Expressing my love for libraries

I’ve always had a knack for books.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Reading and writing are two things I am very passionate about and always have been. I also am one of the people who believe in the power of print, of having a physical copy of a newspaper or a book in your hands.

I realize many people see the future in digital and while I can agree, holding a book in my hands is a feeling I never want to lose.

Like many others I know, I was disappointed to say the least when I heard about the funding cuts in the provincial budget.

Let’s face it. We all knew there were going to be difficult decisions in the budget (although we didn’t really know what to expect with what happened that day). With the resource revenues where they are and after musings in recent months about how “everything was on the table,” possible layoffs and changes to all sorts of aspects of governments, we knew this budget would be a tough pill to swallow.

I am saddened to see these things happen to the library. I love the library and the many services it provides. Many people depend on the library for many services and that includes the interlibrary sharing program.

I know more people are shifting to the online world and many will see it as the way the future is going, as libraries have recently seen a large increase in digital items ordered. They are likely right.

However, even though I embrace digital, I do believe there will always be a place for libraries and I would hate to see them perish.

For more on this, see the April 7, 2017 print or online edition of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.