Library News

Sno-Isle Libraries awards remodeling contract for new Camano Island Library

Originally published Jan. 28, 2015

On Monday, January 26, the Board of Trustees of Sno-Isle Libraries awarded a contract to Kirtley Cole Associates, LLC, an Everett construction firm, to remodel a former restaurant into a 4,900 square foot library designed to serve the Camano Island community.

“This is an exciting step because we know library customers have been anxious to see the actual renovation work begin,” said Sue Cohn, President of the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. “Based on everything our trustee board has heard, we are certain the community will enjoy everything this larger library will offer Camano Island.”

The $2.3 million library project was approved by Camano Island voters in April, 2014. “We are on budget to deliver this project as promised to voters,” said Jeanne Crisp, project manager for the Camano Island Library. The library project budget covers all the costs to open the doors of a larger library, including property acquisition, architectural and engineering services, renovation, space conversion, furnishings, equipment, library materials, and financing costs.

“The community took full advantage of the public involvement meetings we held in June, July and September last year,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. “Residents of all ages came out and helped shape the new library’s floor plan and interior color design.”

Renovation work is scheduled to begin in early March and be completed before the end of summer. The remodeling project at 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. is located within the same retail complex as the 1,800 square feet, interim library. Sno-Isle Libraries will continue to provide library services from the smaller space at Terry's Corner until the doors open on the larger facility.

The new 4,900-square-foot library will be approximately 3,000 square feet larger than the interim library. The additional footage will provide space for:

  • Expanded book and media selections
  • Library activities for children, such as toddler, infant and preschool story times
  • Quiet study, comfortable seating
  • Additional computers for public use
  • Multi-purpose room

Library seeks artist for Camano Island sculpture

Originally published Jan. 27, 2015

Camano Island Library

Sno-Isle Libraries is inviting artists to submit design concepts for an outdoor sculpture on the north side of the Camano Island Library. While preference will be given to artists from Camano Island or Stanwood, all artists are welcome to submit.

The Camano Island Library Art Committee will select the final design. The committee is comprised of Friends of the Library members, project architects and Sno-Isle Libraries staff. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. March 2.  

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. Construction for the remodel/expansion of a former restaurant at Terry’s Corner will begin by March. The new library is expected to reopen to the public in late summer.

Third-Grade Reading Challenge teams to meet author Patrick Jennings

Originally published Jan. 27, 2015

Author Patrick Jennings

Patrick Jennings, author of the popular Guinea Dog children’s books, will appear at a series of Saturday events celebrating the annual Sno-Isle Libraries Third Grade Reading Challenge.

On Jan. 31, Jennings will be at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., at 10 a.m.; Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., at 2 p.m.; and Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W., at 6:30 p.m.

On Feb. 21, he will visit Oak Harbor Elementary School, 151 S.E. Midway Blvd., at 10 a.m.; and Arlington’s Hadley Hall, 18513 59th Ave. N.E., at 2 p.m.

The author will meet with members of the Reading Challenge teams from Snohomish and Island County public schools. The public is welcome to attend.

Jennings’ books have received multiple honors from Publishers WeeklyThe Horn Book, and Smithsonian Magazine, to name a few. Guinea Dog also won a 2011 Washington State Book Award.

The Reading Challenge is a quiz bowl program that encourages children to enjoy reading while improving their literacy skills. Students at participating schools form teams of readers who answer questions based on six books selected by Sno-Isle Libraries staff at a series of challenge events, culminating with the top six teams from across two counties participating in the grand Final Reading Challenge at the end of March.

Besides “Guinea Dog,” participants are also reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, “Frindle” by Andrew Clements, “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow, “White Fur Flying” by Patricia Mac Lachlan” and “The Year of the Dog” by Grace Lin.

The Reading Challenge program is funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. For more information, visit

IRS makes fewer forms available for library customers

Originally published Jan. 20, 2015

Because of Internal Revenue Service cutbacks, Snohomish and Island County residents seeking printed tax forms will find fewer of them in their community libraries.

“Some basic forms will be available, but even the number of those will be limited,” said Terry Beck, information services manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. “The Tax Forms Outlet Program that supplies us with forms blames the appropriations bill recently passed by Congress, which made significant cuts to the IRS budget.”

Forms available in the library will include 1040, 1040A and 104EZ, as well as some tax-help publications.
Beck noted that forms can be downloaded from the Internet at They can also be ordered for delivery by mail at and by phone at 800-829-3676.

“Customers at our 21 community libraries can use our computers to access the IRS forms online, then make free copies using our printers,” she noted. “We have all of the necessary links, plus other helpful tax preparation resources, on our website at”

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Jan. 19

Originally published Jan. 11, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20. See locations & hours.

Seeking teen, adult actors for Sno-Isle Libraries video

Originally published Jan. 7, 2015

Would you like to have a starring role in a new video for Sno-Isle Libraries? We’re looking for two energetic actors who can communicate the exciting non-traditional products and services offered by our libraries, from video downloads to online practice SAT exams.

• Female, 16 to 18 years old, any ethnicity, know-it-all teen who schools her dad on the value of libraries, several lines
• Male, 40 to 55 years, any ethnicity, lovable but clueless father of a teenage daughter, several lines

Read our casting call notice to find out more.


Special Board Meeting, Early Learning Public Library Partnership, Jan. 22

Originally published Jan. 7, 2015

Openings still available for free advance care planning classes

Originally published Jan. 6, 2015

Judy McCay

An upcoming class for those who wish to plan for end-of-life health care is proving popular, according to Coupeville Library Manager Leslie Franzen, but there are still openings for those wishing to participate.

The class in advance care planning will be offered at the library, 788 NW Alexander St., at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Openings are still available for the morning class. The sessions follow a Monday, Jan. 12 panel discussion at the library called “End-of-Life Health Care: Honoring Choices.” All events are free and open to the public.

The two-hour class sessions will be taught by Judy McCay, a volunteer with Compassion & Choices of Washington. She will explain how to write an advance care plan, a document that combines a living will with a durable power of attorney for health care. Participants are asked to register online via the Sno-Isle Libraries events calendar at, or by calling 360-678-4911.    

No registration is required for the panel discussion, which is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series. For more information, visit The web page includes links to websites and library resources relating to end-of-life care.

Camano Island Library seeks Student Advisory Board member

Originally published Jan. 5, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries announces three new managers

Originally published Dec. 29, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries has named new managers at the Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace libraries.

Sandra Barnhart was selected as the branch manager of Brier Library. She has been Brier’s temporary manager for the last eight months. Barnhart has been with Sno-Isle Libraries since 2011 as a branch circulation supervisor and public services assistant at the Mill Creek library.

Chy Ross was selected as the managing librarian for Edmonds Library after serving as the managing librarian for Mountlake Terrace Library since August 2013. Ross has been with Sno-Isle Libraries since 2005 in positions that included temporary managing librarian at Snohomish Library, managing librarian at Lake Stevens Library, and assistant managing librarian at Mill Creek Library.

Kristin Piepho was selected as the managing librarian for Mountlake Terrace Library. Previously she was the children’s services coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries and temporary managing librarian for Lake Stevens Library. From 2008 to 2010, she worked for Seattle Public Library. Prior to that, she served her first stint with Sno-Isle Libraries at the Marysville and Mukilteo libraries from 2001 to 2008.

Sandra Barnhart

Chy Ross

Kristin Piepho


Sno-Isle Libraries Holiday Closure

Originally published Dec. 29, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 through Thursday, Jan. 1. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Library to host panel, class on end-of-life health care

Originally published Dec. 18, 2014

On Jan. 12, four health experts will give advice on the important but under-discussed subject of final health care options.

The Whidbey Island panel discussion, “End-of-Life Health Care: Honoring Choices,” will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St. It is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series, held in partnership with Whidbey General Hospital and Compassion & Choices Washington.

Panelists will be:

  • Carla Jolley, palliative care advance practice nurse, Whidbey General Hospital
  • Karen Griffith, client support volunteer, Compassion & Choices of Washington
  • Grethe Cammermeyer, owner, Saratoga View Adult Home
  • Cathleen Fanslow, author of "Using the Power of Hope to Cope with Dying: The Four Stages of Hope"

Dr. Marshall Goldberg will moderate. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.

On Jan. 13, the Coupeville Library will offer a class on writing an advanced care directive, a document that combines a living will with a durable power of attorney for health care. The class will be given at 10 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to register online via the Sno-Isle Libraries events calendar at, or by calling 360-678-4911. There is a limit of 30 people per two-hour class.  

The panel discussion and classes are free.

A medical crisis can hit at any age,” said Leslie Franzen, managing librarian at Coupeville. “Now is the time for us all to plan so we can be sure to get the health care we want, even when we are unable to speak for ourselves.”

For more information, visit The web page includes links to websites and library resources relating to end-of-life care.

Some customers not receiving email notifications

Originally published Dec. 6, 2014

We have become aware that customers with email accounts from Microsoft,,, and, have not been receiving email notifications for hold pickups, overdues, etc. because those accounts are recognizing email from as spam. We are currently working on resolving this issue. In the meantime we recommend that you monitor your library account activity

Improvements for Overdrive eBook users

Originally published Dec. 5, 2014

Starting Dec. 15, Sno-Isle Libraries customers will notice something new with our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eVideo and eMusic from Overdrive.

According to Colleen Brazil, content access manager, customers will:

  •        Be able to check out and request Overdrive eBooks from the Sno-Isle catalog.

  •        Find that any Overdrive item they check out or request--either from the Overdrive site or from the Sno-Isle catalog--will appear in their  accounts in the "Items Out" or "Requests" lists.

  •        They will also be able to check-in these titles from their accounts if they are finished with the materials before the due date.

Customers who use 3M eBooks and monitor these titles in their accounts will notice that Overdrive titles will work in the same way.

Anyone with questions about these changes can get help through the Sno-Isle Libraries Ask-a-Librarian service.

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 27, open on Nov. 28

Originally published Nov. 20, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Friday, Nov. 28. See locations & hours.

Entertainer to share tips for reading, singing with grandkids

Originally published Nov. 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart will present a "Read & Sing With Your Grandkids" program at five community libraries.

The events will take place at: Lynnwood Library, 4 p.m. Nov. 21, 19200 44th Ave. West; Brier Library, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 23303 Brier Rd.; Mountlake Terrace Library, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 23300 58th Ave. West; Snohomish Library, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 311 Maple Ave.; and Mukilteo Library, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd.  

Grandparents are invited to brush up on their nursery rhymes, songs, favorite picture books. Stewart will review the pros and cons of technology for young children and provide the latest information on why reading and singing to little ones is more important than ever.

Stewart is an award-winning entertainer and grandparent from Mercer Island. Her Sing With Our Kids Project promotes early learning through community singing. 

"Nancy has a passion for early literacy and transmits her knowledge in an interesting, approachable manner," said Kristin Piepho, children’s services coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries. “She enchants children with her songs and activities.”


Tween programs combine science, art and more

Originally published Nov. 12, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries is partnering with the Pacific Science Center to bring exciting, thought-provoking programming to tweens and young teens. Through collaborative learning and mentoring experiences, the Tween STEAM Club programs are designed for youth to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

“Our goal is to get tweens excited about science and show them that a career in a STEAM field is a real possibility in their future. Plus, they will explore ways to feed their natural curiosity by learning about the many resources available through our libraries,” said Dawn Rutherford, teen services coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries.

The Tween STEAM Club’s hands-on science fun for tweens age nine to 13 or in fourth to eighth grade consists of programs made up of a series of four 90-minute sessions with different activities each time. Attendance at all four sessions is recommended, but not required.

The Pacific Science Center's Science After-School workshops will take place in Darrington, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Oak Harbor, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. They are scheduled as follows:

Physics FUNdamentals: Learn about physics concepts including Newton's laws of motion, acceleration, electricity and simple machines, through a range of projects and activities, including solar ovens and catapults. Darrington Library, Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17.

Forensics 101: Acquire the scientific skills needed to solve crimes. Lessons focus on fingerprints, codes, handwriting, chromatography, fiber analysis, and DNA evidence. Lake Stevens Library, Fridays, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19; Monroe Library, Mondays, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15; Oak Harbor Library, Sundays, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7, 21.

Ooze & Ahs: Experiment with liquids, solids and gases, make your own slime, and learn how to paint with acids and bases. Lynnwood Library, Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 11, 18, and Monday, Dec. 15; Mountlake Terrace Library, Tuesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Nov. 18, Dec. 9, 16, 23.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged online at or by calling the library. For contact and location information, visit

Sno-Isle partnership brings Safe Place to 15 libraries

Originally published Nov. 5, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries is joining Everett Transit, Workforce Development Center, and Everett Libraries to team up with Cocoon House, adding 15 new Safe Place sites around Snohomish County.

Safe Place is a program that partners with other organizations in the community to offer youth ages 12-17 quick access to safety and services.

When a youth sees the Safe Place logo on a Sno-Isle library building, he or she will know it’s a safe place to ask for help. Personnel at these locations are trained to keep the youth safe while Cocoon House is contacted.

Cocoon House staff then arrive at the location 24/7 within 45 minutes to provide help or transportation to a safe shelter.

This partnership allows the community to assist a youth in crisis quickly in getting home safely, getting them to Cocoon House shelters, or connecting them with other needed services.

Read the full article in the Edmonds Beacon.

Stanwood voters approve annexation into Sno-Isle Libraries district

Originally published Nov. 5, 2014

Stanwood voters have approved annexing the city's library into the Sno-Isle Libraries district.  

The annexation, approved by 79 percent of voters, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Snohomish County election results confirmed that 100 percent of votes had been counted by Tuesday night.

“Stanwood voters have expressed their strong support for continuing library service in our community,” says Leonard Kelley, Mayor of Stanwood. “The vote to annex into the regional library district means that, after 2015, the city will no longer pay a contract fee for Sno-Isle Libraries service at the Stanwood Library. Those city funds will be freed up to support other needed city services such as police, fire and public works.”

“We certainly appreciate the strong response from the voters,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. “The 79 percent  approval ensures a stable funding base for library operations and enables Sno-Isle Libraries to continue to provide library services, resources, events and materials to meet the needs of the community.”

The estimated cost of library annexation to the owner of a Stanwood property assessed at $250,000 will be $125 per year. The estimate is based upon a rate of 50 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.


Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Nov. 11

Originally published Nov. 4, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Wednesday, Nov. 12. See locations & hours.

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