YMCA of Greater St. Louis


YMCA of Greater St. Louis

YMCA Bookfair

36th Annual YMCA Bookfair

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Email bookfair@ymcastlouis.org
Hotline Number: 314.353.4960

Bookfair Mission

The YMCA Bookfair is a collaborative project of the YMCA. It includes several YMCA organizations & community volunteers that are dedicated to assisting the YMCA in their mission, in particular their Youth Programs and the YMCA Literacy Programs. Among its efforts to this end is the YMCA Bookfair, which provides a large selection of new and quality used books at reasonable prices.

Bookfair History

2014 celebrates the 36th anniversary of the YMCA Bookfair. Started in 1978 by a group of dedicated YMCA volunteers who raised several hundred dollars for the YMCA by holding a small, one-day bookfair in the gymnasium. The YMCA Bookfair has now grown into a six day event. So far, the YMCA Bookfair has raised over $1.5 million for the YMCA and our outreach programs.

Save the Date!

August 15 - August 20, 2014
Kennedy Recreation Center

6050 Wells Road, St. Louis, MO, 63128
Near Meramec Bottom Road & I-55,
10 miles south of Historic Carondelet YMCA building.
Click the "About the Bookfair" tab in the upper right corner for details about each day of the fair.

First Selection Night
Friday, August 15
4:00 pm - 10:00pm
$10 admission
5:00 am- Park opens.  Before 5am, park is patrolled by St. Louis County Police.
• 8:00 am - Ticket Sales begin at the Kennedy Recreation Complex (facility will open for use of restrooms).
                   Tickets are sold throughout the day until close.
• 4:00 pm- Doors open for $10 Preview Night. You will enter based on your numbered ticket.

Answers to FAQs:

  • We charge $10 admission on Preview Night for adults (12 and under are free).
  • The tickets are numbered and represent your place in line for the 4:00 pm opening.
  • A person can buy 4 tickets at a time. 
  • You do not need to stay in line after you purchase a ticket.
  • You can return to the KRC before 4:00 pm to find your numbered place in line.
  • NO overnight camping in the park. Park is patroled by St. Louis County Police.
  • You can check-out multiple times.
  • Y volunteers are not responsbile for your belongings or books you plan to purchase. 
  • No scanning allowed in stadium seating/bleachers.
  • Please be respectful of walkways and keep them clear.

Free Admission
Saturday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 20
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Half Price Day
Tuesday, August 19
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

$10 a Box Day
Wednesday, August 20
9:00 am -9:00 pm

The Kennedy Recreation Center includes:
270 Parking Spaces on lot + additional parking
All indoor, air conditioned, accessible facility
Wide aisles, books displayed in one large open area with more space
Click here to visit the Kennedy Recreation Complex website.
Click here for a Google Map of the Kennedy Recreation Complex

Book Donations

We accept books at the Historic Carondelet YMCA and the Carondelet Park Rec Complex Feb 1 - July 31 each year during Pricing and Sorting Hours (see the Volunteer Page for Pricing and Sorting Hours). To coordinate a large amount of books to be dropped off, contact the Historic Carondelet YMCA.

Historic Carondelet YMCA
600 Loughborough, St. Louis MO 63111  

Book Donations will also be accepted April - July 31 at participating branches of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. You will find blue collections barrels in the lobby or foyer of each YMCA branch. If possible, please donate books to participating YMCA branches in small boxes.

What we accept:

  • Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
  • Children's Books
  • Text Books
  • Specialty magazines (Auto, Gardening, Cookins, Hobbies/Crafts)
  • Records, 8mm, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs
  • Readers Digest Condensed Sets

We do not accept:

  • Incomplete Encyclopedia Sets
  • National Geographic Condensed Sets


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Coverage of the 33rd Annual YMCA Bookfair on KSDK, Channel 5

View Tim Ezell's Travels to the YMCA Bookfair on Fox2

STL Today Suburban Journals - YMCA Bookfair Opens Aug. 19

STL Today Arts and Entertainment section - Bookfair Set for Aug. 19 - 24

STL Today Suburban Journals - YMCA Seeks Volunteers for the Bookfair

Healthy Planet Magazine - YMCA Calls for Bookfair Volunteers

Coverage of 32nd Annual YMCA Book Fair on KSDK, Channel 5

Photos of YMCA Book Fair on STLToday.com

Review by Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Book Editor

Coverage of the 2010 YMCA Book Fair on KTVI, Fox2

Parking and Saturday CCBF Shuttle Service

The Kennedy Recreation Center has 270 parking spaces. Shuttle Service provided by the CCBF will be available from the front circle drive at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex at 930 Holly Hills, St. Louis, MO 63111 on Saturday, August 16. Shuttle will leave 930 Holly Hills every hour beginning at 9:00 am. Shuttle will leave the Kennedy Recreation Center every half hour, last shuttle leaving at 3:30 pm.

Contact the Bookfair

Hotline Number: 314.353.4960
Email bookfair@ymcastlouis.org
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