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It's Been Awhile

Hey Guys!

I want to preface this post today by saying that I owe you all a huge apology. For the last year or so, I've done really well at sticking to my three posts a week schedule, but I've failed massively at this the past month.

Unfortunately, as I'd mentioned in a previous post, my job completely changed within the last six weeks, and I've basically been struggling to keep my head above water there. I knew I was going to be taking on a lot more responsibility, as another gentlemen and I together were going to be taking over for our people manager for her mat leave. Unfortunately though, she had to take medical leave way earlier than she was expecting to, and it's kind of been crazy ever since. For me and the other guy, this basically meant that we were thrown into a ton of extra work, while still being responsible for all of our own work, since there'd been no time to train anyone else before this all went down.

Now I've really come to realize that I love my job, despite the fact that so many of my extended family and acquaintances think I'm wasting my degree by working at a restaurant. I'm proud of the awesome management team that I'm currently working with, and my team involved in the new training program I literally couldn't be more proud of.

However, unfortunately for you guys, this past month I just had no time to devote to my blog at all. I don't ever want to get to the point of writing posts that aren't well thought out or planned, just to have something to post, and so I made the executive decision to take a month of from my blog, just until our people review was over at work, and I could finally take a deep breathe and relax a bit.

Today's my first true day off in several weeks, as I've actually been going into work on a lot of my days off to help get things caught up, and I knew my number one priority today was getting onto my blog, and reconnecting with all my amazing bookish friends, who've literally come to mean the world to me.

Books will forever be one of the most important things in my life, and that's why for today, I decided to talk to you guys all about a serious issue currently facing my province in regards to reading.

Unfortunately, our current Saskatchewan finance minister has decided that in order to get our province out of it's huge fiscal debt, library funding must be cut. They have decided to take away 4.8 million in funding away from the Saskatchewan provincial library budget, and this is already having a huge impact on each and every community. Our education minister has defended these cuts, believing that library usage is declining, and that this only makes sense. However, thousands and thousands of Saskatchewan residents, including myself, my hubby and my best friend, use the library services on almost a daily basis.

My best friend and I are massive avid readers, and ever since 2009 we've loved making use of the library program that allowed you to request books from anywhere throughout the province. This way, we could keep up with our insane book habit, without having to constantly break our bank accounts, and I've already felt the impact of not having it available anymore.

Reading plays such an important part to society, and I can't even imagine a world where books aren't readily available for all. Lots of parents can't afford to purchase books for their children, and libraries have always proved a vital resource in these situations.

As well, libraries are often meeting spots for numerous events like book clubs, exercise classes, book readings, puppet shows, and even some arts and craft clubs like knitters or crocheters. 

Libraries have always proven invaluable for their research materials, their access to the internet for individuals who can't afford to purchase it, and even for things like their print and fax services.

To say I'm completely heartbroken over these budget cuts doesn't even begin to describe how I'm currently feeling. The library has always been my safe haven, and that place where you could escape for a few hours into an amazing book, whether or not you could afford to buy it. I grew up in a small town, before moving about fifteen years ago, and my local library was one of my favorite places in the whole world. Now in lieu of all these budget cuts, those small town branches are in danger of having to shut down, and tomorrow's generation might never know the thrill of getting their first library card, or checking out stacks of amazing sounding books.

So I'm asking for help today from all my readers, and amazing bookish friends. While I know that most of you don't live here, and so aren't able to sign the petition or join the protest, but help us spread the world, and get this serious issue the attention it deserves.

I myself am unfortunately unable to attend the protest, as I wasn't able to get the time off work to attend, but I will be taking part in the online protest that simply asks everyone to post a picture of themselves reading on twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and hashtag it #Sklibraries. I am hoping and praying that together we can convince the government to change their decision and keep our libraries available for future generations to discover!

It feels amazing being back on my blog today guys, and I'm hopeful that I will be able to get it back on track with my three videos a week schedule.

I thank you all so much for reading, and I can't wait to connect with you all again soon.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 


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