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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. Given the concerns around COVID-19, volunteer opportunities are currently on hold. New volunteers may wish to sign up for future opportunities.

See our website and emails for updates.

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 Alberta children to read, learn and grow.

9 ways you can help us brighten the futures of young readers

1. Volunteer your time

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

2. Donate books

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

3. Donate money

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

4. Invite us to speak

Ask us to attend your school or community event to get people fired up about reading.

3. Donate money

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

“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

5. 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.


6. Become a literacy advocate

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

7. Be a reading role model

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

8. Do your own thing

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

9. 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.