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About Us: Library Administration

The 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 (see bios below). The Board has charged responsibility for library administration to the Library Director.

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 they are subject to change.  Please note, there will be no board meeting in July. Please check this page for the correct date and location of the next Board meeting. 

Next Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015           

Regular Board Meeting

South Hill Library

3324 S. Perry

Spokane, WA 99203


4:30 p.m.


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 2008, contact the Library's business office at 444-5416. 

Library Director

Andrew Chanse or

Board of Trustees

Janice MarichJanice Marich, Chair
It was from her mother, who ran a small town library, that Ms. Marich inherited her passion for reading and libraries. She believes those two things are critical in helping our children on the road to success and are key components in a healthy community. When she is not volunteering for the library board, Janice is kept very busy with her work at Spokane County United Way.
Appointed: 6/1/10
First Term Expires: 3/31/15

Jim Kershner
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, 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.
Appointed 1/1/12
First Term expires: 3/31/16
Filling unexpired term vacated by Cindy Weiser




Nathan G. Smith, Vice 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.
Appointed: 4/29/13
First Term expires: 3/31/18
(Served also in an unexpired term vacated by Ned Barnes from 7/18/11 to 3/31/13)

Mary Starkey

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.
Appointed: 5/12/14
First Term expires: 3/31/19

Anne WalterAnne Walter

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.
Appointed: 5/14/12
First Term expires: 3/31/17

Ron Miller, Emeritus

You may write to the trustees c/o of the Library at:

Spokane Public Library
906 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201-0976

Or you may email them at

City of Spokane


Spokane Public Library • 906 W. Main Spokane, WA 99201 • 509.444.5300


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