The following statement was released today by members of the Corner Brook Regional Library Board:
“The Board Members of the Corner Brook Regional Library Board are shocked and dismayed by the short-sighted and destructive actions of the Provincial Government in their dismissal of the librarians Jessica Prince, Melissa Feaver, and Darrell Squires from the Western Public Library system. A Public Library system cannot run without Librarians. The government’s actions are destructive to the communities the Libraries serve and to the general public.
In Corner Brook, where we have a beautiful new facility, we now have no professional Librarian to order books and other resources, to initiate and manage programs, and to monitor the needs of patrons on the local level. This loss, which will likely be followed by cuts to operating hours and reduced hours for remaining staff, does irreparable damage to our Library. We believe that the Provincial government needs to acknowledge the damage it is doing and restore the Western District Librarian positions that have been cut.”