Hush Hush party by New Collection for the TPL Foundation

It was definitely a Saturday night to remember with DJs and open bar at the intimately-sized after-hours party at the incredible and spacious Bloor/Gladstone branch. And it was not just a great party for the sake of a great party: it was all in support of the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

I really enjoyed all the careful attention to details of this well put-together event thrown by New Collection, The Toronto Public Library Foundation’s young patrons group. Even though it was the inaugural event, you could tell this was very well thought out. Everything was top notch: the decor, the entertainment by DJ Fathom and DJ GeeWizz, spoken word poet, magician Jonathan Pollock, and “Hush Hush” tattoos. It was great that there was enough drink and food stations (delectable oysters, gourmet donuts) to make the party more than a typical crowded-perpetually-standing-in-line party. Rather it was pleasant, spacious and enjoyable on all fronts. Even TV reporters and police officers came by with big smiles for this unique occasion.

Fun prizes were given out as well including e-book readers and a flight from Porter Airlines.

Proving that libraries aren’t always uptight and stuffy, bravo to all the organizers for throwing an incredible “party in the stacks” to remember in support of the busiest library system in the world.

Brittney Kuczynski

Brittney Kuczynski


Also, check out our coverage from Book Lover’s Ball 2013. The next Book Lover’s Ball in support of the Toronto Public Library Foundation is on February 6, 2014. Details are at

The Toronto Public Library Foundation was established in 1997 as a registered charity. Our mission is to provide essential resources for the enhancement of the Toronto Public Library and to allocate funds to priority needs not supported by municipal funding.

Urgent needs for the Library include: improved and expanded collections, enhanced programs and services, upgraded technology, and revitalized community spaces to respond to the changing needs of the people of Toronto.

Since its inception, Toronto Public Library Foundation has raised over $55 million in support of Toronto Public Library priority needs.

The Foundation’s long-range goal is to build an endowment fund that will generate sufficient income to support enhanced library programs, collections and services in perpetuity.

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