Library Administration & Board of Trustees
Spokane Public Library is a department of the City of Spokane. Each year, the City allocates a portion of the general fund to the Library Board of Trustees, a group of five citizen volunteers who oversee the administration of the Library. The Board has charged responsibility for library administration to the Library Director.
Board of Trustees Meetings
Board of Trustees meetings are held monthly and are open to the public.
Meetings are generally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, but are subject to change.
Meeting agendas are generally available a couple of days prior to the meeting and will be posted. Copies of the agenda will also be available at the meeting.
Meeting minutes are available here. Please note that minutes are not approved until the following board meeting and are not posted until approved. For minutes prior to 2013, contact the Library’s business office at 444-5416.
Scheduled Board Meetings
Board of Trustees
You may write to the trustees c/o the Library at:
Spokane Public Library
906 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201-0976
Or you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan G. Smith, Chair
Ever since being read to in elementary school, Mr. Smith has believed in libraries as a place to learn and collaborate. In addition to being a Library trustee, Nathan has served on the Spokane Public Library Foundation board since 2010. When not serving the Library system in one form or another, Nathan is an attorney at Witherspoon Kelley.
First Term expires: 3/31/18
(Served also in an unexpired term vacated by Ned Barnes from 7/18/11 to 3/31/13)
Jim Kershner, Vice Chair
Mr. Kershner is an author, historian and longtime columnist for The Spokesman-Review (retired). He continues to work as a freelance writer, journalist and staff historian for HistoryLink.org, The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. He has used the Spokane Public Library for research into many of his works, including his most recent book, “Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life.” Jim is a self-described “library nerd” who believes that a great library is essential for anyone with a curious mind.
Second Term expires: 3/31/21
Mary Starkey says she must’ve been born a bookworm. As a child, her family moved a lot and the local library was always a comforting place that felt familiar when a new city was not yet home. Later, when her sons were young, the Shadle Library was their go-to place to check out books or read together. “Libraries,” she states, “are an entry point for all citizens to get where they want to be, whether it’s professionally, personally or culturally. We need to keep libraries healthy if we want Spokane to be a vibrant community.” Mary is the executive vice president/COO of Global Credit Union. Outside of her work, Mary devotes a lot of energy to Spokane’s theater scene and non-profits in Spokane.
First Term expires: 3/31/19
Anne Walter has fond memories of the old Heath Library on Mission Avenue where she got her first library card. A lifelong Spokane resident, she worked in newspapers for 16 years and now is a school counselor for Spokane Public Schools. Her work gives her a firsthand view of the power reading and writing have for all children, sometimes changing a child’s entire outlook on learning and life. Preserving access to libraries throughout Spokane for all is a top priority for Anne. She frequents the downtown branch, where she sneaks nostalgic looks at the children’s section now that her three kids have grown out of it.
First Term expires: 3/31/17
For as long as she can remember, Lara Hemingway has been thankful for the resources and information libraries have to offer. From story time at the Library and at home to audiobooks to the variety of online materials and subscriptions, her family utilizes Spokane Library services on a regular basis. She is excited to participate in planning and promoting the Library’s continued development as a 21st Century community resource. Lara is also a business and transactional attorney at Foster Pepper.
First Term expires: 3/31/20