Volunteer With Us

“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

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

Community Book Drops

1hr and however long you choose to walk

Little Free Library Fill ups

2hrs – anytime

Porch Pickups

(donated books)

2hrs once or twice a week on an as needed basis

Can you help?

Book Sorting at the Book Bank

weekly or bi-weekly commitment

Family Book Bag Door Drops

2hrs once or twice a week on an as needed basis

e-wee read sr. (for volunteers 55+)

10 weeks – 1 hour once a week

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

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.

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.

“Being able to read opens the door to a wonderful world of learning, adventure and discovery.”

Calgary Reads Tutor