1. The petition calling for funding cut-backs has regularly been presented in the legislature by MLA Carla Beck. A copy can be downloaded here https://savesasklibraries.ca/action-centre Petition_Libraries_2017_03_24 Save Sask Libraries petition instructions Mar 28, 2017
2. The petition calling for a referendum on restoring library funding is well on its way to getting the 125,000 signatures required to legally force a referendum. See the website at http://www.votelibrarypetition.ca/ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/librarypetition/
VOTE Library Petition VOTE Petition FAQs VOTE Library Petition signing instructions
Volunteers are need to assist in this process by collecting signatures at public events.
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Thanks to library supporters for all the letter-writing, phone calls, petition signing and attending events. The government is now in the process of reviewing its budget on library funding! There may be Cabinet meetings concerning the budget this weekend – so keep on contacting your MLA!
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Library cuts astounding
REGINA, SK — Members of the Friends of the Regina Public Library were astounded by the Saskatchewan government’s recent announcement of budget cuts to city and regional libraries.
The cut to Regina Public Library was significant – about 3% of the budget. The cuts to the regional library systems will have a devastating impact on those libraries.
What is most dismaying is the attitude of the Saskatchewan Minister of Education, who in his remarks seemed to have a complete lack of understanding of the value of libraries as learning centres and places for community and as centres for the access to information and public discourse which are a cornerstone of our democracy; and conveyed a dismissive attitude to the wonderful legacy of libraries and the connections between libraries that has been built up in Saskatchewan, which is admired all across Canada.
Libraries are a destination location providing not only books, DVD’s and many other resources, they are also a place of quiet for study for children and adults and a technology hub for people who do not have ready access to computers and the Internet elsewhere. People study for school or training and do research for work and business opportunities. They access materials that stimulate imagination and creativity. Newcomers to Canada can find resources, in many languages. Libraries today have many ways of accommodating the requirements of people with challenges in seeing, hearing and mobility. Libraries have resources and programs responding to Indigenous culture. Small local libraries, built up often by the pioneering efforts of rural women, are an important part of the community fabric in small towns throughout the province. As well, northern communities need these valued resources to build hope for the youth of this province.
FRPL calls upon the government to rescind these cuts. In a time of social change in this province, libraries are too important of a resource to be cutting their budgets and callously dismissing their value. The rapid and strong response to this action shows the high value the people of Saskatchewan put in their libraries.
FRPL is encouraging people to write to their MLA, sign the two petitions that are being sent to the provincial government, and participate in events such as the province-wide read-in to be held on April 7.
FRPL media rel re prov cuts Mar 30, 2017 – final
In its recent budget the Saskatchewan government announced it will provide the following, which in fact amounts to huge budget cuts for city and regional libraries.
$3.5 million in operating funding for libraries:
– funding for Pahkisimon Nuye?áh in Northern Saskatchewan remains consistent with 2016‐17 levels at $974,000;
– the seven regional library systems will receive $2.5 million in operating funding, a decrease of $3.5 million; and,
– municipal library funding for Regina and Saskatoon Public Libraries will be eliminated, a reduction of $1.3 million.
Province Cuts Money For Libraries
The Education Minister says that Saskatchewan has too many libraries
The RPL Budget will be discussed at the City of Regina Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 11:45 AM at Henry Baker Hall, Main Floor, City Hall.
City of Regina’s recommendation to Executive Committee
“Regina Public Library (RPL)
The Regina Public Library promotes and supports cultural, economic, educational and recreational development in the city through collections, programs and services. Under Section 22(1) of the Public Libraries Act, the Board of the Regina Public Library is required to ask City Council for approval of the mill rate request. The 2016 Library mill rate request is 0.9594. This is a 2.0% increase over the 2015 mill rate”
The budget will then be referred to City Council meeting on December 7th.
To speak at Executive Committee, you do NOT need to send in a submission ahead of time, but simply register at the start of the meeting that you wish to speak.
Submissions/requests to speak at City Council have to be into the City Clerk’s office by 12 noon on Thursday, December 3rd.
For more details, download the Packet for the Executive Committee meeting found at
The RPL budget and discussion of the past year and plans for the year ahead is on pages 20 to 38 of the packet.
Please attend these open houses organized by the RPL and contribute your ideas. Forward your thoughts to us at FRPL as well. Thanks!
- Fri. Oct. 23, 4 to 6 pm
- Sat. Oct 24, 11 am to 1 pm
- Tues Oct 27, 1 to 3 pm
From RPL main page, scrolling events http://www.reginalibrary.ca/
FROM RPL website http://www.reginalibrary.ca/pdf/Patron_Info_Sheet.pdf
George Bothwell Branch – Renovation & Expansion
What are we doing?
Regina Public Library (RPL) is making changes to the George Bothwell Branch to improve our ability to meet community expectations and deliver our programs and services well into the future. This branch, which opened in 1994, is one of our busiest with about 200,000 visits per year and serves the growing population of south Regina as well as many people who travel from other parts of the city to the Southland Mall.
Why are we renovating?
RPL is committed to ongoing renewal of our branches and to our customer base at George Bothwell. With a 20-year history of great service in its current location, it is time to create a 21st Century Library that is functional, flexible, inspiring, inviting, and welcoming to all. We want the space to respect the diversity of the community, to be a place that nurtures learning, creativity and curiosity, and also provides a place for refuge comfort and tranquility.
What have we done to date?
RPL has undertaken public consultations through which we defined a set of principles to guide our work to design the branch for the 21st Century. We have used these principles to prepare a conceptual design that we believe addresses our service needs for the foreseeable future, introduces many new features, and provides the flexibility to evolve as community needs change.
How can you contribute?
We want to hear your thoughts about our current space as well as our new design:
- What is your favorite aspect of the existing branch?
- What group of users do you feel is currently under served at the branch?
- Which spaces/services are you most excited about in the new design?
- What is most exciting about the expanded space?
What are the key features of the new design?
- Better connection to the mall with a store front and more windows to see in.
- Balance between quiet, reflective space and areas to meet and socialize.
- Children’s area with natural light that is well separated from quiet reading areas.
- Addition of after-hours access for large meeting spaces.
- Dedicated space for young adults.
- Improved washroom facilities.
- New furniture to improve comfort, and a café space near the mall entrance.
- Introduction of the Idea Shop: a creative space for the community and library staff.
- Flexible and responsive spaces throughout the branch including program rooms which can be opened up to the rest of the space.
- Strong technology support for people with their own devices as well as those using the library’s technologies.
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