In 2010, Toronto Public Library Foundation continued their efforts of raising awareness of Toronto's Library and the positive impact supporting the Library has on the city. Helping to deliver this message was The Book Lover's Ball, the new Foundation newsletter and Give Joy, a new holiday campaign in support of Toronto's Library. As we developed our fundraising initiatives in 2010, we continued to communicate the important contributions of Toronto's Library to the social and economic health of our city, and the Foundation's role in providing essential funding to enhance, expand or broaden the reach of Collections, Programs and Services, and Community Spaces.

Celebrity Author Austin Clarke mingles with guests during the reception at The Book Lover's Ball. Celebrity Author Austin Clarke mingles with guests during the reception at The Book Lover's Ball.

The Book Lover's Ball voted one of Toronto's best fundraisers

The Book Lover's Ball, the Toronto Public Library Foundation's annual gala fundraiser, took place on February 11, 2010 with more than 500 literary and library lovers in attendance as well as over 50 of Canada's leading authors. Guests enjoyed the delicious oyster bar donated by Chef Patrick McMurray and showed their support through an auction and raffle in support of Toronto's Library priority needs including collections, programs and services, and community spaces. The evening wrapped up with a novel inspired fashion show featuring top Canadian designers and inspired by a selection of both modern and classic books including Twilight, Spartacus and Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Foundation is grateful to its many sponsors and supporters who made this event possible including Whitehots Inc., BMO Capital Markets, OSSTF, Harlequin, TD Bank, The Remington Group, Toronto Star, CBC, Hello! Canada, Air Canada Vacations and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

Margaret Trudeau at the Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library Margaret Trudeau at the Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library

Literary Events

Each year, individual patrons of the Foundation's Literary Circle program provide vital support to Toronto Public Library Foundation and its work on behalf of Toronto's Library. In recognition of their exceptional generosity, Literary Circle donors enjoy access to exclusive participation events including author receptions and behind-the-scene tours, as well as an invitation to an annual recognition event. In 2010, Literary Circle patrons got up close and personal with Canadian icon Margaret Trudeau (pictured above) in an intimate reception hosted at The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library in November. This year's recognition event featured an exclusive panel discussion on “The Future of the Book” moderated by Noah Richler. Supported by the work of a hard working Committee, chaired by Kirsten Hanson, the Literary Circle program is for people who love their Library!

Foundation's newsletter Foundation's newsletter "Absolutely Vital"

Inaugural Foundation newsletter keeps our donors up to date

In 2010, Toronto Public Library Foundation launched its inaugural newsletter Absolutely Vital telling the stories of people who have benefited from the generosity of donors and who join in our commitment to our mission of supporting Toronto's Library. Much to our surprise, the newsletter, not only an information piece, raised almost $20,000 in support of Toronto's Library.

Photo of cover of newsletter New Award Invests in New Librarians

New Award Invests in New Librarians

Through the generous support of Gordon Hinch, friends, family and Library staff, the Pauline Hinch Endowment Fund supporting staff development at the Toronto Public Library was established. This fund provides an award to Library staff who demonstrate a passion for and excellence in public librarianship and provides them with financial support to complete their education as a librarian. The Pauline Hinch Memorial Award recognizes that librarians are essential navigators of relevant and reliable information, and increasingly so in the information age.

The fund and award were established in memory of Pauline Hinch, a dedicated librarian and manager in the former North York Public Library who had a passion for public librarianship and believed in the high standards to which public librarians adhere.

In 2010, the first scholarship was awarded to Christina Maria Paschakis.

Give Joy invited Torontonians to honours the readers in their lives Give Joy invited Torontonians to honours the readers in their lives

Give Joy

The Foundation launched its inaugural Give Joy campaign in November. The campaign, a seasonal edition of the Foundation's Tribute Giving program, invited Torontonians to celebrate the season by making donations to the Foundation in honour of their friends and loved ones. The campaign raised over $5,000 in support of Library priority areas and was met with much praise for the visually appealing design and unique opportunity to “give joy” by honouring the readers in everyone's lives during the holiday season, while supporting Toronto's public libraries.