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Young Literati 13th Annual Toast
Saturday, April 16, 2022
City Market Social House, DTLA

From the Nightstand to a Night Out:
The Toast is Back, and In Person!

Join us and Young Literati Chair Ginnifer Goodwin for an evening of literature, music, and comedy celebrating the Los Angeles Public Library!

This year, we are thrilled to return the Annual Toast to City Market Social House, where the Toast was held in 2019, pre-pandemic. This time, in 2022, we’ll feature readings and performances that pay homage to the literature that has helped us pull through the last two years. Those precious books on our nightstands that kept us sane during an extraordinary time will be the highlight of this night out on April 16.

Event Tickets

Member tickets on sale now! Click here to purchase. If you need your Member discount code, contact [email protected].

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Hosted by
Ginnifer Goodwin | Chair, Young Literati

Readings and performances by:
Jason Reitman | Director, Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Susan Orlean | Author of The Library Book (and Pandemic Tweets)
Natasha Rothwell | Actor (Insecure), Writer, and Producer
Courtney Lilly | Writer and Producer, Black-ish
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Musical performance by Michael Thomas Grant (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)

Beats by Novena Carmel, KCRW DJ
An interactive art experience with Gajin Fujita, artist and creator of LAPL’s art library card, and special guest artist OG Slick

Download the Toast 2022 program here.

After a vote by the YL membership, we’re excited to announce that the funds raised at this year’s Toast will support the Helping Students Succeed umbrella of programming at the Library, including:

  • We Read Together, workshops and programs that help parents and caregivers engage their children in early literacy practices to cultivate a lifelong love of reading;
  • Online Tutoring, high-quality private tutoring in 40+ subjects made available to K-12 and college students from 11 am to 11 pm daily;
  • Student Zones, dedicated library spaces that connect K-12 students with a trained after-school homework helper to assist them with homework and help them take advantage of the Library’s abundant academic resources; and
  • Reading Challenges, a year-round initiative that promotes reading and learning during extended school breaks.

Event Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the Annual Toast! Sponsorships begin at $1,250. As a sponsor, you will receive reserved event seating, special recognition, and more. Join us to make a difference in the lives of all Angelenos. Download and share our sponsorship packet. Click here to become a sponsor today!

COVID-19 Safety
Please note that the Library Foundation of Los Angeles follows current L.A. County guidelines on COVID-19 safety measures. Our COVID-19 waiver can be found here. While we look forward to seeing you all in person again, we are making every effort to keep our Members, community, and staff as safe as possible!

For more information, contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.

Many thanks to our friends at Studio Number One for the beautiful invitation art.