As the librarian for the Vanguard Library from August 2002 to January 2017, I know how hard our staff has worked to: make the library a welcoming, safe space where people can access computers and printing; take part in arts and crafts; learn EAL; get help with computers; make a puzzle; curl up and read in our reading nooks; grab a free book from our donations stack; enter a reading challenge; or take part in literacy enhancing summer programs.
We have always done “less with more” at Vanguard Library in order to keep the levies to our local municipalities low. But now Premier Wall, Minister Morgan, and the Government of Saskatchewan are asking us to do “less with less”. I don’t know how much “less” the Vanguard Library can take.
I am deeply concerned that the Vanguard Library will be cut entirely.
These cuts need to be reconsidered. They are too severe and leave our libraries and the health of rural communities suffering. Rural communities need quality service and quality resources in their libraries, as we do not have access to these things otherwise.
Melanie Clark – Vanguard