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There's an old saying that if libraries were a modern invention, there's no way they'd be free. They have always been about more than just books, but the @torontolibrary in particular is an example of this city at its best. 1/ #librariesmatter
The @torontolibrary offers an Adult Literacy Program that provides free, one-on-one tutoring in basic reading, writing and math for English-speaking adults 16 years or older: torontopubliclibrary.ca/adult-literacy/. 2/ #librariesmatter
The @torontolibrary provides 16 exhibit spaces at a cost of just $20/month to local artists to showcase the talent and diversity of our city while highlighting the neighbourhoods that make this city our home: torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-c…. 3/ #librariesmatter
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The closures that @Rachael_Swindon highlights should also been seen in the context of government policy. She is completely right that this is how the Tories are reducing #socialmobility but it is also how they are reducing access to other vital services for the most vulnerable.
It has long been government policy (in common with other countries) that people should access government services online. Other countries recognise that there is a need to keep other options open to protect the most vulnerable. The UK government took a different approach.
The UK government decided to tell people who had difficulty accessing #digital services that they should go to the #library where staff would help them. They then gave no funding for the training of library staff or for their time or for the equipment needed.

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