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YMCA Book Fair

The Y strives to strengthen communities around the St. Louis area. Literacy is a big part of making families and communities stronger. The Annual Y Book Fair benefits Y Community Literacy, as well as youth programs at the Carondelet Park Rec Complex and Washington University Campus Y.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of books are donated to the Y, so we can provide a large selection of new and quality used books at reasonable prices. Our book fair started in 1978, by a group of dedicated volunteers, as a one day fair in the gymnasium. It has since has grown into a six day event.

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Join us for our 37th Annual YMCA Book Fair
The book fair will be opening the morning of Friday, August 14th.  Preview night has become preview day (9AM-9PM).  The rest of the fair will follow the usual schedule except that we will move 1/2 price day to Monday and box day to Tuesday. 
Kennedy Recreation Center
6050 Wells Road, St. Louis, MO, 63128

Our Rare Book List was last updated April 17, 2015.


How to Become a Book Fair Volunteer

The Y Book Fair was started by Y volunteers and remains one of our biggest volunteer service events every year!  It is an event that you have to see to believe.  It takes some 400 volunteers and nearly 8,000 volunteer hours to pull off one of our region’s most notable book fairs.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact or Debbie Redmond at