In recognition of Saskatchewan Library Week, the Saskatchewan NDP joins the public in celebrating all that libraries do for Saskatchewan people. This year’s Saskatchewan Library Week theme is “Libraries Transform,” which focuses on how libraries can serve communities in many different ways and focus on local needs.
“As our communities change and grow, so do our libraries. Libraries often fill the gaps and offer valuable services to all community members,” said NDP Education Critic Carla Beck. “This is why we need a government that respects the role and voice of our libraries, so they can continue to serve communities across the province. Library staff and boards know what is needed to accomplish future library growth—they, and the communities they serve, must be a fully involved in any future planning.”
When the Sask. Party government announced they would cut $4.8 million from libraries’ funding in their 2017-18 budget, there was a huge outcry across the province. Saskatchewan residents showed just how much they value their libraries. The government was forced to roll back that devastating cut but has since failed to properly outline any vision for libraries, nor have they stated what their goals are, or who they plan to consult on future changes.
“Libraries and their patrons deserve to know what these valuable community centres will look like in ten years’ time, but the Sask. Party is not providing any information,” said Beck. “We need better-funded libraries and transparency from our government on this important file.”