literacy Pop-Up (B Lit Pop-Up) is the first pop up of its kind and the first unveiling took place at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, the central hub of Haitian art, history, and culture. Founded by Ms. Suze Guillaume, B LIT Pop Up is a green space initiative that brings literacy to children and parents where they are, by using the art of language through stories, narratives, history, culture, and books The pop up will raise awareness of multicultural authors,…

Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Books & Books at Suniland Shops
11297 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States

Read to Learn Books for Free Reading Circle – June 2018

Love Summer! Love Dad! Love June! Read to Learn Books for Free Monthly Reading Circle. Reading, Crafting, Singing. With special guests Commissioner Daniella Cava-Levine and librarians from the Pinecrest branch of Miami-Dade Public Library. Gently-used children’s books are being collected at Book & Books for Read to Learn Books for Free to stock the 55 bookshelves found around Miami-Dade providing every child who visits the shelves a free book to take home. What is really needed are baby books, first readers,…

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