I had heard about the privatisation of Toronto Public Library and Kerry @Pickle Me This brought to my attention the petition organised to save it.
You might wonder how this concerns me since I don’t even live in Canada. You probably already know the answer to this: I always feel concerned by anything connected with Canadian literature.
When I went to Canada last year, I visited a couple of the branches of Toronto Public Library. I also did some research in their catalogue and they have amazing resources. I was surprised by the welcome and help I received when I explained my interest in making some photocopies of certain books they hold. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time, but my intention is to go back next year. This might not happen…
I also follow what the Toronto Public Library does and they organise many literary events. It would be such a dramatic loss for the community.
I consequently went to sign the petition. It is actually a template letter with a box for additional comments, so I was able to explain why a person living in Ireland wants to show her support. I really hope it can be saved from privatisation. Imagine the impact this would have on literacy… If you also feel concerned, follow this link.