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Monday, 24 April 2017 16:20

Event to celebrate Saskatchewan libraries taking place in Swift Current on April 29

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Library users, concerned citizens, and book lovers of all ages are celebrating the reversal of provincial funding cuts to Saskatchewan Libraries. Education Minister Don Morgan has announced that library funding will be restored to 2016 levels following widespread protest across the province. 

 

The Government of Saskatchewan had cut funding for libraries by 58% in the 2017-2018 budget, released on March 22. The budget cuts came with no warning and had already led to the loss of Saskatchewan’s exceptional One Card, One Province interlibrary lending system which allowed library patrons to place holds on books from any library in the province. In addition, libraries in the Chinook Regional Library system, including the Swift Current Branch Library, were in danger of closing.

The Friends of the Swift Current Branch Library would like to thank everyone who wrote, emailed or phoned their MLA, signed the Vote to Save Saskatchewan Libraries petition, and who came out in an incredible show of support at the Drop Everything and Read Event on April 7. 

A Rally to Save Saskatchewan Libraries was planned for Saturday, April 29.  We will now be having a Party for Saskatchewan Libraries event beginning at 12:30 p.m. outside Premier Brad Wall’s Office at 233 Central Ave N, Swift Current. This family friendly event will feature musical guests including Paula McGuigan, Dustin Olmsted, Michael Lyngstad, Vanessa Gauvin and more. Shimmer the Swift Current Library’s Literacy Donkey and Talla from the Swift Current Library’s Read to a Dog program will be in attendance and there will be speeches, an All-Ages Storytime, and a wrap up “Parade for Public Libraries” at 1:30.

If you would like more information about this event see the Rally to Save Saskatchewan Libraries Facebook event page at: www.bit.ly/2pTrsBE

 

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