Librarian Activist writes that a rally is being organized by citizen members of the Toronto Public Library Board and the Writers Union of Canada and that an invitation is extended to all Toronto residents who value their public libraries as democratic, educational and cultural hubs to join us to support fair taxes. The rally is being held at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street on Sunday, October 21st from 12-1pm.
The reasons for the rally:
“The Toronto Public Library gets 91% of its funding from the City of Toronto. So as Toronto goes, so does the Library. If the Library is asked to make cuts, the only discretionary fund with enough money in it to cut from is our materials budget (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) This could mean that the TPL purchases 350,000 fewer materials in 2008. Consequently, patrons would only find the book they are looking for in one of every three trips to the library.”
Wondering if it is a real possibility that TPL may no longer be able to purchase new books???
Check out this story published by the CBC about a Nova Scotia library system that has had its budget cut so much they can no longer afford to purchase new books.