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General News · 29th April 2012
Leila & Allan Campbell
Dear Minister,

We are Leila and Allan Campbell, retired, living at our homestead on Cortes Island.

Our purpose in writing is to protest the sudden, immediate, closing of the Cortes Library, without notice to, or consultation with, library users. And there are many of us, children and adults, from all over the island.

Weíre at the library almost every week, along with a lot of others, collecting books and DVDís weíve ordered, looking at whatís on the shelves, consulting reference works, going online. The place is always busy.

This closure, implemented, presumably, on your authority, is inexplicable, a kick in the face of islanders.

Our alternative is two ferry trips away, the Vancouver Island Regional Library at

Campbell River. Thatís essentially an all-day trip at a hefty ferry cost.

We urge you to direct VIRL to re-open our library at once. If the libraryís longer- term status involves issues we users donít know about, please direct VIRL to bring them to the attention of the community.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Leila Campbell
Allan Campbell

Cc: Rona-Rae Leonard

VIRL

6250 Hammond Bay Road

Box 3333

Nanaimo V9R 5N3