From the Toronto Star:
Public libraries are among Toronto\'s hidden treasures. Yet they rarely feature in the raging urban renewal debate on how best to raise billions of dollars to bury the Gardiner, fix the waterfront, expand the island airport, or save the schools from the Harris-Eves Tories.
Perhaps we don\'t much talk about libraries because they ain\'t broke. We should.
Libraries are one of our most essential public spaces where citizens converge regardless of age, income, language, ethnicity, religion or political ideology. The Toronto library\'s 98 branches — many housed in some of the most architecturally exquisite buildings — add to the social cohesion and vitality of each of their neighbourhoods. So do the public libraries in the suburbs, from Mississauga to Markham to Ajax and beyond.