Just getting Started! Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
From Orwell to Asimov, from Skynet to Spock, the 2014 Books2Eat gala will challenge cake designers to prepare creations inspired by tales of the future, galaxies unseen and ideas uncovered.
Over the past 100 years, EPL has come a long way and accomplished many things, but we’re just getting started! Books2Eat 2014 promises to be a cosmic event that will ignite EPL’s path and set the course to keep us ahead by a century.
Since 2006, EPL's Books2Eat Gala has grown into our signature fundraising event, raising awareness for the library while building strong community relationships.
Inspired by the International Edible Book Festival, Books2Eat challenges chefs to design cakes based on literary themes. Each year, Books2Eat provides an exquisite evening of food and literary flair for the arts, political and business communities, as well as family, friends and long-time library supporters to enjoy.
To mark our next century EPL is presenting the inaugural EPL Champion Award at B2E 2014. This award honours and recognizes an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated active support and strong commitment to establishing the Edmonton Public Library as one of the most innovative, community-led and well-used libraries in Canada. The result of their time, talent and resources is enhanced library services for all Edmontonians.
The 2014 recipient is Stephen Mandel!
Libraries are in demand more than ever. EPL continues to be the second most visited destination in our city. In 2012 we welcomed over 13 million visitors and over 200,000 people attended free programs at EPL. Edmontonians from all walks of life need, use and love their library.
Great libraries shape great cities. They are instrumental in building the economic, social and cultural foundation of a vibrant city. Every day thousands of Edmontonians directly benefit from a wide variety of services from EPL:
- Children attend free early literacy and school-aged programs giving them a jumpstart on essential literacy skills.
- New Canadians utilize ESL materials and attend free English practice programs to help master the language while establishing connections to the commmunity.
- Adults take advantage of one-on-one computer training and are able to try some of the latest eTechnology.
- Edmontonians who have fallen on hard times find a sanctuary where they can access resources to help take their lives in a new direction.
EPL is generously funded through grants from the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta. EPL is also committed to raising private funds to support services and special programs that help make our great library even better. Both public and private support is a necessity for a great library.
EPL turned 100 in 2013 and our 2012 Books2Eat Gala kick started our centennial fundraising campaign, which focuses on accessibility and ensuring all Edmontonians have easy access to essential library services throughout our growing city:
- Welcome Baby: Investing in early childhood literacy is the most cost-effective strategy to ensure a community's long-term economic prosperity. Welcome Baby is an expansion of EPL's successful partnership with Alberta Health Services and will deliver library cards and early literacy resources at public health clinics as part of the newborn immunization process ensuring every child born in Edmonton has equal access to early literacy materials needed to ensure success later in life.
Literacy Vans: Not your traditional bookmobile, EPL literacy vans will bring the latest technology resources as well as library programs and services to people in new and underserved communities throughout our city including seniors' homes, daycares, youth groups, schools and more. We do not want location or transportation issues to be a barrier for those who need us the most.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunies with EPL, contact Coby Benoit, Fund Development Manager, at 780-496-1856 or email@example.com.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
The Art of Edible Art
Each year our talented cake artists create fantastic works of art. At the 2012 gala, we challenged them to create all things action and espionage as part of our action packed Start the Spark theme.
Guests were dazzled by cakes from:
- Art of Cake
- Barbara Spencer
- Cake Couture
- Cheryl's Creations
- Fantasyland Hotel
- Infinite Yums
Great Packages, Great Cause
In 2012, our silent auction packages included items and services that thrilled and delighted, including:
- An exclusive dinner for you and three friends at The Marc with Mayor Stephen Mandel and his wife Lynn.
- A night of dinner and theatre in Edmonton's downtown core with dinner at Normand's Bistro, two tickets to The Penelopiad at the Citadel and a one night stay at The Hotel MacDonald.
- A luxurious weekend getaway to Jasper National park, featuring a two-night bed and breakfast package at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and a three-day Lexus car rental.
- A shopping makeover with a $100 gift certificate to Southgate and two hours with one of Southgate's professional stylists. Debut your new look at a romantic dinner for two at Zaika Indian Bistro followed by a jazz performance at the Yardbird Suite. End the night by settling into your cozy Sterling Suite at The Matrix Hotel.
- A family fun package featuring a family pass to the Telus World of Science, two family choice passes for West Edmonton Mall attractions, four Snow Valley passes and dinner for four at The Mongolie Grill.
The 2014 Books2Eat honourary chair is Sarah Chan.
Sarah Chan (MA) is a teacher, musician, writer, and mother of Dexter (age 4) and Alice (age 1). She runs her private piano studio in the University area and also publishes the lifestyle blog, Girls and Bicycles, which promotes active, healthy living, with an emphasis on cycling and public transit. She has a love for photography, and is often found romping around Edmonton with a camera in hand. When she isn’t teaching, writing, or taking care of the kids, she is found supporting the local arts scene; local restaurants; planning charity events; and promoting causes alongside her husband, mayor Don Iveson.
Missed the 2012 gala? Attended the event and would like to relive some of the most inspirational moments? We invite you to watch some of the inspirational speeches and videos from the 2012 Books2Eat Gala.
Colin Mulholland, EPL Customer
Colin Mulholland discusses how EPL's outreach services have impacted his life.
Linda Cook, EPL CEO
EPL CEO, Linda Cook, gives and overview of EPL and discusses our Centennial Fundraising goals.
Early Literacy Testimonial Video
Learn how EPL's Early Literacy initiatives benefit our youngest customers.
Outreach Testimonial Video
EPL customers discuss the impact that EPL's outreach services have had on their lives.
Supporter Testimonial Video
Two EPL benefactors discuss the importance of supporting the library.
As a registered charity, we rely on fundraising to make EPL the best it can be. To show your support by making a tax-deductible donation, please contact Coby Benoit, Fund Development Manager, at 780-496-1856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.