Saskatoon

Hundreds of readers silently protest outside MLA offices against library cuts

Event asked book lovers to read outside offices for 15 minutes

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A woman reads in protest outside the provincial cabinet office in support of Saskatoon libraries. (Matthew Garand/CBC News)

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Readers from across the province held silent protests outside the offices of MLAs to protest against $4.8 million dollars in cuts to libraries.

The reduction in funding, which was announced in the 2017 provincial budget, includes a $1.3-million cut to the Saskatoon and Regina public library systems.

In response, libraries across Saskatchewan have said they will no longer be able to run the "One Province, One Library Card" program that allowed regional libraries to loan books back and forth.

Education Minister Don Morgan is asking libraries to use other approaches to find the money.

Here is a sample of the protests that took place across the province today:

A sizable protest formed outside Education Minister Don Morgan's office …

… as well as outside the Saskatoon provincial cabinet office.

Protests stretched from Meadow Lake in the northwest …

… to Melfort in the northeast.

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor was visited in Regina.

And Premier Brad Wall's hometown of Swift Current got into the action as well.

Even a Girl Guide troop got involved.

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