Metroparks Toledo and Toledo Federation of Teachers are working together to give away 40,000 books Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glass City Metropark as part of the American Federation of Teachers Reading Opens the World campaign.

Books will be available at the Reading Opens the World Family Literacy & Book Giveaway in
the new Market Hall building at Glass City, 1505 Front St. Families can choose up to 10 books per child. Educators can select up to 40 books for their classrooms. School and community program staff must qualify and register in advance at

More than 20 pallets of books for early readers through high school will be available at no cost to families and educators at this one-day book giveaway. The event is sponsored by Metroparks Toledo, Toledo Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teacher’s Reading Opens the World campaign.

Additional information is available online at


About Reading Opens the World

The American Federation of Teachers launched the Reading Opens the World campaign to spread the joy of reading with the goal of distributing two million free books to families’ home libraries and educators’ classrooms. Another goal is to give educators and school staff the tools and professional development that translate the science of reading into usable resources to help students read well, and to provide parents and caregivers fun and research-based tips and tools to support literacy.


Already, the AFT has distributed more than 1.4 million books and held more than 250 events across the country, including a 40,000 book giveaway last year at the future home of the Glass City Enrichment Center in Toledo. For more information and resources, go to


About Glass City Metropark

Glass City is the newest of the 19 Metroparks operated by Metroparks Toledo, a regional park system serving Lucas County. Phase 2 of the new park opened June 9 and includes the area’s only skating ribbon, nature-themed play areas, a restaurant, picnic shelters, three miles of trails and scenic views of the Toledo skyline.