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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.

We have temporarily closed our Children’s Reading Place to the public; however, our Book Bank is thriving! We are committed to getting books into the homes of children who most need them.

Donating books

With no access to school or public libraries, 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 the Children’s Reading Place.

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.

What can you do?


If you would like to be part of our safe book distribution plan.

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 info@calgaryreads.com.

Donate Adult’s Books

We accept adult books, 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.


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