There’s no party quite like one thrown by a library. Hosting its fourth annual Hush Hush Party-in-the-Stacks at the modern Bloor/Gladstone Library, the Toronto Public Library raised money with proceeds going towards the TPL Foundation. This year’s theme was a “Heroes and Villains Takeover” and the theme seems fitting as Halloween is fast approaching. The event was held on Saturday, October 15, 2016.


Taking place in all corners of the library, there were food stations, drinks and activations at every turn. It was an event that stimulated every sense from touch, auditory, to sight. Upon arriving at the second floor, guests were able to try their luck at the spin-to-win wheel by answering a trivia question for a chance to score a free novel or comic book. Our personal favourite was definitely the Toronto Life photo booth. Guests were able to make use of various props and strike up some poses for a personalized superhero inspired GIF they could then share on their social media.

Guests were also able to get their own picture drawn by an onsite caricature artist, try out the new 360 degree camera with friends, get a cool new temporary tattoo and much more. For those who wanted to take their imagination to a whole new level, they were able to try out the new Samsung Gear VR. If you’re up for a challenge, you can choose to virtually un-arm a bomb. Personally, we thought flying a jet plane around rows and rows of skyscrapers as far as the eye could see, was more thrilling. The virtual reality journey drops you right in the middle of the action without having to get off of your chair. You just have to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride or in this case, the flight.

Apart from the action packed activities, guests were able to sample well over 15 different food and drinks vendors. Catering was provided from 10tation Event Catering, Kanpai, Beacon, Chateau des Charmes, Cheese Boutique, Sweet Sammie’s, just to name a few. Samplings of ice cream sammies, popsicles, pork belly buns, tacos, cupcakes, cheese, crackers, and much more were available to satisfy all the appetites.

Baos from Kanpai Snack Bar

Baos from Kanpai Snack Bar


Sweet Sammies

Sweet Sammies


As the night progressed, an open area of the library was transformed into a dance floor, where guests were able to jam to their favourite song and a live DJ. Costumes ranged from Cat woman, Harley Quinn, Maleficent, Superman, to Pikachu. All in all, this was by far one of our favourite events of the year. It was definitely an event not to be missed, especially when proceeds go towards such a great cause. Be sure to check out Hush Hush 2017!


Photos by Nick Lee



Also check out Hush Hush 2015, Hush Hush 2014 and Hush Hush 2013.

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