Hello APLA Members,

As a part of the association's advocacy work focused on the public library
systems in Nova Scotia, the following letter and information was sent out
to all of the province's MLAs this past week.

I think we should all extend our thanks to the Advocacy Committee,
especially the Chair, Jocelyne Thompson, for the effort they have invested
in this campaign. Marvellous work!


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From: Kathryn Rose <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 6:33 PM
Subject: APLA Celebrates Cape Breton Public Libraries!
To: [log in to unmask]

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February 23, 2018

Dear Honourable Stephen McNeil:

The importance of public libraries cannot be overstated.  They promote
literacy by introducing young minds to the joys of reading and the
acquisition of knowledge; they are an entry point into the world of lifelong
learning; they are safe places for vulnerable members of the community, the
young and the old, to engage in wholesome and fulfilling activities; they
are meeting places where ideas are shared and plans that further individual
and community goals are hatched; they are unique in their mission,
providing irreplaceable services to their communities.  In short, public
libraries improve quality of life for those citizens who have ready access
to them.

I am writing on behalf of the members of the Atlantic Provinces Library
Association (APLA) in support of Nova Scotia public libraries.  APLA
represents approximately 400 library workers and many, many thousands of
library supporters across the Atlantic region.  The message I am sending
today is simple:

*Nova Scotia Public Libraries Serve Real People in Real Communities!*

This is the second of a series of mailers that will highlight one Nova
Scotia library region at a time.  In December, we celebrated Annapolis
Valley public libraries.  This month, APLA Celebrates Cape Breton Public
Libraries!  Our intent is simply to make known to you the exciting and
fundamentally important things that are happening in each of the libraries
in each of the library regions of the province.  Of course, our underlying
motivation is to send the message that public libraries must be adequately
supported to fulfill their mission.  You may agree with this already, but
you might be surprised how undervalued public libraries often are by
elected officials, despite the huge support they enjoy in their communities.
This ultimately has an effect on funding.   We count on you to help us
share this story and gain the support of your colleagues for Nova Scotia
public libraries.

Yours sincerely,

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Kathryn Rose

APLA President 2017-18

*Kathryn Rose*, MLIS, PhD