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June 18, 2003
Explore the Urban Agenda on June 19 "Cities, Neighborhoods and Libraries: Partnerships that Work"
There's a change underfoot: A quiet revolution is coursing through our city's
veins. And that change has a catalyst.

Your local library.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. Libraries are widely considered the only
accessible entrée to knowledge and space remaining in our city. And for the
Toronto Public Library's 18.2 million visitors, the triad of access, knowledge
and space is critical.

And access obviously has its rewards: the Toronto Public Library's 18.2 million
visitors and 1.36 million cardholders has more visitors every year than all of
Toronto's major arts and cultural attractions combined.

Libraries are increasingly recognized for their important contribution to city
and community building:
  • By providing welcoming, accessible community space
  • Acting as an economic anchor for community regeneration
  • Participating in downtown revitalization projects
  • Providing services for civic integration of immigrants and newcomers
  • As a learning partner, especially for preschool and lifelong learning.
"Only at the
library do you have true access to wonderfully welcoming space. With 98
branches, you don't have to go far to find a library in our city and once you
get there, you don't have to pay for admission," noted Josephine Bryant,
Toronto Public Library's chief librarian.

"Once we get you in the door," she continued, "the pure scope of our
collections (over 10.5 million items) keeps you coming back. I guess you can
say that for our cardholders, free membership has its privileges!"

Bryant will explore the role of the library as a catalyst for change in the
upcoming "Cities Neighbourhoods and Libraries: Partnerships that Work" seminar
held as part of the American/Canadian Library Associations' conference on June

Cities, Neighborhoods and Libraries: Partnerships that Work
Date: Thursday, June 19th 2003,
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave.
Admission: $310.30, open to the general public

Hosted by the Canadian Library Association, the Council of Administrators of
Large Urban Public Libraries and the Canadian Urban Institute

For more information, contact:
Suzanna Birchwood, 416-393-7214
Tania Ensor, 416-393-7193



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