'Reading room adds to healing' tells Star readers that cutting library supports would be bad practise

Valerie McDonald takes her dismay and shock to readers of the Toronto Star:
I was dismayed to read about cuts to professional library staff at Sick Kids. The Toronto Public Library board has chosen to deal with funding shortfalls by ending its long-standing partnership with the hospital, and hospital spokespersons seem to think that volunteers will do the job of professional librarians. The children who use the Reading Room are among the sickest and most vulnerable in Canada. The Reading Room staff create normal and enriching experiences that add tremendously to their healing in a way that is difficult to quantify. It shocks me that neither the hospital nor the library is trying harder to preserve this service.
Valerie's Toronto Star letter follows a letter to Toronto Public Library which struck a chord and the TPL response.

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