Or at least you like it.
And this is the blog for you.
Hi, everybody! I’m your host, Joe Clark, a writer and curmudgeon here in Toronto. (Leslieville, actually.) I’ve decided to do something chipper and constructive and uplifting for a while – you know, like pulling baskets of newborn kitties out of a burning building or coyote-proofing people’s back yards.
On this blog, I’ll be writing about the many things I love about the Toronto Public Library. And the things I merely like. And a few things I can’t stand. But mostly the good parts. (You can write for the blog, too – just drop me a line at
joeclark at fawny dot org and we’ll talk about it.)
I’m calling this a pop-up blog because it resembles a pop-up store – something that emerges out of nowhere almost fully formed, rules like a despot for a little while, then disappears. I really doubt I’ll keep this blog going past summertime – say, June 2009. But that’s just a guess. The important thing is you shouldn’t expect this blog to be around forever. It’s TPLFans, not the New York Times.
There will be new postings at least once a week, probably more often. I’ll be tagging all the relevant photos on my Flickr account with
TPLFans, a tag that you can use, too (as on Delicious, Twitter, etc.). There’s already a Facebook group for fans of the Toronto Public Library, and I’m not going to duplicate that.
I’m allowing comments, but they’re moderated for anything that resembles a personal attack, including one levelled at me.
When it comes to the TPL, with 99 branches (that’s ninety-nine branches, people), they’ve got to be doing something right. Let’s start a list!