Monday, May 13, 6pm – 8pm
Literary Circle Event

Literary Circle members are invited to an inspirational and educational evening with Samra Zafar, an award-winning international speaker, scholar, social entrepreneur, and author.

In 2017, Samra penned an article about her personal journey for Toronto Life which became the most-read article in Canada that year. This article became the basis for her debut memoir, A Good Wife, Samra’s personal and heroic story as she escaped a decade of living as a child bride in a forced marriage in Canada, with the promise of furthering her education in Canada.

RSVP to ecampeau@torontopubliclibrary.ca or 416-393-7073.

  • Author to Author: A Lively Discussion between Natalie Jenner and Phuc Tran

    Corporate Lawyer. Tattoo Artist. International Best-Selling Writer. These are just some of the careers our special guests, Natalie Jenner and Phuc Tran have tackled over the years. Natalie and Phuc will share their winding journeys to becoming first-time, best-selling authors. Now more than ever, many of us find ourselves re-imagining what our post-COVID lives could look like. We hope that learning more about Natalie and Phuc’s acclaimed books, and hearing their personal stories, may inspire you to take a leap and try something adventurous on your bucket list. Corporate Lawyer. Tattoo Artist. International Best-Selling Writer.…

    Read more about the past event: Author to Author: A Lively Discussion between Natalie Jenner and Phuc Tran
  • Hush Hush

    Hush Hush 2017 A NIGHT TO REMEMBER! More than 400 guests partied in the stacks of the stunning Bloor/Gladstone Library as it transformed into beautiful Canadian landscapes. We’re thrilled to announce that over $62,000 was raised for Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hubs, giving all Torontonians free access to cutting edge technology and classes to learn, create and explore. Your philanthropic support is essential to ensuring Toronto Public Library remains a world-class institution and thriving community hub. Donors like you have an important impact on the 70% of Torontonians who rely on the Library for diverse,…

    Read more about the past event: Hush Hush
  • Inaugural Biblio Bash 2017

    On April 27 Canada’s literary and book lovers gathered in the stacks of the Toronto Reference Library to celebrate the inaugural Biblio Bash gala presented by TD Bank Group. The evening was a resounding success, raising over $605,000 in support of groundbreaking programs and services, exceptional book collections and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library. Over 800 guests explored the branch after hours, making it the largest party ever held in the Library. An evening unlike any other, the Ball invited guests to clink glasses and dine amongst the books with top authors. Book…

    Read more about the past event: Inaugural Biblio Bash 2017
  • Private Tour of new exhibit: Art of the Book

    POSTPONED

    Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

    This exhibit celebrates the beauty and artistry of books, showcasing rare, fine press and artist-made books from Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections.  Discover early printed books from the 1400s, richly decorated covers, whimsical miniatures, and contemporary forms that challenge our ideas about what a book can be. The tour will be followed by coffee, tea and sweets.

  • An Evening with Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves

    November 11, 2019

    Heritage Society members enjoyed an exclusive reception with an intimate meet and greet and lively talk with special guests, celebrated authors Louise Penny and Ann Cleeves, with moderator Nathalie Atkinson. It was an unforgettable evening for all.

  • Education and Information on Will and Estate Planning

    October 18, 2019

    Members were invited to an educational and informative afternoon with Matthew Urback, partner at Shibley Righton, LLP to hear the latest information and updates on Will and estate planning.

  • Edible Book Club with the Last Schmaltz

    Anthony RoseFrom one of Toronto’s most magnetic chefs and restaurateurs comes a cookbook that has just the right amount of schmaltz! Anthony Rose is the chef and co-owner of Toronto gems Rose and Sons, Big Crow, Fat Pasha, Schmaltz Appetizing, Bar Begonia and Madame Boeuf. Join us for a night of food, laughter and a look into his debut cookbook, The Last Schmaltz. 

  • Susan Orlean: The Library Book

    Experience the power of literature

    Susan Orlean Book and PictureMonday, November 19, 2018

    An intimate evening with acclaimed author
    Susan Orlean. Bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief (the basis for the film Adaptation), Susan Orlean, reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history in her soon-to-be released novel, The Library Book.

  • Cocktails and Conversation | Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

    Dr skotnicki_sandyJoin us for an evening of skin–and self–care as Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, the founding director of the Bay Dermatology Centre and Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, talks on her new book Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow. In this surprising and remarkably practical book, practising dermatologist Dr. Sandy Skotnicki reveals the harmful effects of modern skincare habits and provides a step-by-step guide to preserve the microbiome, fight aging and develop beautiful, problem-free skin.

  • Annual Donor Appreciation Event

    A night in celebration of your generosity as a Library donor!