What a whirlwind the last six weeks have been! From December 17, when City Council voted unanimously to place Proposition 3 on the ballot, to yesterday’s special election, it seems that time has moved at an extraordinarily quick pace. During that time, the library was permitted to share the facts about Proposition 3 with the public. We produced a fact sheet that library customers could pick up, shared it with Neighborhood Councils and other groups and disseminated it through our website. The response was very positive, with a tremendous outpouring of support for this proposition. We were truly uplifted by and grateful for that support.
Support came in many forms - letters to the editor from citizens, endorsements from the Spokesman Review, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) and the Journal of Business, and kind wishes over the check-out counter from customers. While last-minute ballots are still being counted, it looks like Proposition 3 has passed and passed with strong community support. It is clear that Spokane loves its libraries and we’re honored to be a city department that you appreciate and respect. We hope to continue to earn that reputation as we move forward with service enhancements in 2014. This is a win for our city! It is a win for all who already use the library and for those new customers who will now be able to access the library because of the increased hours. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this enhanced service to customers.
We’re working closely with our Board of Trustees to fine-tune the exact schedules for East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail in 2014. We’ll keep you posted, but for now, THANK YOU for supporting open, equitable access to information and education for all of Spokane!