From the Director

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.


  • Jack Chasse

    I’ve always felt that we needed to use more space for books, and a much larger selection at this location. Plans to move administrative functions to the Valley building after completion of the new, and much needed library sounds like an excellent use of existing resources.

  • Jim Lahde

    How much will this cost us as tax payers and for how long?
    Is the city of the valley helping out in any way?
    I saw a sign vote library s.
    I did not find a Capital Improvement Plan and cost alternatives on web site.

    • Hello Jim,
      Spokane County Library District requests a dedicated bond of $22 million for three library projects in the Spokane Valley at the rate of 14 cents per $1000 of assessed property value for 20 years. This equals to approximately $14 per year for a $100,000 home.

      The City of Spokane Valley has been collaborating with the Library District on creating a park adjacent to the proposed Valley Library, but they are not contributing financially or endorsing the bond.

      You can find more information on the bond and the library projects at 2014 bond.

  • Ed. McConnell

    I’m supporting the new library construction. This is for the future of our youth and Spokane Valley. Putting money into an education tool here, is far better than what our federal government does with our money.

  • Ed. McConnell

    I’m supporting a new library for the future and as an education tool.