Letter From the Director
As spring arrives in Spokane our thoughts turn to renewal and new beginnings; to new opportunities and to life transitions. My imminent retirement brings up all the same thoughts and I am filled with excitement and anticipation, but also with deep emotion because I have been very fortunate to have such a meaningful career and to have found my permanent home in Spokane.
This community is passionate about its libraries and expressed its support in the recent levy vote. It is the first vote to provide dedicated funding for the Spokane Public Library and it is the first step in determining how to sustain the Library into the future. I urge you all to lend your support to Andrew Chanse, the new library director, and to answer the call when he asks the community to come out to share in the planning process that will set the course for the Library in the future.
Today’s libraries are dynamic community resources that are changing rapidly. They now offer e-books, e-audio books, e-music and e-magazines in addition to traditional services. They are important resources for those who need access to computers and the Internet and are an important learning center for our preschool children. They provide employment services, local history resources, educational support and lifelong learning opportunities.
It has been an honor to serve as the director of Spokane Public Library and I genuinely appreciate the support of the staff and the citizens. The Library is also in the capable hands of an outstanding Board of Trustees. In my 19 years of working at SPL I can honestly say that the current Board is the best we have ever had and I would like to publicly thank them for their service, their trust, and their commitment to the Library and to the City of Spokane.
Beanfest @ the Libraries
Advice about when it's safe to start planting in Spokane is definitely abundant! You might hear that it's safe after Mother’s Day, or is it Memorial Day? Or are you supposed to wait until you can't see snow on Mt. Spokane? The myths and rules abound for planting after the last freeze! Your kids can get a jump start on planting at our BeanFest this month.
We're celebrating Spring with school-aged children by reading stories about beans, examining bean plant roots, planting beans and eating jelly beans! Catch this program at:
East Side: Thursday, May 9, 4 p.m.
Indian Trail: Wednesday, May 15, 4 p.m.
Hillyard: Thursday, May 16, 4 p.m.
South Hill: Thursday, May 16, 4 p.m.
Shadle: Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Questions? Call 444-5331.
A Trio of Exhibits @ the Downtown Library
1. We have a bunch of great exhibits at the Downtown Library right now, starting with Cruisin' the Washington Fossil Freeway. Want to see what dinosaur and mammoth teeth look like? Here's your chance! This fascinating visual display tells the story of prehistoric life and death in Washington and features real fossil specimens, a specially commissioned map of fossils in Washington, whimsical, fossil-inspired artwork, and more.
Paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll, the self-described "paleo-nerd duo," have combined their knowledge and talents to produce this unique blend of geological history and art. The exhibit runs from April 27 through July 6 at the Downtown Library. It was organized by the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Seattle, in collaboration with Johnson and Troll. The Washington tour was generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. Exhibit development was supported by Microsoft Corporation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation.
2. We're also featuring The Spokane River: The Beauty and the Power in the Downtown Library's Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room. This exhibit looks at the history of the river in Spokane, from Spokane's beginnings to times when the river was hidden from view to when the city planners reclaimed the river for Expo '74. Spokane owes its very existence to a magnificent location on the Spokane River; stop by and see this exhibit and then take in the view of the falls from our 3rd floor windows. The exhibit will be up through July but the falls are at their best now so stop by!
3. You also have time to catch the annual Bloomsday Through the Years poster exhibit which is up until May 31. The Library has a complete collection of every official Bloomsday poster from 1977 through the present (including the new 2013 poster), and they adorn the walls of the third floor of the Downtown Library until the end of May. It's a complete history of the official artwork that's advertised Spokane's famous foot race.
YES, YOU CAN!
The seventh annual You Can't Do That in the Library was, once again, a wonderful, rule-breaking extravaganza. Library supporters turned out to enjoy a great party with the music from Wylie and the Wild West, as well as food and drink (in the library!). Many, many thanks go out to Mark Starr of David's Pizza and Famous Ed's who donated most of the food and Gage Stromberg of River City Red Brewing Company who donated the beer.
For another year you can't have beer and food in the library but you can go to Famous Ed's, order a pie and thank them for their help. You can also check out the River City Red blog, find out where they serve the beer, order it when you're out, and let them know that you appreciate such great community support! It is, literally, impossible to hold You Can't Do That in the Library! without their generous help.
More thanks go to River Park Square for parking, all the volunteers who wrangled people, tickets, food, drinks and the auction and finally and most importantly, our major underwriter, Sterling Bank. This local bank really steps up to help out in Spokane. When you are conducting your family business, consider who helps out locally! Their success lends itself to the success of the Library Foundation!
If you missed the event this year but still want to support the Spokane Public Library Foundation you can do so anytime. There are donation boxes at the checkout desks in all library branches or you can donate online. Thank you for your support.
pictured above: Sandra Kernerman from the Library Foundation with Kelly and Gage Stromberg of River City Red brewing Company.
All branches CLOSED on May 27 for Memorial Day.
East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail CLOSED on May 28 for Memorial Day (normally closed on Mondays, they observe the holiday on Tuesday).
A cool way to get magazines for free with your library card. Visit our website to learn how you can download magazines for free.
on down to the Downtown Library to get inspired for Bloomsday. Again
this year we will have the entire collection of Bloomsday posters on
Join us for The Human Comedy on May 8 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!
This year Spokane is Reading has selected Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple as the community-wide read. Pick up a copy and save the date to meet the author on Thursday, October 10.
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