Friends commemorate 10th Anniversary of Library closures announcement today

MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release: Tuesday November 26, 2013

 Friends commemorate 10th Anniversary of Library closures announcement

 REGINA, SK — Friends of the Regina Public Library are pausing on November 26 to remember the announcement 10 years ago of library closures.

A presentation will be made to the Regina Public Library Board regular meeting, which this month falls on the date of the initial announcement 10 years ago. The presentation will be at 4:30 pm in the RPL Board Room, second floor, Regina Public Library.

It has been 10 years since the people of Regina were shocked by the announcement by the Regina Public Library that due to budget constraints the RPL intended to close the Prince of Wales, Connaught and Glen Elm Branches, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Prairie History Room.

A lot has changed in that time. Due to the support of Regina’s citizens, brought forward by the Friends of the Regina Public Library, the RPL budget was increased and no closures occurred. The new members of the RPL Board have remained committed to keeping all branches open. The Prince of Wales and Regent Place branches have in fact been moved to new locations. The Dunlop Art Gallery is going strong. The Prairie History Room continues to provide resources to patrons and the RPL Film Theatre is just in the process of converting to digital projection equipment.

The Friends of the Regina Public Library continues to remain active to draw attention to library issues. We believe that the public needs to keep aware of our libraries and their contributions to the community, and we value openness and accountability in library governance.

November 26th is not necessarily a day to celebrate, but a day to commemorate, so that we don’t forget the need to pay attention to our libraries and support their valuable contribution to the City of Regina.

For more information contact:

Joanne Havelock, Cell (306) 535-9570

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