So When Are the New Hours Starting?
Recently we've been noticing a popular question at the desk: "When are the new hours starting?" We're thrilled to be able to answer that there WILL be increased hours thanks to the passage of the recent levy, but new hours won't start until January 2014. Why so long? The levy increase approved by voters is for the 2014 budget year. The 2013 budget is already established, and the library board chose to use all of the Library's surplus funds just to keep branches open in 2013. That means there isn't any additional money to start the new hours sooner.
Waiting is definitely the hardest part of this recent victory, but it also means we can plan well to make sure we provide the most needed hours with the most efficient staffing patterns possible. We are very grateful to the voters in Spokane for making increased hours at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail a reality. Bear with us as we plan for those new hours in 2014. Thank you!
Read Across America with our Mayor and Fire Chief
Join us at the Downtown Library on Tuesday, March 5 for a special preschool storytime with Mayor Condon and Fire Chief Bobby Williams. KHQ will be on-site to film the festivities and we'll be celebrating (a few days late) Dr. Seuss' birthday and the joy of reading.
When: Tuesday, March 5, 10:30
Where: Downtown Library, 906 West Main
What: Special preschool storytime session
Why: To celebrate reading and one of the fathers of great children's books, Dr. Seuss
Hope to see you there!
Library Director to Retire in May
Library Director Pat Partovi has announced her intention to retire in early May. A search for a new director has commenced, and a first round of interviews has occurred with candidates.
Pat Partovi started at Spokane Public Library as the manager of the new Downtown Library right when it opened in January 1994. She recalls that her first day of work was the day all the books were being moved to the building from the temporary library across the street--a truly full first day at SPL! In 2003 she became the Neighborhood Services Manager and oversaw all neighborhood branches. She served as Interim Library Director for five months before being appointed by the Board of Trustees as Library Director in January 2006. Upon retiring, she will have served Spokane Public Library for over 19 years. She is thrilled that, under her leadership, a levy for additional funding for branches recently passed.
Board Chair Jack Fallis said of Pat, "She is extremely dedicated to the mission of the library and is also a very responsible steward of the tax dollars that fund this service. Our city is lucky to have an advocate like Pat who continually works for equitable access to the library"s resources."
We will all miss working with Pat. She reports that she is looking forward to more time for hiking, camping and kayaking as well as some time for volunteering in the community. And, of course, she's looking forward to more reading time!
Open Forum to Meet Library Director Candidates – March 23 @ Shadle
Earlier this year a search commenced for a new library director (see article above). On March 23 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm we will host an open forum for citizens to meet the final candidates for the director position. Since the library director serves all citizens, it is important for community members to have the opportunity to meet the candidates. Additionally, the forum will allow attendees to provide feedback about the candidates.
Please join us:
Saturday, March 23 at the Shadle Library, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.. Each of the candidates will have 10 minutes to present to the public, followed by one half-hour allotted for questions.
If you have any questions please call Human Resources Manager, Monica Fox at 444-5308.
Please note time change - the event starts at 10:00, not 9:00 as previously published.
Hands-on Help Downloading eBooks
The eBook class at Shadle was
super-popular, with about 70 people attending the various sessions.
We're offering it again at South Hill on March 23 if you need a
refresher or missed the first session. Check for the section specific to
your device and then call the branch to register – 444-5385.
10:30 -11:30 a.m. – Kindle devices – Learn how to add compatible
eBooks to your Amazon account to use with your Kindle devices and apps.
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. – OverDrive Media Console app – Learn how to download and use the eBook app for iPads, iPhones, and
Android phones and devices, including Kindle Fire and
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – ePub devices – Learn how to use Adobe Digital Editions to add eBooks to your Nook, Kobo, or other eReader device.
Spring Book Sale - March 27 - 30!
The Friends of the Library will hold one of their big book sales at the end of this month. This is a great opportunity to stock up on bargain books, CDs and DVDs and support your library at the same time. The books are a mix of library discards and donations from the public. Everything is presorted and organized by type and call number. Look for flyers in your library soon and plan on attending this sale at the Downtown Library.
WorkSource Site Reopens at Downtown Library
We're extremely pleased to announce that the WorkSource site at the Downtown Library is back in business for 2013. After closing briefly at the end of 2012, the site reopened its doors on February 20, and it will remain for a full year.
WorkSource uses the Downtown Library's computer lab to provide help for people looking for jobs. Trained staff help job seekers look for jobs online and prepare professional-looking resumes using library computers. Numerous customers have used this service to get valuable--and free--assistance in their job searches. Many who have used it have expressed great appreciation for the help they receive. Given the recent state of the economy, the WorkSource site remains especially valuable now.
Funding for the WorkSource lab has come from a variety of sources over the last few years. Because the Library's share of revenue from the city's general fund remained flat again in 2013, the WorkSource lab was slated to close. After Councilman Jon Snyder visited the service, he felt strongly that it should remain open and redirected some unused, discretionary Council funds to achieve that goal. We're very grateful to receive this funding, which will allow us to continue helping job seekers in 2013.
WorkSource is located in the Gates Computer Lab on the second floor of the Downtown Library. It is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. A trained employment specialist is available during these hours to assist anyone with a job search.
And if you have a little money you should stop by the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale - March 27 - 30 @ the Downtown Library.
Yes, You Can!
Call the Library Foundation for tickets 444-5318 or buy them online here.
Tax assistance is available at the Downtown Library! Check here to see if you're eligible for this free assistance.
Join us for The Fighting Sullivans on March 13 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!
South Hill's Heart of Spirituality book discussion group continues this month with a discussion of J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey on March 12 at 6:30.
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