Re: Proposed funding cuts to library
I have used the library on a weekly basis since moving to Prince Rupert in 1987. Both my children started with story hour when they were 2 and this month my daughter graduates from university. She comes home for the summer to work and told me she could not wait to get home to our library as the one in Nanaimo where she attended school was a real disappointment after growing up with the one here in town.
In a time when education cut backs have eliminated full time designated library teachers in schools and we are all sounding the alarm about literacy rates being undermined by video/computer games and too many hours spent in front of TVs, we need to maintain funding for our public library.
This will allow us to continue to offer the programs and resources that help our community address literacy issues and encourage reading competency and enjoyment.
In addition the library provides a safe and peaceful place for residents and visitors of all ages to visit.
I feel that our library does an exemplary job of recognizing that libraries are not just books today, but an access to modern technology and a diverse selection of materials and public events.
Please consider that the long term gain from appropriate funding for our library will result in a community that is more literate, more employable and more interested in the world around them.