|03/06/2014||Top teams advance to semi-finals and finals of the Sno-Isle Libraries Third-Grade Reading Challenge
MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Top teams of third-graders from 26 schools in Snohomish and Island counties will advance to semi-final and final events in the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge this month. The Reading Challenge is a quiz bowl program that encourages children to enjoy reading while improving their literacy skills.
Students at participating schools have formed teams of five to eight readers who answer questions based on six books selected by Sno-Isle Libraries staff. The top scoring team from each In-School Challenge moves on to one of five Semi-Final Challenges in March and top teams from each Semi-Final advance to the Final Challenge on March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Community members are welcome to attend the events and cheer on the participants. The dates and locations of the events are listed below.
Sno-Isle Libraries staff from community libraries partner with their local schools throughout this project.
“The partnership between schools and libraries grows stronger as we, together, promote literacy and foster awareness on the value of libraries,” said Jane Lopez-Santillana, children’s librarian at the Oak Harbor Library who also serves as the Reading Challenge coordinator. “It’s rewarding to see the impact on a child when the community supports the library in making reading a priority. The students take pride in their accomplishments and this program allows them to shine as they display their reading prowess.”
As a special incentive for students, author Bonny Becker is visiting each of the 26 schools to talk about her book “The Magical Ms. Plum,” one of the books they have read during the Reading Challenge. All participants will receive small prizes and the top scoring team at the Final Challenge will receive a trophy to display at their school.
The program was begun in 2012 by the Oak Harbor Library and two Oak Harbor elementary schools. The following year, it grew to include three Whidbey Island community libraries and all Whidbey Island public elementary schools, with funding from the Friends of the Library groups and local community organizations. This year’s funding was provided by a grant to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which allowed this popular literacy support program to expand to include 15 Sno-Isle community libraries and 26 schools in Snohomish and Island counties.
Reading Challenge books:
Region: Whidbey Island
Challenge Location: Oak Harbor High School commons
Address: 1 Wildcat Way, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Date: Tuesday, March 11
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Region: Mountlake Terrace/Alderwood
Challenge Location: Alderwood Middle School commons
Address: 20000 28th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Date: Thursday, March 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Region: Lake Stevens
Challenge Location: Lake Stevens High School PAC
Address: 2908 113th Ave NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Date: Monday, March 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Challenge Location: Mariner High School commons
Address: 200 120th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Challenge Location: Arlington High School’s Byrnes Performing Arts Center
Address: 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington, WA 98223
Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Challenge Location: Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo
Address: 304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Date: Wednesday, March 26
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Participating Schools: The top-scoring teams from each of the five Semi-Final events
Visit www.sno-isle.org/kids/challenge for more details.
|02/07/2014||Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes new managers
MARYSVILLE, Wash. Sno-Isle Libraries is proud to welcome five new managers.
Miriam Driss was selected as the managing librarian at the Lake Stevens Library in November 2013. Previously Driss held several positions at the King County Library System, including reference librarian at the Shoreline Library and assistant manager at the Sammamish Library. She also managed libraries for Seattle Public Library in Montlake and Madrona. Driss began her career as a children's librarian in Philadelphia.
Jocelyn Redel wasnamed managing librarian at the Arlington Library in August 2013, where she served as a librarian for more than five years.
Chy Ross was selected as the managing librarian at Mountlake Terrace Library in August 2013. He previously held several positions including assistant manager at the Mill Creek Library and managing libraries in Lake Stevens and Snohomish. Ross joined Sno-Isle Libraries in 2005 as an adult/teen librarian.
Julie Titone was named Sno-Isle Libraries' communications and marketing manager in January 2014. A former Northwest journalist, Titone has served as director of communications at the Joan B. Kroc institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and, most recently, at Washington State University's College of Education.
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|01/31/2014||Camano Island residents to vote on bond for permanent library
CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. -- Camano Island voters will decide in April whether a 10-year, $2.3 million library bond measure should be authorized to open a permanent library on the island.
Registered voters on Camano Island will receive their election ballots in the mail in early April. Returned ballots must be postmarked by April 22 to be counted.
On Aug. 6, 2013, voters approved the proposition that enabled all costs associated with opening a permanent library to be shared among all residents on Camano Island. That vote created a taxing district known officially as the Camano Island Library Capital Facility Area.
The second library measure on the Aug. 6 ballot garnered more than 58 percent approval but failed to reach the 60 percent required to pass. That measure asked voters if a $2.3 million bond should be issued to establish a permanent library on Camano Island. Both ballot measures had to pass in order for work to proceed on a permanent library.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees approved placing the bond measure proposition on the April 22 ballot in response to community input received between August and December 2013. If approved by voters, the site of the library would be in the former location of Islanders Restaurant at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd.
"We opened the current temporary library pilot project in 2007, within a small 1,800-square-foot rented space at Terry's Corner, said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries. "Community use of this facility has been strong and steady reflecting similar trends across our Library District and nationwide.
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|01/23/2014||Marysville Library offers streamlined funding research for nonprofits
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Nonprofit organizations and individual grant seekers in Snohomish and Island counties now have access to a valuable collection of resources to help them find funding sources.
|01/09/2014||Free Resume Workshops at Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries and WorkSource Snohomish County are teaming up to offer free resume workshops in January that help local job seekers get one step closer to hearing the words, "You're hired! ...
|01/06/2014||Mountlake Terrace Library Parking Lot Under Construction; Library Open Regular Hours
For those whose new year's resolutions include getting more exercise, walking a few extra yards from the temporary parking lot to the Mountlake Terrace Library will be a healthy jaunt. But for others, plan for a few extra minutes to reach the library during construction. The city of Mountlake Terrace will begin construction in mid-January under the parking lot next to the Mountlake Terrace Library ...
|10/11/2013||Killer Deal for Magazine Lovers from Sno-Isle Libraries
Imagine what it would cost to purchase the latest issue of every magazine you were interested in. Or what the invoice would be to subscribe to hundreds of magazines? Now multiply that by having access to back issues. That's exactly what Sno-Isle Libraries is offering with your library card. ...
|08/27/2013||Three Community Discussions on Bullying for Sno-Isle Libraries "Issues That Matter"
Did you know Washington state has the fifth highest level of reported bullying in the country? Bullying is not just a problem for children in schools or on the sports field. It is also a problem that affects ...
|08/22/2013||Camano Island Library Votes Are Final
The final votes have been counted for the Camano Island Library Proposition 1 and 2 in the August 6 primary. Even though a majority of participating voters voted in favor of the two library ballot measures, the effort to place a permanent Sno-Isle Library on Camano Island has narrowly failed. The results ...
|08/21/2013||Renovation Projects Affect Four Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Library customers should be aware of construction and renovation projects occurring in several community libraries over the next few weeks. The Library District has attempted to provide continued access to library services and materials wherever possible to minimize the inconvenience ...
|07/16/2013||The Library Applies for Permission to Expand the Parking Lot
Library customers in Granite Falls may soon find it easier to run in to return or pick up something at the library or simply browse at their leisure without the frustration of looking for a parking space. The Library District has plans to almost double the size of the parking lot at the Granite Falls Library. ...
|06/25/2013||More Ways to Access the Internet at the Marysville Library, Thanks to Donation of 17 Chromebooks
Tom Nowak wants to see more people have access to the Internet. So he did something about it. Thanks to Tom, a retired physician from Marysville, there are 17 new Chromebook laptops at the Marysville Library for customers to use in the library.
|06/17/2013||Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books
When Jack Houston watches his wife Joanna read to their grandchildren, he's delighted to see their little faces light up when they revel in a good book. "I truly believe in nurturing youth to bring about a better future and build a better community," said Jack, the Freemason who spearheaded the generous donation of 44 bicycles to ...
|05/06/2013||President's Volunteer Service Awards Presented to Sno-Isle Libraries' Volunteers
Jessie Larson, from Mountlake Terrace, was so determined to be recognized by President Obama and Sno-Isle Libraries that she volunteered 280 hours at the Lynnwood Library in 2010, and 407 hours in 2011. She received that recognition ...
|05/03/2013||Two Community Discussions on Gun Violence for Sno-Isle Libraries "Issues That Matter"
Gun violence (along with the fear and pain which can precede or follow the use of firearms) affects everyone: victims, perpetrators, bystanders, families, friends, neighbors, communities, the young and old. Sno-Isle Libraries has joined with ...
|05/01/2013||Sno-Isle Libraries Trustee Wins 2013 Award from State Library Association
Jacquelyn DeFazio, of Camano Island, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award at an awards event hosted by the Washington Library Friends, Foundation & Trustees Association. The event ...
|04/23/2013||Susan Kostick Joins Library Board of Trustees
Susan Kostick, Ed.D., of Edmonds, Washington, has received a six-year appointment to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. The six-year term from Snohomish County Executive, Aaron Reardon, will complete ...
|03/05/2013||Free Interview Technique Workshops at Sno-Isle Libraries
You might have the best résumé ever, but if you don't interview well it won't matter. Knowing what employers are looking for and being prepared are absolute musts if you want to actually land a job. ...
|01/24/2013||Browse and Read eBooks Anywhere Through Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries launched a great new eBook service, on Jan. 24, for its e-reader customers. The new eBook service will make it much easier for library ebook customers ...
|11/15/2012||Candidates Sought for Sno-Isle Libraries Trustees Vacancy
Snohomish County is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. ...
|09/21/2012||Local Panelists Discuss Same-Sex Marriage Referendum 74 at Two
The public has the opportunity to listen to local panelists on the pros and cons of the hot topic of the state's marriage laws at two upcoming "Issues That Matter panel discussions before casting their votes on R-74. On the November ballot, voters will ratify or reject the referendum on Washington state's recent law legalizing same-sex marriage. ...
|09/21/2012||Be an Informed Voter on State Ballot Measures
For voters who want to make informed decisions when they cast their vote in November, learning about state ballot measures now will help. Sno-Isle Libraries' election Web page, www.sno-isle.org/explore/elections, provides links for voters to find county election information, the Secretary of State's ...
|09/13/2012||Two Panel Discussions on Same-Sex Marriage Referendum 74 to Inform Voters on "Issues That Matter"
Both major party national conventions are over. Now what? Well, here's an opportunity to get better informed on an important state issue same-sex marriage. The public can listen to the pros and cons on the hot topic of the state's marriage laws by attending two upcoming "Issues That Matter panel discussions before
|07/06/2012||Sno-Isle Libraries Offer Special Opportunities For Sun-Lovers All Summer Long
Sun-worshippers take heart. You don't have to be drenched in sunshine to have a fun summer. In fact, mental suntans are available within the four walls of the Sno-Isle Library nearest you. Sno-Isle makes it easy and convenient to explore ...
|05/21/2012||Amy Zuvela Joins Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board
Amy Zuvela has been elected as the newest member of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors. An avid reader and Lake Stevens resident, Zuvela brings her youth and enthusiasm to ...
|05/01/2012||Workshops on Using LinkedIn to Find a Job Are Offered at Sno-Isle Libraries
Since the landscape of looking for work is not the same as it was just a few years ago, those who are unemployed or underemployed need to keep current on job search trends. Free classes at the library can help ...
|05/01/2012||Two Panel Discussions on Marijuana Initiative 502 to Inform Voters on 'Issues That Matter'
Before voters mark their ballots in November, they have the opportunity to be informed on issues that matter through Sno-Isle Libraries. Voters can hear the pros and cons on the hot topic of marijuana reform Initiative 502 at two panel discussions in May ...
|04/06/2012||Military Families Ease into New Communities with Help from Sno-Isle Libraries
For military families, settling into a new community can be daunting. "I am a newcomer to Oak Harbor, and have been here one month. The library has proven enormously helpful for many of the questions I have, commented a library customer. Sno-Isle Libraries is often one of the very first stops ...
|02/29/2012||Library Board Continues Camano Island Library Project
The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees voted, during regular session on Monday, February 27, to continue operation of the Camano Island Library Project, accepting a $5,000 per year pledge of community ...
|02/14/2012||Tax Preparation Assistance and Tax Forms Available at Sno-Isle Libraries
There are two things in life that are certain taxes and that Sno-Isle Libraries can help with taxes. Free tax return preparation, as well as tax forms and instructions are available at Sno-Isle Libraries. Sno-Isle Libraries offers free, one-on-one assistance with individual federal tax returns ...
|02/13/2012||Sno-Isle Libraries Partners With WorkSource to Offer Resume and Panel Interview Workshops
Steve Capili had an epiphany at the Lynnwood Library. He discovered he had been applying for jobs with an outdated-style resumé that application screeners won't notice. "Going to the [resumé] presentation, at the Lynnwood Library, was one of the smartest ...
|02/09/2012||New Officers Join the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation elected four new officers to the Board of Directors at the January 2012 Board meeting. Leading the Board will be Rose Olson of ...
|02/03/2012||Library Trustees Agree To Granite Falls Library Transfer
The Board of Trustees of Sno-Isle Libraries has endorsed a library property transfer agreement with the City of Granite Falls. A resolution, authorizing the transfer of ownership of the 1.52-acre library property, was approved ...
|01/30/2012||All Five Whidbey Sno-Isle Libraries Earn Whidbey Green Seal
In the Fall of 2011, the Oak Harbor Library earned the Whidbey Green Seal from the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition. Now four additional Sno-Isle libraries, Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland and Langley, have also earned the Green Seal...
|12/21/2011||Learn to Download Free Library eBooks on Your New eReader
"Now that they have implemented an eBook check-out system to include the Kindle, we are using the library more than ever without leaving home, commented 67-year-old Jerry Kovacich, who moved with his wife to Coupeville, Wash., after retiring. The hot holiday gift this year is the eReader, coined the "Tickle Me Elmo for grown-ups ...
|11/23/2011||Sno-Isle Libraries Explores Hate Crime Violence with Screenings and Discussions of Documentary "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness" at 10 Libraries
What would you do if one of your neighbors was killed in a hate crime? Think about it. Think about it with your fellow community members. Sno-Isle Libraries will host screenings and public discussions of a new PBS documentary, "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness," at 10 community libraries. These screenings ...
|10/11/2011||Self-Service Fax Machines Added to Seven More Sno-Isle Libraries
One of the questions Sno-Isle Libraries is frequently asked is, "Do you have a fax machine I can use? While some may think faxes are becoming obsolete, this is not the case at the library. The self-service fax pilot project ...
|09/23/2011||At Long Last, Kindle Owners Can Now Get Free eBooks From Library
On Wednesday, September 21, the number of eBook downloads from Sno-Isle Libraries skyrocketed by 80%. No, Justin Bieber didn't put out a new autobiography. But something nearly as popular ...
|09/12/2011||Nationally Known Children's Singers Headline Local Literacy Tour
The fans were rapt, on the edge of their seats. As each new number began, some old, some new, they sang along. How could they not? But they were waiting for the big hit and when it came, finally, it was like a dam broke. Squeals broke out in the crowd, they jumped up on their feet dancing, twirling, shouting along with "Dinosaurs in a Car. Even some of the parents. Nationally known children's musician Nancy Stewart kicked off Sno-Isle Libraries' early literacy tour ...
|09/09/2011||Sno-Isle Libraries Partners with WorkSource to Offer Nine Free 'Creating a Targeted Resume' Workshops
One of the regular customers at Sno-Isle Libraries divulged exciting news to a Sno-Isle staff member she had not one, but two job offers! What led up to such a wonderful dilemma? This diligent job seeker became a familiar face at the library since she came in most mornings to use the library's computers to search and apply ...
|09/06/2011||Gardeners, Cooks & Artists Find South Whidbey Libraries A Learning Place
If you love cooking, art or gardening, the autumn months on South Whidbey Island may provide a perfect opportunity to increase your knowledge and hone your skills. That's because Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a set of classes ...
|09/01/2011||Small Businesses Find Support at Sno-Isle Libraries
Some of us don't take technology for granted. Bill Church, owner of Bow Wow Bill's Dog Services, lives in an area of Arlington that isn't wired for Internet access. This hasn't stopped Bow Wow Bill from growing his dog walking and dog training business. He often visits the Arlington Library to use their business resources ...
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