Libraries aren’t just about books.
They are community spaces with services for seniors, children, employment support, language and reading groups and citizenship test preparation.
Several concerned citizens have organized a province-wide event to bring attention to provincial cuts to public libraries, looking for funding to be reinstated.
One of the organizers of Drop Everything and Read to support your local library is Leslie Richards.
She suggests bringing a book to your MLAs office between noon and 12:30 on Friday, April 7th to quietly read.
“You know, you can sign petitions, you can write your MLA,” says Richards. “All those things are very powerful. However, there is something that just cannot be matched; to look our your office window and see 50, 100, 150 people just reading a book.”
Education Minister Don Morgan has suggested there are too many libraries with more than 90 rural communities having a school and public library.
Richards says school libraries don’t have the same capacity, they don’t serve all ages, they’re not open after school hours and they don’t have the staff.