After years of suffering the corrosive effects of inflation, Library service has already been cut to the bone.
And yet the Library Board, appointed during former Mayor Rob Ford’s term, has voted to undermine our public library again.
Our City Librarian minced no words when she wrote to the Board just a few weeks ago:
“The recommended 2015 budget is a reasonable and responsible funding request necessary to maintain existing services… the cumulative budget increase over the last four years is … 86% below the rate of inflation.”
In spite of this cautionary note, the outgoing Library Board actually voted to reject this hold-the-line-on-services proposal for 2015. Instead they opted for further cuts to our public library.
Margaret Atwood’s ongoing defense of our public library is legendary.
Her 2011 video was inspiring.
The photo above is from her pictoral response to Twitter posts asking for clarification on what it means to be Canadian.
To read the full post, click here.
Join Us. Stand up for Our Public Library.
The above video is a specially-commissioned (and sometimes provocative!) animated short film on the Toronto Public Library by James Braithwaite and Josh Raskin, who were nominated for an 2008 Academy Award for their video on a 1969 John Lennon interview by a 14-year-old, I Met the Walrus. The video won a 2009 Emmy Award and a 2010 YouTube/ Guggenheim Award.
Our Public Library is narrated by Toronto’s 2006 Scotiabank Giller Award Winner Dr. Vincent Lam. (4 min)
Vincent Lam’s most recent book, The Headmaster’s Wager, is both a Canadian and International bestseller.
Thank you to all who participated in the first-ever City Hall Forum on the Future of Toronto’s Public Library was held in the Council Chamber on Sunday, November 24th.
Toronto has the busiest and, by most measures, the best library system in North America. But this precious public asset, founded in 1883, is falling behind. How could it not, after 20 years of political neglect and budget cuts?
More service reductions are being planned for 2014 and beyond. Toronto Council is closely divided on this issue. Major decisions will be made soon. Your voice will make a difference!
The Toronto Council Budget Committee begins meeting soon and will recommend a 2014 City Budget that Council will vote on in January.
Anyone can make a deputation to the Budget Committee, either in person or in writing.