Donate to Local 10's My Future, My Choice Big Book Drive

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – WPLG Local 10 News wants children in South Florida to experience the joy and benefit of reading. It's why Local 10 is launching the My Future, My Choice Big Book Drive. 

My Future, My Choice is a multi-faceted, multi-year station initiative to address youth gun violence and help pave a path to solutions and success.

It began with a town hall meeting in April, along with editorials, public service announcements and weekly news stories. 

The Big Book Drive is another component of the station's commitment to spread a positive message to South Florida youth. They can choose their future and achieve their goals.

Research shows that an alarming number of kids who fail to graduate high school were poor third-grade readers. 

Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer. In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to one, while in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children. 

However, there is good news.

Research also indicates the most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.

 From June 20 through Aug. 31, Local 10 is joining forces with Miami-Dade County and Broward County Public Libraries, Walgreens and other private businesses to collect new books for kids. 



The following is a list of drop-off locations near you, along with a suggested list of age-appropriate books you can donate. Make sure you scroll all the way to see all the participating partners for the Local 10 My Future, My Choice Big Book Drive.




Broward County

YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR NEW BOOK DONATION AT ANY BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATION.  For your convenience, below is a list of some of the participating branches.


Stirling Road, Hollywood

3150 Stirling Road



South Regional/Broward College, Pembroke Pines

7300 Pines Blvd.



Pembroke Pines/Walter C. Young, Pembroke Pines

955 NW 129 Avenue



Weston, Weston

4205 Bonaventure Blvd.



West Regional, Plantation

8601 West Broward Blvd.  



Sunrise Dan Pearl, Sunrise

10500 West Oakland Park Blvd.



Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale

3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd.



Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale

5985 North Federal Highway



Northwest Regional Library, Coral Springs

3151 University Drive



African American Research Library & Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale

2650 Sistrunk Blvd.



Miami-Dade County

Miami Springs, Central Miami-Dade

401 Westward Drive



Main Library, Downtown

101 West Flagler Street



Arcola Lakes, North Miami-Dade

8240 NW 7th Avenue



California Club, North Miami- Dade

700 Ives Dairy Road



Golden Glades, North Miami-Dade

100 NE 166 Street



North Dade Regional, North Miami-Dade

2455 NW 183rd Street



Coral Reef, South Miami-Dade

9211 Coral Reef Drive



South Miami, South Miami-Dade

6000 Sunset Drive



Kendale Lakes, Southwest Miami-Dade

15205 SW 88th Street



Sunny Isles Beach, Southeast Miami-Dade

18070 Collins Avenue



Barnes & Noble is also a Local 10 Big Book Drive partner. You can shop at any of the following South Florida locations for new children's books.

Broward County

Fort Lauderdale

2051 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305




591 S. University Dr., Plantation, FL 33324



Miami-Dade County

South Miami

5701 Sunset Dr. Ste. 196, South Miami, FL 33143



Coral Gables

152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134




12405 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33186



The following Walgreens stores will serve as drop-off points for new children's books:


Broward County

1300 E. Hallandale Bch. Blvd.

Hallandale Beach, FL 33009


501 E. Sheridan St.

Dania Beach, FL 33004


3015 S. University Dr.

Davie, FL 33328


1751 Bonaventure Blvd.

Weston, FL 33326


11750 W. Sample Rd.

Coral Springs, FL 33065


5480 N. University Dr.

Coral Springs, FL 33067


Miami-Dade County

9675 N.W. 41st St.

Doral, FL 33178


18665 Biscayne Blvd.

Aventura, FL 33180


3007 Aventura Blvd., Bay 4

Aventura, FL 33180


Suggested Book List:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Curious George

Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Fancy Nancy

Green Eggs and Ham




The Cat In The Hat

The Going To Bed Book

The Lorax

The Tale of Peter The Rabbit

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


On Friday, July 15, Local 10 News anchors Todd Tongen and Neki Mohan will hop aboard a yellow school bus to collect your donations. We want to fill that bus from floor to ceiling. Let's make it happen and make a difference this summer for kids who need it most.

For more information about the South Florida library system and ongoing, free reading activities for kids at a branch near you:

In Miami-Dade County, visit mdpls.org

In Broward County, visit Broward.org/library