Hello everyone,

I am reaching out to you from North Battleford, Saskatchewan regarding recent provincial budget cutbacks that amounts to roughly a 60% reduction in provincial funding. As a rural services librarian I find this trend deeply concerning and I was disappointed to hear the comments from our Education Minister Don Morgan who stated that "as a province we should be getting out of bricks and mortar libraries and people should be focusing on electronic or alternate media"

"A library may not be a place that should be used as a sanctuary. It should be there as a reading or research tool, and if people are needing a sanctuary, maybe there are other locations other than where we’re paying."

I strongly disagree with these statements as many of our communities have no public community oriented space to speak of and our libraries offer a wide variety of much needed services and programs year round. This service is essential to our small rural towns and I fear the implications of this reduction in funding.

Check out the Lakeland Library Region Facebook page to view our official response  - I hope you can share and show your support for public libraries



Thank you for your time,

Colin Evans

Community Services Librarian

Lakeland Library Region

1302 100 St, North Battleford, SK S9A 0V8


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