Presenting Sponsor

Thursday, September 12, 2019

VPL Central Branch

350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC


Vancouver Public Library Foundation will be hosting its second annual Library Gala event on VPL’s levels 8 & 9 and in the rooftop garden.

Thanks to the generosity of library supporters, the sold-out 2018 gala raised over $585,000 for the Vancouver Public Library in its inaugural year! We are ready to continue in the spirit of giving with another exciting gala program for 2019.

This year’s Gala will celebrate the crucial role that early literacy plays in enabling young people to reach their full potential. The Gala will raise funds to expand and enhance the spaces and programs for children and teens at Vancouver Public Library which serves hundreds of thousands of young people each year. These funds will help ensure that all children have access to spaces, programming and tools to support their lifelong learning and literacy needs. The Vancouver Public Library system welcomes over 6.3 million visitors each year, with nearly two million people using the facilities at Central Library. In 2018, 70% of Vancouver residents accessed VPL collections, services and spaces. Our library is Canada’s most-visited major urban library on a per capita basis.

We look forward to having you become a part of our story

Our Sponsors

Special Guests

Sponsored by:

Yann Martel

Yann Martel

Yann Martel is the author of a collection of short stories and four novels, most notably Life of Pi. His most recent novel is The High Mountains of Portugal. He also ran a guerrilla book club with Stephen Harper, sending the former Prime Minister a book and a letter every two weeks for four years. The letters have been published as a book, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers has published eight books for teens and children, with three more upcoming. Her chapter book Polly Diamond and The Magic Book was selected by Parents Magazine as one of the best books of the year and is described by Booklist as a book that… “brings the magic of imagination to life.” Alices’ work is published in 34 countries. She lives with the writer Yann Martel in Saskatoon. They have four children.

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson lives in Vancouver and in Southwest Manitoba in the rural municipality of Louise. He writes for children and adults. Groundwood Books has just published The Promise Basket, a picture book illustrated by Slavka Kolesar. New from Talonbooks is I Saw Three Ships, a collection of linked stories all set in the West End. This fall, he’s the Writer in Residence at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba

Jules Arita Koostachin

Jules Koostachinn

Jules Arita Koostachin is MoshKeKo Cree and a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation in what is now called northern Ontario. She is a mother to four amazing sons, an acclaimed filmmaker, published writer and a PhD candidate with GRSJ at the University of British Columbia. Jules’ art practice works to shed light on the diverse realities of Indigenous community.

2019 Beyond the Book Library Committee

The Beyond the Book Library Gala Committee is a passionate group of library supporters who have generously volunteered their time and talents to create an unforgettable evening at VPL.

The Vancouver Public Library Foundation extends our sincerest gratitude to this special group for their efforts to put on an impactful fundraising event for our community.

Jennifer Clarke
Chair, Vancouver Public Library Foundation

Olin Anton
Priscilla Lam
Lulu Leathley
Barb Lindsay
Angie MacDougall
Kerry McKeen
Neal McLennan
Greg Oyhenart
Valerie Rogers
Ava Vorwaller

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years, and is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada. Millions of children, families and adults have benefited from VPL services, resources and programs, and the demand continues to grow. Vancouver Public Library unleashes our city’s potential to grow, advance, innovate, and improve. It is the only place in our community where every person – regardless of their life circumstances – has the opportunity to learn, participate, connect, and contribute.

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