Wall o’ Hindi

Wall shelves packed with DVDs, as man browses adjoining shelf

Downstairs at Gerrard-Ashdale (GE), whose upstairs level is wall-to-wall-to-wall Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu books and magazines. (And a perfunctory Chinese collection and a sad little children’s enclave.) By comparison, English DVDs are 2½ shelves (feature films: one shelf).


8 thoughts on “Wall o’ Hindi

  1. Very good. But what are you and I going to do as intellctuals if TPL decides to “renovate” Gerrard-Ashdale, like its discretionary “closure-renovation” of Cedarbrae District Library? Cedarbrae disruption of July 2008 “disappeared” their world-class Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.
    Cedarbrae is not yet reopened.
    TPL optional, controversial “re:vitalize” afoot for $34 million at TRL may perturb or grossly disrupt the entire TPL system including Gerrard-Ashdale and Cedarbrae. Good Luck

  2. Intellectual? I am a mere hewer of wood and drawer of water.

    Anyway, Gerrard-Ashdale is in OK shape and isn’t a priority for renovation. (Or do you know something I don’t?) But when any branch closes for a reno, it is indeed impossible to move it collection somewhere else.

  3. Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection is indeed a profound bibliographic recognition of the intellectual coherence and power of the African diaspora of Toronto, Canada and North America. BCHC contains the title Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings, edited by Philip S. Foner, (Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 1999) 973.8092 DOU, and others in the militant Abolitionist tradition. Why would anyone want to deprive the youth and the intellectuals of such Abolitionist books?

    Current Whats On does not provide a “reopening date” for Cedarbrae. Why not?

    You think GE is “in OK shape” and I likewise thought CED was in OK shape.
    Has TPL ever defined clearly in writing for fans its “priorities for renovation?”
    Or its cost-benefit rationale for the risky 2008-2012 TRL “re:vitalize?”
    Why would anyone want to perturb or possibly disrupt the nerve centre of the entire TPL system for 4-5 years running? What precisely was “not OK” about architectual genius Raymond Moriyama’s excellent, relatively recent TRL edifice at Yonge&Bloor?

    When you disrupt TRL with amorphous glitzy “re:vitalize” you are disrupting one of the main reference libraries and intellectual centres in Canada, with resources comparable to National Library in Ottawa.
    Is that OK with Stephen Harper and #1 intellectual Michael Ignatieff?

  4. The Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection is an ensemble of very valuable materials, including well-edited Frederick Douglass speeces and writings, some of which were held at Cedarbrae. By its “closure-renovation” of Cedarbrae, for reasons never publicly declared, TPL opted to dismantle and disrupt this collection, and to disorient its public.

    Why would anybody want to disrupt for an indefinitely long period of time one of the most profound and vigorous socio-intellectual expressions of the African diaspora in Toronto and Canada?

    There is no such thing as “The Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection from Cedarbrae.” The collection was conceived from its inception as one integral whole.

    By the same logic, if you opt to “renovate” Wychwood to fix the grotty floor and upgrade the sad grey carpet, you are simultaneously cutting reader access to familiar literaure and reference works. You will never recover your neighbourhood patrons after you do that.

    Public Library administrators and managers must pioritize: “get it right the first time.” Then practice ongoing maintenance. Good Luck

  5. Collections don’t have to be located in one place (black people in Toronto cluster around one branch?), and renovated branches show increased use, not decreased.

    I think you’ve more than adequately made your point, Stephen.

  6. OMG! So you think the Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection is for Black people only?

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