ROBB’s (Restore Our Book Budget) campaign to get the book buying budget for KCDC libraries is getting overwhelming support, according to ROBB chair, Christopher Ruthe. institutional bullying of the worst kind
He says ROBB has printed 5000 flyers ( see above ) with the caption “Don’t let your Library be ROBBed”.
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“The flyers identify candidates that support restoring the budget. They are in red. If you want books vote for them. The Mayor and councillors who voted for the savage cuts are in black.”
ROBB says it cannot understand why the current council would make readers in the three libraries pay for repairs to a building that KCDC has decided not to repair. It can only be seen as bullying innocent library members and getting them to pay for repairs KCDC is not going to undertake.
‘Institutional bullying of the worst kind‘
Mr Ruthe says that treating the powerless in this way can only be interpreted at institutional bullying of the worst kind.
Library members include hundreds of children, with parents who cannot afford books but encourage their children to read.
It includes those on fixed incomes who cannot afford to buy books but love reading.
“There are 41,000 library members. Sadly, this Council obviously thinks grandstanding for expensive health services is what the people of Kapiti want.[And there is a place for that. But we should look after our own backyard too], says Mr Ruthe.”
“KCDC knows better than the world’s best neuropsychologists who say reading is the most cost-effective way to achieve social wellbeing. KCDC obviously thinks it is far smarter.
“ROBB bases it case on the best in neurological and brain science. Surely this is the only way to go. Vote according to what you think”.