Tag Archives: history

A Timeline of Major Events in the #SaveSKLibraries Campaign #skpoli #SAVEDSKLibraries

Hopefully Saskatchewan’s public libraries will never have to go through what we just went through over the past month ever again. But I thought I’d try to document some of the various events and happenings during the multi-pronged resistance to the massive library cuts in the 2017 Saskatchewan budget (which ultimately led to the cuts being reversed […]

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 […]

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libraries in the province, the parallels to arguments to earlier times when libraries were falsely attacked for being outdated or bad investments, and how the current government has long voiced support for libraries which makes their recent cuts especially nonsensical.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

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 […]

Music Monday – “Bullets for your brain today/But we’ll forget it all again/Monuments put from pen to paper/Turns me into a gutless wonder”

“If You Tolerate This (Your Children Will Be Next)” – Manic Street Preachers

“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 […]

Friday Fun Link – “Drop Everything and Read” Is Huge Success #skpoli #dearsask #saveSKLibraries #dearsk

  I honestly felt like I was going to break the “Angry” emoticon on Facebook the past two weeks – so much bad news about cuts to libraries but also to education, STC and other vital services coming across my news feed. Thankfully, today I got to have a much more enjoyable day, continually clicking the […]

#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 […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – @SaskParty Provides $5.2 Million To Fund SILS Province-wide Library System (March 2010) #skpoli #saveSKLibraries

For Throwback Thursday, I’m posting an article I found in the Spring 2010 issue of the Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association newsletter – a happier time only seven short years ago when the province’s ten library systems joined together to form SILS, a province-wide public library consortium that was the culmination of decades of inter-provincial cooperation between […]