We did it!
Late last night, Toronto City Council gave a huge vote of support for our public library!
Council voted to increase the budget for our public library in 2014 and to launch a study to explore opportunities to re-invest in our library!
Thanks to you and thousands of vocal library supporters, our public library can move forward with confidence and stability and hope for the future.
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.