I had no idea that libraries in Canadian schools were threatened. I've watched all the cuts to the arts and physical education programs with growing horror and monitor our educational system here. I don't know if there is this specific problem in MB, but will find out.
As a person living on a tiny income, I use and have used libraries extensively as my only source of reading material, before someone was kind enough to give me this computer and I subscribe to the web. Even when I lived in more affluent times, I've always used the libraries a lot.
Living here in a small town has opened my eyes to how limiting the libraries can be to the locals. We can order books from Winnipeg, but it costs 1$ per book on the interlibrary loan system. Beyond my means as I'd be spending hundreds a year to access this.
Bill Gates donated money for internet use and computers across the country didn't he? The library was great for me to talk to my children at only $1/hr, now it's free.
Librarians can be some of the best people I meet in a day. They are informed and helpful. The school library can be a warm and comfortable learning environment with a good librarian. Without one on staff full time, what's the point of an education? How can anyone learn properly without being taught how to use a library or have access to it?
This really upsets me.
[ 08 November 2003: Message edited by: windymustang ]