The Story of a Book: Our Report To Community

The Story of a Book: Our Report To Community

Children need access to books so they can become good readers, but they also need books of their own. Owning a book encourages children to read more and can turn a reluctant reader into a book lover. Research shows the more books a child has at home, the better the chance he or she will grow up to be a confident and enthusiastic reader.

Too many children in Alberta don’t have books to call their own.

In 2017-2018 we worked throughout the community to increase book access for children.

The Story of a Book

Here’s how many books we gave away to children in our community throughout 2017-2018.


CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

Each year, people donate their books, we sell them and the funds raised are used year-round to support literacy programs, and get free books into the hands of kids who have none.


Alberta Reads Network Schools

Our expanding network of Alberta schools is bringing the joy of reading to young students across the province. Trained volunteers are reading aloud to children, schools are hosting events to celebrate literacy and promote reading inside and outside the classroom; our programs, resources and supports are making a difference to hundreds of Alberta children every day.


Little Free Libraries

Take a book, share a book. Calgary Reads helps Little Free Library stewards’ stock their libraries by providing access to our stock of second helpings.


Calgary Food Bank

Children who visit the Food Bank with their family are invited to pick five books to take home and keep.


Corporate Book Drops

When corporate groups join us to learn more about what we do, we send them on a Book Drop! It’s a fun activity where we simply leave books around the city for someone to find and keep.


The Book Bank

Throughout the year, we accept new and gently used children’s book donations for families in need.


Children’s Reading Place

We’ve transformed a house in Calgary’s historic Inglewood neighbourhood into a welcoming hub of reading, where school groups and families can come to experience the pleasure of curling up with a good book. Each child who visits the house leaves with a free book of their choosing.

Thank you to our donors

Through our many relationships and partnerships, we are creating a reading revolution to strength childhood literacy. We’d like to thank every member of our community for helping us give every child the opportunity to read, learn and grow.

Leaders – $50,000 +

Anonymous Donor
Calgary Foundation
Cenovus Energy
Chevron Canada Resources
Prosser Charitable Foundation

Innovators – $25,000 +

Alberta Culture & Tourism – Community Initiatives Program
Bearspaw Benevolent Foundation
RBC Foundation>

Builders – $10,000 +

Burns Memorial Fund
Janine Labossiere
Marshall Family Foundation
Ptarmigan Charitable Foundation
Shaw Charity Classic Foundation
Sheila Smyth
Steacy Collyer

Believers – $5,000 +

Anonymous Donor
Bordner Ladner Gervais
Bryan Pinney
Painted Pony Energy

Friends – $1,000 +

Alan Moon
Altura Energy
Bearspaw Historical Society
Burns Memorial Fund
Calgary and District Council of the International Reading Association
Canadian Federation of University Women Calgary Chapter
Carol Smith
Edith Cavell Chapter #25 O.E.S
Freehold Royalties Partnership
Heather Johnson
Hopewell Mahogany Limited Partnership
HRJ Consulting
Iris & Bruce McVean
Iris & Charles Porter Fund @ The Calgary Foundation
J.E. Hodgson Family Fund @ The Calgary Foundation
Judith & Edwin Mills
Karen Lynn Pescott Foundation Fund @ The Calgary Foundation
Kendra Sorge
Keoma Lions Club
Kiwanis Club of Calgary
Klatt Family Foundation
Lawrence Greer
Linda Loberg
Martha Parker
Monica Mochoruk
Norreen Baker Fund @ The Calgary Foundation
Osum Oils Sands Corp.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Plains Midstream Canada
Sara Peden
Seitel Canada Ltd
Shell Canada
Students’ Committee of 10,000
Valerie Kapsha
Warburg Pincus
In memory of Mary & Wilf Bernard

Other Partners and Events

Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Catholic School District
Calgary Corporate Challenge
Calgary Food Bank
CBC Calgary
Concordia University of Edmonton
Edmonton Public Schools
Edmonton Catholic Schools
Elk Island Public Schools
First Book Canada
Foothills School Division
Foundations for the Future Charter Academy
Livingstone Range School Division
Mount Royal University
Owl’s NestBooks
Pages Books on Kensington
Rocky View Schools
Scholastic Canada
Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
Shaw Charity Classic
St. Mary’s University – Calgary
Theatre Calgary
University of Alberta
University of Calgary

Audited Financial Statements

View previous reports to see how Calgary Reads’ has evolved and expanded to provide more help for young readers.