Reading Opens the World Book Fair

In partnership with American Federation of Teachers and Toledo Federation of Teachers.

Free Books Available at
Family Literacy & Book Fair

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Glass City Metropark, The future home of the Glass City Enrichment Center
815 Front Street

Metroparks Toledo and Toledo Federation of Teachers will give away 40,000 books as part of the American Federation of Teachers Reading Opens the World campaign. The event will get books into the hands of families and students in need, and the educators and school staff that serve them and their communities. To achieve this goal, Metroparks Toledo and its partners will host the Family Literacy & Book Fair event at the future home of the Glass City Enrichment Center at Glass City Metropark.

About Glass City Enrichment Center

Glass City Enrichment Center, 815 Front Street, will repurpose a currently vacant building to serve the community as a consistent, safe, welcoming space. Metroparks Toledo and its partners plan for the Center to be an accessible, conveniently located facility for services such as workforce development, youth, wellness and other educational programs and services. Metroparks will use portions of the building for park district operations.

40,000 Free Books for Families and Educators!

  • Books are available on a first-come, first served basis. Arrive early!
  • Parents/guardians can choose up to 10 FREE BOOKS per child.
  • Educators and school staff can choose up to 40 FREE BOOKS for their classrooms or programs.
  • Download the event flyer [PDF].

Reading is foundational skill necessary for virtually everything we do.


  • Make reading fun
  • Make books more easily accessible
  • Give parents and educators the tools and resources to help kids learn to read and then read to learn.

School and community program staff must be registered with First Book to receive free books. Registration is free and on-site registration will be available. To register in advance, please visit Pre-registered educators and staff will be admitted first.

Our Partners:

  • Toledo Federation of Teachers
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • First Book
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Imagination Station
  • Mercy Health
  • Islamic Center of Northwest Ohio
  • HOPE Toledo
  • East Toledo Family Center
  • Connecting Kids to Meals
  • NAACP - Toledo Branch

If interested in volunteering for this event call (419) 407-9713 [flyer].

About the Reading Opens the World Campaign

Reading is a foundational skill necessary for virtually everything we do. 

It opens possibilities for all children to succeed—to learn and grow, to explore and imagine, to investigate and verify, and to lead fulfilling lives. Reading well instills confidence and helps reduce inequities. 

The disruptions due to the pandemic make focusing on literacy even more important, to assist our students not just to catch up but to thrive.  

That is why the AFT launched the Reading Opens the World campaign to support parents and guardians and our members and help re-build and re-strengthen those bonds and show that we are all partners in students’ literacy.  

To help do this, the AFT is bringing 1 million FREE books to for families’ home libraries and educators’ classrooms and school staff programs so that all children have easy access to books, parents have access to literacy tips and tools and we all work together to instill a love of reading and learning!  

Already, AFT has distributed more than 125,000 books, and it is just getting started! 

In addition, Reading Opens the World is also providing teachers and school staff the tools and professional development that translate the science of reading into usable resources to help students read and read well.

For more information on Reading Opens the World, to access these professional development opportunities or for parent resources go to