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Sno-Isle Libraries brings business resources to Seattle expo

Originally published Jul. 13, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Business Librarian Kassy Rodeheaver (center) speaks with two attendees at the Seattle Business Expo, July 13, 2017. Photo gallery

Business was brisk at the Sno-Isle Libraries booth for the Seattle Small Business Expo.

“We’ve been very busy, basically non-stop,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, taking a quick break from answering questions by attendees at the July 13 event in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. “We’re showing how to use some of the free resources available through the library such as AtoZdatabases and answering marketing questions.”

Rodeheaver brings business support services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners as part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ strategic priorities. There is no charge for the services, as long as the person has a library card, which is also free.

“Even if someone doesn’t live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, they are likely eligible for our card,” Rodeheaver said. The library district includes most of Snohomish and Island counties. State residents who live in any area that financially supports a public library of its own are also eligible for a free Sno-Isle Libraries card.

Rodeheaver has also put together a series of Business Pros classes  that run now through December. The classes are listed on Sno-Isle Libraries’ events and classes calendar and for entrepreneurs.

New app delivers digital magazines at Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published Jul. 12, 2017

Real news, at your fingertips, no charge.

Popular magazines to read online have been available to Sno-Isle Libraries customers for some time. Now, there’s a new app to make getting the latest on everything from healthy recipes to global economic analysis easier and faster.

The new app is called RBdigital and is available at no charge to Sno-Isle Libraries customers through Android and iOS app stores. The RBdigital service is also available at sno-isle The new app consolidates two existing apps from the same vendor, Recorded Books. Sno-Isle Libraries customers have been using the soon-to-be retired Zinio app. Customers are being prompted to make the switch and can use their Zinio login. The change is scheduled to become permanent on Sept. 8.

Recorded Books supplies an extensive collection digital magazines to Sno-Isle Libraries customers including complete, downloadable, full-color version digital editions and many with interactive features. Among the titles available are The New Yorker, Newsweek, bon appétit and Vanity Fair.


Get ready for eclipse with classes and glasses

Originally published Jul. 11, 2017

Roger and Linda Kennedy will bring their telescopes and passion for astronomy and the sun to 16 community libraries from July 23-Aug. 21.


More stargazing opportunities

Also bringing stories of the stars to Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries this summer is Kevin Manning.

The seasoned astronomer and former NASA consultant travels the country demonstrating how scientists measure great distances in space and how objects in space move and interact. He’ll also discuss what is required to live in the airless world of outer space. Manning sets up have telescopes for participants to view the sun during daytime events and other celestial sights at night such as the rings of Saturn and craters of the moon.

Manning has worked with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and other ground-based observatories.

Manning's classes are scheduled at these libraries:

Sultan Library

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m.

Monroe Library

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m.

Darrington Library

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m.

Granite Falls Library

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.

Camano Island Library

  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 1 p.m.

Stanwood Library

  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

Arlington Library

  • Friday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.
    *Twin Rivers Park

You haven’t really seen the sun until you look at it through Roger and Linda Kennedy’s eyes.

The New Mexico-based couple travels the country for NASA, presenting free classes about the science of the sun. The Kennedys are bringing their telescopes and other equipment to 16 Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries starting July 23 and ending on Aug. 21, the day of a rare total solar eclipse.

“The classes are a free-flowing observational, Q&A sort of thing,” Roger Kennedy said recently. “We set up two telescopes and a spectroscope and a couple of tables with information about the sun.  We talk about the sun, how we use light in science and how the spectrum comes into play.”

The Kennedys will bring will bring free eclipse glasses that make it safe to look at the sun for participants at each class.

Both retired, Roger from teaching science and Linda as a librarian, the Kennedys are members of many l astronomy groups including the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, the New Mexico chapter of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project and Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach.

“We go around the country now doing solar education events,” Roger Kennedy said by phone from his home. “It just happens that we have an eclipse this year.”

The Kennedys were already sharing their love of the stars when NASA called.

“A couple of years back, the Goddard Flight Center contacted us and said their outreach funding was getting repurposed,” Kennedy said. “They asked if we’d like to partner with them and you don’t say no when NASA calls.”

Since then, more funding has come from nearby Sandia National Laboratories and other grants to buy additional equipment for classes.

“Most people look through the telescope, see a red ball and say ‘What’s that?’” Kennedy said. “I tell them that’s hydrogen, then we explain the phenomenon of the sun; most people have never really seen the sun.”

Kennedy said one event in Albuquerque drew a young couple with French accents. “They looked through the telescope and I start my spiel. They say ‘We know all about that, but we’ve never seen the sun before,’” Kennedy said. “Turned out they were from CERN, the particle accelerator in France. Two Ph.Ds in town talking at Sandia about subatomic particles and there I am talking about a big red ball.”

Doctorate or not, Kennedy said that after looking through the telescopes, one of the favorite activities of the classes is making bracelets of beads sensitive to ultraviolet light.

“We make the bracelets indoors and the beads don’t change colors,” he said. “Then we go outdoors and light that is invisible to us makes them change.”

The Kennedys’ connection to Sno-Isle Libraries comes through Stanwood Library Librarian Vicky Beatty.

“I worked with Linda Kennedy at the library in Albuquerque,” Beatty said. “We signed them up in 2014 and it was just fantastic. This year I got in touch and asked if they were interested again. They said, ‘Oh, sure, how many can we sign up for?’ They are truly incredible people.”

Fun with the sun

Sno-Isle Libraries has created a solar eclipse resource page ( ) with information about the coming solar eclipse, the sun and other astronomical tidbits.

Here are the eclipse classes scheduled at community libraries:

Lynnwood Library

  • Sunday, July 23, 1 p.m.

Monroe Library

  • Tuesday, July 25, 1 p.m.

Lake Stevens Library

  • Thursday, July 27, 1 p.m.

Marysville Library

  • Saturday, July 29, 1:30 p.m.

Mukilteo Library

  • Monday, July 31, 2 p.m.

Stanwood Library

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 1 p.m.

Coupeville Library

  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m.
    *Andy and Ruth Nielsen, Island County Astronomical Society

Darrington Library

  • Saturday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m.

Edmonds Library

  • Monday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.

Coupeville Library

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m.

Brier Library

  • Friday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m.

Clinton, Freeland and Langley libraries

  • Saturday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m.
    Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave.

Mill Creek Library

  • Sunday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m.

Snohomish Library

  • Monday, Aug. 21, 9:30 AM

Camano Island Library

  • Monday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.
    *Registration required

Mariner Library

  • Monday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.
    *Museum of Flight, “Suited for Space” at 10:30, registration required

Oak Harbor Library

  • Monday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m.
    *Island County Astronomical Society

Enlist a little help to get 'Beyond Bestsellers'

Originally published Jun. 28, 2017

Grisham, Koontz, Rowling, Steel …

Been there, read that.

For readers who may even have the t-shirt, too, Sno-Isle Libraries has just the thing to break out of the bestsellers rut.

“Readers are always looking for something new without having to wait in line,” said Michelle Callihan, Managing Librarian at the Granite Falls Library. “It’s good to get outside your comfort zone now and then, but sometimes we don’t know where to start.”

To help get the pages turning, Sno-Isle Libraries is enlisting its customers. The idea is to share favorite under-the-radar books as part of “Beyond Bestsellers,” the new community reading program that launches July 1 and runs through November.

“We’re inviting library customers to read along with us for the next five months as we discover new books,” Callihan said. “On the first of each month, we’ll explore a different theme, post reading suggestions on our ‘Bibliofiles’ blog and encourage customers to share their favorite titles.”

July’s theme is “Mysteries,” followed by “True Stories” in August, “Westerns” in September, “Horror” in October (“Of course,” says Callihan) and finishing up with Graphic Novels in November.

On the 15th of each month, Callihan and other library staff members will post comments, follow up with readers and share more information about what makes each theme unique.

“Each month, we will ask participants to create a list using the new catalog with 5-10 books they would suggest for each theme,” Callihan said. “Lists completed during the month may be featured on the blog on the last day of the month. Customers can vote for favorite lists by clicking the heart icon at the top of any list.”

The ability to create and share lists is a feature of the Sno-Isle Libraries online catalog launched this past winter. There are instructions on how to create lists. Participants should also be aware of all privacy settings in the catalog and that shared lists will be viewable by others.

“Readers should start a list title with ‘Beyond Bestsellers’ and then a subtitle,” Callihan said. “For example, if I create a list of cozy mysteries, I might title it ‘Beyond Bestsellers: Cozy Mysteries.’”

Registration to participate in “Beyond Bestsellers,” is free and online. Use the library’s Ask Us, Tell Us feature for questions and comments.


Sno-Isle Libraries closed July 4

Originally published Jun. 28, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Regular hours will resume Wednesday, July 5. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries to exhibit at Seattle Small Business Expo

Originally published Jun. 28, 2017

Seattle Small Business Expo drew thousands of attendees in 2016.

Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing its business support services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the region.

“We’ll be at the Seattle Small Business Expo on July 13,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Attendance is free, but registration is recommended.

“We’ll be talking about our free Business Pros classes and demonstrating some of the free resources available through the library such as AtoZdatabases” Rodeheaver said. “We’ll also be answering on-the-fly market-research questions.”

And, registering people for library cards.

“Even if someone doesn’t live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, they are likely eligible for our card,” Rodeheaver said. The library district includes most of Snohomish and Island counties, but state residents who live in any area that financially supports a public library of its own are eligible for a free Sno-Isle Libraries card.

“Last year, we ended up being one of the most popular booths at the Expo,” Rodeheaver said. “Small-business owners were just blown away by the free resources they could access with their library cards. We regularly were 2-3 people deep and had people waiting to talk to us.”

Sno-Isle Libraries identifies support for entrepreneurs and small-business owners as a strategic priority. The idea is relatively new, but catching on. Rodeheaver presented the library district’s efforts at the 2017 South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Along with Jay Lyman from Seattle Public Library, Rodeheaver spoke about how to use library resources for market analysis.

The Seattle Small Business Expo is a day-long conference and trade show. The event includes free business-critical workshops and programs and more than 100 booths, demos and brand exhibits. The headliner is Bill Walsh, founder and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation, “The 7 Keys to Build a 7-Figure Business.”

Thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are expected from across the Seattle metropolitan area.

Learn the write stuff in new class series

Originally published Jun. 27, 2017

Summer is a great time to read a good book.

How about writing one?

For the second year in a row, local writing and publishing experts are teaching dozens of classes on how to write, revise and publish that book that’s bottled up inside your head.

“In 2016, we presented 31 classes in our first ‘Write Now,’ series,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s services at Sno-Isle Libraries, which is sponsoring the classes. “The participants said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.”

That first round attracted more than 200 attendees and brought comments such as, “It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,” and “… it was relieving to discover I’m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.” 

And those attendees said they wanted more. More classes and more often.

“This year, we’ve lined up 46 classes that will run from July 11 to Dec. 4,” Parker said. All the classes are free and subjects range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. “We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,” she said.

Camille Griep is scheduled to kick-off the series with “Breaking the Rules of Writing 101” at 6 p.m., July 11 at the Granite Falls Library.

“I start by talking about all things you hear from agents; what authors should do and shouldn’t ever do,” said Griep, a published author and editor of “Easy Street,” a literary magazine. “Then we discuss why authors break the rules, why it works and doesn’t drive readers crazy. We use real world examples.”

Some attendees will come with their manuscript and a problem, Griep said, adding, “It can become a collaborative brainstorming session.”

Building a supportive community around writers is key to good writing, she said.

“It’s a myth that writers sit around in the basement with a whiskey bottle,” Griep said. “I’ve learned that having a writing community around you is really important. It becomes harder to put down your project and say nobody cares. Accountability is good.”

A number of the classes are focused on what it takes to get published with tips coming from the likes of Beth Jusino and Terry Persun.

Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of The Author's Guide to Marketing. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers’ conferences across the country.

Jusino’s class, “You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices ,” will take a look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models.  Jusino is also presenting a second class, “Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers,” where attendees will walk through a 46-point checklist of things to look for in their own work, from first draft to final layout.

Persun will teach “Get Published, Stay Published.” A prolific author and presence on Amazon, Persun’s class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. “Writing, like any other art, requires skill and creativity,” Persun says and attendees will hear the five specific things that can help writers get into the game and stay there.

Parker said she is excited about the opportunities for writers in the range of subjects and the expertise of presenters in this year’s “Write Now” series.

“We know that writers almost always start out as big readers and that readers often want to be writers,” Parker said. “Whether you’re struggling with page one or you have a full manuscript in your hands, be it fiction, children’s, nonfiction, or if you just want to write your family’s history, there’s a session for you.” 

Due to space limitations, some events require registration and are underlined in the online events calendar.

Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications

Originally published Jun. 23, 2017


The Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking a Snohomish County resident to fill one library trustee position to complete a partial term expiring Dec. 31, 2019.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Sno-lsle Libraries, an intercounty rural library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The Board sets library policies, reviews and approves the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the Library District. The Board is established under the laws of the State of Washington. Trustees represent the Library District to the community and advocate for the Library District at the local and state level.

Applicants must be a resident of Snohomish County and be committed to the principle and philosophy of a tax-supported public library. Additionally, Trustees are expected to support the mission of the Library District "to be a community doorway to reading, resources, and lifelong learning, and to be a center for people, ideas and culture."

Applications are due no later than Friday, July 28, 2017, to Jessica Hanaumi, Sno-lsle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98271. Applications will be evaluated and the selected candidate must be approved by the Snohomish County Council.

For additional information about the Board of Trustees, to request an application, or to request any assistance in completing the nomination form because of a disability, please contact Jessica Hanaumi at 360-651-7002.

Business experts offer the secrets to your success

Originally published Jun. 7, 2017

While imitation may be sincerely flattering, it can also be actually profitable.

For the up-and-coming businessperson, the trick can be in finding someone worth imitating. To get over that hump, Sno-Isle Libraries has put together a list of successful people who are sharing their secrets. For free.

“It’s called ‘Business Pros: Expert Help to Start or Grow Your Business,’” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. “We are partnering with business owners who have expertise on a range of topics to present workshops, classes and lectures at our community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties.”

In addition to listing all the Business Pros classes on the Sno-Isle Libraries website, Rodeheaver also launched a page on for the Business Pros series.

“Meetup is a great place to find resources and support,” Rodeheaver said. There are 58 upcoming events listed on the “Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries” Meetup page which already has 144 followers.

The goal, Rodeheaver said, is to help would-be entrepreneurs, as well as current business owners, develop new skills to help them launch or grow a business.

“Strengthening the local economy is a strategic priority for Sno-Isle Libraries,” Rodeheaver said. “One way we can do that is by inviting those who have business knowledge to share it with the community.”

This is the third time Rodeheaver has put together such a spectrum of business-related classes. “Just like a good business, we listened to our customers and made adjustments,” she said. “I’m very excited about the high-level of expertise available.”

While classes will run through December, Rodeheaver said there is a strong lineup this month. “We have everything from the essentials of starting a business to social-media marketing to how to unclutter your desk,” Rodeheaver said.

Business Pros classes for June are:

Business start-up essentials

Do you have an exciting idea for a new business or want to expand on an existing one, but don't have any idea where to start?  Taking that first step can be the most rewarding and the most terrifying all at the same time!

  • Thursday, June 8
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Mariner Library

Purge paper, conquer piles, create files

Are you feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed by paper piles on your desk? Are you wasting time looking for important documents? Learn how to organize your office embracing the 5S philosophy, including appropriate office tools, creating a paper flow, scanning documents and creating simple paper file systems.

  • Thursday, June 8
  • 6 p.m.
  • Brier Library

Social media marketing for creative professionals

Creative professionals need to become an expert in reaching their audiences, but social media can appear overwhelming. This class will help you cut through the online maze to choose where and how to promote your business.

  • Friday, June 9
  • 8 a.m.
  • Arlington Library

Turning shares into sales: An intro to social media marketing

Learn how to successfully market your small business on social media in just one hour! Get an introduction to the top social media platforms, who uses them, for what, and which one will drive the most customers to you. 

  • Saturday, June 10
  • 10 a.m.
  • Langley Library

Are you ready to start a business?

We will talk about what it takes to start a business, discussing resources, character qualities, support systems, and things to consider when choosing what product or service to provide or franchise to purchase.

  • Saturday, June 17
  • 11 a.m.
  • Stanwood Library

Create your own website

Do you have an exciting idea for a new business or want to expand on an existing one, but don't have any idea where to start?  Taking that first step can be the most rewarding and the most terrifying all at the same time!

  • Thursday, June 22
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Mariner Library

Financing your business: Where's the money?

One of the keys to a successful business is your ability to obtain and secure appropriate financing in a timely manner. This workshop will cover the loan program eligibility requirements and credit criteria to accommodate a wide range of financing needs. 

  • Tuesday, June 27
  • 5 p.m.
  • Granite Falls Library

Get clear on your priorities for your business  

Working harder does not always equal more success. We will work through five key strategies to help you become more focused and productive.

  • Wednesday, June 28
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Mountlake Terrace Library

Essential step-by-steps to successful internet marketing  

Do not miss out on the powerful business results that an effective Internet marketing strategy can afford. From establishing your initial keyword strategy to leveraging social media to promote content online all the way through to analyzing and refining your strategies.

  • Thursday, June 29
  • 5 p.m.
  • Mariner Library

For more information, contact Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017,

'Explore Summer: Build a Better World' is underway

Originally published Jun. 1, 2017

Summer is time for activities and Sno-Isle Libraries is chock full of opportunities for kids and teens to build, create, read and have fun.

For 2017, the Explore Summer theme is “Build a Better World” and all 22 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties have lined up a summer’s worth of activities for children and tweens/teens, said Leslie Moore, children's and outreach services manager for Sno-Isle Libraries.

“Sno-Isle Libraries is the perfect place to help your imagination take off,” Moore said. “Join us at any of the community libraries or online for books, movies, music, activities and a whole lot of fun.”

Books and reading are central to Explore Summer: Build a Better World. Studies show that students who take part in summer reading significantly improve their reading skills and are more ready when they return to school in the fall.

Part of Explore Summer is a reading challenge that allows participants to earn free books. The challenge has four steps:

  1. Register at
  2. Track 10 hours of reading on a printable reading log or online
  3. Win! Show the completed log, either paper or online, to a library staff member and then choose a free book.
  4. Keep reading to “Build a Better World.” For every additional 10 hours logged, participants earn a vote for something new at a Sno-Isle Libraries community library of their choice.

“In addition to great books and the reading challenge, we have fun, free programs for kids and teens all summer long to keep them engaged in the joy of learning,” Moore said. “They’re all listed on the Explore Summer calendar online.”

Here are a few of those programs:


Isaac Peterson and The Reptile Man, Scott Petersen, will bring some of the reptiles such as snakes, alligators and tortoises from the Reptile Zoo in Monroe.


Build a bridge using K'nex and learn how to get from here to there.

Wired Up

Staff members from the Pacific Science Center will help participants explore electricity.


From Prof. Fickelstein's Physics Phactory exploring Isaac Newton's three Laws of Motion utilizing physical comedy, mime, music, magic and sound effects to building roller coasters and creating cardboard cars powered by balloons.


Sno-Isle Libraries is all about the Minecraft video game, from introductory sessions to bring-it-on tournaments.

And, for those who can’t make it to a community library, there is Explore Summer – DIY. Print out one of these do-it-yourself activities such as making a paper house, a drum, or story quilt.

Besides the reading challenge and activities, Sno-Isle Libraries staff members have developed reading categories and lists as jumping-off points for young readers.  “We also want children and teens to just enjoy reading and have the fun of exploring and learning,” Moore said.

The Explore Summer booklist categories for children includes:

  • Global Citizens: Learn more about the many cultures and people of the world
  • How We Live: Does your school or home look different from other kids in your neighborhood or around the globe?
  • Makers & Tinkerers:  Are you a maker? Do you love to tinker? Check out one of these books and get to work!
  • STEM: Science activities, experiments and fiction
  • Young Writers & Cartoonists: Learn from authors, illustrators and comic book artists how to create a story or cartoon this summer.
  • The Stories We Tell: Folktales and fairy tales from around the world

Booklist categories for teens include:

  • Build a Better World with Graphic Novels
  • Inspirational Nonfiction
  • Build a Better World with Teen Fiction
  • The Everett Public Schools 2017 Summer Reading Adventure

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 is coming Nov. 4

Originally published Jun. 1, 2017

Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, welcomes a speaker to the stage at the 2016 event. Speaker nominations for 2017 are open June 3-11. Photo gallery

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

Changes are in store for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in 2017.

In 2015, Sno-Isle Libraries crossed its organizational fingers and launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. In 2016, the tremendous success and support from the inaugural effort propelled even greater community interest. The reserved seating was snapped up in the first 30 hours of availability.

So what’s up for 2017?

“We’re going to try some new things,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “The event will be at Kamiak High School in the Mukilteo School District and the program will be a bit shorter, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, a Saturday afternoon.”

Registration for the free event will open this fall. Speaker nominations are accepted June 3-11.

The two previous TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events were all-day Friday affairs at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA).

Moving to a Saturday will allow attendance by those who couldn’t come on a work day, Harvey said. An afternoon schedule means attendees will have time for other activities that day.

The 2017 event also will feature more interaction between attendees and the speakers.

“TEDx is a powerful format to share ideas. Audience members get energized and want to ask questions of the speakers,” Harvey said. “We’re going to use the classrooms at Kamiak to create spaces for audience members and the speakers to continue sharing ideas.”

The popular IdeaLab will be back, with space for interactive, informational and display opportunities.

“TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was always envisioned as an event that not only represents the vibrancy of the entire library district, but would also physically move to different locations in Snohomish and Island counties,” Harvey said of the venue change.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events in 2015 and 2016 were terrific successes, Harvey said.

 “We’re thankful for the wonderful support provided by ECA, the City of Edmonds and the entire Edmonds community,” he said. “The audience and experience built with the help of ECA leadership and staff is invaluable and allows TEDxSnoIsleLibraries to continue to meet its goals and those of the library district.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries aligns with Sno-Isle Libraries priorities of building civic engagement and addressing community issues, he said.

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory has noted that Sno-Isle Libraries is all about ideas and that TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is, in essence, a library without walls.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 speaker nominations open June 3-11

Originally published Jun. 1, 2017

Harshu Musunari stands on the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries stage in 2016.
Photo gallery

Speak up at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

Alone on a stage, standing on a red rug under blinding lights, exposing your ideas to an audience of hundreds and video cameras sending your words and image around the globe.

If that doesn’t sound like a nightmare, you might be interested in applying to be a speaker at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017. Or, interested in nominating someone you know. Online nominations may be submitted June 3-11.

“Our theme this year is ‘Sharing Our Future,’” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

The event is scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, but successful candidates shouldn’t expect to just show up at noon, check out the green room and go on stage.  Harvey stressed that being a TEDx speaker requires more commitment, but also brings more personal value, than most public speaking engagements.

“We typically think of the audience as being impacted by TEDx talks, but the experience is also transformational for the speakers,” Harvey said.

Applications are carefully reviewed and initial interviews scheduled with potential speakers. Even after being selected, a speaker may be counseled on taking a different approach to the subject. And then comes the coaching.

“We assign a coach to each speaker candidate,” Harvey said. “The speaker and the coach work in regular sessions over the months leading up to the event to hone the presentation.”

Jeff Ericson spoke at the 2015 event about the future of social enterprise, something he knows about as president of Camano Island Coffee Co. and the work he does with small coffee growers in poor countries.

“My advice for anyone that’s going to do a TEDx is just jump in and embrace the whole experience,” Ericson said following his experience. “The process before the speech is really where all the lessons and the learning came from.”

Sno-Isle Libraries closed May 29

Originally published May. 23, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 30. See locations & hours.

Marysville Library hosts TechFest 2017

Originally published May. 22, 2017

LEFT: The Oculus Rift virtual reality system includes goggles for a 3D experience.  RIGHT: WSU Engineering Club President Mitch Elder pilots the Mars rover.   Photo gallery

Virtual reality goggles, 3D printing and a rover designed to operate on Mars were just some of the technological marvels on display at Marysville Library.

“TechFest 2017: Trending Technology” on May 20 was the library’s second annual celebration of technology-aided creativity and collaboration.

The event included a demonstration of the Mars rover built by students in the engineering club at the WSU North Puget Sound at Everett. The rover placed second in the 2016 worldwide competition and is scheduled to compete again June 1-2 in the University Rover Competition.

Younger attendees got their hands on LEGO Wee-Do robots, LEGO Mindstorm and Ozobots. Others lined up to see a 3D world through Oculus Rift and other 3D goggles and systems. Members of SnoCo Makerspace were on hand with a 3D printing demonstration. Representatives from Marysville Makers were also on hand.

A panel discussion on aspects of robotics was streamed live on Facebook. Panelists included Jeff Lynass, club adviser for the Lake Stevens Robotics Club and speaker at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016; Annette  Floyd, Student Achievement and Initiatives Manager, Everett Community College; Pat Burnett, Engineering Department Head, STEM Division, Edmonds Community College; and Mitch Elder, President of the Engineering Club at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett. The panel moderator was Marysville Library librarian Mark Barnett.

While TechFest is an annual event at Marysville Library, all Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries host a variety of technology-related classes throughout the year.

School officials honor Sno-Isle Libraries, Lake Stevens Library

Originally published May. 22, 2017

Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook, school district Food and Nutrition Manager Mollie Langum, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory at the Washington Association of School Administrators Region 109 recognition event on May 11. Langum received the group's Student Achievement Leadership Award.

Sno-Isle Libraries and the Lake Stevens Library have been honored by the Washington Association of School Administrators Region 109.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and Lake Stevens Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson at a May 11 luncheon in Everett to honor educators and community leaders.

“It is an honor to be recognized by public school officials who are so dedicated to students and our communities,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Sno-Isle Libraries was cited as an integral partner of Lake Stevens School District, supporting early learning programs as well as private child-care centers and preschools in the community. The Lake Stevens Library hosts community programs that engage participants in a variety of activities focused on literacy, education, economics and civics.

“We appreciate Sno-Isle’s efforts to expand our local library facility and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come,” said Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook. 

The Lake Stevens Library is one of 22 community libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries library district that serve nearly 750,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and includes online options and Library on Wheels.

Each year the school administrators group hosts a regional event to honor educators and community leaders. Region 109 includes administrators from Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, South Whidbey, Stanwood-Camano and Sultan school districts.?


Hands-on learning with worms

Originally published May. 19, 2017

Alexa Dahl, 6, of Everett gingerly picks out a worm to put into her take-home worm farm at the Snohomish Library on Friday, May 12. Dahl and about 20 other children learned about soil and composting, plants and the environment while building their own worm farms. The children also helped plant flowers in a bed on the north side of the library. The event was supported by The Snohomish Garden Club and The Friends of the Snohomish Library.

Doug Ramsay photo,

Published in The Tribune Newspaper


'The 100 Year Miracle' spawns Whidbey Reads programs

Originally published May. 17, 2017


ABOVE: Tattoo expert Krysteen Lomonaco of Mehndi Madness presents the history, tradition and art of tattooing, followed by the application of henna tattoos for program participants in April at Coupeville Library. Photo gallery

BELOW: Ashley Ream is author of “The 100 Year Miracle” and interviewed recently by Langley Library staff member Kaley Costello for a post on Sno-Isle Libraries “BiblioFiles” blog.

“Whidbey Reads” is about bringing a community together around a book.

The common experience of reading, discussing and perhaps meeting the author becomes a thread in the fabric of a community. That thread can become a whole closet full of experiences when the book resonates with daily life in that community as does “The 100 Year Miracle”  by Seattle-based author Ashley Ream.

Whidbey Reads usually includes several book-group meetings and perhaps a few additional programs before culminating with a meet-the-author event. This year, Sno-Isle Libraries staff members were inspired to create an extensive series of events exploring the rich images and themes used by Ream to weave her story.

Jane Lopez-Santillana, assistant managing librarian at Oak Harbor Library, said the book’s themes include ecology, respect for native traditions and lore, chronic illness, alternative medicines and the potential for discovery of cures in nature. All of that and, mystery, personal intrigue and tragedy.

Some of the Whidbey Reads events include:

  • A demonstration henna tattoos and the history of tattoos
  • Blending therapeutic herbal tea
  • Traditional Native American foods
  • Native American stories
  • Bioluminescence in nature
  • Understanding microbes
  • The underwater world of the Salish Sea
  • Alternative pain management
  • Multiple book discussion meetings

And, there will be two opportunities to meet author Ream:

  • 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 Highway 525, Freeland.
  • 2 p.m., Thursday, June 8, Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor.

Both events are free and books sales and signing will be available. The Oak Harbor Library event will be streamed live to Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook page.

Whidbey Reads 2017 is a collaborative effort between Sno-Isle Libraries, Whidbey Island Friends of the Library groups and volunteers from each community on Whidbey Island.  Other partners include Skagit Valley College, Best Western Plus Oak Harbor Hotel & Conference Center, The Book Rack, and Moonraker Books.

Upgrade work to close Edmonds Library for one day

Originally published May. 9, 2017

The Edmonds Library will close for one day on Thursday, May 25, for work that will rearrange the customer service area and add new computers and new computer desks. On the closure day, library staff will be in the lobby to help customers pick up items they have on hold.  

The Edmonds Library is going to spruce things up a bit, but the work will require a one-day closure.

“The library will be closed on Thursday, May 25,” said Managing Librarian Richard Suico. “We will have staff members in the lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help customers pick up the items they have on hold.”

The work will focus primarily on customer services areas and add new computers and new desks in the public computing area.

In the customer service area, the stand-alone reference desk will be incorporated into the current main service desk area. Desks for express checkout computers will be added along with computers for issuing library cards. Part of all that work will include new shelving for items that are on hold for customers.

New computers will be installed in the heavily used public computing area. The Friends of the Edmonds Library are stepping up to cover the cost of new desks for the new computers. “We’re very thankful for the support the Friends of the Library provides for customers,” Suico said.

Some additional, not-so-visible work will occur during the closure, too. Power outlets and computer cabling will be added to facilitate the new and repositioned computer. In the staff area, storage space will be renovated to make it more efficient.

While main library space will be closed, staff members will be on hand working in the lobby, use the time to inventory items on the shelves and performing other tasks.

“It may be a day off for our customers, but we’ll be there and very busy,” Suico said. The library will reopen on Friday, May 26.

'Bookworms' dive into pizza at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary

Originally published Apr. 28, 2017

Third-graders at Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School have pizza on April 28 as part of their reward for winning the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Third-Grade Reading Challenge.

Party gallery - Reading challenge finals gallery - Finals video

What do Bookworms eat?

Pizza and cake.

At least, that’s what they eat when they’re third-graders from Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School and part of the winning team in the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge.

On Friday, April 28, the goodies arrived at the school library, courtesy of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. They were delivered by Monica Jackson, children's librarian at the Lake Stevens Library, and Karin Thomsen, children's librarian at the Lynnwood Library.

Mt. Pilchuck Principal Christine Larson, librarian Linda Mauer, third-grade teacher Lisa Holland and para-educator Susan Kent participated in the event.

More than 40 students from Mt. Pilchuck Elementary in the Lake Stevens School District were part of the 2017 reading challenge. Participants read six books and then test their knowledge in a verbal, quiz-style test. More than 1,300 students on 194 teams from 50 schools across Snohomish and Island counties took part this year.

The winning Mt. Pilchuck team, self-named “Bookworms,” made it through semi-final competitions at the school and district level on their way to the finals on March 30 in Mukilteo. The Bookworms faced -off against six other teams and won the title on a tiebreaker question.

This is the second time a team from Mt. Pilchuck has won the reading challenge. The school took its first title in 2015.

The reading challenge encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills. The program is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and the Northwest Literacy Foundation. 

Ceremony honors Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers

Originally published Apr. 24, 2017

The volunteer awards event took place Saturday, April 22, at the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center in Marysville. Photo gallery 

Applications for Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers are being accepted now.

Nearly 700 Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers contributed almost 23,000 hours in 2016 to help customers and their communities.

Thirty-six volunteers earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their efforts. On April 22, 2017, those awards were presented during a ceremony at the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center in Marysville.

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Marti Anamosa welcomed the volunteers in attendance along with their friends and families. Executive 
Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory in her remarks acknowledged the Sno-Isle Libraries nominees for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.
The 2017 award recipients, nominees and the location they work are:

- Linda Patterson*, Mountlake Terrace Library

- Kristen  Macaluso, Lynnwood Library
- Hedy Shiu*, Lynnwood Library
- Anthony Le, Mountlake Terrace Library
- David Benjamin Ochoa, Mountlake Terrace Library
- Andrea Vernon*, Service Center

- Dan Clark, Camano Island Library
- Helen Kinsella, Coupeville Library
- Kelly Smith, Edmonds Library
- Shirley Vanderbilt, Edmonds Library
- Gail Lajo, Freeland Library
- Bryan Beecken, Lynnwood Library
- Bonnie  Gerken*, Lynnwood Library
- Jean Minsky, Lynnwood Library
- Trish Motyl-Hruby, Mill Creek Library
- Chris Cannon, Mountlake Terrace Library
- Kevin Kleinecke, Mountlake Terrace Library
- Linda McCann, Mountlake Terrace Library
- Richard McGee, Mountlake Terrace Library
- Elizabeth Coxen, Monroe Library
- Bonnie  Drake, Monroe Library
- Michael Gantala, Monroe Library
- Amber Helman, Monroe Library
- Deborah Kyle, Monroe Library
- Randi Grossman, Mukilteo Library
- Huey-Jong (Amy) Liaw, Mukilteo Library
- David Wachob, Mukilteo Library
- Lillian VanWey, Oak Harbor Library
- Frances Ball, Service Center
- Jeffrey DePue, Service Center
- Denise  Nordland, Service Center
- Lyric Crane*, Snohomish Library
- Laura Lewis, Stanwood Library
- Shirley Snavely, Stanwood Library
- Samantha Sommers, Stanwood Library
- Teri Towle, Stanwood Library
*Governor’s Service Award nominee

Governor’s Service Award nominees
- George Winters, Darrington Library
- Bridget Wisniewski, Darrington Library
- Sue Norman,  Oak Harbor Library
- Zach Furney, Service Center
- Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, Edmonds Library

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