Rallies are planned around Saskatchewan Friday for regional libraries after 4.8-million in funding was dropped by the province.
Many feel these cuts will devastate and even force the closure of some libraries in rural areas.
At least eight rallies are planned for Regina at noon today in front of MLA offices and library branches in what has become known as the “Drop Everything and Read” events.
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Chris Clarke Co-organizer of a rally taking place in front of Finance Minister Kevin Doherty’s office, says libraries continue to play a vital role in today’s society.
“Not everyone in the province has access to computers,”said Clarke. “Or access to internet. Or can afford computers. They’re social gathering places that are utilized, whether they be meeting rooms. Whether it be the newsrooms. Whether it be learning a second language. All these programs play such a vital role in all of society.”
Ciara McIlwaine, the co-organizer of a rally taking place in front of Finance Minister Kevin Doherty’s office on Winnipeg street, says petitions will also be available to sign.
“People should sign that petition,” said McIlwaine. “We’re going to have that petition as well as other ones which will be presented to the legislature daily. That is also available at all the rallies and events.”
Everyone is also encouraged to take to social media and use #SaveSKLibraries hashtag in their social media posts.