Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:00 am
This month voters in Spokane Valley (both incorporated and unincorporated area) will be asked to vote to create a library capital facilities area and to fund three library building projects. In the past two newsletters, I described the Sprague Avenue Library and the Conklin Road project. The third library project is the expansion of the Argonne Library, which serves Millwood and county residents living north of the Spokane River.
If you have driven through the intersection of Upriver Drive and Argonne, then you know it is a busy corridor. The Argonne Library is conveniently close to I-90 and the Centennial Trail. The central location is perfect for people visiting the library to borrow books, attend programs, and participate in community meetings.
Argonne Library offers story times for preschoolers, as well as STEM programs for school age children. In March, over 350 children and parents participated in the Lego Build Day using their imagination to build creations that were on display all of February. Quilting groups, cultural heritage groups, businesses, mountaineers, and other community organizations use the Argonne meeting room. Unfortunately, the room is booked so frequently that we often turn away groups looking for a place to meet.
The Friends of the Argonne Library were instrumental in helping to build the library at its current location. They continue to support the library by hosting book sales and representing the library at community fairs and parades. In the expanded library, they will have a place to store books and hold on-going book sales.
The proposed renovation would double the public space by moving administrative offices out of the Argonne location. The children’s area would be expanded to provide more interactive learning opportunities, and meeting rooms increased to provide conference space for small groups, study rooms, and a large space for community gatherings. A classroom would be created to offer computer skills training, and the renovation would open up space for more computers, comfortable seating, and quiet reading areas.
Current administrative functions would move to the old Spokane Valley Library when the new library on Sprague Avenue opens. These “back of the house” functions would be moving to space we already own while maximizing new space for the public. Public computers would still be provided at the existing Spokane Valley library where people could access electronic resources, return books, and pick up items on hold. This will be an “express library” with a focus on new technology that may not be available at all locations.
Libraries were founded on the principle that an educated and informed public is essential to the democratic process. Be sure to vote and express your opinion. For more information on the three projects visit bond information pages on this website by clicking here.