In April 2016, the Newfoundland and Labrador government released their budget to tackle a deficit of $1.8 billion. There were going to be major cuts, including a plan to close more than half of the public libraries in the province, most of which are in the rural areas.
For a month and a half I followed this situation as it developed. I interviewed Newfoundlanders who’d be most affected by library doors closing, the president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association, politicians, and an award winning author.
Episode 1: Out of left field
Episode 2: Only A Ferry Ride Away
While getting to Bell Island may not look like an arduous journey on a map, it can be difficult. In Episode 2, I took the ferry to Bell Island to visit the library and speak with some of the patrons on what losing their library would mean to them.
The final instalment:
Episode 3: Not a Reprieve