Thanks you to the approximately 200! resident who came out last night to the Parkdale Public Library to express their concerns about library cuts and service reductions.
As well (for clarification), thank you to Councillor Doucette who requested at the October 17th/2011 TPL Board meeting that “public consultations on proposed service reductions include consultation meetings at the local library branches.” Finally, thank you to Anne Bailey, the Director of Branch Libraries, who provided a presentation and answered questions.
If you would like a copy of the presentation see: Parkdale High Park Library Presentation
As a result of the Mayor’s call for a 10% reduction in the Toronto Public Library operating budget, what is being proposed is a 13 hour reduction at Parkdale Public Library Branch each week from 69 to 56 hrs/wk, and a 6 hour reduction at the High Park Public Library branch each week from 62 to 56 hrs/wk. These service reductions would create additional closures at the Parkdale Public Library (closed Monday and Thursday Mornings, Friday evenings, and Closed all of Sunday) and at the High Park Public Library (closed Monday and Thursday mornings).
If there was one clear message from the community it was that a library is so much more than simply a library. Our libraries are community hubs providing more than just books but classes, youth programs, computer access, community meeting space, settlement services and all of the things that make a neighbourhood work.
Please make sure to take the time to participate in the Toronto Public Library Survey: library survey
and to see some pictures of the great turnout: event photos
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park