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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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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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