Volunteering at Calgary Reads
Calgary Reads is an early literacy organization changing the lives of children and their families. We believe all children should have the opportunity to read with confidence and joy—and that if children have their very own books and fun, safe places to read, they will!
Through our programs, Book Bank, community reading places and Little Red Reading House, we are building a vibrant reading community and inspiring a love of reading in the home.
To deliver these mighty programs and help set children up for success in school and in life, we unite a diverse group of passionate supporters committed to helping more children experience the life-changing magic of reading.
We need your help
As a valued stakeholder we want to update you on our response to Covid-19. Calgary Reads is prioritizing the health and safety of our team and volunteers. Our small team has been busy adapting to the new realities and we are innovating ways to ensure children and families prioritize reading together as an important way to remain resilient and find joy during these challenging times.
Volunteer With Us
Book Bank Book Sorting
Volunteers help sort gently used/like new children’s books and prepare them to go to our community partners.
Volunteer drivers pick up and deliver books to community organizations within Calgary.
Porch Pickups (donated books)
Volunteer drivers pick up donated books from Calgary homes, businesses and organizations and deliver them to our Book Bank.
Can you help?
Community Book Drops
Volunteers drop off book bags to families that are furthest from opportunity.
Little Free Library Fill ups
Volunteers replenish local Little Free Libraries with books from our Book Bank.
Big Book Sale 2022
Volunteers can sign up to collect & sort books, set-up the venue, work the sale, and/or help tear down. All registered volunteers get access to advanced shopping at our Volunteer Appreciation Event.
What talents are required?
• Strength for lifting and carrying
• A car or good walking shoes
• Map reading skills
• Bring your own gloves and mask
• A big heart!
We ask you please stay home if you are feeling unwell.
What can you do?
Donate Children’s Books
Our Book Bank is running dangerously low. We need your help to keep our supply of new and like-new books viable. One of the most urgent needs is books for children aged 0-2 years.
Check out this link for the kinds of books we love.
Perhaps your neighbours would be willing to set a box of books on their porch for pickup.
When you are ready to make your donation, please email email@example.com.
Donate Adult’s Books
We are currently not accepting adult books.
When we are, we prefer both fiction and non-fiction, that are recently published (2018, 2019, 2020), award winners and best sellers. We’re also looking for those books that you loved, got lost in, or from which you learned something fascinating!
View our ABC’s of Book Donations to learn more about what we need in the future.
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“When I used to go around the hallways, where both of my daughters attended their elementary school, an art piece on the school wall caught my attention. The words on the picture read “It takes a village to raise a child”. Keeping the phrase in my mind I often wondered my role in children’s lives other than my own. So, when the same school and Calgary Reads collaborated the reading program, I jumped to the volunteer opportunity and signed up for the Wee Read initiative. After attending the volunteer orientation held by Calgary Reads, I realized how many kids in my own city never got read to as infants, toddlers, or preschoolers. Through reading stories, I wanted to take children to places such as the museums, zoo, mountains, other cities, and countries where they may or may not be able to visit or travel to. Icing on the cake, as a Calgary Reads volunteer, I have been receiving continuous PPD – Parental Professional Development to enhance the reading techniques, engaging children and above all patience to provide an enriched experience.”
~ Dilshad, Calgary Reads Volunteer
In the community
We are working with our community partners and schools in economically disadvantaged communities to identify families most in need of books and then delivering books to these families.
Resources for home
In support of families, we are maximizing technology to share ideas and resources to keep families reading together and provide fun ideas for early childhood development activities they can do at home.
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.
“Being able to read opens the door to a wonderful world of learning, adventure and discovery.”
Calgary Reads Tutor