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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 38th annual YMCA Book Fair will be held from Friday, August 19 to Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Queeny Park in Ballwin, Missouri from 9am-9pm. Click here for the 2016 layout and pricing guide

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 Book Fair will return to the Greensfelder Recreation Complex, in Queeny Park, in the near-west suburb of Ballwin, Missouri, at 550 Wiedman Road. 

The YMCA began accepting donations of books, audio CD’s, DVD’s and LP vinyl records on March 1, 2016.  We also accept magazines, most beneficial are magazines about automobilies/mechanics, comics, cooking, history, hobbies (i.e. woodworking, model railroading, model airplanes, crafts, etc.), and any others are most welcome.

You will be able to drop off your donations to any of our YMCA locations in metro St. Louis, if you have a large donation of books, please contact our YMCA Community Literacy offices to schedule a drop off, 314.776.7102.



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