The CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale


We are currently looking for volunteers for the 2018 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale, our signature fundraising event. If you are interested in volunteering for this event,  please complete the following form.


Volunteer Liability Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I volunteer with my family? Much of Calgary Reads’ work involves children and youth and so we appreciate that children want to volunteer with their parents at the book sale. Children between the ages of 13 and 16 are welcome to volunteer with full adult/parental supervision. You will be asked to complete a waiver form for each child.  We do not have the capacity to safely accommodate children under the age of 13.

What can I expect to do as a volunteer?  The main jobs are sorting and then setting the books on tables for display.  If you are interested in one specific category we will try to accommodate that.

What should I bring when I volunteer?  You will likely be standing on the concrete floor throughout your shift so wear comfortable and sturdy shoes. Our space can be a bit chilly and so bring a fleece or layer. We provide some snacks during breaks and ask that you bring your own water bottle. We don’t have a place to secure valuables so leave valuables locked in the trunk of your car or don’t bring at all.

Where can I park – as a volunteer/during the sale? For sorting and set up days, the Calgary Curling Club parking lot can accommodate our volunteers. Parking on sale days is much more challenging. There is some 2-hour street parking west of the Calgary Curling Club in the Community of Sunnyside and there is parking at the City of Calgary parking lot #59 at 200 Memorial Drive N.W. just east of the Curling Club (with a convenient pathway connecting the two). The City of Calgary lot is a pay lot and costs $.50 per hour with a maximum stay of 3 hours.  On Saturdays, the maximum fee is $2.00.

2017 Volunteer Shift Dates:

Sorting and Sale set-up – May 2nd to May 11th. Mon to Fri 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Book Sale – May 12, 13 and 14

Clean-Up – May 14th and May 15th

The shifts are four hours (9-1, 1-5, 4-8). Volunteers are required to stand (on concrete) and so sturdy shoes are needed.

Volunteer  Orientations – All volunteers are asked to attend an orientation training session. We have two dates available for sign-up.

April 19: OPEN

April 19: FULL

April 26: FULL

Volunteer Appreciation  “Spread the Words” – All volunteers and a guest are invited to our `Spread the Words` pre-sale on Thursday, May 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where 20 books per person may be purchased before the crowds show up on May 12th. The event is by invite only.