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.
Calgary Reads Big Book Sale update
We are reaching out to let you know with the wellbeing of our community in mind, the Big Book Sale has been cancelled.
-We are not able to accept book donations as planned
-All volunteer shifts are cancelled
We are so thankful for your support of Calgary Reads.
Take special care & take comfort in books and reading aloud!
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.
During a normal school year (and not one of crisis, like 2020 during which this blog was written), Canada Day would be the first holiday of the summer. We would typically be sharing book lists and activities that celebrate the nation as part of our [...]
I’ve lost my ability to read.
Well, not completely. But I can’t focus. And for me, reading is essential, like water. I’m an oasis-seeking wanderer in the desert, if I’m not reading. Usually, there is rarely a moment in [...]
Can you talk a little about two of your books; 'Rising' and 'Darwin’s Moving'?
Both books were somewhat accidental. I was in Toronto promoting my previous book when the flood struck, and during the train ride back west I had time to kill, [...]
I have just spent a sleepless night lying on the ‘comfort couch’ in my home office. At some point, my beautiful sunflower vase was knocked over and broke. It felt like a sign of something calling for my attention. As I lay on [...]
This month, we want to express our gratitude to Nipper Guest, founder and former President of Calgary-based Spartan Controls former President of the Bearspaw Benevolent Foundation.
A highlight of our conversation with Nipper was his [...]
EARTH DAY BOOKLIST
Todd Parr’s The Earth Book and Love the World. They playfully teach children about simple ways they can take care of our only place, the earth, and of one another! (Laura)
Bill Bryson’s A Short [...]
I’m a poet and I bet you didn’t know it!
I’ve always loved poetry. As a child, during tough times, I found comfort in poems... they were like quiet friends I could turn to for solace. Poetry’s themes and words spoke to me. I trusted [...]
My number 1 message
Those of you who know me, won’t be surprised. It’s been my number one message... forever. Because it’s true and it matters. And, at a difficult time like this, it’s a gentle reminder of caring and captivating ways [...]
Picture this… (isn’t it simply amazing that I could type “picture this” and, if I provided you with enough detail, you could do exactly that? Oh, for the gift of literacy and imagination!)
Let’s try this again… picture this; I am [...]
A moment in time
You, like me, are probably receiving daily COVID-19 updates from organizations you follow and businesses you support. We, too, have a similar informative message on our Calgary Reads’ website.
Sadly, during this [...]
Three cheers for the literary heroines and strong female leads who inspire us at Calgary Reads! Here are just a handful of our favourite femmes from Children's Literature:
Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
"Charlotte has [...]
Calgary Reads is very proud of our partnership with Pembina Pipeline, a Calgary-based company that believes in giving back to our community. We spoke with Community Investment Advisor, Brett Clapperton to find out why Pembina is so committed to [...]