Every May

Calgary Curling Club
720 3 Street NW, Calgary

At the 21st Calgary Reads Big Book Sale in 2025, discover nearly 200,000 gently used books of every genre imaginable-and help more children experience the life-changing joy of reading. With your support, we can grow a thriving reading community!


Help us collect, sort and sell books – or bring your energy to the clean-up party.

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donate books

Give your gently used books to a good cause. Find out where and how.

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buy books

Create your best to-be-read pile yet- or enjoy a smaller crowd and great sales on other days.

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support childhood literacy in calgary

This is the Calgary book sale that supports the important work of helping children become stronger readers. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to ensure children have access to quality books, adult reading role models, and safe, cozy spaces that nurture a love of reading. The organizations below are Calgary Reads seed partners raising the next generation of readers -- and each was a recipient of 2023 Big Book Sale proceeds.
Learn more about the partners and early literacy programs changing the lives of children and families.

Rotary Club of Calgary, which stewards the book sale, is also a proud partner of Left Unread, a movement that champions each child's right to read.

Do you work in childhood literacy? Join a list to learn more about our network and opportunities.

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Thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Jayman BUILT, more Big Book Sale proceeds can go towards enriching the reading lives of Calgary children.

CBC Calgary is proud to be the radio sponsor for the 2024 Big Book Sale.

Rotary Club of Calgary logo


A BIG Big Book Sale thank you to the many dedicated members of the Rotary Club of Calgary, and our fellow Rotarians, for stewarding this beloved sale and building a thriving community that reads.

At the 2024 Big Book Sale


was raised to help kids read


readers found new books


books made it to our sales table


volunteers gave 10,000+ hours

Seeding Readers

Book-making in progress!  

Authors * Illustrators

Every year, we publish a local picture book that promotes a love of reading. Our 2025 book is now in progress. Stay tuned on social for sneak peeks!

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