View the latest important updates about our programs & operations during COVID-19
The health, safety and well-being of our volunteers, employees and customers is our top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities during this challenging time. See below for updates to our programs and initiatives.
CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale update
We continue to plan the annual CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale, our biggest fundraiser of the year. This book sale is incredibly important to the operations of Calgary Reads. We have decided to ‘boomark’ the Big Book Sale until later in the year, but the need for book donations to help keep books in the hands of families who need them most is still high. Learn more here.
Children’s Reading Place update
Due to the concerns around COVID-19, we have made the decision to close the Children’s Reading Place until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact us at 403-777-8254 ext. 101. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Calgary Reads FOOD BANK Volunteer update
Your commitment to volunteering is sincerely valued and appreciated. We have decided to not be on location at the Food Bank until further notice. Please watch our website and look for emails from us regarding any updates.
We need your help!
Our regular volunteer opportunities are paused but we continue to do essential work. We still need your help distributing books through our Book Bank.
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I’ve lost my ability to read.
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Can you talk a little about two of your books; 'Rising' and 'Darwin’s Moving'?
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