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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 and Waukesha Public Schools called My Very Own Library. At these book fairs held every May and December, each student selects five free books to build their home library.

Since United Way began the program in 2015, the project has distributed well over a half-million student-selected books and awarded schools with an additional $1.3 million in Scholastic credits to add to their budgets to meet students' needs! 

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
Zablocki Elementary

*School District of Waukesha schools



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


Volunteers will be in teams of 2-3 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
  • No vaccination is required to volunteer at this event. 


Registration is now closed. 



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