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RPL Budget at City Hall Dec 9

City Hall will offer its approval or disapproval of the RPL request for a 2.3% increase in its mill rate. FRPL will be making a presentation to City Council about the RPL 2020 budget on December 9, 2019 at 5:30. FRPL is first on the agenda right at 5:30. https://www.regina.ca/city-government/city-council/council-meetings/ The FRPL presentation starts on page 8 of the agenda packet. http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx Also available for download here FRPL to City re RPL budget 2020 – final

The RPL Budget was first discussed by the City at the Executive Committee meeting on November 13 http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/calendar.aspx
The RPL budget starts on page 103 of the Agenda Packet for the November 13 meeting of Executive Committee  http://reginask.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=3952&Inline=True

Public presentations will be on December 9, City Council will then meet on December 10 to handle motions relate to budget items. So the actual vote on the RPL budget mill rate request may not occur until December 10. This two day process is new to City Council this year.


Two petitions to sign

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.

Update on budget cut action

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!

1. The two RPL sessions on how the budget cuts would affect services in Regina and province-wide were very well attended. Information about the situation affecting the RPL and provincial library services is located at https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/in-the-media

2. The Saskatchewan Library Association has the RPL information, plus other facts, and a good updated list of items that have been in the media. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/in-the-media

3. The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association also has a position statement, media reports, and responses to the budget cuts from across Canada. http://slta.ca/

4. The movement across Saskatchewan is highlighted on the Save Saskatchewan Libraries (formerly Support Our Saskatchewan Libraries) Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1863999523837974/

5. Actions being taken are at the website https://savesasklibraries.ca/news/

Major library funding cuts in Saskatchewan

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.
CBC article
Province Cuts Money For Libraries
The Education Minister says that Saskatchewan has too many libraries

Library budget at City Council Mon. Feb. 24 at 5:30 pm

The Regina Public Library budget goes before City Council on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Friends of the Regina Public Library will be making a presentation based on this letter. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2014 – Feb 20 – final

Please attend the City Council meeting to show your support for Friends of the Regina Public Library and for our libraries.

The City Council meeting starts at 5:30. The Library budget is often one the first items discussed.

Library budget on-line for comment

The draft Regina Public Library Budget has been put on the City of Regina website.  It will be going to Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:45 am.

If you want to make a verbal presentation to Executive Committee, you just have to show up and fill in a form.  You will have 10 minutes.

The recommendation is to have it forwarded to the February 24th, 5:30 pm City Council meeting.  If you wish to make a presentation to City Council, you have to provide a written brief of your remarks to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, February 20th at 1 pm.  You can email your request and brief to clerks@regina.ca

To see the draft budget go to www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda and then click on the Executive Committee on January 15th and then click on the agenda item EX14-1 on the right hand side and you will either directly see the budget or it will be downloaded to your computer.

Any thoughts on the budget can be sent to FRPL or to your City Councilor if you have concerns or questions.  There is likely going to be a FRPL letter sent to City Council in February.

SLTA brief to the Minister of Education

The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association recently presented a brief to the Minister of Education.

SLTA website http://slta.ca/

Direct link to brief  http://slta.ca/+pub/document/briefs/2013%20Ministers%20Brief.pdf


RPL Survey – response neeeded soon

The Regina Public Library has an on-line survey about library services and in particular about Central Library. This will be used in planning services and for the upgrade of the current Central Library Building / demolishment of the current building and construction of a new building. And for planning future library services. All who are interested in the library are strongly urged to fill in this questionnaire by the end of August. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

Perhaps copies could be printed and given to people who don’t have access to a computer.


SK Library Week Oct 15-21,2012

Celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week

Saskatchewan Library Association – poster and book contest winners http://saskla.ca/programs/slw

Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association announcment http://slta.ca/news-events/item/?n=13

Regina Public Library events http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/Oct10_Library_Week.pdf

For Immediate Release, October 10, 2012, “Celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week at RPL”

Regina Public Library is celebrating Saskatchewan Library Week, October 15-21, with special programs and prize draws for patrons at all locations.

Each RPL location is offering a prize draw for a great gift basket containing RPL merchandize and a book by a Saskatchewan author. Each entry will also go into the draw bin for a system-wide prize of an eReader.

In honour of Library Week, RPL is pleased to host a reading by Reginan Melanie Schnell, author of While the Sun is Above Us, which tells the story of two women, one Canadian and one South Sudanese, embroiled in Sudan’s Civil War. Ms. Schnell will talk about her visits to Sudan in 2003 and 2005; why she wrote the book; how she translated her experiences into fiction; and the role pop culture can play in fostering public awareness of issues like human trafficking.

The reading will be held at the RPL Film Theatre on Monday, October 15 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. To register, visit ReginaLibrary.ca or call 777-6120.

RPL is also hosting the inaugural book launch of Regina-based Wild Sage Press on Wednesday, October 17. The evening will feature author readings of selected poems from How to Be a River by Brenda Niskala and Watermarks by Laura Burkart. These exquisite limited editions are hand bound, numbered and signed. They showcase poetry that is powerful, provocative and engaging. Registration is not required for the launch, which is being held at Connaught Branch from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Regina Public Library (RPL) is a non-profit, Board-run organization dedicated to enriching quality of life in Regina. For over 100 years, RPL has provided open access to materials, programs and services that encourage cultural, economic, educational and recreational development. RPL currently operates Central Library in downtown Regina, as well as eight Branch locations throughout the city, all of which play a key role in supporting the diverse cultures in our community.

For more information please contact: Tony Playter, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Regina Public Library, Phone: 306.777.6015

Leader Post article http://www.leaderpost.com/literacy/raiseareader/Celebrating+library+week+saskatchewan/7389930/story.html

“Celebrating library week in saskatchewan”,  Ministry of Education October 15, 2012

Libraries play a significant role in the knowledge economy and community development, especially in the current information age, where education and lifelong learning require quality information resources and services available to every citizen. The theme chosen for this year’s Saskatchewan Library Week is Celebrating Our Past, Imagining Our Future.

Saskatchewan libraries have a long history of working together across institutional boundaries to share resources and/or services in order to provide access to more resources than they could afford individually. The Multitype Library Board, a minister’s advisory board, facilitates this cooperation among various types of libraries (public, school, post-secondary and special). The different types of libraries support people’s information needs for personal development, lifelong learning and recreation regardless of age, geographical location, income, education level or physical ability.

There are 515,000 registered public library borrowers in Saskatchewan and circulation was over 8 million items last year. Public libraries create and maintain local historical records, host after school programs, provide pre-school programs, family literacy programs and various supports for new immigrants (learning English, locating government services and job search assistance).

All Saskatchewan residents have access to nearly 13,000 full-text online journals, magazines, newspapers and encyclopaedias through the Multitype Database Licensing Program, a purchasing consortium including all public libraries, K to 12 schools (including First Nation schools) and a number of post-secondary and special library partners. It provides equitable access to authoritative information resources at home, at school, on the road or at work.

The Ministry of Education has made significant investments in increasing digitized access to documentary collections of historical and cultural significance to the people of Saskatchewan. To further this goal, the Multitype Library Board created a working group called the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance (SDA), to stimulate collaboration and partnerships between libraries, archives, museums and other heritage institutions.

As part of the Saskatchewan Multitype Digitization Initiative, cultural documents, artefacts, historical records, and First Nations and Métis materials are being captured in digital form and housed on a central, searchable website for the benefit of students, researchers, as well as local, national and international library users. This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Saskatchewan and a partnership between the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Digital Alliance.

As part of Saskatchewan Library Week and Education Week celebrations, the University Library at the U of S will host a special event on Oct. 16 to showcase a new online portal that provides digital access to a breadth of Saskatchewan’s cultural resources and materials.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a short presentation followed by a reception in the second floor ‘Link’ exhibition space in the Murray Library on the U of S campus. No RSVP is required. For more information, please call (306) 966-5927.

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