The Neighborhoods Matter (NM) Advisory Board strongly encourages city of Spokane voters to support the library system with a “yes” vote on Proposition 3. The NM Advisory Board is working collaboratively with the East Central neighborhood to create healthy families and communities. Having easy access to libraries is vital to well being for multiple reasons. Not only does the library provide safe space for youth (especially “latchkey kids”), it provides opportunities for all residents to have access to educational resources and computers.
When the East Side library branch was slated for closure in 2010, we were able to highlight for the Library Board the inequity of the proposed closure and the disproportionate negative impact for families and children. Now the voters have the opportunity to expand services for all neighborhood branches and bring stability to the library system for the next four years until a Library District can be formed.
We believe Andrew Carnegie said it best when he said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Everyone will benefit from Spokane having a strong, innovative library system.