Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:00 am
by Nancy Ledeboer, Director
Spokane County Library District
There’s an old riddle that asks, what building has the most stories? It’s the library, of course! The library is filled with books and stories that take you to new lands, back in time, or prepare you for the future. However, when it comes to the actual building, having more stories is not always a good thing. The Spokane Valley Library opened in 1955 as a 5,652 sq. ft. one-story building. In 1986, it was expanded to create a lower level and an upper mezzanine floor. Last year, these three floors held the traffic of 308,968 library members checking out over 687,853 items.
In April of this year, voters living within the service area of the Spokane Valley Library will be asked whether they favor a bond issue to replace the current library with a one-story, 30,000 sq. ft. building. The proposed library will be located about a mile to the west of the current library on Sprague Avenue at the intersection of Herald Street. During several community meetings held in 2013, we asked your opinion about placing the new library on this site surrounded by a park, and incorporated many of your ideas into the plan.
The building itself has not yet been designed. If voters approve funding we will hire architects to design the building with more community input. The one-story building would have an open, flexible plan that is easy to access. With over 14,000 people attending programs at Spokane Valley last year, the new library would be designed to include a large meeting room for library programs and community meetings, and a separate meeting room for children’s story times and educational programming. In addition, it would have small conference rooms and study spaces, as well as providing public computers and seating to comfortably connect with others face-to-face or online.
Even with our increasing amount of web-based and digital resources, there will be lots of room for books; books for children, teens, and adults of all ages. Books filled with ideas, stories, and facts about the world. Some people wonder whether books will disappear as more and more content becomes available on the Internet or as eBooks. I hope that books will always be available, and regardless of format, the library will always be a place to find the information you need.
The current Spokane Valley Library has served the community for almost 60 years. It is a place where young children hear stories and begin to love learning, where young minds are encouraged to ask questions and explore the world beyond what they can see, and where people of all ages find information to enrich their lives and make informed decisions.
If you would like to learn more, visit the Project 1 Spokane Valley webpage.
Voters will be asked to make a decision on funding for a new library building to serve future generations. If you have questions about what the bond issue proposes please visit our website or call Jane Baker, Communication & Development Officer at 509.893.8205
Next month: A library on Conklin Road in the Valley