Category Archives: Library

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 […]

10 Things Elwin Hermanson Could Learn At A Library #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries

Former Reform MP and first leader of the Sask Party, Elwin Hermanson, came out of the woodwork (there’s a Hermanson/hermit pun in there somewhere) recently to weigh in on the backlash to the Sask Party’s cuts to public libraries… It’s hard to know where to start with such a clueless and misinformed post.  But I’ll try… […]

#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libraries in the province, the parallels to arguments to earlier times when libraries were falsely attacked for being outdated or bad investments, and how the current government has long voiced support for libraries which makes their recent cuts especially nonsensical. […]

#skpoli #SaveSKLibraries – Music Monday – “Educated in a small town/Taught the fear of Jesus in a small town/Used to daydream in that small town/Another boring romantic that’s me”

There’s a hierarchy in rural Saskatchewan… First, you lose the hospital. The grain elevators close and are replaced by an inland terminal in a bigger town down the line. You used to have a handful of churches and soon you’re down to two or one or maybe even none. The local school closes and the kids […]

Saturday Snap – The Symbolism of a Rural Library’s Easter Display? #SaveSKLibraries #skpoli

I recently came across this picture I took at one of my branch libraries soon after I started working as Branch Supervisor for Southeast Regional Library in 2007. Like the communities where they’re located, many rural libraries are often relatively “conservative” in the dictionary (as opposed to the more loaded political) sense of the word […]

Friday Fun Link – Denzel Washington Remembers His Childhood Librarian #skpoli #saveSKLibraries #LibrariesMatter

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – 2007 #skpoli Responses Regarding Libraries #SaveSKLibraries

Sometimes I wonder why I keep this blog up, basically every day, for over ten years. Looking through some old blog posts recently, I realised that librarians are natural archivists and that’s part of the reason. For example, looking for something else, I realised that I’d posted the responses I got prior to the 2007 Saskatchewan […]

.@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 […]

“You got no right to take my joy/I want it back” #DearSask Protest Tribute Video #yqr #yxe #skpoli #SaveSKLibraries @saskmla @premierbradwall

I made a quick video of some of the highlights from the DEARSask protests that happened on Friday.  These read-ins saw nearly 6000 people at 85 sites across the province protesting the drastic cuts to the province’s public libraries. My biggest problem making this video?  Way too many pictures to choose from! So this video includes a […]