Due to COVID-19 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. 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.

What are we doing?

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. Also, 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.

How can you help?

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, but we accept donations of all children’s books year-round at the Children’s Reading Place.

Check out the video below 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.

Make a cash donation

We receive deep discounts from book sellers so we can stretch your donation to buy more books


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

Donate Adult’s Books

While we typically accept donations of all ABC Books at our Store & Go locker, we have had to temporarily pause donations. Our last donation date until further notice is July 18th, 2020. Please consider sorting and storing all of your ABC Books until we are once again able to accept donations, and thank you for your generosity in helping to ‘spread the words’!

Read our ABC’s of Book Donations to learn more about the books we take


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The ABC’s of Book Donations

Learn more about what books we need and how to get them to us.

We hope you and your families remain healthy and find time and comfort in some great books.

Don’t forget to read aloud to the children in your life, even if it must be through a video call – it’s the greatest gift you can give them.