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To the Editor,
MPP Laurie Scott, nothing you have said to defend or justify the cuts to our libraries stands up under scrutiny. During the announcement of these cuts in the legislature, you nodded and clapped along with your colleagues.
Have you ever requested a book or other information source through an inter-library loan in order to prepare for and complete an academic assignment, or to enrich your knowledge in an area of interest? Maybe one of your favourite author’s books was not available in your smaller local library, and you were able to enjoy reading it because you had been able to borrow it from a library in another community somewhere in Ontario.
All of the possibilities suggested above were made possible through the allotment of public funding sufficient to permit the Ontario Library Services to meet its original mission of equalizing access to information for all residents of Ontario, no matter the size of their community or the budget and resource limitations of their local libraries.
Now, let’s have a look at how Haliburton residents’ equal access to information has been supported by the “Government working for the People,” and its “plan to put everyday workers and families first.” The website for our Haliburton County Public Library makes this crystal clear:
Notice of changes to interlibrary loan service.
Effective April 18, HCPL will no longer provide interlibrary loan service. This service allowed patrons to access books in libraries all over Ontario.
MPP Scott, you may need to amend the following notice on your own website – potentially on a weekly basis:
“There are a wide variety of services available in our community! Learn more about the local services available to you and your family.”