News: Miami Beach Joins Read to Learn Books For Free Program

The City of Miami Beach has joined the Read To Learn Books For Free Initiative – a program developed by The Miami Children’s Trust and The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College with the goal of having all children in Miami-Dade County reading at or above grade-level by the third grade.

Beginning today and throughout the year, 10 public Miami Beach locations will have the recognizable green donation bins where anyone can drop off new or gently used children’s books. For families with little or no access to books for their children, two new bookshelves have also been established in Miami Beach where parents and kids are be encouraged to take one book home from to read together. A full list of donation bins and bookshelves is listed as follows

Donation Bin Locations:

Flamingo Park PAL Building (999 11th St., Miami Beach, 33139)

Miami Beach Police Station (1100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139)

City Hall (1700 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, 33139)

Customer Service Center (1755 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, 33139)

21st Street Recreation Center (2100 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 33139)

Scott Rakow Youth Center (2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, 33140)

Muss Park (4400 Chase Ave., Miami Beach, 33140)

North Shore Park and Youth Center (501 72nd St., Miami Beach, 33141)

Fairway Park (200 Fairway Dr., Miami Beach, 33140)

Normandy Isle Park and Pool (7030 Trouville Esplanade, Miami Beach, 33141)

Bookshelf Locations:

North Shore Park and Youth Center (501 72 St., Miami Beach, 33141)

Flamingo Park PAL Building (999 11 St., Miami Beach, 33139)

Nearly half of Miami-Dade County third-graders fail to read at the basic grade level, and children not reading on level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Thanks to the support of partners like the City of Miami Beach, this communitywide campaign aims to change that daunting reality. Read to Learn Books for Free makes books more accessible to children through strategically placed bookshelves filled with new and gently used age-appropriate books in highly visited locations.

“We’re excited to serve as a host for the Learn to Read book initiative, and look forward to encouraging young residents and parents to visit our bookshelves. Developing the enjoyment of reading translates into creating a strong foundation for learning,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

“This program is particularly special because it engages the whole community in recycling books that were once cherished by one generation of children so that they may now captivate a whole new generation, but with the very serious goal of helping them reach their full potential,” says Charles Auslander, President and CEO of The Children’s Trust.

“We are extremely grateful to the City of Miami Beach for their support of the Read to Learn Books for Free initiative. Their participation will help put books into the hands of the underserved children in our community and get them reading for a bright future,” said Lissette Mendez, director of programs at The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College.

Book drop-off and pick-up is limited to normal business hours for each location. For questions: miamibeachfl.gov or miamibeachparks.com or call Parks & Recreation at 305.673.7730.

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