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UPDATE – Volunteer Opportunities

Your time and support is integral to the success of Calgary Reads in our work to help ensure all children read with confidence and joy. 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. Click here for a list of our current volunteer opportunities.

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Thank you!

Together, we can change a child’s world

We often say it takes a community to raise reader. But it’s also true that reading can bring a community together. Together, our volunteers, program partners, schools, consultants and community supporters are creating a movement around child literacy and expanding opportunities for all children to read, learn and grow.

Volunteer your time

Help out at an event or support children’s literacy by choosing a regularly scheduled volunteer opportunity.

Share books

Share new and gently-used books with families who need extra support.

Donate money

Provide financial support for one of our school programs or community initiatives.

Donating books

With limited access to books right now, this work is more important than ever. We have set up a safe book donation and distribution process for Little Free Library stewards to pick up bags of books from our Little Red Reading House.


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“When young students break through and realize, ‘I really can read,’ their eyes light up and I watch their self-confidence and pride grow. It’s so heartwarming and gratifying.”

Maggie Redmond Read Up! Volunteer Tutor

Build a free library

Start your own Little Free Library in your neighbourhood. We’ll supply a few ideas and some books to get you started.


The percentage of Alberta children entering school already significantly behind their peers in language, literacy and learning skills.


Become a literacy advocate

Join our Reading Revival movement to build awareness about the need to support early literacy.

Be a reading role model

Read to young children – in your home, your community or anywhere.

Do your own thing

Plan an activity or host an event to promote reading in your neighbourhood, school or workplace.

Take the pledge

I pledge to:
read every day that I eat, read alone, read aloud, read always, and share the joy of reading with a child.