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\"As circulation figures slide at Toronto\'s 98 library branches, critics complain that they\'re stuffy, outmoded and insensitive to T.O.\'s multicultural makeup. And now, far-seeing supporters of publicly supported reading are calling for big changes. \"If no one heeds their warnings and readers continue to seek too much solace in corporate book-merchandising, our library system, the second-largest in North America, will start to look like a white elephant -- a tax-funded white elephant.
\"The library needs a totally new game plan,\" says Toronto budget chief Tom Jakobek. \"The library\'s been run by the same people who\'ve been running it forever, and we haven\'t seen any real change.\"