The Phoenix Saga (of libraries)

The Toronto Star’s John Goddard was on Toronto Public Library Board Meeting duty tonight, as once again that board is demonstrating their commitment to saving the Metro Hall branch:

Amid high passions calmly stated, the Toronto Public Library board voted again Wednesday to defend its downtown Urban Affairs branch from closure.

At the same time, the board agreed to budget cuts that bring it close to those demanded by city hall number-crunchers.

“We must act in the best interests of our patrons … (and) closing a library would not be doing that,” said city councillor and board member Janet Davis.

via Defiant library board votes to save Urban Affairs branch –

Still not safe, but now council will have to serve as the hatchet man and kill the branch themselves. Assuming that’s what they want to do. Kudos to the board for standing tough on this one.


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