Libraries are worlds where ideas are born. Today the Newfoundland Labrador government, in an attempt to save money, announced the upcoming closure of over HALF of this provinces libraries. Fifty-four (54!) libraries will close.
The library is one of the very few FREE educational options left for parents who want to get their kids involved in reading, crafts and social events. Hell, even movies can be signed out of libraries and the internet there is free too! The price you pay? Signing your name on a sheet to show that you attended. To show the powers that be that, yeah, we’re using this place.
Library cards? Free. Even if you are late returning a book, your late fees are so minimal it would take months before you accumulated enough fees that you’d miss one good cup of coffee for it.
Along with the 15% tax on books, our libraries closing, some schools closing, MUN losing millions from its budget and god knows what will happen with CNA.. What kind of an outlook are we creating for children? The young families that want to come here?
This is not an atmosphere for learning. For growth.
Could we not have charged monthly/yearly fees for library cards? Asked a minimal fee for internet usage? Increased the late fee charges? Changed the hours of operation?
I stand by my library and the librarians that work there and are every bit as courteous and loved as our next door neighbours. But I keep forgetting that some of us are so self-involved we don’t try to get to know our neighbours.
Libraries matter. Learning, matters. NO to budget 2016.
Writer and photographer from remote Labrador, Canada. Just another cold Labradorian chillin' in the Big Land. Can most likely be found walking my dog Grace or behind an iMac screen slowly taking over the interwebs.