Have you heard about how the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown is stewarding the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale? Last year’s sale saw dozens of Rotarians across Calgary clubs join in volunteering for the sale that raised $501,000 to support early childhood literacy projects. Here’s what to know about this year’s sale and how you and your club can help make an impact.
An amazing start to Big Book Sale 2024!
The timing is perfect: The Rotary Club of Calgary is now in its second year of stewarding the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale. The sale is in its second year of a 10-day format at the Calgary Curling Club, and more and more people are recognizing this fundraiser’s new brand and impact. Word has spread about how we guided the disbursement of nearly $400,000 to local early childhood agencies.
The 2023 proceed recipients include organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, YW Calgary, Little Red Reading House and Book Bank, and several others. Learn more at www.calgaryreads.com.
Now, the sale’s 1,200+ volunteers are keen to join in the energy and impact again in 2024.  
We’re sure this means we’re in for an incredible Big Book Sale season—and some special festivities as we celebrate the 20th sale!
Our chance to make an impact and get proceeds to bring children books of their own, rich reading experiences and reading support is even bigger. And it starts with each one of us.
Volunteering at Big Book Sale
Last year, more than 80 Rotarians from across clubs gave their time to help sort, set up and sell books. This year, we’ve set an even more ambitious goal: 125 Calgary Rotarians volunteering, including 80 from the downtown club!
Volunteer shifts are only 4 hours, there are all kinds of roles and shifts April 26-May 22, and you can team up with fellow club members.
To volunteer individually, visit www.bigbooksale.ca/volunteer
To volunteer as a club with 7+ people working the same shift, email dawn@bigbooksale.ca and she’ll help you coordinate the best time and role!
Donating Books to Big Book Sale
Give the books you’ve read to a good cause! The more gently used books we can collect, the more proceeds we raise to bring children the life-changing magic of reading.
Calgary Curling Club: April 26-May 5
Stuff-a-Truck at Melcor YMCA April 27; at Jayman April 27; at Rundle College April 28
Find out what kinds of books can be accepted here: https://www.bigbooksale.ca/donate-books
Thank you for joining The Rotary Club of Calgary in helping to raise the next generation of readers!!
Learn all about this year’s sale: www.bigbooksale.ca