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Biblio Bash raises more than $1 million for Toronto Public Library

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The Biblio Bash 2024 in support of the TPL was held at the Toronto Reference Library.



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By George Pimentel Special to the Star

On April 25, the Toronto Reference Library transformed into a magical and mysterious forest celebrating the wonder of words when the Toronto Public Library Foundation held its Biblio Bash. The event raised more than $1 million to support the TPL, with significant funds earmarked for the TPLF’s Newcomer Community Initiative, which will allow the library to launch new resources in 40 languages and expand outreach for newcomer programs and services. More than 425 guests and dozens of notable Canadian authors packed the sold-out black-tie gala presented by Fitzrovia, for which comedian and author Ali Hassan hosted and the Toronto Star served as media sponsor.

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Ella-Grace Trudeau.

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Justice Faith Betty.

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Reetu Gupta.

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Jennifer Grant.

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Sylvia Mantella.

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Stela Akman and Zeina Esmail.

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Téa Mutonji.

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Grace Kim.

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Mayor Olivia Chow and Mana Mansour.

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Charlie Angelakos and Ali Velshi.

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Haroon Siddiqui.

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Emmanuelle Gattuso and Myles Mindham.

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Claire MacNamara, Ali Hassan and Farah Nasser.

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Carolyn MacKenzie, Morgan Hoffman, Pooja Handa, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Sangita Patel and Gurdeep Ahluwalia (front).

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Tamara and Christopher Bratty and Laura Tamblyn Watts.

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William Scott and Vickery Bowles.

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