From the Director…

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Ledeboer, Director
Spokane County Library District

In April of this year, voters living within the Library District service area of the Spokane Valley will be asked whether they favor a bond issue that, if approved, will result in three library construction projects in the Valley. Last month, I wrote about the Spokane Valley Library. This month’s topic is project number two, the Conklin Road Library.

If built, Conklin Library will be a place where people of all ages come to learn and discover.  The library will feature 40,000 items for borrowing, as well as computers for accessing electronic information.  There will be a large meeting room and study rooms to accommodate groups of all sizes. The exterior grounds may include a reading garden providing a place to enjoy summer days – a community gathering place serving the surrounding neighborhoods and schools.

Beyond borrowing books, music, or movies, and accessing electronic resources, the library will be a place where people share their expertise with one another. Students will be able to get help with homework, parents can introduce their children to books and learning, and job seekers may enhance their skills and search for jobs.

Imagine a neighborhood library where parents with preschoolers come together at story times to sing, listen, and play.  School age children can attend Explore and Discover Clubs and participate in STEM activities, like building models out of sticks and marshmallows or creating with Legos.  Community members such as architects and engineers are invited to participate in these discovery programs and help youth explore future career opportunities.

The library is also a place for people to continue learning throughout their life.  Adults can attend lectures, art classes, computer workshops, and discussion groups.  Music programs in the summer and travelogue programs in the winter.  The library hopes to offer a wide range of stimulating programs to meet the interests of community members.

Library meeting rooms will be used for community groups, as well as businesses. Service groups, book clubs, and other informal clubs will have the opportunity to use free meeting spaces for everything from quilting groups to discussions about bitcoin, and everything in between. Businesses may use meeting rooms to showcase services or to hold meetings. Independent contractors working from home will have a place to meet with co-workers to work on a project.  Professional organizations, such as the Chamber, can hold informational meetings to support the growth of new businesses.

My vision for the library is that it will serve as a community hub where people come to borrow books, share information, and participate in community life. If voters approve funding, we will work with the community and an architect to design a building that reflects this vision.

If you would like to learn more, visit the Project 2 Conklin Library 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

If you have ideas for how the library will serve the community I’d like to hear from you.

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  • Debra Myatt

    I would like to know th exact location, like an address or on a map.

    • Hi Debra. For more detail about the proposed Conklin Library plans, click here. On a map, you can see vacant area south of Sprague on Conklin Road. The proposed library building will be at the southwest corner of that land. Click here to see a map of the Sprague and Conklin intersection and the vacant land.


    3 projects? is this remodeling the two exsisting buildings plus one new building? what happened to the balfour park location? i voted yes the last time they proposed a library at conklin because i lived near there and it would have been super convient for me. the plan sounds amazing! i live closer to the current valley and millwood locations now, but i still think the conklin area is a great location for a library. btw, i love the accesibility of your ereader book versions. thank you so much for making those available and convenient.

    • Hi Shanna,
      If the bond is approved by voters in April, it will fund three projects. 1. A new Spokane Valley Library on Sprague near Balfour Park, 2. A new library on Conklin Road in Greenacres (just south of Sprague), and 3. An expansion of the Argonne Library.
      You can learn more about the projects at here

      Glad to hear you enjoy accessing eBooks from the library. Thank YOU for your support!