We Welcome You to Deer Park Library

Deer Park Library, the northern most library in Spokane County Library District, offers books, audiobooks, DVDs, and so much more – all at no charge with your Spokane County Library card. Deer Park Library is open seven days a week with a welcoming staff. There are also opportunities to volunteer with the Friends of the Deer Park Library.

Library staff are committed to service with a smile. We offer story times, material check out, help with downloading digital eBooks, and readers’ advisory advice. Each person on staff brings a unique background, expertise, and interesting local ties to their positions. 

I began my career at the Deer Park Library more than 30 years ago, and remember when the library was in the basement of City Hall. I have been the Library Supervisor for Deer Park Library for the last 10 years of my career with Spokane County Library District.

I grew up on a small farm outside of Deer Park. My parents still live on that very same farm, and I now reside just a few miles away. I love nature and enjoy bird watching, horseback riding, and feeding the wild turkeys and peacocks who share my property. And it’s worth mentioning that I think I’m a natural in my new role of grandma!

If you regularly come to the library, you’ve surely met either Amy, Mandy, Shannon, or Becca, who all do a wonderful job serving everyone who stops by. Amy’s great grandmother was the first woman to open a general store in Wildrose Prairie. Mandy graduated from Riverside High School and is our resident expert on all things relating to cats. Shannon is a Deer Park High School alumna and avid quilter who shares her expertise by teaching some of our sewing classes. Becca is an expert at bunny keeping and has an appreciation for the outdoors. 

I think that our two community librarians, who bring their own specialized service background to Deer Park, really set the library apart. Our new Community Librarian Ree West is bringing a business focus to our community. Ree has worked hard in the Deer Park community for this year’s “Small Business Saturday.” Deer Park Library is the Neighborhood Champion for this program, recruiting the participation of local businesses, bringing the community together, and encouraging everyone to shop local and support Deer Park businesses.

Previously, Amber Williams, Strategic Initiatives Librarian, has implemented federally funded after-school and summer snack programs. Amber also organized and worked with local service groups to implement the “Library Park Cleanup” and the annual “Northern Slam,” a poetry slam competition for local high school poets, which has expanded to include Spokane Valley schools and the “Grand Slam” competition between winning poets from the “Valley Slam” and “Northern Slam.”

We certainly would not be the success that we are without the incredible support of our community. I like to think of the library as the heartbeat of the community, and without the community’s support, the library would not be the vibrant, inclusive, and diverse place that it has become. We strive to make the library the “go to” place by being responsive to our community. When change happens in the community, our philosophy is that we also change to ensure that the needs of the community are being met. 

I also want to thank all of our library customers. We enjoy being part of the community and hope you stop in soon. We’re located at 208 S Forest Ave. You can give us a call at 509-893-8300. You can also visit our website 24 hours a day at www.scld.org.

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