EDITORIAL: Libraries are community assets
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Feb 13, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

EDITORIAL: Libraries are community assets

City Centre Mirror

Our libraries are not just about books.

While today’s libraries offer a far more diverse and sophisticated range of materials to the user, a library’s true value comes from more than the tangible materials on its shelves.

Consider the entertainer visits, educational experiences and community connections that happen within library walls in this city every day.

The Toronto Public Library system has 98 branches, offering a range of ways citizens can interact with one another and get engaged. It’s those types of interactions that enable communities to evolve.

This week, Metroland Media Toronto published its interview with new Toronto Public Library board chair Michael Foderick. You can see our story online at: bit.ly/1bJfDj0

“The local library is the cornerstone of virtually every single successful neighbourhood in this city,” Foderick says. “That’s true from Etobicoke, to North York to Scarborough.”

Libraries are meeting places. They’re places to learn, and places to go get entertained.

Whether it’s an English Conversation Circle at Flemingdon Park branch, a Small Business Workshop at the Maria A. Shchuka, a garden society meeting at S. Walter Stewart or a baby time literacy program event in High Park, what you have is a community hub in action. Many of the city’s facilities – not just libraries – have that same multi-purpose aspect.

Now think of your neighbourhood branch. It’s likely there is something it can offer you. But maybe there is something you can offer it?

Many of the events that happen in our libraries involve sharing of knowledge or expertise. If you have the time and something to offer, why not volunteer? There are plenty of opportunities available. Visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/support-us/volunteering/ to find out more.

It’s an exciting year for the Toronto Public Library. With openings of two new branches (Fort York and Scarborough Centre) before the end of the year, that will bring the total number of branches to 100 in the city. That’s strong coverage in a diverse city of 2.6 million people.

To find out more about your neighbourhood branch, access our community listings at www.insidetoronto.com and click the Select a Community Listing from the drop-down menu in the right-hand column. You can also see what’s happening at your local branch in our events listings by clicking the Community Calendar icon at the top of the page.

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