An Evening with Eric Klinenberg

Join us virtually at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 for An Evening with Eric Klinenberg presented by the Friends of EPL, opens a new window as we raise funds for our Ready. Set. READ! program. Tickets start at only $5.50.

About the Virtual Event

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, EPL hosts An Evening with Eric Klinenberg presented by the Friends of Edmonton Public Library, opens a new window. Eric Klinenberg is a noted speaker and writer, a professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. This special online event offers a selection of unique at home experiences to enjoy. 100% of funds raised will go directly towards Ready. Set. READ! EPL’s new program that delivers an age-appropriate book to a child’s home monthly from birth to five years of age.

At Home Experiences Available

General Admission - $5.50 each (the cost of one book a month that is sent to a child as part of our Ready. Set. READ! initiative). Includes access to the keynote presentation with Eric Klinenberg. Ticket holders will receive a link to virtually access the presentation closer to the date. The keynote will include live captioning.

At Home Experiences - Customize your experience and choose from the two available packages to enjoy at home. They include:

  • Access to the keynote presentation
  • A Sweet & Savoury refreshment box for two
  • EPL swag bag featuring a copy of Palaces for the People
  • Charitable tax receipts in the name of the ticket purchaser will be issued for the portion of the ticket price deemed charitable post-event

Non-alcoholic option for Two ($99)

Sip and Savour for Two ($119). Must be 18+ to purchase. Also includes your choice of one bottle of Cava, Sauvignon Blanc or Syrah.

How to Register

All tickets are available for purchase online. At Home Experiences are limited to customers in the greater Edmonton region only. During registration you will be asked if you would prefer to pick up your refreshments or have them delivered to your door:

Pick Up - Catered boxes will be available for collection between 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 9 from Mercer's Catering: 12514 - 124 St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5L 0N5.

Delivery - Catered boxes will be sent to the address provided between 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 9. Customers must be present to accept the delivery, the items will not be left unattended.

Double Your Support - All funds raised from this event made will be matched up to $50,000 thanks to the generosity of the FEPL. Buy your tickets today and help children prepare for reading from the start!

Ready. Set. READ!Ready. Set. READ!

Your gift of $5.50/month will help gift a child their very first book.
Your gift of $5.50/month will help gift a child their very first book.

About Eric Klinenberg

About Eric Klinenberg and Palaces for the People

In his most renowned work, Palaces for the People, Klinenberg outlines how the future of cities and democratic societies rest not only on shared values, but on social infrastructure – the libraries, parks, and civic organizations where crucial connections are formed. After over a year of isolation, anxiety and change, Klinenberg’s work is more relevant than ever before, showing that when social infrastructure is robust, people are more likely to build ties with neighbours and invest in their communities; but when it’s neglected, as demonstrated during the pandemic, families and individuals must fend for themselves.

In a talk that brings the material of the book to life, Klinenberg paints a vivid portrait of how our societies have worked until now—and what our governments, civic organizations and individual citizens can do to reactivate and maintain this critical social infrastructure.

“Wow. A comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward.”
— Jon Stewart
Picture of Eric Klinenberg

Sponsors

Friends of EPL Logo

About our Presenting Sponsor

Friends of EPL was established in 1991 as a volunteer, non-profit society which promotes awareness of the public library with the community, seeks community involvement in the activities of the society, acts as an advocate for the community’s library interests and raises funds for projects in support of EPL and for activities of the society in support of the library community.

Contact us to see what sponsorship opportunities are available.

Anna Alfonso
Director Marketing, Communications and Fund Development
give@epl.ca

Event Partners

                     

                                      

                                                                 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

  • Tickets are now available online from Eventbrite.
  • Customize your experience and choose the best option for you:

    General Admission ($5.50) includes access to the keynote presentation with Eric Klinenberg.

    At Home Experiences include:

    • Access to the keynote presentation
    • A Sweet & Savoury refreshment box for two
    • EPL swag bag featuring a copy of Palaces for the People
    • Charitable tax receipts in the name of the ticket purchaser will be issued for the portion of the ticket price deemed charitable post-event

    Non-alcoholic option for Two ($99)

    Sip and Savour for Two ($119). Must be 18+ to purchase. Also includes your choice of one bottle of Cava, Sauvignon Blanc or Syrah.

  • At Home Experiences are limited to customers in the greater Edmonton region only. Your choice of pickup or delivery is included in the ticket price:

    Pick Up - Catered boxes will be available for collection between 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 9 from Mercer's Catering: 12514 - 124 St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5L 0N5.

    Delivery - Catered boxes will be sent to the address provided between 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 9. Customers must be present to accept the delivery, the items will not be left unattended.

  • Charitable tax receipts in the name of the ticket purchaser will be issued for At Home Experience packages only. A receipt for the portion of the ticket price deemed charitable will be provided post-event.

  • 100% of funds raised will go directly towards Ready. Set. READ! EPL’s new program that delivers an age-appropriate book to a child’s home monthly from birth to five years of age. In collaboration with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, this book-gifting program is devoted to inspiring a love of reading in Edmonton families and to deepen their relationship with the Library, setting a foundation that supports children’s ongoing learning.

  • Tickets are transferable, but not refundable. If you can’t make it, you’re welcome to give your tickets to friends or family so they can enjoy the evening. Log into your Eventbrite account and update the attendee information. Tax receipts will be issued to the purchaser for the portion of the ticket price deemed charitable following the event.

  • EPL will be reaching out to guests a few times leading up to the event. We will be emailing guests closer to the date with more event information, links and login details, and any other handy details. We will follow up after the event looking for feedback and providing tax receipts. EPL will not pass your personal details onto any other organization.

    Guests can visit us at http://www.epl.ca/klinenberg , email give@epl.ca, or call us at 780-442-9110 for more information.

Back to Top