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 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!
Little Red Reading House update
Our Little Red Reading House is now closed temporarily so we can help keep Calgary families safe. We expect to remain closed for visits until June, possibly longer. As soon as we are able to host families again, we’ll be sure to let you all know!
If you had a booking for this period, we’ll reach out to your directly. If you still have questions about your booking, please reach out to email@example.com
Thank you friends and families. Take care and take time to read together as a family! Little ones need the comfort of our embraces and voices right now.
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.
Research shows that children can lose two or more months of learning over the summer holidays.
Summer Reading ABC's
These 3 simple things will help improve summer reading outcomes:
Access to books. Children need access to a wide variety of [...]
Guest Blogger Karen Scarlett, Artist & Calgary Reads Champion
Have you heard about Calgary Reads? If you haven't, then today is your lucky day!
A number of years ago, I had my work set up at a farmers' market and the Executive Director of [...]
We’ve written a lot about children’s screen time; how much is ‘OK’ and at what age etc. Just in case you missed past articles, Calgary Reads follows the recommendations of The Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) that released new guidelines [...]
Reading aloud every day is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn. It’s a message I share all the time.
More brain development occurs during the first 2000 days of a child’s development, namely from [...]
" I can read in red. I can read in blue. I can read in pickle color too." Dr. Seus
Over the last nine months, as the first readers-in-residence we have had the opportunity to say " I can read to you" and have little ones say " I can read to you. [...]
Parents and caregivers often ask me to suggest a particular book to help them open up a conversation with their child. Perhaps because the topic may be difficult to talk about – like the loss of a pet, bullying or a family break-up.
I was [...]
I had breakfast on January 23 with Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist with the Conference Board of Canada—and this was one of his key messages.
Actually, I was one of dozens hosted by the Centre for Family Literacy in [...]
Originally posted Jan 23rd on https://bigplansforlittlekids.wordpress.com
As the Executive Director of Calgary Reads (an early literacy initiative), a parent and former teacher, I’m often asked by families how they can help their young [...]
If your family is like many, then making time to read more is probably one of your New Year’s resolutions. That’s a good thing because in November 2017 the Canadian Pediatric Society updated its position statement on screen time for young [...]
Join us Friday, Dec 29th for the Calgary Roughnecks game. When you purchase tickets through this special online ticket offer $5 will go back to Calgary Reads in support of children’s literacy. Gather your friends and family for a fun night out in [...]
Canada is one of 10 countries to see a drop in reading scores in the latest round of international testing. This stat is all the more disheartening for two reasons:
The overall trend internationally is one of improving literacy as 31 other [...]