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Toronto library workers say they’re heading for strike

“More than 2,000 library workers will strike Monday, shutting Toronto’s 100 branches, unless the city gets serious about negotiating a new contract, their union says.With a strike or lockout possible at midnight Sunday, talks are at a “crisis point,” Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, told reporters Wednesday.“I am extremely concerned about the state of negotiations right now,” O’Reilly said, and if they don’t improve library staff will be on picket lines Monday instead of opening branches.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto Public Library creates city’s 1st musical instrument lending program

“Toronto has a tool library, a library for kitchen implements and one for gardening tools. It’s getting a library of things soon, as well.There’s also the regular library, the one that lends out books.But not to be eclipsed by all the borrowing opportunities in this city, starting today, the Toronto Public Library will also begin lending musical instruments.So if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at the ukulele, or the tabla, or the violin, but you’re not quite ready to buy an instrument, head to the Parkdale branch. That’s where the Toronto Public Library is starting its instrument lending program.” (via CBC)

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Toronto Public Library fires back at Kansas City in ALCS Twitter feud

“The Toronto/Kansas City rivalry has become so heated that even the local libraries are trash-talking. Local libraries in the two cities are mixing it up on Twitter while their local baseball teams clash in the American League Championship Series. Kansas City kicked off an unusual feud with a literary jab at the Blue Jays Tuesday, posting a photo showing three books whose stacked spines read: “Canada. Sorry you lost. What Bluebirds Do.” (via Global News)

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Local artist Daniel Rotsztain draws all 99 Toronto libraries

“While most people shuffle through a period of unemployment doling out resumes, one Toronto man decided to spend it travelling to each of the city’s 99 public libraries. From the end of August to October, 25-year-old artist and geographer Daniel Rotsztain boarded buses, trains, streetcars and his bike with an inky pen in hand and plenty of paper. His goal was to capture the city’s bastions of books by drawing each one of them in a “homey, but blue print style”— a feat he sometimes conquered amidst scorching heat and drizzling rain.” (via Toronto Star)

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New Toronto library: great architecture, great view

“Toronto’s newest library, its 99th, is set to open in November. The Fort York Library, an unusual, modern building with what looks like a crazy tilted roof, offers a rare view of its namesake, Fort York. It’s a historic site we rarely see unless stalled in traffic high up on the Gardiner Expressway. The library, still under construction, rises up on the east side of the Bathurst Street bridge. It’s an elegant glass pavilion that will glow like a welcoming lantern at night. It’s such a presence that the neighbourhood of condominium towers and community housing has been named by the developer, Context, in its honour: the Library District.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto library study aims to put a dollar figure on their value

“The U of T’s Martin Prosperity In?stitute will tell Toronto, in dollar figures, the worth of its public library system. The economic impact study, a first of its kind in Canada, will be funded by the Toronto Public Library Foundation with contributions from TD Bank Group and the estate of Norman G. Hinton. No city money will be spent. Councillor Paul Ainslie, chair of library board, said the idea crystallized for him during 2013 budget debate as community groups used economic multipliers to demonstrate the wisdom of city funding.” (via Toronto Star)

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Toronto libraries reopen after 10-day strike

CBC News – “Torontos public library workers are back on the job after voting to approve a new contract on Thursday.CUPE Local 4948 president Maureen OReilly says the agreement reached between the union and the city is a victory for the union, which represents 2,300 library workers.”We convinced the board to give up their attack on quality jobs,” OReilly said.”

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Walkout to shut down Toronto public libraries

The Globe and Mail – “Toronto’s public libraries, one of the early areas of friction in Rob Ford’s drive to cut public spending, are now the scene of the first strike of the mayor’s 15-month-old administration. The city’s 98 library branches are expected to remain closed Monday while 2,300 employees begin picketing after a marathon round of negotiations during the weekend failed to resolve differences on job security for part-time staff.”

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Some Advice From the Guy Who Helped Save LA’s Libraries

Torontoist – “This year, Toronto Public Library narrowly avoided a 10 per cent budget cut that would have slashed about $17 million from its budget and forced it to reduce hours at branches citywide—but that was nothing. In 2010, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa handed Los Angeles Public Library a budget so severe that the system’s board couldn’t keep any of the city’s 73 libraries open more than five days a week, whereas in 2009, regional libraries were open all week, branches for six days.”

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Toronto libraries a step closer to striking

Globe & Mail – “Toronto is inching closer to a springtime strike, with the clock now ticking toward a work stoppage at the public library and talks with the city’s inside workers described as “slow.” The province issued a “no-board” report Thursday, meaning 2,300 library employees will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. March 18.”

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