Elevate Guelph

Since 1973, The Bookshelf has been Guelph’s cultural cornerstone. An independent bookstore, cinema, resto-bar and meeting place, it is vital to Guelph’s creative and community spirit. However, many people are excluded: People with disabilities and many seniors cannot climb the stairs or access all the facilities.

We want to enable everyone to participate in our cultural community. Building an elevator, accessible washrooms and wheelchair access to the Bookshelf Cinema, Greenroom and eBar will invite our entire community to participate.

The Government of Canada has recognized this need with a generous $100,000 grant from its Enabling Accessibility Fund. The Bookshelf is investing $120,000. That leaves the community to raise the additional $100,000 needed for this $320,000 infrastructure project.

Through a generous gift of $50,000 from community members, Kim and Stu Lang, we are already 50% to our goal of $100,000.

Your investment will elevate our entire community, allowing everyone to enjoy book readings, films, concerts, Truth and Reconciliation gatherings with Indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ events, lectures, dances, discussions and more.

Let’s elevate Guelph.

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Elevate Guelph
Investment Levels and Benefits
A project of Friends of the Bookshelf. #ElevateGuelph

1. Ground Floor $20 or more | Name printed in a special issue of Off The Shelf as a contributor to Elevate Guelph.

2. Ramp it Up $125 or more | Ground Floor benefit, plus a one-year personal membership to The Bookshelf.

3. Opening Doors $500 or more | Ground Floor benefit, plus a lifetime personal membership to The Bookshelf (Gold Card status).

4. Going Up $1,000 or more | Ground Floor benefit, plus a lifetime personal membership to The Bookshelf (Gold Card status) and invitation to the Gala Cocktail Reception to celebrate completion of the project.

5. Going Up $5,000 or more | Ground Floor benefit, plus a lifetime family membership to The Bookshelf (Gold Card Status) and invitation to a Gala Cocktail Reception to celebrate completion of the project.

6. Community Elevator $10,000 or more | Going Up benefits, plus your name prominently displayed within The Bookshelf (details to be discussed with the donor).

Donations (0)

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 25 d
  • Kathryn MacLean 
    • $100 
    • 26 d
  • Michael Ridley 
    • $200 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Judy Roeder 
    • $20 
    • 2 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Friends of the Bookshelf 
Organizer
Guelph, ON
Ben Minett 
Beneficiary
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