Monday, August 08, 2011

Libraries and the governments that love them

Don't tell the Ford clan but some governments get libraries and why they are important:
“The Burnhamthorpe Library plays an important role in the Mississauga community,” said Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities. “Many families enjoy visiting the branch and benefiting from its many services, and the completion of this infrastructure project means they can continue to do so well into the future. Our government is proud to support the redevelopment of this facility and its grounds.”

“The McGuinty government is proud to support our local libraries, which help provide our children and grandchildren with lifelong learning and development opportunities,” said the Honourable Charles Sousa, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga South. “Mississauga’s libraries play a vital role in our neighbourhoods and I’m certain that this beautifully renovated library will serve as a vital community hub for many years to come.”

"The renovated and expanded Burnhamthorpe Library is architecturally striking," said Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga. "And, with the library, Maja Prentice Theatre and Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre under one roof, the facility conveniently provides a range of services and opportunities for joint programming and cost sharing."
Now I realize that compared to Toronto, Mississauga is virtually rolling in dough. But the value attributed to the library as a community institution is what's of interest here. Hazel could teach Mr. Ford a thing or two.