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A $1.3-million cut to the Saskatoon and Regina public library systems announced in the 2017 provincial budget was strongly opposed by book lovers, media reports said.
A silent protest was held by readers from across the province outside the offices of MLAs to protest against cuts to libraries, CBCNews reporters said.
Libraries across Saskatchewan were concerned they will not be able to run the "One Province, One Library Card" program that allowed regional libraries to loan books back and forth.
Libraries had been asked by the Education Minister Don Morgan to use other approaches for generating revenues.
The following tweets represented the protest against the library cut in the budget.
Rebecca Hoiseth, from University of Saskatchewan tweeted, “Libraries are a space for liberation! #saveSKlibraries @PremierBradWall @SaskMLA #yxe #skpoli”
Another tweet from Rebecca Hoiseth,
“Morgan is nuts stop the cuts #saveSKlibraries @SaskMLA#skool #yxe
Protests stretched from Meadow Lake in the northwest …”
Kaitlin Harman, Communication Officer for NWSD tweeted,
“Getting our signs ready for the Read In! #DEARSK#saveSKlibraries ready to stake out @JHarrisonMLA's office.”
Another tweet by Kaitlin Harman
“Over 80 people have dropped in to read in Meadow Lake #dearsk #saveSKlibraries @JHarrisonMLA
… to Melfort in the northeast.”
Tria Donaldson, passionate about social justice tweeted,
“Huge crowd at @tbeaudrymellor's office at #dearsk event. #librariesmatter #saveSKlibraries #skpoli
And Premier Brad Wall's hometown of Swift Current got into the action as well.”
Tasha Maddison, Librarian at Saskatchewan Polytechnic tweeted,
“@SaskMLA @PremierBradWall #SKlibraries #DEARsask#GirlGuides participated in drop everything to read because libraries are important.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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