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Sno-Isle Libraries seeks public comment on future library buildings

Originally published Oct. 7, 2015

Open houses slated in five locations and online 

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Sno-Isle Libraries will host five open houses from Oct. 14-27, to hear from the public whether, and how, community library buildings should change.  

The tax-supported district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. Residents are invited to attend one of the following open houses to help shape the future of their library system:

People who can’t make one of the in-person open houses can join the conversation through an online open house that will run from Oct. 12-Nov. 6 at

Population growth in formerly rural areas may warrant the construction of additional libraries, said Director of Facilities Jeanne Crisp. Changes in services and people’s needs are also driving the district’s 10-year planning process, she added.

“The popularity of downloadable eBooks and movies means there is less need to store print books and DVDs,” said Crisp. “At the same time, many customers want access to public computers, printers and other technology; meeting rooms and study spaces; even small-business centers and maker-spaces.”

Community input will be used along with analysis of population and demographic trends and library usage to develop facilities recommendations. The final facility report will be presented to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in March. For more information, visit

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees seeks Island County candidate

Originally published Oct. 6, 2015

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill one position for a seven-year term. Only residents of Island County are eligible to apply, and preference will be given to residents of Camano Island. The application deadline is Oct. 30, 2015.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is the governing body for the Sno-Isle Libraries, a district that serves Snohomish and Island Counties. The board decides on policies, sets the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the district.Trustees represent the Library District to the community and advocate for the district at the local and state level.

Click for information on trustee position qualifications, an application form, and the Code of Conduct

Sno-Isle Libraries joins in Great Shakeout earthquake awareness effort

Originally published Sep. 28, 2015

Shake Out graphics

Sno-Isle Libraries will taking part in the Great Washington Shakeout on Oct. 15, a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes. It is part of “the world’s largest earthquake drill.”

On that morning, customers visiting many of its community libraries will be invited to take part in a “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” drill.

Disaster book displays, posters, and emergency preparation literature are available in the libraries. The library district’s online earthquake disaster resource page,, features suggested books on the subject, quick links to other online resources, and a news feed of the latest earthquake stories.

A special program, “Whidbey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect, How to Prepare,” will be presented at Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave., 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and at Langley Library, 104 2nd St., at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. It will feature a documentary produced by Whidbey Island’s 4-H video club for the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, followed by a question and answer session.  

Sno-Isle Libraries to present Oct. 8 'save our youth' forum on sex trafficking

Originally published Sep. 24, 2015

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Victims of the sex trade in the North Puget Sound will be the focus of an Oct. 8 public forum in Lynnwood.

Trafficking: Saving our youth from the sex trade” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., on the Edmonds Community College campus. The event is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series. 

Moderator will be Tim Matsui, director of "The Long Night," a film set in Seattle that gives voice to minors who are coerced into the American sex trade. The documentary weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by the issue.

“Sex trafficking is not just a big-city problem,” said Chuck Pratt, head of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter team.

“By one recent estimate, 250 girls and women work as prostitutes in Snohomish County, where the hotline to report sex trafficking received 93 calls over a nine-month span,” he said. “The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that one in six endangered runaways reported to them are likely sex trafficking victims.”

During the forum, a panel of experts will discuss the extent of victimization in the region, how communities can support survivors of sex trafficking, and what can be done to prevent youth from being exploited.

Panelists will include:

The program is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and hosted by Lynnwood Library. More information, including library resources and links related to the topic, is available at


For more information, contact: 
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,
Tim Matsui, Filmmaker/Moderator, 206-409-3069,

Libraries schedule 'Raising of America' film showing, dialogues

Originally published Sep. 21, 2015

Raising of America graphicsCommunity dialogues about early childhood, part of the national Raising of America campaign, will be presented on Oct. 7 at Camano Island Library and Oct. 27 at Mountlake Terrace Library. Both programs will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.

The library events, hosted by the Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition will start with a 30-minute excerpt from the documentary series “Raising of America.” The five-part series will be broadcast on PBS this fall. It will explore such questions as: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?

More information about the campaign is available online at

Volunteer practices English with people from other countries (Daily Herald)

Originally published Sep. 18, 2015

TechtoberFest coming to Lynnwood Library Oct. 10

Originally published Sep. 17, 2015

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On Oct. 10, Lynnwood Library will showcase the hardware and software that are available free to the public in its Creative Tech Center. Those tools can be used for everything from making movies to converting old VHS tapes to digital video, from printing resumes to learning computer programming.

TechtoberFest will take place 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, 19200 44th Ave. W.

Activities will include:

  • an iMac photo booth to showcase the green screen, iMacs, and Adobe Creative Suite;
  • a demonstration of how to use the digital media conversion lab;
  • a Microsoft Office template tutorial to show how customers can use templates for projects such as resumes, letters, and flyers;
  • informational displays of the tabletop photography studio and children's iPads;
  • Makey Makey and Ozobots for tweens and teens to learn about conductivity and programming
  • a scavenger hunt, trivia, and QR codes to provide additional information about the digital literacy resources available online  to all Sno-Isle Libraries customers.

Participants will be given USB drives if they finish four of five core activities (iMac Photo Booth, Media Conversion Station demo, Microsoft Office template tutorial, scavenger hunt, and trivia). People will be given a raffle ticket for each core activity completed, each ticket good for a chance to win a $25 Best Buy gift card.

For information about Sno-Isle Libraries’ Creative Tech Centers at both Lynnwood and Marysville libraries, visit

Customers can also make an appointment for individual technology instruction using Sno-Isle Libraries’ Book-a-Librarian service. For details, visit or contact any Sno-Isle community library.

Electronic materials downloading problem is fixed

Originally published Sep. 14, 2015

Some library customers experienced difficulty accessing and/or downloading electronic content from the OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library services. The problem has been resolved; we are sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

-- Nancy Messenger, Collection Development Manager

Libraries to serve as National Voter Registration Day sites Sept. 22

Originally published Sep. 14, 2015

In conjunction with National Voter Registration Day, the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County will staff six libraries where voters can register on Sept. 22,  including Sno-Isle Libraries locations in Mill Creek, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mukilteo. 

Among those who can benefit are people who have just turned 18, recently changed address, or are new residents of Washington. 

League members will be available at registration tables at the following locations:

  • Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway, from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Avenue W, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., from 3 to 8 p.m.
  • Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Evergreen Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett from 3 to 7 p.m.

There will also be registration at Northwest Indian College, 7707 36th Ave NW in Tulalip, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information about registration and candidates visit and

Camano Island Library to dedicate sculpture Sept. 26

Originally published Sep. 11, 2015

Camano sculpture Pillar of Wisdom

The Camano Island Library will dedicate “Pillar of Wisdom,” a Columbian basalt outdoor public sculpture crafted by artist Josh Henrie, on Sept. 26 at the library.

The celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. will include light refreshments and a dedication ceremony at 2:15 p.m. The public is invited.

Henrie, a carver for more than 20 years, was born and raised in Bellingham. His pieces reflect local themes.

“Just like the coast, my sculptures are rugged, tough, graceful, smooth and worn down, giving the viewer a chance to follow the journey of the stone as it is brought to life,” said Henrie. 

As a tribute to the new library building, which opened on Aug. 1, the sculpture was made possible by donations from the Camano Island Library Friends, the Citizens for a Camano Library, and 66 individual contributors. 

This is the first of seven pieces of that will be installed at the library, all made possible by donations. Each piece will be dedicated and permanently placed in the library. The deadline for the second call for art submissions is Sept. 15. Information is online at

Library hosts 'Read and Rock' concerts for kids, caregivers

Originally published Sep. 11, 2015

During a series of free fall concerts presented by Sno-Isle Libraries, celebrated musicians will share fun ways to get kids ready to read.

Performers will be Caspar Babypants, Marco Cortes, Charlie Hope, Nancy Stewart and Gansango Music & Dance. It’s an exciting lineup, said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for the library district.

“Singing is one of the Ready Readers five practices essential to early literacy. Singing is not only fun, it’s a natural way to learn language and boost vocabulary,” said Feldman. “The other ways that caregivers can help kids learn to read are talking to them, reading aloud, practicing drawing and writing, and playing with them.”

The concerts are designed to appeal to children five and under, as well as their parents and other caregivers. The musicians and their concert information are:


Caspar Babypant

Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants is the stage name of children's music artist Chris Ballew, who is also widely known as the singer of The Presidents of the United States of America.

Camano Island Library: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

Lynnwood Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

Mukilteo Library: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

Clinton Community Hall:  6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.  



Marco Cortes

Marco Cortes

Marco Cortes is a Chilean-born teacher of music and Spanish whose music speaks of different Latin American cultures.

Stanwood Library: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

Edmonds Library: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

Marysville Library: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28

Granite Falls Library: 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5

Sultan Library: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19  



Charlie Hope

Charlie Hope

Charlie Hope is a singer-songwriter whose “I’m Me!” CD has won top honors at the Independent Music Awards, with Best Album & Best Song for 2009.

Oak Harbor Library: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

Darrington Library: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

Monroe Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24

South Whidbey Park: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Lake Stevens Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1




Gansango Music & Dance

Gansango Music & Dance draws on the stunning talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa.

Snohomish Library: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12



Nancy Stewart has won national and local awards for her songwriting and children's recordings, and been honored by the Washington Library Association.

Nancy Stewart

Nancy Stewart

Coupeville Library: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

Brier Library: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30

Arlington Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7

Mill Creek Library: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Mountlake Terrace Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

Hand-in-Hand Head Start: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 


More viewing sites added for Nov. 6 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

Originally published Sep. 3, 2015

With the main venue for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries already full, 10 community library viewing sites have been added for the Nov. 6 event. 

“The registration response has been amazing. Both the formal theater and casual viewing seats at the Edmonds Center for the Arts have been spoken for,” said TEDx organizer and Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey.

“We have set up simulcast viewing sites for that Friday to accommodate the tremendous interest," he said. “People there will be able to watch the talks in real time, connect with other attendees, and discuss what they have heard.”

The event will be simulcast to libraries at Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, and Snohomish.

Anyone interested in attending a library viewing group should register online at

People can also go to that Web page to get on the waitlist for Edmonds Center for the Arts seats.

The day-long event, “Creating New Futures,” will feature speakers from the region and beyond who have “ideas worth spreading.”

Speakers and performers will be announced at, via TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Twitter and on the Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook page, Harvey added.

“TEDx is known for inspirational presentations by high-caliber speakers,” he said. “Our audiences, wherever they are, won’t be disappointed.”

TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. It is the name of a non-profit foundation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED conferences and TED Talks have become a global phenomenon. 

TEDx events are local independently organized under license from TED. Some of the best TEDx presentations are featured on and garner millions of views.

TED and TEDx events are often filled to capacity. The solution has been to offer live group viewing at alternate locations, Harvey said.

 “In our case, people may also find it more convenient to travel to their community library,” he said. “Plus, children are welcome in the libraries while the main venue is restricted to audience members age 14 and older.” 

Langley Library advisory board position open

Originally published Sep. 2, 2015

A Langley City resident with an interest in libraries and community service is invited to submit a brief letter of interest in joining the Langley Library advisory board. Meetings are quarterly (the first Tuesdays of March, June, September, and December) at 4 p.m., each lasting about 90 minutes. The board members are appointed by the Langley Mayor and charged to advise the Mayor and City Council on library facility issues. Persons interested in serving a three-year term may submit a brief letter of interest/intent to the Langley City Clerk at  

Sno-Isle librarian to help businesses with research (Herald Business Journal)

Originally published Aug. 24, 2015

‘Take a Closer Look’ at Stanwood Library (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Aug. 12, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries schedule Sept. 7-8 closure for holiday, training

Originally published Aug. 11, 2015

Sarah book on headIn addition to being closed on Labor Day, Sept. 7, Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sept. 8 so that employees can attend a day of in-service training.

The Monday-Tuesday closure affects the district’s 21 community libraries and Library on Wheels. Online services will remain available through the website

“Providing outstanding library service is a point of pride with us,” said Deputy Director Kendra Trachta. “This district-wide day of training, held every other year, helps all Sno-Isle employees uphold the high level of library service our customers deserve.”

The district’s 450 employees will delve into such topics as technology, social media, strategic innovation, and the increase in electronic media available for customers.   

Sno-Isle Libraries starts planning for future facilities

Originally published Aug. 11, 2015

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Driven by changes in library services, population growth and some outdated buildings, Sno-Isle Libraries is working on a facilities plan for the next decade.

The tax-supported library district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. As part of the planning process, people in each community will be invited this fall to say whether and how their library building should change.

“About a third of our libraries are undersized for their service areas. The need for new buildings is already being discussed in cities such as Lake Stevens and Mill Creek,” said Director of Facilities Jeanne Crisp. “In other places, remodels or additions might be desirable. And some libraries are so new that we don’t anticipate any changes in the next 10 years.”

Population growth in formerly rural areas may warrant the construction of additional libraries, Crisp said.

The first step in creating the 2016-2025 facilities plan was hiring a consulting firm, Margaret Sullivan Studio of New York, to take a big-picture, futuristic look at library facilities.

For example, Crisp said, the popularity of downloadable eBooks and movies means there is less need to store print books and DVDs. At the same time, many customers want access to public computers, printers and other technology; meeting rooms and study spaces; even small-business centers and maker-spaces.  

Margaret Sullivan Studio will deliver its findings by September. That report will be used by a second company, EnviroIssues of Seattle, as it works with Sno-Isle Libraries staff to create the final facilities plan. EnviroIssues will solicit public comment, gather geographic and demographic information, and coordinate with planning documents of local governments and public agencies.    

The final report will be presented to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in March.

Updates on the facilities project will be posted online at

That Web page includes a link to “Libraries for the 21st Century: Sno-Isle Libraries Capital Facilities Plan: 2007-2025.”  Some of the recommendations in that 18-year plan have been met, Crisp said, but the recession slowed progress. The quickly evolving nature of library services convinced Sno-Isle Libraries managers that an update was needed and a 10-year timeline was more realistic. 


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Arts Commission invites artist proposals for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

Originally published Jul. 29, 2015

The Snohomish County Arts Commission is seeking a Washington state artist or artistic team to create a temporary, interactive-based work that will be featured at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

The day-long event presented by Sno-Isle Libraries will be held Nov. 6 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Its theme, “Creating New Futures,” should be the inspiration for the installation. Performance art will also be considered.

The concept must be “original, bold, innovative and visionary.” The artist or artists whose work is chosen will receive $4,500 to cover all costs associated with the project. The submission deadline is Aug. 17; artists will be notified by Sept. 30.

Detailed information is available at

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries will feature talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. The program will harness the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," and focus on the rich innovation, invention and cultural depth of the region.

For more information, visit






For more information, contact: 
Wendy Becker, Snohomish County Cultural and Economic Development Manager, 425-388-3186,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Catalog upgrade will cause intermittent outages July 31, Aug. 1, 2

Originally published Jul. 24, 2015

Due to a planned system upgrade, the Catalog, My Account, and other areas of the Sno-Isle website may be down or have intermittent access from 6 p.m. Friday, July 31, through Saturday morning, Aug. 1, and again at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 for several hours. We appreciate your patience during this outage.

Friends of the Library issue second call for Camano Island Library art

Originally published Jul. 24, 2015

eagle sculpture

Josh Henrie’s basalt eagle stands watch outside the new Camano Island Library

A call to artists for the new Camano Island Library, which will open Aug. 1, resulted in an outdoor sculpture of an eagle. Now, the Camano Island Library Friends group is seeking proposals for an indoor work of art.

The two-piece basalt sculpture has been installed and will be dedicated in September. It is the work of Josh Henrie, a Pacific Northwest native with more than 20 years of carving experience. The first piece of the sculpture depicts an eagle perched high on a pillar overlooking a book; the second piece is a smooth basin bowl which will naturally collect water and is representative of the ocean and tide pools that surround the island. 

The themes of the art competition were Pacific Northwest, water, beach, reading and writing. The Camano Island Library Art Committee selected the winning design. The art committee is comprised of Friends of the Library members, project architects, and Sno-Isle Libraries staff.

The committee is now seeking submissions with the same theme for a two-dimensional piece that will be mounted in the library’s reading room. Members strongly encourage the artists to include a child or children in the design. Preference will be given to artists from Camano Island or Stanwood; however, all are encouraged to apply. The budget for this project is not to exceed $4,500, including installation.

The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and the artwork is to be installed in April 2016.

Details on sculpture requirements, theme, budget, and submission content are available online at

The residents of Camano Island passed a bond to build a permanent library on Camano Island in April 2014.  

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold,
that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.
- Barack Obama

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