THE DAVISVILLE & LEASIDE INSIDER

THE DAVISVILLE & LEASIDE INSIDER

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Many Toronto Public Library branches at risk of closure are in wards of Council's Executive Committee members, analysis shows

Many Toronto Public Library branches at risk of closure are in wards of Council's Executive Committee members, analysis shows

TORONTO, July 26, 2011 /CNW/ - If the Executive Committee of Toronto City Council votes to close library branches, how will it be decided which ones to close? That is the question that moved the union that represents city library workers to analyze branch circulation figures in an effort to identify those most at risk.

In last February's City Council vote to close the downtown Urban Affairs Branch, low circulation (73,121 in 2010) was cited as the main reason for its shutdown. There are currently four additional library branches with even lower circulation, including the Sunnybrook branch that serves war veterans in Ward 25 (Councillor Jaye Robinson). But closing just four small branches will not come close to meeting Mayor Ford's goal of a 10 per cent cut in city agency expenditures. Several more would have to be closed to meet that target.

And Mount Pleasant Library at 599 Mount Pleasant Road is one of the libraries on the list.

Click here to read the newswire press release with the entire list...

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