Happy Thanks­giv­ing

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I am thank­ful for our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and for our li­braries, as we ac­knowl­edge Li­brary Week Oc­to­ber 14th to 20th. Saskatchewan Li­brary Week pro­motes the won­der­ful re­sources and ser­vices that li­braries have to of­fer. Saskatchewan has one of the best li­brary sys­tems in Canada. In Saskatchewan, we en­joy “One Prov­ince, One Card”. The Saskatchewan In­for­ma­tion & Li­brary Ser­vices Con­sor­tium (SILS) gives res­i­dents of Saskatchewan easy ac­cess to ma­te­ri­als held at over 300 pub­lic li­brary branches across the prov­ince with one li­brary card.

Li­braries are im­por­tant be­cause they are:

• Dy­namic, com­mu­nity cen­tres for learn­ing, in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment;

• More than just printed ma­te­ri­als, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to com­put­ers, the In­ter­net and pro­grams;

• Rare in­sti­tu­tions that are within ev­ery­one’s reach, re­gard­less of age, ed­u­ca­tion or in­come level;

• The ul­ti­mate equal op­por­tu­nity re­source.

Moose Jaw is home to Pal­liser Re­gional Li­brary. It co­or­di­nates in­ter-li­brary loans and pro­vides many other ser­vices to 20 lo­cal li­braries across south­ern Saskatchewan, in­clud­ing Moose Jaw Pub­lic Li­brary. The ser­vice pro­vides great ac­cess to an over­whelm­ing wealth of in­for­ma­tion with over half a mil­lion items cir­cu­lated out of Pal­liser Re­gional Li­brary in 2017.

Our beau­ti­ful Moose Jaw Pub­lic Li­brary is a jewel in our city. The li­brary was open 332 days and hosted 164,943 pa­tron vis­its in 2017. It ran 438 pro­grams for chil­dren, youth and adults. Some 3600 items were de­liv­ered to peo­ple who weren’t able to go to the li­brary. Thank you to ev­ery­one ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing such valu­able li­brary ser­vices. As you ob­serve this Thanks­giv­ing week­end, may an at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude add joy to your life and the lives of those you love.

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