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Poring over ’40 census fills in family portraits

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 …


Storytime readers keep library program thriving

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 …


City appoints new library trustee

A retiring Spokesman-Review columnist and writer is the newest member the Spokane Library board of trustees. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved Mayor Mary Verner’s appointment of Jim …


East Side library branch finds support in face of closure

The East Side Library didn’t have the best year in 2010. At one point it was listed for closure when the Spokane Public Library had to make budget cuts, because …


Photos Then & Now: Public library

The first libraries in Spokane, opening in 1880 and 1883, required paid memberships. Both failed. An effort in 1891 struggled, too, and the city took over the library and housed …


Spotlight: Spokane native Bowers shines in ‘Billy Blythe’

Spokane opera singer Jessica Bowers is receiving national attention for her role in a New York folk opera titled “Billy Blythe,” which is about, of all things, the adolescence of …


Spotlight: Library offers free music downloads

On Monday, the Spokane Public Library will offer a legal way for you to download music for free. It’s called Freegal, and the library will be offering the entire Sony …


Summer reading programs set

Kids can now enjoy youth summer reading programs at the Spokane Public Library and Spokane County Library District. Youth Summer Reading is full of fun activities and programs at each …


Library board appointee has finance expertise

As budget troubles again threaten Spokane’s smaller library branches, the Spokane Library Board of Trustees has a new member with a finance background. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted …


Embattled library gets a boost

While many went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, quite a few found time to swing by the East Side Library Branch for the Access Project kickoff party. …


Council approves tab tax

The Spokane City Council on Monday approved one new tax and delayed a decision on another. The council voted 4-3 for a $20-a-year tax on vehicles registered in Spokane, capping …


A boost for books

Hoping to head off a new round of library closure talks or further cuts to branch hours, the Spokane Public Library is asking city leaders to sponsor a property tax …


Property tax hike proposed to fund city libraries

Hoping to head off a new round of library closure talks or further cuts to branch hours, the Spokane Public Library is asking city leaders to sponsor a property tax …


Budget preserves East Side Library

Spokane’s endangered East Side Library will remain open at least another year. The Spokane Public Library branch had been on the chopping block to deal with budget cuts.


Spokane library union set for raises in 2011

Spokane’s unionized library workers will get a 1 percent raise next year, under a contract ratified this week. Not knowing how contract negotiations would end, the library’s preliminary budget set …


Contract may save East Side Library

Spokane’s library workers approved a new contract Tuesday that likely will save enough money to keep the East Side Library open next year. Library trustee Rick White said he has …


Schoolchildren join ranks of library branch supporters

Nearly 50 Spokane students got a lesson in local government Monday as they arrived at City Hall to share their disapproval of the proposed closure of the East Side Library. …


Political opposites align for sake of at-risk library

They disagree on many – perhaps most – of the major issues of the day, but Louise Chadez and Cindy Zapotocky are united on at least one: They strongly oppose …


Book notes: ‘Early Spokane’ shows off city’s history

A new book of historical photos, “Early Spokane” by Don Popejoy and Penny Hutten (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99), will be available beginning Monday. It’s part of Arcadia’s “Images of America” series, …


Library patrons make emotional case for East Side branch

Several library users fought tears Wednesday as they implored Spokane library trustees to keep the city’s East Side branch open. “This place provides access,” said Spokane resident Scott Engelhard, as …


Reading gets loud at the library

Patrons expecting quiet at the Shadle Library last Thursday were in for a surprise. The shrill call of bagpipes and the rattle of a drum shattered the soft murmur of …


Libraries matter more than ever

All right, I’ve finally figured out how the city’s budget works. The city gets in trouble, looks around for an easy target, spies the Spokane Public Library and hacks it …


Marich to join library board

A United Way official will join the Spokane Public Library Board of Trustees in time to decide how to deal with significant budget cuts proposed by Mayor Mary Verner. The …


Library cuts could mean branch closure

A city library branch faces closure at the end of the year as a result of Mayor Mary Verner’s proposed 2011 budget. Verner on Wednesday announced her strategy to deal …


No sugarcoating Spokane’s ‘dismal’ budget

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Wednesday outlined a grim budget proposal for 2011 that would eliminate 18.5 police jobs and nine firefighter positions and make city services available just four …


Recession boosts library attendance

The Spokane Public Library system has passed a milestone, one that may be a reflection of tough economic times. Late last month, the library system for the first time reached …


Spokane libraries surpass 2 million checkouts in 2009

The Spokane Public Library system has passed a milestone, one that may be a reflection of tough economic times.


Traveling librarians

Each month the library comes to the Vintage. This retirement center in north Spokane is just one of 42 locations that Spokane Public Library outreach librarians Judy Killin and Al …


’Net assets up

Every branch in the Spokane Public Library system is getting one or more new computers funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with more coming next …


Spokane libraries consider new cuts

Spokane is well behind most Washington cities in the hours of operation at its libraries. That service level will fall even further if the Spokane Public Library is forced to …