Next up: the 2014 CBC – Calgary READS used book sale
With so many new and used book stores scaling down, or going out of business, especially the precious little mom-and-pop stores, it is a joy to see that charitable organizations still put in a lot of hard work into book sales, and can raise money from all the people still buying used books!
Calgary READS is an organization close to my heart, because their mission is to make reading a priority for young children. They have grown from offering one tutoring program to now having over 18 programs and initiatives that work in schools and communities to support children and their families. They receive no government funding, have the equivalent of only 6 paid staff and over 700 volunteers! According to their financial statement, they raised just over $176,000 last year from the book sale. It is my joy to bring my next batch of book donations to this sale, knowing I can help children who are struggling to read.
Sometimes I feel sad when I see how great of a struggle publishers seem to be having with print books, and when I realize how much electronic devices and videos are replacing reading. But whenever I go to these sales, it makes me smile to see children of all ages looking intensely for their favorite authors, carrying around piles of books to buy and begging mom or dad for “just one more”. There’s just no substitute for a print book that you can hold in your hands with paper pages to flip.
As noted on their website, the sale is AFTER the May long weekend and they won’t be open on Sunday this year, but will be open late on Saturday night with all kinds of fun activities planned. Stay tuned for more details.
Let me add that I highly recommend that you bring a wheeled travel or shopping cart to put books in as you shop. If you’re like me, you underestimate how many treasures (or potential treasures) you will find, and end up carrying a pile of them around!
Shop May 23 and 24, 2014
The Calgary Curling Club, 720 3 St NW (on Memorial Drive)
Friday, May 23 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday, May 24 9 am – MIDNIGHT
Admission $2.00 per person (children under 12 are free)
Limited free parking is available in the Curling Club lot and on the street. Paid parking is available on the east side of the Curling Club (which I highly recommend you try FIRST, because if there is no parking in the Curling Club lot, it’s a bit of an adventure trying to get back to the Paid Parking lot on the east side because of the heavy one-way traffic on Memorial Drive going west, the Bow River, and the green spaces around the area–see the map at the end of the post, or here ).
(Also, Thursday, May 22 is the pre-sale “by invitation only“, 5 pm – 8 pm. Perhaps it’s for VIPs and volunteers….?)
1. Calgary Food Bank, April 23 – May 9
5000 11 Street SE, warehouse door 3
Monday – Thursday from 9 am – 7pm
Fridays 9 am – 3pm
(No weekend drop offs)
2. Calgary Curling Club, May 10 -18
Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11 from 9 am – 4pm
Monday, May 12th to Friday, May 16th from 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday, May 17th 9 am – 4pm
Sunday, May 18th 9 am- 3 pm
[*Note that they CANNOT accept: encyclopedias, text books, Harlequin Romances, Readers’ Digest books, book tapes, VHS, cassettes, 8-tracks or magazines]
They have group or individual volunteer opportunities to help with collection, sorting, set-up and sale.
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Curling Club is at the spot marked “A” in the map below: