Annie Davidson

Annie Davidson Founders Society

More than a century ago, Annie Davidson, widow and mother of 10, helped build Calgary’s first public library. Mrs. Davidson and the Calgary Women’s Literary Club were the first champions of the Library cause in Calgary. They successfully secured community support for Alberta’s first public library and obtained the financial donation from the Carnegie Foundation. They saw the Library cause as an investment for their families and future generations of Calgarians.


The Library has been transforming and inspiring the lives of Calgarians ever since.


It is our privilege to ask you to stand with us in support of the Calgary Public Library. In a busy world, today’s library is the community’s living room, where children learn to read, newcomers to Canada are welcomed and the direction of a life is positively changes through the services and support provided by Library staff. Your donation can—and will—make a difference in helping to build our Library and community.


We are deeply grateful to the generous people who support Annie’s legacy today. Help us honour her dream by becoming a member of the Annie Davidson Founder’s Society.

If you have further questions or would like to become a part of the Society, please contact:


Christine Gingerick, Director, Donor Relations

P 403-260-2675

E christine@addin.ca

Become an Annie Davidson Member Today!

Membership Levels

In recognition of your generous gift, we are proud to welcome you as a member of the Annie Davidson Founders Society. As a member, you will be invited to exclusive Annie Davidson Founders Society events and behind the scenes tours at the Library.

$500 - $999 Annie Davidson Founder
As an Annie Davidson Founders Society Member, you will help 41 Calgarians get their very own Library card, helping the Library open up a world of opportunity for all.
$1,000 - $2,499 Annie Davidson Trailblazer
As an Annie Davidson Founders Society Trailblazer, you will enable 15 families to participate in Library programs—sparking a love of reading & learning that will stay with them for life.
$2,500 - $4,999 Annie Davidson Vanguard
As an Annie Davidson Founders Society Vanguard, you will add 10 Chromebook laptops to the Library, supporting digital technology and the fastest growing area of circulation.
$5,000+ Annie Davidson Change Agent
As an Annie Davidson Founders Society Change Agent, you will provide more than 20 Homebound Readers with books and services—promoting lifelong learning, inclusion and independence.

Annie Davidson Opera

In a time when women couldn’t yet vote, Annie Davidson was the first champion of the Calgary Public Library. She led the Calgary Women’s Literary Club and successfully mobilized the community support and philanthropic investment needed to make the Library a reality. Memorial Park Library, Alberta’s first public library, was completed in 1912.

Annie’s legacy has transformed and inspired the lives of Calgarians ever since.

The Annie Davidson Opera, which was held from September 24-27, 2015, brought to life the story of the Calgary Public Library through the eyes of Annie Davidson. The new Canadian opera was created in partnership with Cowtown Opera, a contemporary opera company that breathes life into a traditional art form by utilizing contemporary and local themes.

The Annie Davidson Opera was proudly supported by the Calgary Public Library, the Calgary Foundation and the Rozsa Foundation.