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Library News

Upcoming candidate forums on Whidbey Island

Originally published Jul. 3, 2015

Candidates will answer questions and discuss topics presented by the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island at two forums in July:

  • The candidate forum for the mayor of Langley and hospital district commisioner position 2 will be held on Thursday, July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at 3rd and Anthes Ave. in Langley.
  • The candidate forum for mayor of Oak Harbor and hospital district commisioner position 2 will be held on Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst. St. in Oak Harbor.

Both events are free and open to the public.Supported by League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island and Sno-Isle Libraries. For more information, email

Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please contact your library with two weeks advance notice. 

Victims’ advocate returns to Stanwood Library, where he once found refuge (HeraldNet)

Originally published Jun. 29, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries closed July 4

Originally published Jun. 28, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Saturday, July 4 for Independence Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Sunday, July 5. See locations & hours.

Monroe Library unveils Early Learning Space (Monroe Monitor)

Originally published Jun. 23, 2015

Book by Joshua Safran chronicles his life growing up around Stanwood (HeraldNet)

Originally published Jun. 22, 2015

Author remembers refuge in Stanwood Library (Stanwood Camano News)

Originally published Jun. 16, 2015

Pop culture historian to talk about geeks and gamers

Originally published Jun. 12, 2015

Jennifer K. Stuller

Jennifer K. Stuller

Scholar and pop culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will present "Using Their Powers for Good: Geektivists, Geek Grrls, and Gaymers" at 10 a.m. June 20 at Langley Library, 104 Second St.

Stuller is a Seattle writer, scholar and pop culture historian. Her talk, presented by Langley Library and Humanities Washington, is free and open to the public.

Stuller contends that geek activists, geek grrls and gaymers are making the personal political. Inspired by their love of fandom, tech, comics, games, television, costuming, and conventions, they are using their powers of good to challenge the self-appointed gatekeepers of geekdom with efforts that ensure their beloved culture is progressive, representative, and inclusive.

She will discuss how people and organizations are using community-building to create alternative spaces, crowd-sourcing to circumvent traditional modes of production, media criticism to challenge and raise awareness, and performance to subvert gender norms.  

Stuller is co-founder of GeekGirlCon, an organization dedicated to the recognition, encouragement and support of women in geek and pop culture and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). She is an author and contributor to multiple publications, including Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She regularly appears at the Comic Arts Conference, the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, and San Diego Comic-Con International. 

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. 

New manager heads Lake Stevens Library

Originally published Jun. 11, 2015

Sonia Gustafson

Sonia Gustafson

Sno-Isle Libraries has named Sonia Gustafson as managing librarian for Lake Stevens Library.

Gustafson previously worked for the Spokane County Library District, where she was employed since 2007. She led that library district’s strategic planning initiative.

Her most recent position was manager of Spokane Valley Library.

“Lake Stevens seems like an engaged, connected community — and I’m excited to be a part of it,” she said. 

Gustafson is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Lake Stevens Library has a 14-person staff. Gustafson’s first day there was June 8. 

New Camano library set to open this summer (HeraldNet)

Originally published Jun. 8, 2015

Boy who sought refuge in Stanwood Library returns as successful author

Originally published Jun. 3, 2015

Free Spirit book coverAuthor Joshua Safran, who as a child found shelter and identity at Stanwood Library, will speak at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, 9612 271st St. NW.  

Safran will discuss his memoir, “Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid.” Following his talk, a reception and book signing will be held across the street at the library.  

Safran was born to a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune. He spent part of his formative years in northwest Washington. His book recounts his childhood hitchhiking, and surviving the elements and a violent alcoholic stepfather before finally finding his way to law school and becoming an Orthodox Jew.

In “Free Spirit,” he writes:

“The Stanwood Library opened its doors to me without question. The patient librarians didn't care about my frayed clothes and never questioned my determination to spend every waking hour under their roof. Mercifully warm and clean, the library was a shelter from the rain and the echoes of my mother screaming in the night. I washed my face in the clean white sink and took refuge in books about the Talmud, the Golem of Prague, and Israel.”

Joshua Safran headshotJoshua Safran

Publishers Weekly hailed “Free Spirit” as a “beautiful, powerful memoir . . .  reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”   

In his 2013 Huffington Post blog post, “My Library Card to Redemption,” Safran recaps how the library made a lasting impact on his life.

Safran is a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and the wrongfully imprisoned. His seven-year legal odyssey to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence from prison was featured in the award-winning documentary film “Crime After Crime,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Library program helps students avoid 'summer slump'

Originally published Jun. 1, 2015

Explore Summer graphicsSno-Isle Libraries has launched its 2015 Explore Summer program, offering kids and teens a way to have fun and be ready for school come fall.

Students involved in summer activities that include critical thinking, creativity and hands-on discovery begin the school year better prepared for success, said Leslie Moore, Sno-Isle’s youth and outreach services manager. “Research confirms what every teacher knows: that students can easily fall behind academically during the summer. It’s commonly known as ‘summer slump.’”  

Explore Summer Participants who read for 10 hours during the summer will win a free prize book at their local libraries. If they read for 50 hours, they earn the title of “Power Reader” and will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD 6. All will be encouraged to take advantage of library programs that build skills for school success. They will have the chance to create catapults, discover insects, explore super science, write online book reviews and meet real-life heroes.

Online registration is required. Children can register at; teens can register at

Reading logs can be printed online or picked up at one of Sno-Isle’s 21 community libraries and Bookmobile.

Moore encouraged parents to watch the two-minute video Summer Learning, which explains how much activities can enhance school success. 

Darrington Library to host June 8 wildfire prevention events

Originally published May. 28, 2015

Smokey BearA U.S. Forest Service expert will share fire prevention tips in back-to-back presentations for adults and children on June 8 at Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St.

From 3 to 4 p.m., kids will hear the story of Smokey Bear and go over his five rules for fire safety. They will also have the chance to get their photo taken with Smokey and get a bear hug. Stickers and goodies will be provided by presenter Kimberly Marshall-Trask, Patrol 11 Captain for North Zone Fire of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Trask will discuss Snohomish County’s “Firewise” home initiative. She will explain how homes and neighborhoods can be made more likely to survive a wildfire.

Trask will also provide information about spark arresters, and how the Forest Service determines the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) and fire danger rating. She will explain how agency officials assess the need for structure protection when they come into a community threatened by wildfire.

“Given predictions for an above-normal fire season this year, and the fact that many of our community members live in or near forests, I thought wildfire prevention was an important topic,” said Darrington Library Manager Asheley Bryson. 

Library staff will provide some fire-prevention activities for children who remain in the building while their parents attend the evening session, Bryson said.

Sno-Isle Libraries see growing demand for DVDs (HeraldNet)

Originally published May. 28, 2015

Comic book historian to discuss superhero characters as historical lenses

Originally published May. 27, 2015

Andrew Wahl

T. Andrew Wahl

Which superhero do you identify with? What’s your superpower? Why are we drawn to the heroic and superhuman?

Learn about popular superheroes with journalist and comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl at four community discussions in Snohomish County:

  • 2 p.m. June 13 at Marysville Library
  • 7 p.m. July 9 at Stanwood Library
  • 7 p.m. July 16 at Lynnwood Library
  • 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Granite Falls Library Mini Comic-Con

All events are free and sponsored by the libraries, Friends of the Marysville Library and Friends of the Granite Falls Library, and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Wahl’s interactive multimedia presentation engages teens and adults by exploring heroic characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man and examines how superhero characters evolved in response to shifting social mores and historical events.

“Recent blockbuster movie and television franchises indicate that fans of all ages continue to be fascinated by superheroes,” said Marta Murvosh, teen librarian at Marysville Library. “These community discussions will show people who are more familiar with the screen incarnation of superheroes how these fascinating characters are portrayed in graphic novels and comic books.”

Wahl will guide the audience in a conversation that connects comic book superheroes--and the occasional villain--to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology. Wahl has selected ten comics and graphic novels in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection that highlight significant points in U.S. history. To view this booklist, visit

Humanities Washington is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking. The Speakers Bureau helps nurture thoughtful, engaged communities across Washington. For information about T. Andrew Wahl, visit  

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Sno-Isle Libraries closed May 25

Originally published May. 19, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, May 26. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle bringing TEDx event to Edmonds (HeraldNet)

Originally published May. 11, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries to present TEDx program in November

Originally published May. 8, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries promises to bring some of the region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators, artists and speakers to the stage when it presents TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The day-long program, “Creating New Futures,” will feature the famous TED Talks format. Though TEDx events are locally organized, some of the best TEDx presentations have been featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences around the globe.

The library district will partner with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and other organizations to put on the event, said Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.

“Building civic engagement and connecting communities are high on our list of priorities, and TEDx is an exciting way for us to do both,” she said. “We want people to mark Nov. 6 on their calendars and come share the energy of the occasion. Those who can’t attend the free program can watch it live-streamed on our website, or can watch later when we post the videos online.”

She encouraged people to visit, where they can sign up to be notified when registration opens.

The website also contains information for anyone interested in being a sponsorship partner for the high-profile event, or wishing to suggest a topic or speaker. Program suggestions will be taken until May 31. 






Five members sought for Mill Creek Library Advisory Board

Originally published May. 1, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill five positions on its newly established Mill Creek Library Advisory Board. The first library advisory board appointment shall be staggered terms of two members for one year, two members for two years, and one member for three years. Thereafter, a board member shall serve three year terms, except when appointed to fill unexpired terms. Each position will begin in July 2015. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.  

Board members must reside within the greater Mill Creek community.

Application and information is available at the Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA 98012 or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website:

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact Chris Sorenson, Mill Creek Library, managing librarian at 425-337-4822 option 1, ext. 4220 or For questions about the application process, contact Roxanne Fuentes at 360-651-7073 or 1-877-766-4753 ext. 7073, or

Applications must be postmarked by June 5, 2015. They may be mailed to Roxanne Fuentes, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to

Sno-Isle Libraries names new manager for Mill Creek Library

Originally published Apr. 29, 2015

Chris Sorenson

Chris Sorenson

Chris Sorenson is the new interim manager of Mill Creek Library. He replaces Darlene Weber, who now manages Snohomish Library.

Sorenson came to Sno-Isle Libraries seven years ago to serve as the assistant managing librarian at Mill Creek. He was previously a librarian at Woodinville Library for King County Library System. Sorenson was born and raised in Bellevue and now resides in Woodinville. He prides himself for never having lived more than ten miles away from the hospital in which he was born. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Washington, also less than ten miles away. One of Sorenson's passions is traveling.


New Sno-Isle Libraries Employees - Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for Business

Originally published Apr. 28, 2015

Susan Hempstead
Strategic Relations Manager
Sno-Isle Libraries

Kassy Rodeheaver
Lead Librarian for Business
Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries today announced that Susan Hempstead and Kassy Rodeheaver have joined the library district as Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for Business. 

Susan Hempstead is responsible for implementing Sno-Isle Libraries’ connected communities strategy, government relations outreach, community partnerships and volunteer programs. She previously served as Director of Customer and Community Engagement with Puget Sound Energy, held public affairs positions with Public School Employees of WA, the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay and also served as a White House intern.  She has held board positions with Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Special Olympics of Washington, Economic Development Council of Seattle and the King County Library System Foundation.  She also served on the Growth Management Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council.  Hempstead earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and resides in Edmonds with husband, Ben, and children, Nate and Hannah.

“I am honored to join the talented and respected team at Sno-Isle Libraries to share the story of our local libraries and also to have collaborative community conversations. This position aligns my passions around community outreach, partnerships and cultivating learning communities."

Kassy Rodeheaver will focus on entrepreneur and small business support and outreach to increase awareness of Sno-Isle’s business support programs.  She previously worked as the Grants and Nonprofit Information Center Librarian with the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. During her five year tenure, she provided collection development, program planning, budget management and outreach. She also served on the library’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee helping to implement the Idea+Space pilot program focused on providing support to nonprofit, small business and entrepreneurial communities. Rodeheaver earned her Master’s Degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

“I am very excited to join Sno-Isle Libraries in support of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Libraries have so many great ways to assist these communities. I love being able to connect business people with the information and resources that will give them a competitive edge in today’s business world.”

“These staff additions emphasize two areas of strategic focus for us,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, library district Executive Director.  “We are committed to building communities with strong civic engagement opportunities and economically sound communities.”


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