The List

Do you have a teen who might be looking for something interesting to read? The Toronto Public Library runs a great service for teens called “The List”. They interview teen readers in their branches about great new books they’ve read, and why they thought they were fantastic.

Drop by their page to hear more, and get a new reading list for summer!

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Libraries Aren’t Just About Books

The Toronto Public Library is doing something fascinating again–providing a lending library of musical instruments to the public!

musicWhat a great concept. While many libraries are starting up new lending options like seed libraries, tool libraries, and technology for lend, the idea of borrowing musical instruments is a fascinating idea. Musical instruments are so expensive, and the option of trying something before putting out the money on a big purchase is a great idea, and one that could help not only young people, but adults hoping to try something new.

The library is offering these instruments with a valid library card. Maybe you’re not interested in buying that violin for your child until you know they will keep up with lessons. Or maybe you are on a limited income, and want to give your teen the chance to audition for a University music program without having to worry about borrowing an instrument from school. One would think they must have proper sanitization methods to follow before lending or borrowing instruments, but it would be a good idea to ask about this if you’re looking at playing an instrument that involves mouthpieces.

I’m sure all of the instruments have limited borrowing times, but this would also be a fun way for people to get together to learn music as a group. Music is a great way to keep the mind active, and learning a new instrument can provide a lot of satisfaction.

You can find out more information about this unique program right here.

Why would YOU borrow a musical instrument from a library?

Love a librarian today!

We’re lucky to live in a small town where the library is valued. Not only does our municipal government support us, but we feel like they understand what a public library means to a community. The city of Toronto is not so lucky, however, as Mayor Rob Ford continues to explore other options, shall we say. Ford wants to take the library and privatize it, supposedly to offer better programs, more options to library users and lower costs overall. But as with all things that sound too goo to be true, this probably is.

According to a recent plea to the public, Toronto Public Library librarians are seriously thinking about striking.  No, they don’t want more money, more hours or more services, exactly. They only want to keep their library from becoming privately funded. According to their stand, the US company that is taking the forefront in the bid to go private has already wreaked havoc on libraries in the US. In the end, there are big promises but fewer services,  restricted book purchases and higher costs overall.  Not what anyone wants.

So what are the librarians in Toronto doing about it?  They’ve started a petition to “LOVE A LIBRARIAN” , to show your support for public libraries (specifically Toronto Public Library in this case, but it applies overall, I believe). You can certainly fill it in online and add your two cents. We may not be fighting for our own library at the moment, but libraries in general need support and if all it takes is a quick form, I say do it. You’ll sleep better tonight knowing you did something.