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.

DayOneBookSale-06-0513Let 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….?)


You can drop off your donations (your gently-used books and DVDs *) at 2 locations:DayOneBookSale-09-0513

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]

Want to Volunteer? CashTable-01-0513

They have group or individual volunteer opportunities to help with collection, sorting, set-up and sale.

Email them at




The Curling Club is at the spot marked “A” in the map below:

Curling clubmap for book sale



  1. Thanks for the post! :O) – Calgary Reads

  2. You are definitely right. Shopping cart or anything with a wheel is a must-have at the book sale. I was lucky to make it on the last day. At first I managed to carry the books with one hand; after an hour, I have to grab an empty box just like the rest who have been scouring longer than me.

    I was thrilled to find The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. I’ve read a copy from the library and I knew then that I should buy it. I learn so much from the seemingly small-yet-filled-with-guides book; similarly, I find your blog interesting and inspiring.

    I’ll drop by some time again!

    (And get some tips for the next book sale and anything related with words and bookmarks.)

    • Hello Carolyn! I feel the same way about small-yet-full books, and gravitate to them too. I went on the first day of the sale, but was curious to know about all the fun stuff happening the 2nd day. You’ll have to tell me about it! As soon as I can, I’ll post about the treasures I found there. Nice connecting with you!


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