Over 4000 Saskatchewan residents attended 72 communities to participate in “Drop Everything and Read” actions to stand up against the devastating library cuts from the provincial government.
“Today was an incredible illustration of how deeply people in Saskatchewan care about brick and mortar libraries,” said Christine Freely, founder of Save Saskatchewan Libraries. “Our libraries are vibrant cornerstones in our communities, and these cuts will not be tolerated. We will continue to advocate for a full restoration of the funding that the provincial government o heartlessly cut.”
This pan-Saskatchewan event was the largest day of action in recent Saskatchewan history. People from all walks of live rallied at MLA offices, in front of libraries, and in community spaces.
Leslie Richards, the mastermind behind today’s action, said “I’d like to thank the people in Saskatchewan for participating in the DEAR event. Today we demonstrated our deep love for the libraries and our communities. I am proud to live in Saskatchewan and would like to see the government acknowledge our actions and restore full funding to the library.”
The fight to save Saskatchewan libraries will continue. People who are concerned about the cuts are encourage to contact their MLA, to download the various petitions, and to stay informed at www.savesasklibraries.ca.
Check out the social media feed here: https://storify.com/SaveSkLibraries/drop-everything-and-read-saskatchewan
For more information, please contact: Christine Freethy, library activist at 306-841-7125