Little Free Libraries should be legal
Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Councillor
Over the last year, multiple residents have placed a “Little Free Library” in front of their homes to encourage the sharing of books within their communities. Making literacy and reading more accessible is something we can all get behind, and turning sometimes impersonal streets into engaging communities is something we should all strive to achieve.
Sadly, under the current City of Toronto bylaw, if the structure is permanent, it is illegal.
When local resident and literature enthusiast George Sherwood recently received an order from the City of Toronto threatening to fine him if he did not remove his Little Free Library from his front lawn, I became determined to turn the page from this chapter of bureaucratic nonsense.
I have heard from hundreds of residents from across Toronto who want common sense to prevail. To deliver on this end, I spoke with Mayor Tory, and together, we asked Toronto City Council to end this practice.
As one constituent asked me, “Why are we using our scarce public resources to police book sharing?”
I am working hard to fix this needless layer of red tape, to restore common sense in our city and to let the true sense of “community” flourish.
In the case of George Sherwood, the ticket was appropriately rescinded and “ripped up.” I am pushing for a positive outcome for George and for all residents, in the next chapter in the “Little Free Library” story.
Locals are free to borrow books from George’s Library near Yonge-Eglinton