TORONTO - A Toronto councillor is taking aim at author Margaret Atwood, saying she should get elected if she wants a say about the city's libraries.

Doug Ford was responding to an online campaign by Atwood to help save libraries that could be on the chopping block if city council goes through with proposed cuts.

Atwood has urged her thousands of Twitter followers to sign an online petition supporting the libraries.

The Toronto library workers' union says its website server crashed following Atwood's plea, and that the petition collected about 25,000 signatures in under two weeks.

The author also used Twitter to poke fun at Ford -- the brother of Mayor Rob Ford -- who has said there are more libraries than Tim Hortons in his area.

But the councillor says Atwood is not an elected official and that if she walked through his neighbourhood, few people would know who she is.