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Biblio Bash 2023

The Toronto Public Library Foundation smashed fundraising records, reaching an unprecedented $1,025,400 in support of TPL. Toronto’s library lovers joined business leaders, philanthropists and city builders at Biblio Bash, presented by Tricon Residential. Attended by 41 authors and over 450 guests, our sold-out black tie gala was dedicated to raising funds for TPL’s Leading to Reading Program to ensure capacity increase for this essential program across the city.

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Leading to Reading is a free TPL service that assists children who struggle with reading. Students are paired with a volunteer tutor to help develop skills, build confidence and make reading a positive experience. Learning and social programs at Toronto Public Library provide children, particularly those living in underserved communities, with equitable access to developmental support that put them on a path to future success.

2023 Impact

1,025,400
RAISED TO SUPPORT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY
450
GUESTS ATTENDED AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY
41
NOTABLE AUTHORS
$275,000
ON-SITE FUNDRAISING

2023 Authors

Jamaluddin Aram
Ashley Audrain
Linwood Barclay
Michael Barclay
Dr. Blair Bigham
Laura Calder
Charlene Carr
Margaret DeRosia
Claudia Dey
Stephen Dorsey
Deborah Dundas
Terry Fallis
Carley Fortune
Elyse Friedman

Asha Frost
Dr. Brian Goldman
Rawi Hage
Erum Shazia Hasan
Jennifer Hillier
John Irving
Sonia Jhas
Perry King
Vincent Lam
Shari Lapena
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Shahir Massoud
Mai Nguyen
Alexandra Oliver

Reema Patel
Rollie Pemberton
William Ping
Craig Shreve
Heidi Sopinka
Andrew F. Sullivan
Souvankham Thammavongsa
Teresa Toten
Bryn Turnbull
Emily Urquhart
Anuja Varghese
Roz Weston
Laurie White
Alissa York

AUTHOR HOST SPONSOR

2023 Sponsors

2023 Committee

CO-CHAIRS
VICTORIA WEBSTER AND
CLAIRE MACNAMARA

Amanda Alvaro
Sonja Berman
Amy Burstyn-Fritz
Beth Clarkson
Kate Daniels
Laila Deluce
Alison Fiorini
Johnny Goldman
Jennifer Grant
Jane Halverson

Shanitha Kachan
Marissa Kassam
Stuart Keeler
Jen Kirsch
Krystal Koo
Lindsay Mattick
Claire McIntyre
Stephanie Sek
Colette van den Thillart

Contacts

SPONSORSHIP INQUIRIES

Leah Rakopoulos
Toronto Public Library Foundation

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Emily Connell
Toronto Public Library Foundation

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In The Press

Living Luxe

June 2023: One for the Books

Toronto Star

May 20, 2023: Out & About

She Does the City

May 5, 2023: Biblio Bash raises over $1M to support TPL’s Leading to Reading program

The Globe and Mail

April 29, 2023: Biblio Bash raises a record $1-million for the Toronto Public Library Foundation

Toronto Life 

April 25, 2023: Scenes from this year’s glitzy Biblio Bash gala