Celebrating & Enhancing the Impact of the Austin Public Library

Friday, November 9
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Austin Central Library (710 W. Cesar Chavez Street)
Drinks & Fine Fare | Cocktail Attire | Valet Parking

Join us for a special evening highlighting stories that illustrate the library’s enduring power to transform lives. Featuring special guest Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout and winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Our annual gala is a festive and exciting evening inside the gorgeous Central Library, which celebrates its first anniversary on October 28. You'll enjoy a compelling program highlighting the importance of libraries in all societies, and the tremendous impact of the Austin Public Library's dedicated staff, innovative programming, vast collections of books, film, music, databases, and resources.

6:00 pm | VIP cocktail reception in the Art Gallery with Author & Artist Edward Carey

7:00 pm | Food, drinks & music by Tosca String Quartet; program featuring special guest Paul Beatty and 3 APL librarians sharing their stories, emceed by KUT's Rebecca McInroy

9:00 pm | Afterparty with Dessert & DJ Mahealani in the rooftop garden

Special Guest Paul Beatty

Award-winning author Paul Beatty joins us for a special evening honoring the impact of the Austin Public Library, and the importance of libraries as places of equal access to education, resources, and creativity. Beatty is a novelist and poet, and one of the most fearless and humorous writers of contemporary fiction. He has been called “one of the shrewdest cultural commentators, and hilarious cutups, of his generation” (Interview). In a voice both acerbic and expansive, Beatty creates unforgettable characters and haunting settings that strike at the very heart of race, pop culture, and language in America. With his most recent novel, The Sellout, about a modern-day slave owner in Los Angeles, Beatty became the first American author to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Gala Tickets

VIP Tickets: $500

Join us for an exclusive cocktail reception before the Gala in the Central Library Gallery, featuring the sculpture and illustrations from Little, the latest novel by author and illustrator Edward Carey, who will join us at the reception, along with special guest Paul Beatty. VIP tickets also include reserved table seating during the Gala, followed by DJ entertainment and dessert on the Rooftop Garden to close out the night.

Individual Tickets: $250

Include first-come audience seating for the Gala program, followed by DJ entertainment and dessert on the Rooftop Garden to close out the night.

Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today!

Gala Sponsorship

Gala sponsors multiply The Library Foundation's support for the Austin Public Library, which includes financial support for adult and youth programs, raising awareness about the library, enhancing collections, and increasing the library's endowment.

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor: $25,000

  • Reserved tables for 25 guests with prime seating
  • Invitation for sponsor and sponsor guests to attend VIP reception
  • Verbal recognition from the stage
  • Opportunity to address the audience from the stage
  • Print and media recognition

Diamond Sponsor: $10,000

  • Reserved table for 10 with prime seating
  • Invitation for sponsor and sponsor guests to VIP reception
  • Verbal recognition from the stage
  • Print and media recognition

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

  • Reserved table for 10
  • Invitation for sponsor and sponsor guests to VIP reception
  • Print and media recognition

Gold Sponsor: $2,500

  • Reserved table for 8
  • Print and media recognition

For complete sponsorship details or to become a sponsor, click here.

About The Library Foundation

The Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to increase public awareness of the Austin Public Library and its importance to the community and to enhance library collections, programs, and facilities. Library Foundation programs include the Mayor's Book Club, New Fiction Confab, Badgerdog Writing Workshops, Raise a Reader and Connected Youth.  Austin Public Library Friends Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your sponsorship is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowable by the law. For more information, contact Cecily Sailer at csailer@austinlibrary.org or 512.542.0076