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First we learn to read—then we read to learn! Being a strong reader helps in every class and in every grade. The best way to become a strong reader? Practice. And when kids get to pick out their own books—chances are, they will read them! For some of our community’s children, books are a luxury item. That’s where Scholastic Book Fairs comes in to help kids establish and grow their own personal home library.

Brook Lopez, the Milwaukee Bucks, and United Way have partnered to host a series of book fairs – Brook Lopez Book Fairs– benefiting elementary students from 17 Milwaukee and Waukesha public schools.

$35 purchases five new books. $140 purchases 20 new books.



Sign up today to volunteer and help students pick out 5 FREE books!

Volunteers will:

  • Help students pick out books
  • Help keep books organized
  • Assist with the check-out process of FREE books
  • Assist in other areas as needed


Zablocki Elementary School

1016 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215

Tuesday, February 27

Registration is now full



Set Up Volunteers

It takes a bit more work for schools without ramps and elevators to set up and take down fairs for their student -- so lets offer them a helping hand! A team of 3-6 is needed to help lift boxes of books, construct/deconstruct pop-up book shelves, and organize books so they are ready for the students. 

On the regstration form, please indicate your availability between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the date below and a United Way respresentative will reach out to coordinate.



How It Works

  1. United Way and its partners provide a free book fair at 17 Milwaukee & Waukesha schools.

  2. Volunteers and school staff help students choose their five favorite books at each fair every year to take home to keep and grow their own home library.

  3. Half of sales are credited back to school budgets in Scholastic Dollars to use on anything in the Scholastic catalogue – technology, furniture, or even more books.

  4. Schools also engage families in home learning strategies with fun family literacy nights and visits from children’s authors.


Why It Works

Book ownership has a significant impact on:

  • Emergent literacy skills
  • Reading performance
  • Attitude toward reading
  • Motivation to read
  • Reading behavior
  • Basic language abilities
  • General academic performance 

Since 2015, the program has provided half a million books to students and over $1 million in credits added back to school budgets.

Participating Schools

Auer Avenue Elementary, Brown Street Academy, Browning Elementary, Doerfler Elementary, Gwen T. Jackson Elementary, Hadfield Elementary*, Hawthorne Elementary*, Heyer Elementary*, Hopkins-Lloyd Community School, Kagel Elementary, Kluge Elementary, Lancaster Elementary, Lincoln Avenue Elementary School, Longfellow School, Riley Elementary, Townsend Street Elementary, and Zablocki Elementary.


*School District of Waukesha schools

Special Thanks to these Additional Sponsors

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