During university, I volunteered at the local library, shelf-reading and tidying books. When I told a friend, she asked why I didn’t just volunteer at a food bank; then I’d do more good. At the time, I wasn’t aware of the saying “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for life.” But that’s more or less what I told her.
I believed, and I still believe, that free education is one of the fundamental rights to which each person is entitled. And education doesn’t end in the classroom – it stretches into the home and community, and libraries are at the heart of this education.
So, yeah, I believe libraries are sacred. That’s why it scares me that they’re first in line for the Toronto budget cuts.
At last count in 2010, the Toronto Public Library was the busiest one on the continent, with over 30 million […]