I try not to foray too deeply into the world of politics on this blog, but when I heard about a month and a half ago that Toronto’s libraries could undergo reduced funding due to Mayor Rob Ford’s agenda to “stop the gravy train” at City Hall, I had to act.

Luckily, the people behind the Toronto Public Library are both web- and media-savvy, and they put together a great petition and public awareness campaign, resulting in an extensive citizen protest at City Hall against service cutbacks.

However, in our recession-ravaged world, it seems nothing is truly safe. So the Toronto Public Library upped its profile once again by opening a contest to win lunch with a famous Canadian author in Toronto.

The contest is closed now, but I figured I would share my video entry with you all – who knows, I might actually win! So, without further delay, here’s why the Toronto Public Library matters to me:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsQFenXbAek