Windstorm 2015: Library & Community Resources
Please note: this page is archived and has not been updated since December 23, 2015
With low temperatures and thousands still without power, many residents of Spokane are looking for ways to stay warm, keep in touch, and find essential services.
We are here for you, we hope to see you at the libraries in the next few days or call us with any questions: 444-5336.
Monday, November 23rd update from School District 81
A decision was made at approximately 1:45 p.m. today to cancel school for the remainder of the week. This includes Express before and after school child care. High school extra-curricular activities will continue as scheduled.
Spokane County United Way has compiled a list (.pdf) of Thanksgiving meals open to the public, as well as resources available to help with Thanksgiving meal planning.
Overnight and day-use warming centers
- Spokane Regional Health District list of warming centers
- A list of additional warming centers compiled by the City of Spokane
- Five Spokane Public Schools are open Friday, November 20th
Groceries and fuel
- A list of open grocery stores
- We’ve also had a report that Rosauers on 29th is now open
- Also, Trader Joes
- A list of open fuel stations
Downed trees and power outages
- SNAP can help with housing and roof repair
- An up-to-date map of trees currently blocking streets
- Information on outages for customers on Avista power
- A list of licensed arborists to help with tree and large tree debris removal
For safety, Avista is reminding citizens to treat any downed power line as a live line. Do not touch it, and call Avista at (800) 227-9187.
In addition to these resources, the City has extended curbside pickup for yard waste for two weeks (through December 18, 2015) and is accepting large emergency storm debris for free at the Northside Landfill, the Waste to Energy Plant and the North County Transfer Station. More details available here.
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs. win211.org.
We are returning to normal operating hours
Hours of operation at our six locations are available here.
An update on late fines and overdue material
- All late fines are being waived on all items that were due between Monday, November 16 and Monday, November 30th
- Due dates are extended until November 30th
- Lost material fees cannot be waived
You may not see these changes reflected on your account immediately. Please be patient and rest assured we will not be charging fines for materials due during this period.