April 26 – May 22

Volunteering at the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale comes with big perks: being a part of the buzz, early access to the sale and the chance to help young readers thrive. We have all kinds of roles and all kinds of shifts– and every minute helps us get books into the hands of children furthest from opportunity.

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what our volunteers do

There are so many fun and meaningful ways to share your time at the Big Book Sale – on site and off!  Our volunteers range in age from 13 to 85 and their energy and diverse skills are the reason for our success.  From operations and sorting to setting up book sections and helping customers find the perfect book – we need dedicated volunteers like you to help make this our best sale ever. So, grab a friend and join us!

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Roles: On site – Join us at the Calgary Curling Club and be part of operations (set up, recycling, lifting), help sort and organize books, help out in the hospitality room, assist customers during sale days or join in the clean-up festivities.
Off site – Join one of our Stuff-A-Truck or Banner teams.

Safety: Our floor plan and sorting stations provide plenty of room for volunteers to spread out.

Shifts: Shifts are four hours and you can choose morning, afternoon or evening.

be among the first to shop the sale

When you volunteer at the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale, you can attend Spread the Words, our May 9 pre-sale volunteer appreciation event. Get first pick of 175,000+ books and let us thank you for your support!

volunteer faq’s

Thank you for taking a moment to read these FAQ’s before reaching out.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age for volunteers is 13. Those under 15 need an adult supervisor at all times. For safety reasons, babies cannot accompany adult volunteers.

Can I volunteer in pairs or groups?

Absolutely! Volunteering with friends, family and group members is a great idea. Register as volunteers and then choose the same shifts. Contact dawn@bigbooksale.ca for help organizing shifts for large groups. Thank you!

How many shifts do I need to volunteer to get access to the pre-sale volunteer appreciation event?

You only need to have volunteered once to get free access to Spread the Words, our pre-sale volunteer appreciation event – but most of our volunteers enjoy their time so much and are such great champions of early literacy that they volunteer a handful of times or more. We are glad to have whatever time you can give.

What does the volunteer orientation look like?

You’ll receive a short video explaining what you need to know about the sale and volunteer roles. When you arrive for your shift, there’ll be a safety orientation and we’ll set you up with someone who will explain the role and be there to answer any questions.

Where are the Big Book Sale volunteer opportunities located?

95% of our volunteer jobs are at the Calgary Curling Club at 720 3 St. NW.  However we also need volunteers to be part of our one day Stuff-a-Truck and Banner Teams. These events happen in various parts of Calgary.

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