Monthly Archives: July 2016

Kudos to Spokane Public Libraries — Accessibility Reviews complete

Thanks to the wonderful folks at the Spokane Public Library District, A4A Spokane’s Accessibility Ambassadors Alisa Alonge, Amber Joplin, Jude Cormier, Larry Gorton, Dave Reynolds and Deb Wolfer last week completed reviews of the South Hill, Indian Trail and Downtown branches.

All six branches — including the East Side, Hillyard, and Shadle branches we reviewed the previous week — had most of the 180+ accessibility features we were looking for, particularly when it comes to seating areas, restrooms, entrances, and meeting rooms. And the staff and management were very welcoming and interested in learning how to best serve people with a variety of disabilities.

Because the libraries are aging (aren’t we all) library officials are looking at ways to upgrade and adapt to more diverse users and technologies. We are fortunate that they are asking A4A for input as they plan for those improvements.

We are in the process of writing up detailed reports, which we will share after we meet with library managers.

This is another example of how A4A’s positive, collaborative approach is a ‘win-win’ for our entire Spokane area!

Spokane Public Libraries Welcome A4A Reviews

At the invitation of branch managers of the Spokane Public Library District, Accessibility Ambassadors from Access 4 All Spokane are reviewing all city libraries for accessibility features. Last week, we reviewed the East Side and Hillyard branches and today the Shadle branch. Next week, we’ll review the South Side, Indian Trail and the Downtown libraries.

We are finding the libraries are very accessible, and are making improvements all the time. The staff are very interested in how they can serve all patrons, and open to any suggestions we have.

Stay tuned!