AMHERST, NS – Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says the McNeil Liberals are ignoring the needs of libraries and are forcing Cumberland Public Libraries to reduce services.
On February 12, Cumberland Public Libraries announced it has no choice but to reduce hours at five of its seven branches, effective June 1, due to budget constraints.
“I’m very disappointed that the McNeil Liberals are not doing enough for our libraries. Library usage is up in Cumberland County, they shouldn’t be forced into reducing hours,” says Smith-McCrossin. “It’s important all our residents have reasonable and timely access to library services.”
Smith-McCrossin urges the Liberal government to acknowledge the important services that are offered by the public library system.
“Libraries are such an important resource in rural communities,” says Smith-McCrossin. “Residents have access to computers, internet, DVDs and, of course, books.”
Smith-McCrossin has met with Minister Glavine, once in November to request an increase in funding for Cumberland Public Libraries and that request was denied. This week, Smith-McCrossin reached out to Minister Glavine again and spoke directly about her concerns with lack of funding.
The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia supports sustainable core funding for public libraries. The current core funding model needs to be reviewed and it needs to be more sustainable and modern, to keep our libraries open. Libraries are an important part of our community’s infrastructure.