2 Huge Used Book Sales in Calgary – May 2017 – CBC Calgary READS

Here is my second favorite Calgary event, and it is “second” only by calendar date. Its impact on Calgary’s children is enormous, as it provides help for increasing literacy through proceeds raised by selling huge quantities of joy: reading books!

Calgary Reads is committed to working with parents, educators, corporate partners and the community at large to foster a joyful relationship with reading in all children in Calgary and beyond. Last year, through the generosity of Calgarians and their amazing volunteers, they received, sorted and sold over 100,000 gently used books and raised over $300,000 for Calgary Reads.

CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
May 12th -14th, 2017

Friday, May 12 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m

Saturday May 13 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 14 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Calgary Curling Club – 720 3 St NW

On Saturday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 local band, Midnight Blue, entertains shoppers with great jazz music. Join book lovers and take a turn on the dance floor, sip a glass of wine and shop for books!



Here are links with information about donating, volunteering, the sale, and a fascinating initiative of doctors giving books to babies. Below are FAQ’s from the website.


Here are Frequently Asked Questions from their website:

Is there an entrance fee?  Yes. $2.00 for adults. Children under 16 are free of charge.

Do you take credit cards? Yes. Credit cards, debit and cash.

What types of books can I find at the Book Sale? All types! We sort the books into three main categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s. We also have a Collectibles section.  There are over 100,000 books ranging from Cooking to Classics, Health & Fitness to Horror, Tots and Teens to Transportation.

What is the price of the books? The majority of our adult books are $4.00 and children’s books are $2.00. Books that are current or just a year old are $6.00 and there are some more expensive, individually priced books.

Where can I park during the sale?  There  is limited parking at the Calgary Curling Club, some 2-hour street parking west of the Calgary Curling Club in the Community of Sunnyside and there is parking at the City of Calgary parking lot #59 at 200 Memorial Drive N.W. just east of the Curling Club (with a convenient pathway connecting the two). The City of Calgary lot is a pay lot and costs $.50 per hour with a maximum stay of 3 hours.  On Saturdays, the maximum fee is $2.00.


What is the Big Book Sale? It is the biggest sale of gently used books in Calgary and the biggest recycle/reuse event in the city! In 2016 through the generosity of Calgarians and 5000 hours of work by our amazing volunteers, over 100,000 books were sorted and sold, earning over $300,000.

Who receives the proceeds of the sale? The proceeds go to Calgary Reads to support our literacy programs.  Calgary Reads is a Calgary-based non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2001 as an early-literacy initiative.  Today, we are a multifaceted reading movement focused on childhood literacy in Calgary and throughout Alberta.

Are all of the books used and sold or are they thrown out? We are grateful for the books we receive and we pride ourselves on offering high quality used books at a fair price to Calgarians during our sale.  Some of the books we receive are not up to the standard we set for our sale. We are fortunate to have Progressive Waste as a corporate partner. They supply recycling bins to the Book Sale and pick up the bins periodically throughout the event.  Books not used for the sale are recycled, not sent to the landfill.

What happens to the books left over after the sale? We invite over 50 community partners and Little Free Library stewards to our “Unsold” event, which is held after the Book Sale. These groups are welcome to take as many books as they like at no charge.  So, as well as funding our literacy programs, we are able to provide books to agencies that also provide literacy opportunities in Calgary.


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