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    Hush Hush

    Hush Hush 2015 was a screamer in the stacks. Almost 300 guests celebrated Halloween at the Bloor Gladstone branch for the 3rd annual Hush Hush fundraiser. The night was a howling good time and raised $60,000 for the Young Voices program at Toronto Public Library. Young Voices invites all youth interesting in writing, poetry and art to attend a full day conference and submit their work to the Young Voices magazine. The party was hosted by the Foundation’s New Collection members. Learn how you can join New Collection.    

    Read more about the past event: Hush Hush
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    The Book Lover’s Ball

    On February 5th, for the first time ever, Canada’s literati and book lovers gathered in the stacks of the Toronto Reference Library to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Book Lover’s Ball presented by TD Bank Group. The evening was a resounding success, raising over $560,000 in support of groundbreaking programs and services, exceptional book collections and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library. In anticipation of the Library’s soon-to-be 100 branches, guests were invited to adopt their favourite branch or bid on exclusive auction items. Over 800 guests explored the branch after hours, making…

    Read more about the past event: The Book Lover’s Ball
  • Cocktails & Coversations with Scaachi Koul

    Scaachi is a writer at BuzzFeed. One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter, her first book, is a debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of life. With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offer a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

    Members are welcome to bring a friend to this event.

  • Edible Book Club with Naomi Duguid

    Join writer, photographer, teacher, world traveler, and great cook, Naomi Duguid as she takes us through a Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. Members will be treated to a night of food and drink (restaurant will be announced soon) with the award-winning author. Duguid’s articles and photographs appear regularly in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, and other publications. Taste of Persia has been named Best Cookbook of the Year by The Boston Globe, Food & Wine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

    Members, please RSVP to Ashley Boucher

  • Friends Clearance Book Sale

    Calling all book lovers! The Friends of the Library are having their annual book clearance sale and you don’t want to miss it! Buy books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and children’s books at great prices. All proceeds support library programs across the city.

    Event Details:
    Toronto Reference Library – Beeton Hall

    Thursday, March 16, 9:30 am – 7 pm
    Friday, March 17, 9 am – 7 pm
    Saturday, March 18, 9 am – 4 pm

    To learn more about the Friends of the Library, click here

  • Book Club: Bad Feminist

    Following Roxane Gay’s talk in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, New Collection members will meet to discuss her book Bad Feminist. Roxane’s new book Difficult Women gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women. Click here to reserve your copy at TPL.

    Members, please RSVP to Ashley Boucher

  • Toronto Off The Page: Vice & Virtue

    How has Toronto defined vice and virtue through history? How has this definition evolved? How have authorities regulated and punished minority groups in their efforts to present an image of “Toronto the Good,” and how have those communities pushed back? Join Chanelle Gallant, TPL curator Nicole Dawkins and Sarah Barmak as they discuss how these issues affect contemporary Toronto. Looking at Toronto’s history, from the criminalization of marijuana to the persecution of “fallen women,” Nicole will highlight materials from TPL’s Vice & Virtue exhibit. Drinks and light refreshments served.

    Members, please RSVP to Ashley Boucher

  • Zadie Smith

    Appel Salon Event. The bestselling author of White Teeth and On Beauty talks about her new novel, Swing Time.

    The Foundation is pleased to offer a limited number of seats for our patrons of the Council of 100, Literary Circle, Heritage Society and New Collection. Contact Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073 to reserve tickets for you and a guest.

  • Book Sales

    Book Ends Christmas Half Price Book Sale – North York Central Library

    Great for your holiday shopping. Super low prices on books, CDs and DVDs. Huge selection. All proceeds from the sale go toward funding literacy programs at Toronto Public Library.


    Thursday, December 1 – 10 am to 4 pm

    Friday, December 2 – 10 am to 4 pm

    Saturday,  December 3 – 10 am to 4 pm

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    Holiday Party at Bobbette & Belle

    Exclusive event for New Collection members. To celebrate a great year with great members, we’re hosting our annual holiday party with Canada’s leading pastry chefs, Sarah Bell and Allyson Bobbitt of Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries. They’ll show you how to impress your friends & family with decadent, seasonal treats straight from their new cookbook at their Leslieville shop.

    New Collection members, please RSVP to Ashley Boucher, 416-393-7073.