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Camano Library open house set for Sept. 16

Originally published Sep. 9, 2014

Camano Island residents can help select the interior colors for the new permanent library at a Sept. 16 library open house between 4 and 7 p.m. at 848 N. Sunrise Blvd.

Presentations at the top of the hour at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. will include a library project update, the new library floor plan, and an opportunity for public input on a range of potential interior colors. Project designers, architects and library staff will be available.

The permanent library is expected to open in early summer 2015, near the current interim library. More information is available online at sno-isle.org/camanolibraryupdates.

Sno-Isle Libraries to host free job-hunting workshops

Originally published Sep. 3, 2014

WorkSource Snohomish County will present free workshops for job seekers this fall in collaboration with eight community libraries. 

The workshops are “Interview Like a Star,” for which participants are expected to come dressed for an interview; “Effective Resumes and Cover Letters,” which will review letter formats, contents and styles; and “Got Interviews?” which will explain tactics to get more frequent interviews and help participants understand hiring managers’ expectations.

Host libraries are Arlington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, and Snohomish. Preregistration can be done online at the Sno-Isle Libraries events calendar page, sno-isle.org/explore/worksource.

[read the full news release]

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Sept. 1

Originally published Aug. 25, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes Monroe Library manager

Originally published Aug. 20, 2014

Phil Spirito

Phil Spirito is the new manager of the Monroe Library.

Spirito was most recently adult services manager for the Indian Trails Public Library District in the suburbs of Chicago. While there, he also served as technology librarian, creating and teaching technology instructional programs and providing reference service. He previously worked for the Glen Ellyn Public Library in Illinois, and prior to that he worked at the Chicago Public Library.

Spirito is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and earned his master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to becoming a librarian, he worked as a chef before moving into information technology, providing business support and managing a team that designed, installed and maintained Internet, phone and TV systems for multi-unit apartment buildings.

He is also a professional musician, playing his own style of folk music under the band name oRSo.

Spirito succeeded Monroe Managing Librarian Betsy Lewis, who retired in July.

Mukilteo Library closed Sept. 2 and 3

Originally published Aug. 19, 2014

The Mukilteo Library will close on Sept. 2 and 3 for interior painting immediately following the Labor Day closure on Sept. 1. The library will be re-open on Sept. 4.

Seal coating and striping of the parking lot will also take place on Sept. 2 and 3. Construction of 22 new parking spaces and work on the irrigation system is under way and is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 29.

The library’s return drop box will be closed from Sept. 1 through 3. Customers with items to return may keep them until Sept. 4 or return them to another Sno-Isle library. Requested items that are ready for pickup will be held during this time to be picked up by Sept. 7, or customers may choose another library in advance as the pickup location for their requests.

Arlington Library closed Sept. 8 to 14

Originally published Aug. 14, 2014

The Arlington Library will close on Sept. 8 for shelving replacement and will reopen on Sept. 15.

The Returns drop box will also be closed. Customers with items to return may keep them until Sept. 15 or return them to another Sno-Isle library. Requested items that are ready for pickup will be held during this time to be picked up after Sept. 15, or customers may choose another library in advance as the pickup location for their requests.

The library’s old wooden shelving, which was splintering and chipping, will be replaced with new shelving to improve the airflow and lighting in the building. Old computer desks will also be replaced. New additions will include three new catalog computer stations and tables to accommodate laptop users.

Library service is available at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., and other Sno-Isle libraries. Call 360-651-7000 or visit sno-isle.org for more information.

Modern-day superwomen and heroines to be explored at two library events

Originally published Jul. 31, 2014

Author and pop-culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will explore the significance of superwomen, cinematic warriors and heroines in modern-day mythology when she speaks at the Marysville Library at 7 p.m. Aug. 11. The public will have a second opportunity to hear her speak at the Granite Falls Library at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 as part of the Mini Comic Con celebration. [read the full news release]

Mukilteo Library to expand parking lot

Originally published Jul. 25, 2014

The Mukilteo Library will be adding 22 additional parking spaces for library customers. The library will be open regular hours during the construction project. Parking may be limited from July 28 through Sept. 3. Customers are encouraged to carpool, use the bus line that stops in front of the library, or use the parking lot behind the fire station at 10400 47th Pl. W, Mukilteo (entrance off of 47th Ave. W). We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information, contact Mukilteo Library's Managing Librarian Jane Crawford at 425-493-8202 x3220. 

Forums to explore drug use in Highway 2 communities

Originally published Jul. 24, 2014

Illegal drugs are taking a heavy toll on communities along U.S. Highway 2 in Eastern Snohomish County. Two August public forums will explore the extent of the problem and what can be done to stem the tide of crime, overdoses and ruined lives.

“Drugs in Our Communities” will be presented by Sno-Isle Libraries and KSER-FM at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., and 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. The events are free.

Panelists will include Detective David Chitwood of the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force and Bart Wheaton, chemical dependency counselor, Catholic Community Services/Cocoon House. Moderator Ed Bremer, KSER news and public affairs director, will invite questions from the audience. A Sno-Isle Libraries staff member will be live tweeting during the events using hashtag #snoisleITM.

The programs are part of the Issues That Matter public affairs series supported by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Additional event information and library resources related to illegal drugs are available online at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.

Parking may be limited at Mill Creek Library

Originally published Jul. 1, 2014

Parking at the Mill Creek Library may be limited due to the Silver Lake Water and Sewer District and the City of Mill Creek Waterline Construction Project. The Library’s lot and overflow parking lot will be affected after July 10 and it may last several weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience. The library will be open regular hours.

For questions or comments, contact the City of Mill Creek Public Works at 425-745-6175 or the Silver Lake Water and Sewer District at 425-337-3647.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed July 4

Originally published Jun. 27, 2014

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

Public input opportunity for new Camano Island Library

Originally published Jun. 18, 2014

Camano Island Residents have an opportunity to weigh in on how space is used in their new library at a community meeting, Tuesday, July 1, 848 North Sunrise Blvd, at the site of the future Camano Island Library in Terry’s Corner.

Members of the public are invited to view, comment and provide input on potential library floor plans with various options on space use options. Project architects, Dan Nelson and Kim Williams from Designs Northwest Architects and Stig Carlson from Stig Carlson Architecture, will be available to answer questions and provide explanations. Community feedback will help the Building Committee with final remodeling decisions as the former restaurant building is renovated into a 4,900 foot square library.

Information presentations are planned at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm. Community residents are invited to drop in any time between 4 and 7 pm to see floor space options, ask questions, and share opinions. Community input from this meeting will shape the floor plan reflected when the renovation goes out to bid later this summer.

Building Committee members will be on hand for the community meeting. In addition to the project architects, Building Committee members include two community members: Gay Campbell (the Friends of Camano Island Library) and Cathy Mathes (Camano Island Library Advisory Board), as well as building project manager, Jeanne Crisp, Director of Technical Services and Facilities for Sno-Isle Libraries; Becky Bolte, District Manager for Sno-Isle Libraries; and David Menard, Camano Island Library Manager.

Information about the project timeline will be shared at the community meeting and will be posted at www.sno-isle.org/camanolibraryupdates afterwards.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

Sno-Isle Libraries targets young, digital-savvy customers

Originally published Jun. 18, 2014

Hoping to build the next generation of library customers, Sno-Isle Libraries has kicked-off a research and engagement project targeting the Generation Y and Z market. The 18-month project focuses on 13- to 29-year-olds within Snohomish and Island counties.

A library staff team kicked off the project in early June with the services of OrangeBoy, Inc., a customer intelligence and strategy company with offices in Portland, Oregon and Columbus, Ohio.

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries, initiated the project to build the library’s understanding of library customers who are transitioning from their teens through their twenties. “It is vital that these digital natives receive what they need from their public library during this phase of their life,” said Woolf-Ivory, “so they will give us the opportunity to serve them through their later years.”

“Our objective is to show our Gen YZ digital native population that Sno-Isle Libraries fits perfectly within their mobile lifestyle,” said Ken Harvey, the library district’s communications director and project manager. “Young people are driving the information and innovation marketplace because of the way they generate, access and share data and information. We need to connect with and engage them based upon who they are and how they want information delivered to them. Otherwise, public libraries and other community institutions may not matter to them in the long run.”

OrangeBoy, Inc. was retained by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, under a $75,000 grant and contract. Under the agreement, OrangeBoy is working with the library district to collect, capture, and analyze data on library users and non-customers. The early data collection process includes:

  • Library cardholder analysis
  • Demographic, geographic and trend analysis
  • Online customer survey
  • Non-customer focus groups

Key findings from OrangeBoy’s customer assessment will lead to the development and rollout of targeted marketing and program strategies in late 2014 and 2015.

“We appreciate our Foundation’s tremendous investment which has made it possible for us to tap into the expertise of this national firm,” said Woolf-Ivory. “OrangeBoy brings a wealth of experience with more than 50 library clients across the United States and Canada. We have great confidence as they serve as our agent to aggregate and analyze these types of data. Not only do they have a great reputation within the public library community, they have a successful track record providing the customer insight and strategic input we need to better connect with our 13- to 29-year-olds.”

Impact Survey will help improve library tech services

Originally published Jun. 10, 2014

From June 10-28, Sno-Isle Libraries customers will have the opportunity to help improve Sno-Isle’s technology services by participating in Impact Survey.

The online survey can be found at sno-isle.org/impactsurvey. It is expected to take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Impact Survey is a national research project created by the University of Washington iSchool, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Specifically, the Impact Survey asks customers about how they use library technology services like public computers, wireless networks, online resources, and digital literacy training, and helps gather information about how to improve those services to enable better community outcomes.

Libraries distribute AquaSox tickets for summer learning fun

Originally published May. 29, 2014

June 16 game tickets designated for Oso-area communities

Continuing a summer tradition, Sno-Isle Libraries is distributing free Everett AquaSox tickets to families in its two-county service area, to encourage participation in its annual children's program..

There is one difference this year. Two thousand tickets to the June 16 baseball game, a benefit for those affected by the March 22 mudslide, are available to anyone in the communities near that disaster area. They can be picked up at Darrington High School, Arlington Library, Arlington Pharmacy, and the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.

Tickets to eight other AquaSox home games are available at all 21 libraries in the Sno-Isle system, which serves Island and Snohomish counties, and from the Sno-Isle bookmobile. Game days are July 17, 23, 26 and 27; and Aug. 10, 12, 17 and 19.

The tickets are paid for by BECU, Fred Meyer, Safeco Insurance and Whidbey Island Bank.

“We are most grateful to these sponsors,” said Kristin Piepho, children’s services coordinator for the library district. “Encouraging kids and their families to participate in community events like baseball games is part of this year’s Explore Summer program.”

Families whose children participate in the program can get the baseball tickets at their community libraries. Kids enrolled in the program will earn a book, and a chance to win a new bicycle, if they read 10 books (or 1,000 pages) and participate in four activities. They can enroll at their community library or online at sno-isle.org/explore-summer.

The bicycles—two for each library and the bookmobile—are donated by the Freemasons of Washington, with the assistance of the Fred Meyer in Monroe.

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Camano Island Library project architects selected

Originally published May. 23, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries has selected Designs Northwest Architects and Stig Carlson Architecture for the Camano Island Library Remodel Project.

Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest has been a Camano Island resident for more than 22 years. His firm designed the master site plan and schematic architectural design for the former Islander’s Restaurant building, which is the home of the future Camano Island Library. Nelson will be the principal architect for the project. Kim Williams from Designs Northwest will serve as the architects’ project manager. 

Stig Carlson, a Coupeville resident, will be the library planning architect for the project. Carlson was involved in the planning and design of two of the library district’s other community libraries, in Freeland and Coupeville.

The two firms will collaborate to turn the former restaurant building into a 4,900-square-foot library to serve Camano Island residents. This project was made possible when Camano Island voters approved a $2.3 million capital bond measure in April. The tentative project timeline calls for opening the doors of a permanent library during the summer of 2015. Meanwhile, residents will continue to receive interim library service at the familiar library location at Terry’s Corner.   

Camano Island residents Gay Campbell, representing the Camano Island Library Friends, and Cathy Mathes, representing the Camano Island Library Advisory Board, have been selected to serve on the Building Committee for the Library Remodel project. They will join several Sno-Isle Libraries staff members as well as the architects. Public input will also be sought at several stages of the project.

A project timeline will be added to the project’s website, www.sno-isle.org/camanolibraryupdates, in early June. 

Science education advocates honor Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published May. 22, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries has been recognized for its promotion of science education, which includes an annual Winter Extravaganza that spans 21 community libraries in Snohomish and Island counties.

The library district received a Science Champion: Science Education Advocate Award from the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform Program (LASER). Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees President Rico Tessandore and Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory accepted the award Thursday at the annual meeting of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.

“Exposing children and students to science and engineering through these science-enrichment programs in their community libraries, empowers them to discover and learn on their own,” said Woolf-Ivory. “It promotes critical thinking skills. It connects them with the information resources and library services that prepare them to be competitive for tomorrow’s technology-based careers.” ... [read the full news release]

Video: Nancy Pearl recommends 11 books to Friends

Originally published May. 22, 2014

“I don’t lie about books,” said Nancy Pearl at the Friends of the Library appreciation event.

On May 8, 2014, more than 150 Friends of the Library members gathered at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo to hear a compelling book talk by librarian, author and literary critic Nancy Pearl. The audience diligently took notes as Nancy revealed 11 titles on her recommended reading list that most people probably haven’t heard about yet.

Enjoy the video of Nancy’s presentation and share it with other Nancy Pearl fans.

(Handy viewing tip: To jump ahead to the parts where Nancy speaks about specific titles, click on the YouTube logo at the bottom right of the video to get to the YouTube page, and then use the links in the YouTube description "about" box.)

Lake Stevens and Brier libraries announce new hours

Originally published May. 20, 2014

To better meet the needs of library customers, the Lake Stevens Library and the Brier Library will have new open hours in June.

The Lake Stevens Library will open one hour earlier Monday through Saturday and will now be open on Sundays. Hours effective June 1 will be:

  • Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

“It feels great to better serve the community with expanded hours,” said Miriam Driss, managing librarian of the Lake Stevens Library. “We know there are people who have a difficult time getting to the Lake Stevens Library because of their busy schedules. More hours will make visiting the library easier, and more of our residents will have access to library services. That is a very good thing.”


The Brier Library will be closed Sunday and Monday rather than Sunday and Thursday. The Brier Library’s hours effective June 2 will be:

  • Tuesday through Thursday noon to 8 p.m.
  • Friday noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday and Monday closed

“Since we started publicizing our new hours, we’ve already received positive feedback from the community,” said Sandra Barnhart, temporary manager of the Brier Library. “Some customers have stated that with the library being open continuous days within the week, it will be easier to remember our hours.”

The changes in open hours are based on public feedback and recent patterns of library use. The new hours were developed with the goal of improving service to the community and their diverse needs.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed May 26

Originally published May. 19, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, May 27. See locations & hours.

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