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Music Monday – “Libraries gave us power” #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries #SAVEDSKLibraries

So, almost unbelievably, after a month of incredible pushback from all levels – grassroots activists and elected MLAs, rural and urban citizens, library staff and supporters, and numerous others across the province and beyond – the Sask Party announced that they were restoring *all* funding to Saskatchewan public libraries that was cut in the March […]

#tbt – “Library Cuts Aren’t About Right vs. Left, They’re About Right vs. Wrong” #skpoli #saveSKLibraries @premierbradwall @saskmla

Good news for library supporters across Saskatchewan today as Premier Brad Wall has asked Education Minister Don Morgan to review the cuts to libraries that were announced in the budget a month ago! Nothing is guaranteed from this review of course and libraries could end up with anything from a full restoration of funding, partial […]

Screwing With A Century-Old System: A Brief History of Libraries in Saskatchewan #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

As usual, Tammy Robert has done some excellent journalism in writing about the history of libraries in the province, the parallels to arguments to earlier times when libraries were falsely attacked for being outdated or bad investments, and how the current government has long voiced support for libraries which makes their recent cuts especially nonsensical. […]

.@officialRPL Information Session on Cuts to Sask Public Libraries #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

(As a general rule, I don’t do disclaimers on my blog.  But given the fine line that exists between my place of employment and my interest in this issue as a taxpaying citizen – not to mention the fact that I’m someone who grew up in rural Saskatchewan and previously worked for a regional library […]

#skpoli #SaveSKLibraries Random Thoughts on Watching The Sausage Get Made at the Sask Legislature

So on Monday, I heard that some library colleagues from the Palliser Regional Library system who’d been laid off were going to be at the Sask Legislature.  Since it was my day off, I decided to tag along. I was able to join them in the NDP’s Caucus Office for a while before the afternoon […]

Music Monday – “It is a bad time to be poor/Cause we don’t give a shit no more/If you want to go for help/Don’t look next door” #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

This song has been running through my head, pretty much on repeat since the Budget was released on March 22. So I’m going to take a brief break from the non-stop library themed posts of the past couple weeks and instead, spend some time today thinking about the wider implications of the Sask Party’s disastrous budget […]

Librarian Says “Too Many MLAs” The Sequel! #skpoli #saveSKLibraries #yqr #yxe

So, yesterday’s post about “MLA says Saskatchewan has too many libraries. Librarian says Saskatchewan has too many MLAs” has become my most viewed post of all-time. Within 24 hours, it’s blown away my previous record holder which, ironically, was about a random encounter I had with Brad Wall, soon after he axed the Film Tax […]

“Sask Has Too Many Libraries” Says MLA. “Sask Has Too Many MLAs” says Librarian. #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries #yqr #yxe

The cut to Saskatchewan’s rural library system is $3.5 million dollars. The cost of the three unnecessary MLAs added by the Sask Party before the last provincial election is $750,000 and the NDP actually ran on a platform of cutting those three plus three more which would save the province $1.5 million dollars per year. Hmm, […]

Saturday Snap – Kids Protesting Cuts to Saskatchewan Public Libraries #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

Since the Saskatchewan Provincial Budget was announced last week, it’s pretty amazing to see the groundswell of protest at some of the most egregious and harmful cuts, especially to the province’s historic, innovative and world renowned public library system. For example, one Facebook group that sprang up is quickly approaching 4000 members after less than a […]

What’s Something The Average American Doesn’t Understand About Being Poor?

How expensive it is.