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Book Fairs

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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 is why, United Way partners with Scholastic to host a series of book fairs at Milwaukee Public Schools called My Very Own Library and at Waukesha Public Schools called Build My Bookshelf. At these book fairs held every May and December, each student selects five free books to build their home library.

Each fair needs volunteers and that is where you come in.

Volunteers will be in teams of 2-4 per shift, with a United Way site lead assisting at each school. 

Volunteers will:

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

To volunteer for this event, full vaccination status is required (including being up to date with boosters). After you register, a United Way staff member will reach out to share the process for confirming your vaccination status.

Sign Up Now

Select one shift, or two and stay for the day! Once you sign-up, you will receive a confirmation email of the shift time and location. 

The following schools have indicated they are in need of volunteer support:


Milwaukee Public Schools Opportunities 

Browning Elementary School

5540 N 64th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53218

Registration now full

Brown Street Academy

2029 N 20th St
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Registration now full

Hopkins Lloyd Community School

1503 W Hopkins St
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Registration now full

Lancaster School 

4931 N 68th St
Milwaukee, WI 53218

Registration now full


Lincoln Avenue School

1817 W Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Registration now full


Longfellow Public School

1021 S 21st St
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Registration now full

Riley Elementary School

2424 S 4th St
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Registration now full


Waukesha Public Schools Opportunities 

Hawthorne Elementary School

111 Maitland Dr
Waukesha, WI 53188

 Registration now full

Thank you to the following volunteer groups:

EMC Insurance


Questions? Contact Sydney Radandt at or 414-837-3885