In April, residents in the Spokane Valley area will have an opportunity to vote on issues that could strengthen and improve our Spokane County Library District. Voting yes will provide two new libraries, one to replace the aging Valley Library and a new facility on Conklin Road, as well making improvements to the Argonne Library.
Despite technology changing the way we consume news, read books and interact with one another, our Spokane County Library District continues to reinvent itself in order to stay relevant, proving to be a true asset to our community.
In recent years, there have been increases in programs for children and adults, librarians trained to help navigate the complexities of health care reform and, with the recent addition of the Microsoft IT Academy, job-seekers young and old can learn the skills needed for an ever-changing job market.
As the father of two elementary school children who have access to all of the latest in technology at home, it still amazes me that one of their favorite places is the library.
Though only residents in proximity to these new and upgraded facilities will get to vote, a yes vote will only strengthen our entire library district and community.