This letter is in support of funding to continue for BC Libraries. Tumbler Ridge Public Library will lose somewhere in the range of $16,300; Province wide this is a loss of $18 Million. These grants have been forthcoming for many years and libraries as well as municipalities have come to depend on them. To consider not granting this revenue in the middle of the budget year pushes undue hardship on libraries.
The British Columbia Library Trustees Association states that ?Other points to consider are that the Provincial Government has legislated libraries as far a service levels and the fact that services are free. Cooperations have been formed to ensure that the smaller and rural libraries are able to offer equitable service to their areas as do the large centers. To expect a municipality to pay for this provincial work is not sensible.?
Some of the services lost would be Interlibrary loans, On-line services, Literacy programming and OneCard. These programs are what create equality for access to information for all citizens of British Columbia. As you understand Northern British Columbia, the funding to provide this is essential. I firmly believe that many would choose not to continue to live in this area. The sense of isolation which all have successfully worked on to dissipate would be recreated.
Premier Campbell stated that one of the Five Great Goals of British Columbia is to become is the most literate jurisdiction in North America by 2015. This was followed by the Auditor General?s report from which I quote: ?My predecessor chose to undertake this audit because all British Columbians have the right to develop the literacy and essential skills they need in order to participate fully in our social, cultural, economic and political life. Literacy is at the heart of learning. A commitment to learning throughout life leads to a society characterized by more literate, healthy and productive individuals, families, communities and workplaces.?
Consequences for Tumbler Ridge could mean a major cut in programming such as Itchy Feet and Summer Reading Club. Interlibrary loans from outside libraries may not be possible. The Library probably will not be open with as many hours or days of the week as everyone enjoys now.
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Please take action now, today! Your library is depending on you!
Honourable Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia
Stn Prov Govt
Jacqueline van Dyk
Director, Public Library Services
PO Box 9831 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T1
The Honourable Dr. Margaret
Minister of Education and Minister
Responsible for Early Learning and
East Annex, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
MLA: Hon. Blair Lekstrom
Peace River South
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
BRITISH COLUMBIA LIBERAL
Room 133 Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BCV8V 1X4
10300 ? 10th StreetDawson Creek,