Letter to the Editor: Library too vital to slash: Murphy

I am writing to express the Teachers’ Union’s surprise and concern regarding the drastic cut to the public library’s budget

The following is an open letter to Prince Rupert city council from Prince Rupert district teachers’ union president Kathy Murphy:

I am writing to express the Prince Rupert District Teachers’ Union’s surprise and concern regarding the drastic cut to the public library’s budget for the coming year.

The library is a vital part of the community. It serves the public interest and is open to all, without cost. Libraries are an essential part of having an educated and literate population and something we all want for our community. Libraries work as an equalizing factor within the community and we are concerned the proposed cuts will impact families and children living in poverty the most. For many families the library is not only a source of reading materials but also access to the Internet.

We sincerely hope that the cut can be reversed and that the library can continue to provide at least the service level it presently does.

Kathy Murphy

President, P.R. District Teachers’ Union