Dedicated Funds for Spokane Public Library
At the December 17 City Council meeting the council voted unanimously to put Proposition #3 on the February 12 ballot. The proposition asks residents of the City of Spokane to consider a measure that would increase property taxes by seven cents per $1000 of assessed valuation. In other words, a $100,000 home would see an increase of $7 per year and a $200,000 home would see an increase of $14 per year. Funds raised by the levy will help support the daily operations of libraries in the City of Spokane.
The Spokane Public Library is facing possible branch closures in 2014 because of constraints on the city’s general fund in recent years.
• Branch closures have been avoided until now by employing efficiencies and instituting a hiring and purchasing freeze.
• Reserves that were used to keep branches open in 2012 and 2013 will be exhausted at the end of 2013.
• If there are no changes to our budget the resulting deficit will necessitate closing branches.
In addition to operating limited schedules at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail, Spokane Public Library has employed many strategies to reduce expenses, supplement funding and creatively continue service. These are detailed in the informational fact sheet which can be found at all library locations and on our website at www.spokanelibrary.org/prop3 .
If the levy passes, the library can:
• Increase open hours at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail
• Preserve service hours at Downtown, South Hill and Shadle
• Maintain library equipment and facilities
• Provide equitable library access city-wide
If the levy fails, library customers will:
• Face possible branch closures and other service reductions
• Experience overcrowding at remaining branches
• See a reduced availability of books, computers and other materials
An informational sheet about the levy is available at all library branches or on our website.
Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with this issue.
Changes to DVD Checkout Periods and Fines
The two biggest complaints we get about DVDs are:
1. There's not enough on the shelf to choose from,
2. The $1 per day fine is too high.
In response to those two complaints we are making some changes that we think will be helpful. Starting January 2 all DVDs will only check out for a one-week period like they have in the past. This will create more availability since items will not be out as long. In addition, all DVDs that are not "high-demand" will only incur a 20 cents per day late fee if returned after the one-week checkout period. The "high-demand" DVDs will remain at a $1 per day late fee. "High-demand" generally means that a title is a new release of a popular feature film.
How do you tell the difference between "High-Demand" and regular DVDs? The labels are color coded on the spines of each DVD. If it is marked with GREEN it is a regular DVD and can be checked out for one week, renewed (if there are no holds) and placed on hold. Green = 20 cents per day if returned past the due date. If it is marked with RED then it is a "high-demand" DVD and can be checked out for one week, but cannot be renewed or reserved. High demand DVDs remain at the $1 per day fine if returned past the due date.
1. All DVDs check out for 1 week
2. Red Label = "High-Demand" ($1 per day if late)
3. Green Label = "Regular" (20 cents per day if late)
We think this adjustment will result in more DVDs to choose from and less headache when you return a DVD (regular) a day or two late.
Downloading eBooks to Your Kindle/Nook/iPad, etc.
Who got a new eBook gadget for a holiday present this year? We're betting a lot of hands are raised in response to that question. We've set up a hands-on eBook tutorial class so you can make the most of your new toy. Join us at Shadle on January 12. Since the class is hands-on we have different time slots for different eReading devices.
• 10:30 - 11:30 am - ePub devices - learn how to use Adobe Digital Editions to add eBooks to your Nook, Kobo or other eReader device.
• 11:45-12:45 - Kindle devices - learn how to add compatible eBooks to your Amazon account to use with your Kindle devices and apps.
• 2:00 - 3:00 pm - OverDrive Media Console app - learn how to download and use the eBook app for iPads, iPhones, and Android devices and phones.
Please sign up for the appropriate class by calling the Shadle Branch at 444-5390.
Downtown Library Gallery Hosts Photo Show
Starting January 7, the Downtown Library gallery host an exhibit of photos by Marshall the Photographer. His stunning photos of the Mexican music scene are sure to enliven our gallery space! Marshall Peterson grew up in Spokane and is returning here after an extended time away photographing musicians in Europe and Mexico.
He'll host an opening reception and book signing on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm. The show, Rock, Paper, Smoke! will feature selections from his first two publications, Rock Tapatio and Smoke Tapatio.
Join us Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 for Marshall's reception or stop by anytime this month to see the work.
Pictured above is Marshall's photo of ELY GUERRA, a Latin Grammy winner who is known as the "Queen of Mexican Rock."
ALL BRANCHES will be CLOSED on January 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Join us for Casablanca on January 9 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!
You Can't Do That!
Call the Library Foundation for tickets 444-5318.
Fun library stuff gets posted on our page. Stop by.