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Two Toronto public libraries plan extended hours without staff

“The Toronto Public Library plans to keep two branches open late without any staff, an idea that’s alarmed the library workers’ union.The library will extend services — such as hold pick-ups, book borrowing, book returns and access to computers — at both the Swansea Memorial and Todmorden Room locations in fall 2017, said Moe Hosseini-Ara, director of branch operations and customer experience.” (via Metro Toronto)

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Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books

“The Toronto Public Library is putting the finishing touches on its newest asset — a technology-filled branch on wheels. The city’s Library Board will be updated on Tuesday about the state of a new bookmobile that will be hitting the streets later this year.   “The bookmobile provides service to some of the city’s most vulnerable and isolated residents.” city librarian Vickery Bowles told CBC Toronto Monday in an interview.” (via CBC News)

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Deal with city averts library workers strike

“The city and its library workers have closed the book on another contentious round of bargaining and avoided a strike.CUPE Local 4948 announced early Monday that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the City of Toronto. The union’s 2,200 library workers were in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, but the deal prevented a labour disruption.” (via Toronto Sun)

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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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