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.
Little Red Reading House update
Due to the concerns around COVID-19, we have made the decision to close the Little Red Reading House 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.
Everyone needs a rock
I always pick up rocks. A pebble here and there. I’ve been drawn to stones for as long as I can remember. I hold them in my hand; turn them over and over. I feel their smooth surface, trace the shape, consider [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Did you know there is a research-based relationship between child mental health and literacy? Many children with reading difficulties also face mental health challenges. Poor reading performance has been linked to children’s social-emotional [...]
Steacy shares some of the Picture Books that are current favourites in her office! Strong themes of persistence, resilience, and overcoming obstacles abound...
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade
Written By: Justin [...]
I read, voraciously. I read for pleasure, for purpose and everything in between! Every space I inhabit at home and at work is full of books. I give and receive books. People send me greeting cards showing people reading. I have book bags galore with [...]
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 [...]