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.
Some kids have none, some people have hundreds they, um, need to let go of.
(seriously. let them go.)
The CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale is our way of evening that out…
But we have to “bookmark it” for now!
UPDATE – CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
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 operation of Calgary Reads.
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. Due to the current challenges of COVID-19, our Big Book Sale is postponed.
We are planning to hold the Big Book Sale in the fall… as soon as we know more, you will too.
Your willingness to support us with your time and energy is deeply appreciated.
While the dates have changed for the Big Book Sale, our needs have not.
This crisis has prompted us to accelerate our book access strategy. We want to provide books immediately to children and families experiencing increased distance from opportunity.
We need your donations of new and “like-new” CHILDREN’S BOOKS NOW. If you are able to donate gently used children’s books, please contact us at email@example.com and we will provide instructions on how to donate. We will need your adult books in the future so we ask that you please be patient and hold onto adult book donations for now, while we prioritize getting books to children. Thank you!
We currently have multiple, no contact, volunteer opportunities such as Porch Pick Ups, Delivery of Book Bags, Little Free Library fill ups and Community Book Drops. If you have an interest in participating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.