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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

https://www.facebook.com/lakelandlibraryregion/

http://globalnews.ca/news/3329088/provincial-budget-sees-cuts-to-regina-libraries-u-of-r-funding/

Thank you for your time,

Colin Evans

Community Services Librarian

Lakeland Library Region

1302 100 St, North Battleford, SK S9A 0V8

(306)-445-6108

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