Read to Learn Books For Free

LAST UPDATED: November 09, 2018
Education & Youth Development
Read to Learn Books for Free is a program of The Children’s Trust in partnership with Miami Book Fair at 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. In 2016, we delivered a total of 185,001 books to 40 book shelf sites, which averages about 3,558 books per week. The program aims to exceed that in the coming year.
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Freedom Tower 7th Floor
MIAMI, FL 33132-2204

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Board Chair
Founder/Owner of Books and Books
Member at Large
Partner - Hamilton, Miller, Birthisel
Natalia Crujeiras
Member at Large
Executive Director of Cultural Affairs for Miami Dade College
Lynne Barrett
Member at Large
Amy Dang-Stojanovic
Member at Large
Founding Partner - Mochee
Irene Munoz
Member at Large
Director of Marketing Miami Dade College
Lisa Palley
Member at Large
Owner - Palley Promotes
Campbell McGrath
Member at Large
Writer/Professsor at FIU
Connor McCreery
Member at Large


Delia Lopez
Director of Operations
Lissette Mendez
Director of Programs
Paolo Rana-Fernandez
Program Manager
Corey Lewis
Manager of Corporate Relations
Stephanie Farokhnia
Operations Manager
Nicole Swift
Program Manager
Johanna Lawshea
Office Manager
Marci Cancio Bello
Program Manager
Amanda Giust
Program Manager - Read to Learn Books For Free
Sara McCranie
Graphic Artist


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.