thank you! more than $600,000 raised for the library!
This will support impactful Library programs like My First Bookshelf, which helps families build home libraries and develop a lifelong love of reading. It will help activate spaces like Engine 23 at Fish Creek Library, a dynamic play-and-learn space that will attract families from all over the city.
Because of you, magical moments at the Library will grow in number and intensity, filling our world with the brilliant light of literacy.
As proponents of the Library, we are strong believers in lifelong learning. Please take this four-minute survey to help us continue to learn and improve the Lit Gala experience.
LIT IS LIGHT, LITERATURE, LITERACY. Luminous energy, Illuminating from within, transforming our perspectives. #LitGala2023 was 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.
Lit Gala 2023 on Saturday, October 21, shed light on the new and the unusual with vivid clarity. It was a graphic experience, celebrating dynamic and transformative storytelling. We were delighted to welcome guests back to Central Library for a truly enlightening and colourful celebration. Thank you to all sponsors, guests and supporters of Lit Gala 2023 for helping write the future of Calgary Public Library.
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.
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, BodyMind Synergy Health Centre, By Jean Michel, Calgary Airport Authority, Calgary Basketeers, Calgary Party 50, Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Public Library, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, Chandra Crawford, Claudia Photography, Concorde Group, Crush Camp, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, The Dorian, espy Experience, Field Law, Hotel Arts, Jim and Valentina Girgulis, Jim Campbell, Joydrop, Junction 9, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Kourtney Penner, Live Younger Rediscover Youth, Local Laundry, Maggie Hall, Mandy Stobo, Masters Gallery Ltd, Michael Corner, Modern Steak, Packwood Grand, Paul Van Ginkel, The Prosecco Cart Inc., Re/Max Calgary and Area Realtors, Rob Van Wielingen, Sharie Hunter, Stampede City, Susan Roberts of Studio Jewellers, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Viewpoint Investment Partners, Willow Park Wine & Spirits.
Feature Space Sponsors
Feature Performance Sponsors
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