A library manager in Arizona will be the new leader of the Spokane Public Library. The library’s Board of Trustees voted 5-0 on Tuesday to offer Andrew Chanse the director position. He is the innovations and strategies administrator of the Maricopa County Library District in Arizona. Read more
Spokane Library Levy, Proposition 3 (Feb. 12, 2013)
About this measure
Proposition 3 is a levy lid lift that would increase property taxes by 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. (That’s $7 for a $100,000 property.) The tax would be used to prevent the closure of branch libraries and likely will be used to also increase hours at the city’s three neighborhood library branches from 22 1/2 hours a week to 40 hours a week.
City of Spokane
Andrew Chanse will be the new leader of the Spokane Public Library. Read more
The Spokane Public Library will get new leadership just as its funding stabilizes after years of uncertainty.
Pat Partovi, who…Read more
Spokane voters easily approved a City Charter amendment giving the police ombudsman more authority and a tax to ensure that branch libraries won’t close. Read more
The campaign in support of the library tax in Spokane has fixed campaign disclosure problems with the state Public Disclosure…Read more
Spokane’s Feb. 12 special election has spawned three official campaign organizations, along with campaign reporting violations. It wasn’t until mid-December when the Spokane City Council decided to hold the Feb. 12 special election. That left a relatively short period to raise money and design strategies in support or opposition of the three propositions voters will decide on. Read more
Yes for Spokane Libraries, a group working on behalf of Proposition 3, a tax levy for the Spokane Public Library…Read more
Seven people stood outside the Hillyard Library as they waited for its doors to open at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Several more were waiting in their cars. The wait to get into the Hillyard Library and Spokane’s two other neighborhood branches could be much shorter under a proposed tax voters will consider on the Feb. 12 ballot. Read more
Spokane voters will have a lot to consider on their February ballot, including a proposal to require supermajority votes by the City Council to raise taxes and some fees. Other measures headed for a special February election include: • A property tax increase for the Spokane Public Library to prevent branch closures and increase open hours. City taxes would increase by 7 cents for each $1,000 of property value – $7 for the owner of a $100,000 property. Read more
There could be something for almost everyone on a special election ballot in February. Originally wary of spending the money to hold a special election, the Spokane City Council on Monday appears ready to send three items to the ballot for voters to consider. The council last week set aside $200,000 to hold the election. Read more
Story time? Really, Councilman Fagan? The next time you hear the government-phobes launch the script about crushing taxes and runaway waste, remember Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan and his insights into the city’s library system, offered during the passionate debate Monday night about the city’s budget. Read more
Spokane’s city government is shedding 92 jobs.
The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 4-3 to freeze the city…Read more
Spokane voters in February may get a chance to save the city’s small library branches and substantially increase branch hours. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is proposing that voters be asked for a property tax boost for libraries on the Feb. 12 ballot. Read more
Big purple crates delivered to the Spokane Public Library last week contained a wealth of technological treasures. On Saturday the Downtown Branch will debut “Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference,” a traveling exhibit for libraries. Read more
A group of genealogy buffs traveled back in time Saturday. They gathered at the Spokane Public Library downtown to mine newly released 1940 census data. After a mandatory 72-year waiting period, which is in place to protect privacy, the records were released by the U.S. National Archives on Monday and put online through a partnership with Archives.com. Read more
In recent years budget cuts have sent Spokane Public Library staffers scrambling. Reductions in branch hours and personnel threatened one of the most popular services the libraries offer: storytime. “We have one children’s librarian for three branches,” said Sally Chilson, youth services coordinator. “So, in 2006, we decided to take the leap and train storytime volunteers.” Read more