Tuesday, 11 April 2017 11:33

“Drop Everything and Read” rally against provincial budget cuts to libraries in Swift Current, April 7, 2017

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Thousands of Saskatchewan residents attended rallies across the province on April 7 to express their concerns over major funding cuts to the provincial library system. In Swift Current over 200 people participated in the rally outside the office of local MLA and Premier Brad Wall during the noon hour. Close to 100 people gathered at the Swift Current Branch Library and walked to the central downtown area, where they joined other people in front of Premier Wall’s office. A number of speakers shared their concerns about the library budget cuts with the crowd. After the speeches the rally participants opened their books and read. A distinctive feature of the Swift Current rally was the presence of a donkey and therapy dog. The donkey Shimmer has been a regular part of the Swift Current Branch Library’s summer reading club activities during the past two years. The therapy dog Talla comes to the library a few times every month for the Reading to a Dog event, which makes it easier for children to practice their reading skills.


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Matthew Liebenberg