Over the next several weeks the Toronto Public Library Board will be considering service reductions to dozens of libraries across Toronto. I believe the Mayor’s demand of a 10% cut from the Toronto Public Library is arbitrary, far too simplistic, and lacks context. Therefore, I will not be supporting service reductions to a system that so many of our residents value. The proposed reductions will have an unnecessarily adverse effect on our Public Library system – a system that has seen growing demand and must be protected.
The suggested service reductions that would affect Ward 22 residents include:
- Deer Park Public Library – reduce the number of hours from 62 to 56 hours per week, a 6 hour reduction (equivalent to two mornings)
- Northern District Public Library – reduce the number of hours from 69 to 59.5 per week, a 9.5 hour reduction (equivalent to approximately three mornings)
- Forest Hill Public Library – reduce the number of hours from 62 to 56 per week, a 6 hour reduction (equivalent to two mornings)
Currently there are no proposals to reduce Mount Pleasant Public Library from 40 hours a week.
Please contact the Toronto Public Library Board to tell the members your position on the proposed service reductions. You can contact the Board by writing, phoning, faxing or emailing the Board Secretary.
The Secretary – Toronto Public Library Board
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8
Phone: 416-393-7215 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday to Friday)
Email: Nancy Marshall at email@example.com