Hosted by Calgary Public Library Foundation


Hosted by Calgary Public Library Foundation

$750,000 goal

October 21, 2023 Doors open at 7:00 PM
Central Library
800 3 Street Southeast, Calgary, AB  T2G 2E7

let there be lit!

LIT IS LIGHT, LITERATURE, LITERACY. Luminous energy, Illuminating from within, transforming our perspectives. 

#LitGala2023 is inspired by the world of the graphic novel: A vibrant palette of expression. A constant dialogue of images, thoughts, and voices. Larger-than-life figures performing awe-inspiring feats. Dreams that come alive in rich, full detail. Stories that show as much as they tell. 

Join us at Lit Gala 2023 on Saturday, October 21, as we shed light on the new and the unusual with vivid clarity. Be there as we delve into a graphic experience, one celebrating dynamic and transformative storytelling, and help write the future of Calgary Public Library.

Dress up, dress down, dress to express. Let your true personality shine through. We can't wait to welcome you back to Central Library for a truly enlightening and colourful celebration.

We estimate that at least 50% of the ticket price will be tax-deductible.

Answers to commonly-asked questions can be viewed here.


it's more than a gala

WE BELIEVE CALGARIANS CREATE AND SHAPE THE FUTURE EVERY DAY. By empowering our community to learn, grow and innovate, we can open the doors of the world to people all across our city. Calgary Public Library is truly world-renowned. Innovation doesn’t simply happen here—rather, innovation begins at the Library, thanks to your support.

Proceeds from the 2023 Lit Gala will support free, accessible and high-quality children's programs, services and spaces at Calgary Public Library. As the children of our community grow and learn to become the leaders of tomorrow, because of you, the foundation they build on will be solid, creative and innovative.

If you are unable to join us, please consider a gift in support of our community through the work of Calgary Public Library. A world-class library is a major step towards building a world-class community, one where citizens are connected—to each other, to a variety of perspectives, and to the world.

Silent Auction

lit gala auction

Thanks to an anonymous donor, money raised from the Lit Gala auction will be matched up to $23,000 in support of the Calgary Public Library.

We gratefully thank the generous contributors to our online auction and Blind Date with a Book event activation at the Lit Gala.

Ace Casino Airport, Alberta Ballet, Alberta Boot , Alberta Theatre Projects, Ashley Oshiro, Ballet Beats, Bardot Beauty, Brick Wine Company, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, Calgary Party 50, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Public Library, Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, Chandra Crawford, Claudia Photography, Concorde Group, Crush Camp, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, BodyMind Synergy Health Centre, Live Younger Rediscover Youth, Field Law, Hotel Arts, Jean Michel, Jim Campbell, Joydrop, Junction 9, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Local Laundry, Maggie Hall, Mandy Stobo, Master’s Gallery Ltd, Michael Corner, Modern Steak, Packwood Grand, Rob Van Wielingen, Sharie Hunter, Susan Roberts of Studio Jewellers, Theatre Calgary, The Dorian, Vertigo Theatre , Willow Park Wine & Spirits, The Calgary Airport Authority


STAND OUT AS A LEADER OF CULTURAL AND SOCIAL EVOLUTION. Become a Lit Gala sponsor today. Download the sponsorship package here.

For sponsorship inquiries related to the 2023 Lit Gala, please contact:

Tracy Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

P 403.221.2008


Tamara Smith

Senior Manager of Donor Partnerships

P 403.477.1182


calgary public library foundation

Lit Gala Committee

Cynthia Moore (Chair), Chloe Dusser, Anthony Giuffre, Vivian Hill, Vivienne Huisman, Madelyn Lang, Domingo Lumanog, Patricia Moore, Ellen Parker, Sandra Rosanò Koeller, Jan Wittig.

Board of Directors

Rob Van Wielingen (Chair), Sabina Shah (Vice Chair), James Pettigrew (Treasurer), Naim Ali, Jordan Balaban, Shashi Behl, Pamela Draper, Thu Duncan-Nguyen, Jason Jogia, Al-Karim Khimji, Dean Koeller, Don Sewell, Rachel Wade, Patricia Moore (Member Emerita).

"Can a library change the face of a neighborhood? An entire city? That seems to be the challenge taken up by the Calgary Central Library, a stunning building at the gateway to the city's developing East Village neighborhood" — The New York Times

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