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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.

The 39th annual YMCA Book Fair returns to Queeny Park on August 18-22, 2017 from 9am–9pm.

$10 Preview Day: Friday, August 18, 2017
Free admission: August 19–22, 2017
1/2 price day: August 21
$10 box day: August 22

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 five day event.

For more information on the YMCA Book Fair contact us at, call us at 314.353.4960, Like us on Facebook or sign up for our email list.

The YMCA has concluded our collection of books, audio CD’s, DVD’s and LP vinyl records for the 2017 Fair.  Thank you very much to all our donors for contributing to the more than half a million books that will be for sale at our Book Fair!  Please plan to attend the book fair from August 18 - 22 at Queeny Park.


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 Jeff Hood at