Over the noon hour Friday, at least 70 “Drop Everything and Read” rallies took place around Saskatchewan.
The rallies were protesting against the provinces 4.8-million dollar cuts to funding for regional libraries.
Petitions were passed around that will eventually be presented to the Legislature while rally goers found a comfortable place to sit and read a library book to express their displeasure.
Aina Kagis, the Regional Director for CUPE took time to read in front of Finance Minister, Kevin Doherty’s office Friday.
Kagis said while all our libraries will see negative effects with these cuts, rural libraries may be hit the hardest.
“The rural libraries will see way more layoffs, and lots of branch closures, some of these branches are tiny-tiny and the people that work there aren’t paid very well, but with these cuts, I mean it’s 58 per-cent of their budget so unfortunately I’m sure we’ll see layoffs,” Kagis said Friday.
Rallies also took place at the University of Regina, in front of Minister of Social Services Tina Beaudry-Mellor’s office, Moose Jaw and Lumsden to name a few.