The Gull Lake Library is a branch of the Chinook Regional Library that serves Southwest Saskatchewan. As many of you know the Provincial Government cut funding to the Chinook Region by 60% in the 2017 budget. This massive cut leaves a great deal of uncertainty as to the future of rural hometown libraries like ours. There is a great deal of misinformation about library use and the role libraries have in communities.
Our Library, like many others, is seeing an increase in visitors, circulation, and services it provides. The following is some information regarding the local library services provided in 2016:
In 2016, 3,609 visitors stopped in at the Gull Lake Library.
The Library circulated 9,000 reading items last year – up from 7,000 the previous year. Items include such things as books, e-books, magazines, and DVDs.
Our computers provided access to the Internet for farmers, seniors, travelers, and others that do not have access to the Internet. The computers are used for such things as research, resumes, email, and searching your family tree (Geneology Research is a free service).
Children’s reading and craft programs are held at the library for young children.
We supply books to five Hutterian Colony schools and local families that home-school children.
As you can see our library provides a vital role to many people within our community. We need to send a message to the Provincial Government and Municipalities that our Libraries are important institutions in our communities.
Sign the province-wide petition to call on the government to reconsider their funding cuts to regional libraries. Available at the Library, or at the Town Office or at the Post Office,
Join us on Friday April 7th, 2017 at the “Drop Everything and Read” event being held outside of the Cypress Hills Constituency Office (4671 Price Avenue in Gull Lake) at 12:00 pm. Let our MLA Doug Steele know we love our library and say NO to these cuts in funding. Bring a book and read outside his office as a group for 15 minutes. If you can’t make it but want to join us, use #Sklibraries and post a picture of yourself reading on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
Thank you for your Support
Gull Lake Library Board