Our Annual YMCA Book Fair is the largest single fundraising event for the Gateway Region YMCA.  Proceeds from the Book Fair support the Y's cause of strengthening communities. Daily, our YMCA Community Development, Washington University in St. Louis Campus Y, and the Carondelet Park Rec Complex are able to put staff and volunteers in our community to deliver life-changing programs to thousands of St. Louis area residents. Thank you to our Book Fair patrons!

  • Great Books, Great Price
  • Something For All Readers
  • Supports Our Community
  • Engages Hundreds of Volunteers
  • Teaches Youth to Give Back

SAVE THE DATE: YMCA 42nd Annual Book Fair will be held July 24-27, 2020. We can't wait to see you there!

Queeny Park is located at 550 Weidman Rd, St. Louis, MO 63011.


The Community Development YMCA provides FREE reading tutoring to youth and adults.

  • Volunteers in our tutoring programs help hundreds of individuals improve their reading skills and meet their personal goals.
  • Local middle school students participate in Science Gone Mad, a program to connect youth to STEM education.
  • Parents increase their confidence while building at-home libraries for their children in our Beginning Babies with Books program.

Student Members of the Washington University in St. Louis Campus YMCA deliver 20,000 or more hours of free community service each year throughout the region.

  • Volunteers in our Help to Heal program reach out weekly to victims of domestic abuse at a local family shelter, giving children the chance to simply be kids!
  • Local middle school children participate in Science Olympiad, a national science competition.
  • Children at five local hospitals engage with patients in fun and stimulating science experiments through our Einstein Explorers partnership. 
  • Campus Y Student Members volunteer at several local YMCA branches to serve hundreds of children as youth sports coaches.

The Carondelet Park Rec Complex is able to engage youth in our community.

  • Providing Leaders Club to teens so they can develop social and leadership skills while discovering how they can give back to their communities. 
  • Youth and Government which gives students the opportunity to experience the democratic process and develop the leadership skills needed to become citizens of a participatory society.
  • Water safety programs provide youth the opportunity to learn the life-saving skill of swimming. 
  • Summer day camp where youth have a safe place to be during the summer all while meeting new friends, learning social skills, and developing a positive sense of self.

When you donate books to our Book Fair, you strengthen the community.  We accept books, at most locations, from February 1 – June 30 each year.

Book donations can be dropped off at the YMCA locations listed below. For more information or to coordinate large book donations, please contact the Book Fair at 314-353-4960.

Community Development YMCA
Carondelet Park Rec Complex
Edwards Jones Family YMCA
Emerson Family YMCA
Kirkwood Family YMCA
Mid-County Family YMCA
O'Fallon Family YMCA, MO
South City Family YMCA
South County Family YMCA
St. Charles Family YMCA
Washington University Campus YMCA

If possible, please package donations in small boxes.

We appreciate donations of:

  • Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
  • Children’s Books
  • Text Books
  • Specialty Magazines
  • Records, 8mm, CDs, and DVDs
  • Readers Digest Condensed Sets

We are unable to accept donations of:

  • Encyclopedia Sets
  • National Geographic Condensed Sets 
  • National Geographic magazines (accepted dated after 1985)
  • News magazines
  • Readers Digest
  • VHS Tapes 

There are LOTS of opportunities to volunteer at our 41st Annual YMCA Book Fair, and if you are interested in volunteering, we would love to welcome you to our team!  Please email bookfair@gwrymca.org and we will get you connected!

Volunteer opportunities include:

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We have a great selection of rare and hard to find books. View some of our favorites. 

Our book fair is happy to support other non-profits on our box and clean-up days. Please fill out this form for more information. 


When you volunteer at the Y, you not only enhance your personal well-being but also take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood.