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Three more speakers announced for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

Originally published Sep. 21, 2017

The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, a Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, a mental-health advocate.

A CEO, a high-school student and a mental-health advocate.

In day-to-day living, their paths might not cross, but on Nov. 4 these three will share a stage and forge a common bond as speakers at TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017.

Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, an advocate for mental-health awareness, will join nine other presenters as they each share their stories from 1-5 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

“We’re excited about the ‘ideas worth spreading’ from these and other members of our communities,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. This past week, the first group of speakers getting ready for November was revealed. They are Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek; and Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” Harvey said, adding that the remaining six will be announced in the coming weeks.

With Kamiak as the main venue, nine community libraries will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties. The community library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.

Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however, reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online.

New this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers.

“At Kamiak, attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers in a separate post-event session,” Harvey said. “In addition, we’re teaming up with Glisser.com to bring that interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.”

While the event will again be livestreamed at sno-isle.org/tedx, participants watching through Glisser will see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • Overdrive



All new TEDxSnoIsleLibraries getting ready for Nov. 4

Originally published Sep. 15, 2017

The first three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School; and Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.

The 2017 edition of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is taking shape with a fresh lineup of ideas worth spreading from area speakers, a new full afternoon event schedule and new ways to participate and engage.

“This year’s event will feature 12 speakers taking the stage at Kamiak High School, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. “Audience members can join us there and also at nine community libraries, which will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties.”

The community-library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.

Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and can be made online.

“People want to interact with the speakers; it’s one of the most frequent requests we get,” Harvey said. “So, we’re trying some new things this year to enhance the audience experience.”

Audience members at Kamiak will have the opportunity to interact with speakers during a question-and-answer session after the main program. And this year, organizers are teaming up with Glisser.com to bring interactivity to the event’s online experience.

“People will be able to see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. “More importantly, anyone participating through Glisser will be able to post comments and submit questions to the speakers.”

Speakers can then respond to those questions following the main event, he said

“We continue to uncover great ideas for our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events,” Harvey said. “I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon.”

Event organizers will reveal three speakers each week over the next month. Here are the first three:

  • Kathy Coffey – Coffey lives her values as a member of Lynnwood’s Human Services Commission and Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County. Coffey says one of her favorite TED talks is “The Joy of Lexicography” by Erin McKean.
  • Dhruvik Parikh – A student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek and a student representative on the Everett City Council, Parikh believes education isn’t confined to the classroom. His favorite TED talk is "Why we do what we do" by Tony Robbins.
  • Nic O'Neill – O’Neill is taking kite flying and herself to new heights as Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association. O’Neill categorizes TED talks with favorites in each group, but says she finds herself returning to re-watch Saying YES! to your Weirdness by JP Sears.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce



Edmonds Library to host poet Elizabeth Austen

Originally published Sep. 12, 2017

 

Former Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen will read her new works following the Write on the Sound Pre-conference from 5-5:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds.

Austen is the author of “Every Dress a Decision” and two chapbooks. She also produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW-FM 94.9 in Seattle. Austen will read her new poems and discuss her writing process. The free event will be in the main living room area of the library and light refreshments will be available. 



Sno-Isle Libraries closed Sept. 4

Originally published Aug. 29, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5. See locations & hours.



Lake Stevens needs a new library, board tells city council

Originally published Aug. 25, 2017

Gathering at the Chapel Hill-area property proposed for a new Lake Stevens Library are (from left)  Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and members of the Lake Stevens Library Board, Kevin Stone, Abe Martinez, Debbie Ames, Janice Stepp Board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates and Andy Powers. The group got together Aug. 23, the day following Charvet Bates' presentation of a unanimous letter of support from the library board to the city council. 

The Lake Stevens Library Board wants a new library for the community.

“The Lake Stevens Library Board is fully supportive of a new library and the campaign needed to pass the new facility measure,” according to a letter to the Lake Stevens City Council presented by library board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates at the council’s Aug. 22 meeting. Lake Stevens Library Board members unanimously approved the letter at their June meeting.

“Our community is in desperate need of a facility to meet our growing needs; both in the size of a building and increased programming,” the letter says. “Quite simply, we have outgrown our current space.”

In her remarks to the council, Charvet Bates said the library is open to all and plays a vital role in building a strong community. In the letter presented to the city council, library board members said, “Please consider this letter our full endorsement of a new library facility in Lake Stevens.”

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory thanked Charvet Bates and the rest of the city-appointed nine-member library board. “The support of the library board is important,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Board members are from the community and their voice in advising the council and the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is a key connection.”

Woolf-Ivory said the library district is working toward putting a bond measure on the Feb. 13, 2018, ballot. If approved, the bond would pay for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library.

A year earlier, on Feb. 14, 2017, Lake Stevens-area voters took the first step toward a new library, passing one of two ballot measures needed to build a new Lake Stevens Library.

Proposition 1 created the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area. It needed a simple majority (50 percent plus one) and there was no voter-turnout threshold. It passed with a 69 percent approval.

Proposition 2 was the bond measure. It got a 66 percent approval, but election turnout fell short of the required number of votes.

With the Library Capital Facility Area already approved, only a bond measure would need voter approval on a future ballot. Woolf-Ivory said the library district is working on details of a possible library ballot measure. Both the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and the Lake Stevens City Council would need to take action this fall to put the question before voters in February, 2018.



Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers are strong community connection

Originally published Aug. 24, 2017

Christine Stansfield (standing) leads a recent workshop with Sno-Isle Libraries staff members who coordinate volunteer activities at community libraries.  

The Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer program changes lives and helps build communities.

With roughly 700 participants at any given time, Sno-Isle Libraries has one of the larger groups of volunteers in the area. The volunteers provide key assistance at 22 community libraries and a service center across two counties.

“Our volunteers provide valuable support to library staff,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Jonlayn Woolf-Ivory. Volunteers haven’t always been part of the mix. “In 2003, we responded to the community’s desire to create this opportunity,” she said. “The result has been a wonderful connection.”

Overseeing the intricacies of such a large organization that meets a variety of needs is Christine Stansfield, Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries.

“I love working with staff at the community libraries and the volunteers,” said Stansfield, who was recently appointed to the board of directors for the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG).  “Volunteers help build capacity at our community libraries and free up staff to use their skills in helping customers.”

Stansfield and volunteer coordinators at community libraries recently met to share experiences and learn from each other. “Bringing together the staff who are working directly with volunteers in the community libraries was really valuable,” she said.

Another of Stansfield’s roles is to help match skills and abilities of volunteer applicants with opportunities in the libraries. The application form is available at sno-isle.org/volunteers.

“Truly, anyone can be an outstanding volunteer,” Stansfield said. “We have retired teachers and librarians who want to stay connected to literacy and school readiness. We also have volunteers with a range of cognitive abilities.”

Stansfield said her personal motto is that volunteerism is about giving people the opportunity to engage in a community, a place where they belong and find worth and connections. Sometimes, she said, that pays off in inspiring ways.

“One volunteer came to us as nonverbal during their shifts, but did a great job cleaning books,” Stansfield said. “Through the experience, that person grew to be able to say a few words and make eye contact.”

Those kinds of impacts can have help shape lives and communities, Stansfield said. “It’s a huge ripple effect,” she said. “While we have about 700 active volunteers at any one time, there are more than 10,000 names in the volunteer database.”

The volunteer program develops relationships with communities.

“Everyone loves the library and this is an opportunity to interact with something they love,” Stansfield said. “In some case, they are continuing a lifetime of service and in other cases, they are beginning a lifetime of service.”



Several events on eclipse day, but no more sunglasses

Originally published Aug. 15, 2017

Snohomish Library librarian Kathy Smargiassi explains how the Aug, 21 solar eclipse will occur.

The Sno-Isle Libraries solar eclipse programs have been hot items.

The nearly 30 programs across 21 community libraries drew interested crowds eager to learn more about the rare celestial event that will occur Aug. 21. More than 300 people came to Lynnwood Library on July 23 to hear solar astronomy experts Roger and Linda Kennedy and look at the sun through their shielded telescopes. Two weeks later, more than 700 sun-gazers descended upon on the Edmonds Library for a similar program.

In the lead-up to the eclipse, community libraries handed out thousands of free eclipse viewing glasses. The glasses are gone, except for a limited number that will be available for attendees at Snohomish and Camano Island library events on Aug. 21. Edmonds Library has an event that day, but no more glasses. Mariner Library will also have an eclipse-day program, but pre-registration was required and it is already full.

The three open programs scheduled for Aug. 21 are:

Solar bead activity for the kids. NASA's live coverage of the solar eclipse will be shown on the big screen, too. Due to shortages, eclipse glasses will not be available during this event.

Come learn about what an eclipse is, about the light we get from the sun and even build a pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse as it happens. A limited number of solar glasses will be available for attendees (BYOG if you have them)

A limited number of eclipse-watching glasses will be available for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis (BYOG if you have them).

Sno-Isle Libraries has also created an eclipse resource page and an eclipse-related music playlist (library card required).



Fire Chief leads storytime at Lake Stevens

Originally published Aug. 7, 2017

Lake Stevens Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien reads to storytime participants at Lake Stevens Library, Aug. 7. Photo gallery

Lake Stevens Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was the guest reader at the final storytime program of the summer at the Lake Stevens Library on Monday, Aug. 7. Chief O’Brien read several books and joined Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson sing-alongs with the young audience members, parents and caregivers. The popular storytime sessions will resume Sept. 21 with another special guest, Caspar Babypants.  



Minecraft hits rich vein of interest at Lake Stevens Library

Originally published Aug. 4, 2017

Minecraft is the second best-selling video game of all time so it’s no wonder all the seats at Lake Stevens Library were filled for an Aug. 3 session of gaming and crafting.

A Minecraft player using the Oculus Rift headset looks off into the virtual world he is seeing while others watch his movements on the screen of the laptop during a session at Lake Stevens Library on Aug. 3. Photo gallery

In addition to playing the game at various levels (including the use of Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles), participants created pixel art with fusible beads. The program was supported with funding from Friends of the Lake Stevens Library.

Minecraft events are regularly scheduled at various Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries with at least 20 on the Sno-Isle Libraries events calendar from now through December. The popular programs often require pre-registration and fill up fast so planning ahead is suggested.

The Lake Stevens Library event was part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ Explore Summer “Build a Better World” series with programs for youth and teens at all 22 of Sno-Isle Libraries’ community libraries.

Oh, and the best-selling video game of all time? Tetris.



Camp STREAM spawns fun and learning

Originally published Aug. 3, 2017

Creating a wheel for an electric car takes concentration as this Camp STREAM participant demonstrates on Aug. 2, 2017. Photo gallery

A steady flow of young people filled Camp STREAM at the Marysville Library.

The afternoon camp ran from July 30-Aug. 3 and focused on STREAM concepts (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math).

From 20-50 participants a day got their hands-on projects that used electricity, sound, mechanics, aerodynamics and other STREAM concepts. Marysville Librarian Brad Jones and staff member Amanda Albert helped the mostly younger school-age campers build and experiment with items such as motorized art bots, flying fish, stomp rockets, rubber-band and electric cars, drums and moose calls made with the fingers of rubber gloves.

The program is part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ Explore Summer “Build a Better World” series that has programs at all 22 of Sno-Isle Libraries’ community libraries. Funding for Camp STREAM was provided by Friends of the Marysville Library.



Sun comes out for solar eclipse class

Originally published Jul. 25, 2017

Roger Kennedy (left) aligns a telescope as a young audience member looks on during his presentation about the sun at Lynnwood Library, Sunday, July 23, 2017. Photo gallery

The morning clouds broke right on cue Sunday at the Lynnwood Library.

As Roger and Linda Kennedy were busy setting up for their presentation about the sun and solar eclipse, librarian Sarah Zabel had her fingers crossed that the telescopes would be able to see anything. “I was getting a little worried,” said Zabel, standing in a crowd of more than 200 on the sun-bathed sidewalk outside the library.

The Kennedys travel the country giving presentations about the sun and solar astronomy. They set up filtered telescopes and a spectroscope for safe viewing of the sun. The retired couple is based in Albuquerque, N.M., and receive funding from NASA’s Goddard Flight Center, Sandia National Laboratories and other sources.

That a rare solar eclipse will be visible in the U.S. on Aug. 21 is adding to the interest and prompting larger crowds.

As part of the presentation, participants can make bracelets of pipe cleaners and beads sensitive to ultraviolet light. The beads are white inside where the bracelets are made, but turn colors as soon as they are hit by sunlight.

The Kennedys also hand out protective glasses that make it safe to look at the sun. Roger Kennedy hammered home the safety aspect. “Looking at the sun without glasses or a filter like these can make you go blind,” he said. “Did you ever burn a piece of paper using a magnifying glass in the sun? Looking at the sun through a telescope without a filter will do that to your eye before you can look away.”

Starting Tuesday, July 25, Sno-Isle Libraries has 23 more solar, eclipse and astronomy presentations scheduled at community libraries between now and Aug. 21. Presenters will include the Kennedys, former NASA consultant Kevin Manning, the Island County Astronomical Society and community librarians.  Details on the events listed below are available at the Sno-Isle Libraries event calendar.

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.

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.

Coupeville Library

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m.

Brier Library

  • Friday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m.

Arlington Library

  • Friday, Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m.
    *Twin Rivers Park
  • Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.
    *Stillaguamish Conference Room, Haller Park.

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 a.m.
    *Program by library staff

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



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 meetup.com 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 libraries.org. 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.

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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
  • Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.
    *Stillaguamish Conference Room, Haller 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 (http://bit.ly/SILeclipse ) 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 a.m.
    * Program by library staff

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 Meetup.com 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, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org



Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
- Ray Bradbury