The Grand Opening of Spokane Valley Library: All Are Welcome

Posted on May 30, 2023 at 6:00 am

The Grand Opening

We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of the new Spokane Valley Library at 22 N Herald Road on Saturday, June 17, 2023. We will hold a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30am with the doors opening to the public at 10am. All are welcome.

Grand Opening of Spokane Valley Library
22 N Herald Rd, Spokane Valley
Saturday, June 17
Ribbon cutting ceremony: 9:30am
Doors open: 10am

We invite you to start the summer season with us at this celebratory event.

About the Building

The new 28,000-square-foot Spokane Valley Library has been constructed on time and within the $15 million budget. The library was designed by Integrus Architecture and built by Kilgore Construction, Inc.

Seeking LEED Silver certification, the building’s construction includes consideration of water-use reduction, restoration of natural habitat, use of natural light, energy efficiency, and high-quality heating and cooling systems. The light fixtures are acoustically designed to carry sound up and away from readers.

The library features the Diane E. Zahand Community Room, a large public gathering space that can accommodate up to 200 people and is named in celebration of the long-time and dedicated Spokane Valley early education teacher. STCU is the sponsor of The STCU Studio, a fully equipped audio-visual space for public use.

A bright and inviting children’s space features interactive learning areas. Four unique conference rooms are reservable by the public. Computers, laptops, and printers are also available.

Artwork displayed in the library includes the 1955 work from the late Harold Balazs, the renowned Spokane-area artist who was originally commissioned to create art for the first library in Spokane Valley. The three-piece Alice in Wonderland figures have undergone cleaning and minor repair, and have been relocated to the new library for future generations to enjoy.

Financing for the new library was through a novel combination of sources, including a loan through the Washington State Treasurer’s LOCAL program, SCLD’s capital fund savings, a grant from the Taxpayers of Washington State, a contribution from the City of Spokane Valley, and a community fundraising campaign.

Sponsorships Available

Sponsorships are available through the Library Foundation of Spokane County, including the opportunity to have an engraved paver in the library’s plaza. More details can be found at the Library Foundation’s website.

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