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Four spine-tingling mystery authors head for Coupeville Library

Originally published Sep. 29, 2014

COUPEVILLE, Wash.  —  It would It be a crime for mystery lovers to miss Monday afternoons at the Coupeville Library in October. The library will host a different author each week.

“From cozy and funny to gritty and terrifying, there’s something for every mystery fan,” said Marie Byars of the Coupeville Library staff.

The award-winning guest authors and dates are:

  • Bernadette Pajer, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Pajer is author of the Professor Bradshaw mysteries. The charming Bradshaw lives in turn-of-the-20th Century Seattle, and travels around the Pacific Northwest. He’s a single parent, teaches at the University of Washington, and has a special affinity for the new-fangled science and application of electricity.
  • William Dietrich, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Dietrich fans thrill to the exploits of Ethan Gage: Napoleonic-era adventurer, speculator, crusader, swashbuckler, and so much more. Dietrich also writes stand-alone thrillers with a historical bent; “Blood of the Reich” weaves a story between Nazi Germany and present-day Seattle.
  • Owen Laukkanen, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Black and white. Good and evil. Can right and wrong be so clearly defined? Laukkanen’s Stevens & Windermere mysteries take a gritty look at both sides of the coin, and readers may not be sure whose side they’re on until the last page. 
  • Mary Daheim, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Daheim is the award-winning author of two long-running mystery series. Readers enjoy following the antics of Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie in the Bed & Breakfast mysteries, set in Seattle; and the Emma Lord mystery series, set in Alpine, Washington.

Edmonds Library explores movie mashups with critic Robert Horton

Originally published Sep. 26, 2014

EDMONDS, Wash. — The Edmonds Library will host film critic Robert Horton’s presentation “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film” on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The free event will explore how filmmakers who go crazy with their source material can creates something fresh and exciting. How did "The Tempest" become "Forbidden Planet?" How did "Jane Eyre" turn into "I Walked with a Zombie?" And how on earth did the Coen Brothers take Homer’s "Odyssey" and come up with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Horton will explain how a wild adaptation can not only illuminate the original (even when we barely recognize it), but also teach audiences to be open to the unexpected. And he will speak about how different cultures adapt classic films for their own purposes.

Horton has spent more than 30 years writing and talking about film. A graduate of the University of Washington, he reviews movies for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, as well as a number of national publications.

This program is funded by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.



Marysville School District’s $1.3 million grant includes Marysville Library

Originally published Sep. 26, 2014

The Marysville Library is among five partners joining forces with the Marysville School District to help struggling students, thanks to a $1.3 million grant. The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant was awarded to the school district in collaboration with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS). The funds will support after-school and summer programs for Quil Ceda Tulalip and Liberty Elementary schools.

“The Marysville Library’s participation in this partnership allows us to contribute to a program that addresses real needs identified by leaders in our community, while meeting our own strategic focus on literacy,” said Jill Wubbenhorst, assistant managing librarian of the Marysville Library. “We are excited to be part of a connected community providing enrichment activities for students to help them meet academic standards.”

The YMCA Snohomish County (Marysville Branch), Pacific Education Institute, the University of Washington Institute for Science, and the Geo-Literacy Alliance of Washington State are also participating partners.

Read the article in The Herald for more information.

Snohomish County Sheriff thanks Sno-Isle Libraries for Oso support

Originally published Sep. 26, 2014

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary has thanked Sno-Isle Libraries for the loan of two trucks that were used for storage of personal items recovered from the March 22 Oso landslide. The massive slide claimed the lives of 43 people and buried Highway 530.

In a letter to Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Trenary wrote that “hundreds of items belonging to victims of the SR 530 Slide have been recovered, cleaned and returned to family members of the victims and the significant impact of those items on the families cannot be overstated.”

The loan of the trucks was suggested by Jeanne Crisp, Sno-Isle Libraries director of technical services and facilities. 

“Like many others in the region, Sno-Isle staff wanted to help those affected by the landslide,” Crisp said. “Fortunately we were able to make two contributions: loaning two vehicles for the storage of recovered materials, and enhancing Internet service at our Darrington Library during the crisis. So many gave so much more.”  

Libraries host renowned hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis

Originally published Sep. 25, 2014

Author, hiker, and speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis will visit six Sno-Isle libraries this fall to discuss her new book "Called Again."

The book recounts her record-setting 46-day hike of the Appalachian Trail, during which she averaged nearly 47 miles per day. Davis has hiked more than 12,000 miles on six continents. The author of five books, she was named one of ten Adventurers of the Year by National Geographic in 2012.

Davis’ appearance schedule is as follows:

  • Coupeville Library, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.
  • Clinton Community Hall, Sept. 27, 3 p.m.
  • Lynnwood Library, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
  • Monroe Library, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.
  • Sultan Library, Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m.
  • Darrington Library, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. All programs are free and open to the public. The events are funded by Friends of the Library groups and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Visit sno-isle.org/events for more information.

Libraries to host League of Women Voters candidate forums

Originally published Sep. 24, 2014

Candidates for state, national and county offices will share their perspectives at library forums in Mukilteo and Lynnwood, sponsored by the Snohomish County League of Women Voters.

At the Lynnwood Library, the forum will held Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The candidates scheduled to attend are:

  • Rep. Jim McDermott and Craig Keller, his opponent in Congressional District 7;
  • District 1 representative candidate Luis Moscoso (but not opponent Rep. Edward Barton)
  • Sen. Maralyn Chase and her District 32 opponent Robert Reedy;
  • Rep. Cindy Ru, running unopposed in District 32;
  • Rep. Ruth Kagi and her District 32 opponent Alvin Rutledge;
  • Snohomish County Executive John Lovick (but not opponent Carolyn Eslick)

At the Mukilteo Library, the candidate forum will be held Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Candidates scheduled to attend are:

  • Sen. Marko Liias and his Legislative District 21 opponent Dan Matthews
  • Allen McPheeters and Strom Peterson, state representative candidates for District 21, Position 1
  • Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Jeff Scherrer, her opponent for District 21, Position 2
  • Snohomish County Executive John Lovick (but not opponent Carolyn Eslick)
  • Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary and his opponent, Jim Upton

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and bring their questions for the candidates. More information is available at lwvsnoho.org.

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.

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