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08/20/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes Monroe Library manager

MONROE, Wash. — Phil Spirito is the new manager of the Monroe Library.

Spirito was most recently adult services manager for the Indian Trails Public Library District in the suburbs of Chicago. While there, he also served as technology librarian, creating and teaching technology instructional programs and providing reference service. He previously worked for the Glen Ellyn Public Library in Illinois, and prior to that he worked at the Chicago Public Library.

Phil Spirito

Spirito is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine and earned his master’s degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to becoming a librarian, he worked as a chef before moving into information technology, providing business support and managing a team that designed, installed and maintained Internet, phone and TV systems for multi-unit apartment buildings.

He is also a professional musician, playing his own style of folk music under the band name oRSo.

Spirito succeeded Monroe Managing Librarian Betsy Lewis, who retired in July.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
Phil Spirito, Managing Librarian, Monroe Library, 360-794-7851, pspirito@sno-isle.org

08/19/2014
Mukilteo Library closed Sept. 2 and 3

MUKILTEO, Wash. — The Mukilteo Library will close on Sept. 2 and 3 for interior painting immediately following the Labor Day closure on Sept. 1. The library will be re-open on Sept. 4.

Seal coating and striping of the parking lot will also take place on Sept. 2 and 3. Construction of 22 new parking spaces and work on the irrigation system is under way and is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 29.

The library’s return drop box will be closed from Sept. 1 through 3. Customers with items to return may keep them until Sept. 4 or return them to another Sno-Isle library. Requested items that are ready for pickup will be held during this time to be picked up by Sept. 7, or customers may choose another library in advance as the pickup location for their requests.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:
Jane Crawford, Managing Library, Mukilteo Library, 425-493-8202 x3220, jcrawford@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

08/14/2014
Arlington Library closed Sept. 8 to 14

ARLINGTON, Wash. — The Arlington Library will close on Sept. 8 for shelving replacement and will reopen on Sept. 15.

The Returns drop box will also be closed. Customers with items to return may keep them until Sept. 15 or return them to another Sno-Isle library. Requested items that are ready for pickup will be held during this time to be picked up after Sept. 15, or customers may choose another library in advance as the pickup location for their requests.

The library’s old wooden shelving, which was splintering and chipping, will be replaced with new shelving to improve the airflow and lighting in the building. Old computer desks will also be replaced. New additions will include three new catalog computer stations and tables to accommodate laptop users.

Library service is available at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., and other Sno-Isle libraries. Call 360-651-7000 or visit sno-isle.org for more information.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:
Jocelyn Redel, Managing Librarian, Arlington Library, 360-435-3033 x5220, jredel@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

07/30/2014
Modern-day superwomen and heroines to be explored at two library events

Author and pop-culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will explore the significance of superwomen, cinematic warriors and heroines in modern-day mythology when she speaks at the Marysville Library at 7 p.m. Aug. 11. The public will have a second opportunity to hear her speak at the Granite Falls Library at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 as part of the Mini Comic Con celebration.

The Marysville Library is located at 6120 Grove St. and the Granite Falls Library is located at 815 E. Galena St. Both events are free and sponsored by the libraries and Humanities Washington.

Jennifer K. Stuller

In her presentation, “Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology,” Jennifer K. Stuller will help explore how the female hero in modern mythology and how superwomen have broken through the traditional barrier of the “boys’ club.” She will discuss female action and super heroines in film and comics from the 1930s to the present day.

Stuller hopes to inspire deeper thinking about popular culture, media, gender images and storytelling. She is author of the 2010 book Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology. A member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, she spoke at this summer’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.

This program is timely because today’s teens are fascinated by strong female characters, according to Teen Librarian Marta Murvosh of Marysville Library.

“Discovering the fictional women and girls who came before Katniss in ‘Hunger Games’ will help teens connect with the characters who inspired their parents and grandparents,” Murvosh said. “Adults will learn more about the heroines of their youth and possibly meet new fictional females.”

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
Marta Murvosh, Teen Librarian, Marysville Library, 360-658-5000, mmurvosh@sno-isle.org
Jude Anderson, Managing Librarian, Granite Falls Library, 360-691-6087 x5120, janderson@sno-isle.org

07/24/2014
Forums to explore drug use in Highway 2 communities

Illegal drugs are taking a heavy toll on communities along U.S. Highway 2 in eastern Snohomish County. Two August public forums will explore the extent of the problem and what can be done to stem the tide of crime, overdoses and ruined lives.

“Drugs in Our Communities” will be presented by Sno-Isle Libraries and KSER-FM at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., and 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way. The events are free.

Panelists will include Detective David Chitwood of the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force and Bart Wheaton, chemical dependency counselor, Catholic Community Services/Cocoon House. Moderator Ed Bremer, KSER news and public affairs director, will invite questions from the audience. A Sno-Isle Libraries staff member will be live tweeting during the events using hashtag #snoisleITM.

The programs are part of the Issues That Matter public affairs series supported by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Additional event information and library resources related to illegal drugs are available online at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.
 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 671,000 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org

06/17/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries targets young, digital-savvy customers

TULALIP, Wash. — Hoping to build the next generation of library customers, Sno-Isle Libraries has kicked-off a research and engagement project targeting the Generation Y and Z market. The 18-month project focuses on 13- to 29-year-olds within Snohomish and Island counties.

A library staff team kicked off the project in early June with the services of OrangeBoy, Inc., a customer intelligence and strategy company with offices in Portland, Oregon and Columbus, Ohio.

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries, initiated the project to build the library’s understanding of library customers who are transitioning from their teens through their twenties. “It is vital that these digital natives receive what they need from their public library during this phase of their life,” said Woolf-Ivory, “so they will give us the opportunity to serve them through their later years.”

“Our objective is to show our Gen YZ digital native population that Sno-Isle Libraries fits perfectly within their mobile lifestyle,” said Ken Harvey, the library district’s communications director and project manager. “Young people are driving the information and innovation marketplace because of the way they generate, access and share data and information. We need to connect with and engage them based upon who they are and how they want information delivered to them. Otherwise, public libraries and other community institutions may not matter to them in the long run.”

OrangeBoy, Inc. was retained by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, under a $75,000 grant and contract. Under the agreement, OrangeBoy is working with the library district to collect, capture, and analyze data on library users and non-customers. The early data collection process includes:

  • Library cardholder analysis
  • Demographic, geographic and trend analysis
  • Online customer survey
  • Non-customer focus groups

Key findings from OrangeBoy’s customer assessment will lead to the development and rollout of targeted marketing and program strategies in late 2014 and 2015.

“We appreciate our Foundation’s tremendous investment which has made it possible for us to tap into the expertise of this national firm,” said Woolf-Ivory. “OrangeBoy brings a wealth of experience with more than 50 library clients across the United States and Canada. We have great confidence as they serve as our agent to aggregate and analyze these types of data. Not only do they have a great reputation within the public library community, they have a successful track record providing the customer insight and strategic input we need to better connect with our 13- to 29-year-olds.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

06/12/2014
Public input opportunity for new Camano Island Library

Camano Island, WA. — Camano Island Residents have an opportunity to weigh in on how space is used in their new library at a community meeting, Tuesday, July 1, 848 North Sunrise Blvd, at the site of the future Camano Island Library in Terry’s Corner.

Members of the public are invited to view, comment and provide input on potential library floor plans with various options on space use options. Project architects, Dan Nelson and Kim Williams from Designs Northwest Architects and Stig Carlson from Stig Carlson Architecture, will be available to answer questions and provide explanations. Community feedback will help the Building Committee with final remodeling decisions as the former restaurant building is renovated into a 4,900 foot square library.

Information presentations are planned at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm. Community residents are invited to drop in any time between 4 and 7 pm to see floor space options, ask questions, and share opinions. Community input from this meeting will shape the floor plan reflected when the renovation goes out to bid later this summer.

Building Committee members will be on hand for the community meeting. In addition to the project architects, Building Committee members include two community members: Gay Campbell (the Friends of Camano Island Library) and Cathy Mathes (Camano Island Library Advisory Board), as well as building project manager, Jeanne Crisp, Director of Technical Services and Facilities for Sno-Isle Libraries; Becky Bolte, District Manager for Sno-Isle Libraries; and David Menard, Camano Island Library Manager.

Information about the project timeline will be shared at the community meeting and will be posted at www.sno-isle.org/camanolibraryupdates afterwards.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

06/03/2014
Museum expert to speak about hidden treasures

FREELAND, Wash.— Author and journalist Harriet Baskas will describe “Hidden Treasures in Washington’s Museums” during a free presentation on Tuesday, June 10, at the Freeland Library.

The 4 p.m. talk is part of the library’s celebration marking 20 years in its current location, 5495 Harbor Ave.
 

Harriet Baskas

Baskas will give a fast-paced, photo-filled tour of Washington history through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely shown to the public, from Bing Crosby’s toupees to a 150-year-old pickle.

Baskas writes about museums and a wide variety of other topics for msnbc.com, USATODAY.com, AAA Journey and other news outlets. She produced a major radio series on hidden museum artifacts that aired on NPR. A Seattle resident, she is the author of a half-dozen books, including “Washington Curiosities” and “Washington Icons.” She is finishing a book about hidden museum treasures.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Betsy Arand, Managing Librarian, Freeland Library, 360-331-7323, barand@sno-isle.org  
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
 

05/29/2014
Libraries distribute AquaSox tickets for summer learning fun

June 16 game tickets designated for Oso-area communities

 

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Continuing a summer tradition, Sno-Isle Libraries is distributing free Everett AquaSox tickets to families in its two-county service area this summer.

There is one difference this year. Two thousand tickets to the June 16 baseball game, a benefit for those affected by the March 22 mudslide, are available to anyone in the communities near that disaster area. They can be picked up at Darrington High School, Arlington Library, Arlington Pharmacy, and the Arlington Boys and Girls Club.

Tickets to eight other AquaSox home games are available at all 21 libraries in the Sno-Isle system, which serves Island and Snohomish counties, and from the Sno-Isle bookmobile. Game days are July 17, 23, 26 and 27; and Aug. 10, 12, 17 and 19.

The tickets are paid for by BECU, Fred Meyer, Safeco Insurance and Whidbey Island Bank.

“We are most grateful to these sponsors,” said Kristin Piepho, children’s services coordinator for the library district. “Encouraging kids and their families to participate in community events like baseball games is part of this year’s Explore Summer program.”

Children enrolled in the program will earn a book, and a chance to win a new bicycle, if they read 10 books (or 1,000 pages) and participate in four activities. They can enroll at their community library or online at sno-isle.org/explore-summer.

The bicycles—two for each library and the bookmobile—are donated by the Freemasons of Washington, with the assistance of the Fred Meyer in Monroe. 
 

Related video:
Sno-Isle Libraries billboard painter at AquaSox stadium
 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

For more information, contact:

Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
Kristin Piepho, Children’s Services Coordinator, 360-651-7017, kpiepho@sno-isle.org
 

05/23/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries selects architects and building committee members for Camano Island Library project

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries has selected Designs Northwest Architects and Stig Carlson Architecture for the Camano Island Library Remodel Project.

Dan Nelson of Designs Northwest has been a Camano Island resident for more than 22 years. His firm designed the master site plan and schematic architectural design for the former Islander’s Restaurant building, which is the home of the future Camano Island Library. Nelson will be the principal architect for the project. Kim Williams from Designs Northwest will serve as the architects’ project manager. 

Stig Carlson, a Coupeville resident, will be the library planning architect for the project. Carlson was involved in the planning and design of two of the library district’s other community libraries, in Freeland and Coupeville.

The two firms will collaborate to turn the former restaurant building into a 4,900-square-foot library to serve Camano Island residents. This project was made possible when Camano Island voters approved a $2.3 million capital bond measure in April. The tentative project timeline calls for opening the doors of a permanent library during the summer of 2015. Meanwhile, residents will continue to receive interim library service at the familiar library location at Terry’s Corner.   

Camano Island residents Gay Campbell, representing the Camano Island Library Friends, and Cathy Mathes, representing the Camano Island Library Advisory Board, have been selected to serve on the Building Committee for the Library Remodel project. They will join several Sno-Isle Libraries staff members as well as the architects. Public input will also be sought at several stages of the project.

A project timeline will be added to the project’s website, www.sno-isle.org/camanolibraryupdates, in early June. 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or Jeanne Crisp, Director of Technical Services and Facilities Development, 360-651-7068, jcrisp@sno-isle.org

05/22/2014
Science education advocates honor Sno-Isle Libraries

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries has been recognized for its promotion of science education, which includes an annual Winter Extravaganza that spans 21 community libraries in Snohomish and Island counties.

The library district received a Science Champion: Science Education Advocate Award from the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform Program (LASER). Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees President Rico Tessandore and Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory accepted the award Thursday at the annual meeting of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. 

Creating stop-motion animation using an
iPad and LEGO at the Marysville Library
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“Exposing children and students to science and engineering through these science-enrichment programs in their community libraries, empowers them to discover and learn on their own,” said Woolf-Ivory. “It promotes critical thinking skills. It connects them with the information resources and library services that prepare them to be competitive for tomorrow’s technology-based careers.”

Washington state LASER is a collaboration of the Pacific Science Center and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Each year, with support from The Boeing Company, LASER recognizes up to five individuals, organizations or project teams as Science Champions. Each award comes with $5,000, which in the library district’s case will go to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation to continue its support of literacy and programs related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  

One such program is the Winter Extravaganza, which features robotics, sharks, dinosaurs, LEGO® animation, astronomy and more. Sno-Isle also hosts summer programs with hands-on experiments to engage students while school is out. Recently, Sno-Isle acquired 50 tablet computers for use by children of preschool age through third grade. In the past year, more than 5,000 people have attended 130 Sno-Isle Libraries programs related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org

05/20/2014
Brier Library announces new hours

BRIER, Wash. — To better meet the needs of library customers, the Brier Library will have new open hours starting in June.

The Brier Library will be closed Sunday and Monday rather than Sunday and Thursday. The Brier Library’s hours effective June 2 will be Tuesday through Thursday noon to 8 p.m., Friday noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The changes in open hours are based on public feedback and recent patterns of library use. The new hours were developed with the goal of improving service to the community and their diverse needs.

“Since we started publicizing our new hours, we’ve already received positive feedback from the community,” said Sandra Barnhart, temporary manager of the Brier Library. “Some customers have stated that with the library being open continuous days within the week, it will be easier to remember our hours.”

Learn more about the Brier Library at www.sno-isle.org/locations/brier.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or Sandra Barnhart, Brier Library Temporary Manager, 425-483-0888, sbarnhart@sno-isle.org

05/20/2014
Lake Stevens Library announces new hours

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — To better meet the needs of library customers, the Lake Stevens Library will expand its hours starting in June.

The Lake Stevens Library will open one hour earlier Monday through Saturday and will now be open on Sundays. Hours effective June 1 will be Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The changes in open hours are based on public feedback and recent patterns of library use. The new hours were developed with the goal of improving service to the community and their diverse needs.

 “It feels great to better serve the community with expanded hours,” said Miriam Driss, managing librarian of the Lake Stevens Library. “We know there are people who have a difficult time getting to the Lake Stevens Library because of their busy schedules. More hours will make visiting the library easier, and more of our residents will have access to library services. That is a very good thing.”

Learn more about the library at www.sno-isle.org/locations/lakestevens.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or Miriam Driss, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian, 425-334-1900, mdriss@sno-isle.org

05/15/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries seeks advisory board member for Camano Island Library

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash.  —  Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill one position on the Camano Island Library Advisory Board for a three-year term beginning July 2014. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.  

Board members must be Camano Island residents.

Application packets and information are available at the Camano Island Library, 848 North Sunrise Boulevard, Camano Island, WA 98282-8770, or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: www.sno-isle.org/camanoisland/board/recruitment

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact David Menard, Camano Island Library branch manager at 360-387-5150 or dmenard@sno-isle.org. For questions about the application process or to request an application packet, contact Penny Holland at 360-651-7122 or 1-877-766-4753 extension 7122, or pholland@sno-isle.org.

Applications must be postmarked by June 16.  They may be mailed to Penny Holland, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to pholland@sno-isle.org

05/14/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation board honors Chris Loos for Library on Wheels fundraising

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Chris Loos, who led a successful campaign to upgrade Sno-Isle Libraries bookmobile service, was honored this week by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Loos is retiring from the Foundation’s board of directors after two three-year terms of service. Her latest role as major gifts chair culminated in the capital campaign that raised more than $285,000 to purchase two new vehicles for the Library on Wheels program.

“When I began the campaign, all I had to do was mention bookmobiles and everyone’s eyes lit up or misted over at thoughts from their childhood about bookmobiles,” said Loos. “I had no trouble getting donors wanting to support this cause.”

Chris Loos

Loos grew up in Burien, lived in the University district, moved to San Francisco for many years, then returned to the northwest in 1999 with her husband, Jack, another active library supporter. They live just up the street from the Edmonds Library. Loos retired from a career in health care and now enjoys spending time with her six-year-old granddaughter in California, where they visit their local library together.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation board of directors screened a special video presentation at Loos’ last board meeting on May 13 to honor Loos and the outcome of her fundraising efforts. The video highlighted the two new vehicles and featured many customers expressing their gratitude for library service brought to them through the bookmobile and how it has enhanced their lives.

“To me, it’s an access to the greater world. Living in a small community that’s pretty isolated, we just really don’t have that,” said frequent bookmobile customer Sue Cross from Index, Washington.  

Major donors funding the two bookmobiles include: The Hazel Miller Foundation, the Nysether Family Foundation, the Estate of Carol S. Umbreit, Doreen and Ralph Boy, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Funds, and Washington Energy Services. Watch the video online at www.sno-isle.org/foundation/ to see the list of more than 100 additional donors.

“Chris Loos has been indispensable to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.  She has not only brought her energy and commitment to all of the Foundation’s endeavors, but also her expertise, which was particularly critical in completing the capital campaign.  She’s left quite a legacy at the Foundation, and we are incredibly grateful to her,” said Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Paul Pitkin.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org

 

Additional resources:

Photo of Chris Loos for print

 

 

 

05/12/2014
Lake Stevens Library closed May 16 through 19

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — The Lake Stevens Library will be closed from Friday, May 16 through Monday, May 19 for a carpeting project. The City of Lake Stevens is funding the carpet replacement which the library board recommended to the City last year.

The book drop will remain open, however, browsing material and held items will not be available to check out. Sno-Isle Libraries recommends that library customers select an alternate pickup location, such as the Granite Falls, Marysville or Snohomish libraries, for hold requests needed during this period.

The Lake Stevens Library will resume with regular hours on Tuesday, May 20. Items designated for pickup at the Lake Stevens Library will be retained through May 26.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or Miriam Driss, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian, 425-334-1900, mdriss@sno-isle.org

05/08/2014
Lynnwood Library to host reading of 'short, crazy Vietnam' memoir

For more information, contact                                                                    
Julie Titone (pronounced tee-tone), 360-651-7081 or 509-339-5554, jtitone@sno-isle.org
Roxanna Garrison, Lynwood Library, RGarrison@sno-isle.org, 425-778-2148 Ext. 13021
Downloadable book cover

Lynnwood Library to host reading of 'short, crazy Vietnam' memoir

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A Northwest veteran’s unusual memoir, “Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War,” will be the subject of a May 22 reading at the Lynnwood Library.

Julie Titone will read and share illustrations from the book, which she co-authored with the late artist Grady Myers, at 7 p.m. at the library, 19200 44th Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Navy veteran Charles Beck will join in reading from the memoir.

The book takes its title from soldiers’ slang pronunciation of “beaucoup dien cai dau,” meaning very crazy. A Vietnam Veterans of America review hailed it as Lucid ... well-told ... beautifully illustrated ... infused with humor.”  Washington State Magazine praised it as "Part ‘M*A*S*H’ and part ‘Full Metal Jacket.’"

Myers was an aimless Idaho teenager when, desperate for troops, the U.S. Army overlooked his extreme nearsightedness and transformed him into Hoss, an M-60 machine gunner. In “Boocoo Dinky Dow,” he recounts his military initiation at Fort Lewis, Washington. He describes the intensity of Vietnam, where an old man carrying a bundle of sticks posed a moral dilemma and where his brave but explosives-happy comrades in Charlie Company sometimes posed the greatest danger.

Myers returned from four months in Vietnam with serious injuries and a Purple Heart. He went on to a professional art career in Idaho and Washington. He died in Boise in 2011.

Titone, who was married to Myers in the 1980s, is communications and marketing manager for the Sno-Isle Libraries. She lives in Everett. Her writing and photography have appeared in regional, national and international publications; her essays have been published in three college textbooks and two literary collections. Her novel, “Deadline Affairs,” was recorded by Books in Motion.

More information is available at shortcrazyvietnam.com.     


 

05/01/2014
Hoopla partnership expands Sno-Isle Libraries customer access to free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks

Library card-holders can now borrow dynamic content from their smartphones, tablets and PCs

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – Thanks to a new partnership with hoopla digital, Sno-Isle Libraries has expanded its digital collection to include thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access.

Card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit www.sno-isle.org/hoopla to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

“Our staff is always looking ahead and uncovering new ways to serve the community with resources that foster reading and lifelong learning,” said Nancy Messenger, collection development manager for the 21-community library district. “New digital services, like hoopla digital, are the future of media consumption and provide our patrons with endless amounts of content for both educational and recreational uses.”

Sno-Isle Libraries is the sixth library system in the state of Washington to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include Tacoma Public Library, Timberland Regional Library, Spokane County Library, Pierce County Library System and Fort Vancouver Regional Library.

“With hoopla digital, it is our mission to help public libraries meet the needs of the mobile generation. We’ve worked for years to create a best-in-breed service that is fun, fast and reliable.  And we continue to secure content deals to expand the offering of movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks,” said Jeff Jankowski founder and owner of hoopla digital.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

About hoopla digital

hoopla digital is category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 20 years. For more information, please contact 800-875-2785 (US) or 866-698-2231 (Canada).

 

For more information, contact Nancy Messenger, collection development manager, at  nmessenger@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7014 or Julie Titone, communications and marketing manager, at jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081.

 

04/25/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries sustainable cleaning practices ensure healthy indoor environments

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries is the first library system in Washington state to use Green Seal-certified cleaning practices.

That’s no small feat, given that a library is much more demanding to clean than an office building, according to Chris J. Andersen of Mukilteo-based ServiceMaster Building Maintenance. The typical office doesn’t have 1,200 to 1,500 customers coming through every day. Nor is it open for extended hours, six or seven days a week.

“On top of that, you add in a lot of children,” Andersen said of the challenge of cleaning libraries. “And lot of high-touch points, whether it’s the computer keyboards in the technology area … whether it’s just handling the doorknobs or the faucets in the restrooms.”

Rey Mosuela and other custodians take green approach to cleaning Sno-Isle Libraries

Green Seal is a nonprofit organization that certifies products and services as sustainable. ServiceMaster Building Maintenance has GS-42 certification, which is based on waste minimization, cleaning procedures and effective custodial training for commercial and public buildings. It also requires the use of cleaning products with limits on human and environmental toxicity—in other words, “green.” 

“We really wanted to be green,” said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries, of the decision to hire ServiceMaster. “We also wanted to be fiscally responsible.”  

To save money, managers of the tax-supported library district decided in 2013 to consolidate custodial services rather than continue to hire separate cleaners for each building. ServiceMaster landed the contract in large part because it is certified by Green Seal. The company cleans 19 of the 21 community libraries in Snohomish and Island counties as well as the library district service center in Marysville.

“We saved $100,000 a year by consolidating cleaning services,” said Rush, adding that some of those savings are being spent on healthier but pricier cleaning supplies. Case in point: divided mop buckets, which cost twice as much as the regular kind. After each swipe of the floor, microfiber mops are rinsed out on the “dirty” side of the buckets. They are rinsed again on the “clean” side before being used again.

Restrooms are cleaned twice a day with washable microfiber cloths that are either green or red.

“The reason for the color coding is so the cleaners don’t mistake the towel they use on the toilet with the one they use on the sink,” explained ServiceMaster account manager Ryan Kelley.

Carpets are cleaned every three months with a low-moisture system so visiting toddlers won’t be exposed to fungi that grow in damp carpet.

Special entrance mats capture dirt before it comes in the door. Trash bags and toilet paper are made from recycled materials. High-suction HEPA-filter vacuums have largely replaced the beater-bar technology that throws dirt back in the air. Gone is the familiar pink, pungent liquid hand soap—which, Rush noted, is so caustic that it damages plumbing. It’s been replaced with white, unscented foam.  

All the cleaning products are scent-free, which is good news for people who are allergic to those added chemicals.

“We want people to come in and not worry about getting sick,” Rush said, adding: “If you have to cover up a smell, it isn’t clean.”

For more information about Green Seal, visit greenseal.org or smbuildingmaintenance.com

Watch the companion video story here.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:

Brian Rush, Facilities Manager
360-651-7093, brush@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager
360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

04/24/2014
Voters approve permanent Camano Island Library

Camano Island will have a permanent library, thanks to passage of a $2.3 million bond levy.

The library ballot measure received the approval of 62.05% percent of Camano Island voters on April 22. Vote results will be officially certified on May 6 and additional information on vote counts and precinct results are available on the Island County Auditors elections web site, http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/island/.

The Camano Island Library advisory board and Sno-Isle Libraries sought a voter decision on a 10-year general obligation bond to cover all capital costs associated with purchasing, remodeling and opening a 4,900 square foot library at the site of a former restaurant at Terry’s Corner. Bond funds will reimburse the library district’s Land Acquisition Reserve Fund for costs of purchasing the building in mid-2013. That purchase kept the building from becoming unavailable as a future library facility site when the property began moving into foreclosure.

“We are delighted and appreciate the support of residents who have worked so hard for library services in their community,” says Rico Tessandore, president of the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. “They always believed a demonstration library project on Camano Island would be used and valued by the community. And they never lost their desire for a permanent library.”

In August 2013, voters approved creation of a special library capital facility area taxing district but failed to approve the proposed library bond levy by a narrow margin.

Over the next 90 days, the library district will search for an architect and assemble a library capital project building committee. This building committee will include the project architect, library project staff team, a local library advisory board member, and a member of the Friends of the Camano Island Library. The group will develop plans to convert the former restaurant building into a library, within the approved budget. Building committee members will provide input, give feedback and take part in important discussions involving the project.

Building committee work will begin in late May and expected to last through winter 2015.

“Camano Island residents will have the opportunity to view and comment on design options before renovations begin,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, the Sno-Isle Libraries executive director.

Meanwhile, library officials have been successful extending the lease on the current library space—located at Terry’s Corner through the month of May. Officials are hopeful that voter approval of Proposition 1 will enable further negotiations to proceed for interim library service in the space until the doors open for the larger library.

For more information, please call Sno-Isle Libraries at 877-766-4753 or visit www.sno-isle.org.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers. There are 10,612 registered library customers on Camano Island.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org

04/18/2014
Wind-damaged Clinton Library scheduled to re-open

Update: The  Clinton Library is now expected to open on Saturday, April 19.

Marysville, Wash. — The Clinton Library, which was closed after damage caused by a Monday windstorm, is expected to reopen on Tuesday, April 22.

Meanwhile, library customers with materials on hold can pick up their books, CDs or videos at the Langley Library. The Clinton book drop can still be used.

A single tree limb pierced the roof, leaving a six-inch hole and damaging the ceiling. The library was closed and vacant at the time, library officials said. The damage was discovered when employees were notified of a potential problem by the security alarm company.

Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries, said the entire roof is being replaced.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,000 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

04/10/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries photo project puts region's history online

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Women drawing water from the Langley town pump in the 1920s. Elegant bicyclists posing with a drive-through tree in the 1890s. Construction of Everett’s Boeing plant in the 1960s.

One photo at a time, Sno-Isle Libraries is putting the region’s history online with its Digitize Our Community History Project. With 530 images in its catalog and more added daily, the project is celebrating the end of its first year and inviting new partners.

The best thing about the archive is its location on the library district website, said Warner Blake of the Snohomish Historical Society.

“You can share them with a lot more people than if the images were on display in a museum,” Blake said, noting the universal interest in the past. “When visitors come to Snohomish they ask shopkeepers up and down First Street, ‘What was this place before?’ ”

The archive includes photos from the collections of the Snohomish, Edmonds, South Whidbey and Darrington historical societies, as well as the files of the Everett Herald. They can be found online at sno-isle.org/catalog/photos

The captioned photos are linked to detailed information that will be valuable to researchers, said project leader Colleen Brazil of Sno-Isle Libraries.

“There’s even a feature that allows people to send the pictures as e-mail postcards,” said Brazil, who oversees the Sno-Isle catalog.

Most of the organizations that began the project in 2013 are continuing their involvement this year.

“We’re accepting applications from other groups that want to participate, and hope to pick three or four of them soon,” Brazil said.

The project got off the ground thanks to two grants. The Washington State Library Rural Heritage Program provided $5,435 to begin a digitization project with the South Whidbey Historical Society and the Langley Library. That was spent on professional digitization of film, a temporary worker to scan and describe the images, and two hard drives.

A $20,000 Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Initiatives Grant provided the hardware, software and computer servers needed to start an ongoing digital archive. 

To build the archive, historical society volunteers scanned pictures from their archives. Von Flake, a student intern from the University of Washington’s iSchool, worked on the Everett Herald photos.

“If any group has interest in participating in the project, they should contact the manager of their local library who will coordinate with us for the application process,” said Brazil.

Potential applicants are invited to attend a celebration and information session at 1 p.m. April 18 at the Sno-Isle Service Center in Marysville. Brazil asked that they contact her in advance at cbrazil@sno-isle.org, phone 360-651-7046, before April 16.

 

(Photo credit: Langley pump, South Whidbey Historical Society)

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,000 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Colleen Brazil, Content Access Manager
360-651-7046, cbrazil@sno-isle.org
or
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager
360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

04/02/2014
Camano Island voters can expect ballots in mail to decide on permanent library

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. — Registered voters on Camano Island will determine if the current Camano Island Library Pilot Project will be replaced by a permanent library when they cast their votes this month. Voters will receive their ballots in the mail in early April from the Island County Elections Office. Information on Proposition 1, the Camano Island Library bond measure, can be found online in the Island County Online Voters’ Guide or visit www.sno-isle.org/camanovote for FAQs and more details.

Proposition 1 will ask Camano Island voters whether they are willing to fund a 10-year, $2.3 million library bond measure that would result in a permanent library for their community. If approved, the library would be in the former location of Islanders Restaurant at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., next to the current temporary library. The cost to the owner of a home assessed at $250,000 would be an estimated $22.50 per year for 10 years, based on a rate of approximately 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Last August, voters approved a taxing district to support a permanent library, but failed to approve the levy. The Sno-Isle Libraries' Camano Island Library Pilot Project will close at the end of April.

Signed and completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 22 to be counted. Ballots may also be dropped off at the Island County Camano Annex, at 121 N East Camano Drive, by 8 p.m., April 22.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,000 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org

03/27/2014
Oak Harbor Elementary reading team wins Sno-Isle Libraries Third-Grade Reading Challenge

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — The Oak Harbor Elementary reading team The Fantastics lived up to its team name, emerging as champions of the  Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge with a perfect score.

Nearly 200 parents, students, and supporters came out to the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo on Wednesday night to cheer on five teams of third-graders answering trivia questions based on six selected books.  

Each member of The Fantastics won a Kindle, an Amazon gift certificate, and other prizes to encourage future reading and technology literacy. Prizes were provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, sponsors of the quiz bowl-style challenge. The winning team members are Allison Bailey, Jermaine Denmon, Jillian Knoll, Brianna Moore, Antonia Prosser, Payten Seith, John Tryon, and Liam Woodard. They were coached by Glenda Jackson and Peter Woodard.

 “The Sno-Isle Libraries staff is tremendously proud of these third-grade readers,” said Jane López-Santillana, Sno-Isle Libraries Reading Challenge coordinator. “The Reading Challenge has been a wonderful opportunity for our organization to partner with schools and the greater community to publicly support literacy while celebrating the beginning of a lifelong passion for reading and a memorable teamwork experience for the students.”

The five reading teams advanced to the finals out of 26 schools, with 889 participating students in Snohomish and Island counties. The four runner-up teams from the finals are The Brier Bobcats from Brier Elementary (Edmonds School District); The Reader Leaders from Mt. Pilchuck Elementary (Lake Stevens School District); The Wood Owl Readers from Discovery Elementary (Mukilteo School District); and The Reading Rebels from Eagle Creek Elementary (Arlington School District). All 37 third-grade participants in the finals were rewarded for their accomplishments by receiving a goody bag of prizes that include heat-sensitive “Reading Rocks” pencils, kangaroo bookmarks, ear buds, Reading Challenge temporary tattoos, and more.

Teams of five to nine readers answered questions based on the following six books selected by Sno-Isle Libraries staff:

  1. “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things” by Lenore Look
  2. “Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective” (vol. 1) by Donald Sobol
  3. “The Great Cake Mystery” by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies
  5. “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow
  6. “The Magical Ms. Plum” by Bonny Becker

Visit www.sno-isle.org/kids/challenge for more information.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager
360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or
Jane Lopez-Santillana, Reading Challenge Coordinator
360-675-5775 ext. 6040, jlopez-santillana@sno-isle.org
03/20/2014
Top teams earn a spot in the Reading Challenge Finals on March 26

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Five top-scoring teams will advance to the finals of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge. They are:

  • The Fantastics from Oak Harbor Elementary (Oak Harbor School District)
  • The Brier Bobcats from Brier Elementary (Edmonds School District)
  • The Reader Leaders from Mt. Pilchuck Elementary (Lake Stevens School District)
  • The Wood Owl Readers from Discovery Elementary (Mukilteo School District)
  • The Reading Rebels from Eagle Creek Elementary (Arlington School District)

The Final Challenge, which will determine the champion team, will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Community members are welcome to attend the finals and cheer on these third-grade readers as they show off their literacy skills and teamwork.

The top five reading teams emerged from competitions at 26 schools, with 889 participating students, in Snohomish and Island counties.

The Reading Challenge is a quiz bowl program that encourages children to enjoy reading while improving their literacy skills. Teams of five to nine readers answer questions based on the following six books selected by Sno-Isle Libraries staff:

  1.  “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things” by Lenore Look
  2. “Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective” (vol. 1) by Donald Sobol
  3. “The Great Cake Mystery” by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies
  5. “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow
  6. “The Magical Ms. Plum” by Bonny Becker

The Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge is funded by Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation with a grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Visit www.sno-isle.org/kids/challenge for more information.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager
360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or
Jane Lopez-Santillana, Reading Challenge Coordinator
360-675-5775 ext. 6040, jlopez-santillana@sno-isle.org

 

03/12/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries seeks two members for Mukilteo Library Advisory Board

MUKILTEO, Wash. – The Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill two positions on the Mukilteo Library Advisory Board.  Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.

  • One position is for a three-year term, beginning in June 2014.
  • The second position is to fill an unexpired term ending December 2014.

Qualified residents must reside within the Mukilteo School District.

Application packets and information are available at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Boulevard, or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: www.sno-isle.org/mukilteo/board/recruitment.

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact Jane Crawford, managing librarian of Mukilteo Library, phone 425-493-8202. For questions about the application process or to request an application packet, contact Penny Holland, at 360-651-7122 or 1-877-SNO-ISLE extension 7122.

Applications must be postmarked by March 27.  They may be mailed to Penny Holland, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417. 

 

Contact:   Jane Crawford
Managing Librarian, Mukilteo Library
425-493-8202

03/11/2014
Tax preparation assistance and tax forms available at Sno-Isle Libraries

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Free tax return preparation for people of low and moderate income is available at seven Sno-Isle Libraries.

The one-on-one assistance with individual federal tax returns is offered through the AARP Tax-Aide program at the following libraries: Coupeville, Edmonds, Freeland, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, and Snohomish. Priority is given to age 60 and over. AARP membership is not required.

IRS tax forms and instructions are available at all 21 Sno-Isle libraries and can be printed from library computers.

To find a schedule of AARP Tax-Aide sessions with registration guidelines, plus books and websites to help ease tax tension, visit  www.sno-isle.org/taxtime.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  email: kharvey@sno-isle.org

 

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:

  1. “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things” by Lenore Look
  2. “Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective” (vol. 1) by Donald Sobol
  3. “The Great Cake Mystery” by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies
  5. “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow
  6. “The Magical Ms. Plum” by Bonny Becker

 

SEMI-FINALS:

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.
Participating Schools:
  • Coupeville Elementary
  • Broad View Elementary
  • Crescent Harbor Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Oak Harbor Elementary
  • Olympic View Elementary
  • South Whidbey Elementary
 
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.
Participating Schools:
  • Beverly Elementary
  • Brier Elementary
  • Cedar Way Elementary
  • College Place Elementary
  • Terrace Park Elementary
 
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.
Participating Schools:
  • Dutch Hill Elementary
  • Monte Cristo Elementary
  • Mountain Way Elementary
  • Mt. Pilchuck Elementary
  • Sunnycrest Elementary
  • Totem Falls Elementary
 
Region: Mukilteo
Challenge Location: Mariner High School commons
Address: 200 120th St SW, Everett, WA 98204
Date: Wednesday, March 19
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Participating Schools:
  • Discovery Elementary
  • James Monroe Elementary
  • Olivia Park Elementary
 
Region: Arlington
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.
Participating Schools:
  • Darrington Elementary
  • Eagle Creek Elementary
  • Kent Prairie Elementary
  • Stanwood Elementary
  • Twin City Elementary
 
FINALS:
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.
 
For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager
360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
or
Jane Lopez-Santillana, Reading Challenge Coordinator
360-675-5775 ext. 6040, jlopez-santillana@sno-isle.org
02/07/2014
Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes new managers

MARYSVILLE, Wash. Sno-Isle Libraries is proud to welcome five new managers.

Miriam DrissMiriam 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 RedelJocelyn Redel was named managing librarian at the Arlington Library in August 2013, where she served as a librarian for more than five years.

 

Chy Ross

 

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.


Paul PitkinThe Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation welcomed Paul Pitkin as the new executive director in November 2013. Pitkin was previously the vice president of marketing and corporate relations at Easter Seals Washington since 2011 after being vice president of philanthropy for nine years and stewardship manager for one year.

 

 

Julie Titone

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.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  email: kharvey@sno-isle.org

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.

Visit www.sno-isle.org/explore/camano-vote for frequently asked questions and a library value calculator to find out how much library services are worth.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  email: kharvey@sno-isle.org

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.

Sno-Isle Libraries recently became a Funding Information Network partner with the Foundation Center and selected the Marysville Library to offer this free service.

This collection provides details on grant providers, application information and strategies for securing grants. Resources such as Foundation Directory Online Professional, profiling more than 110,000 U.S. grant makers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight are accessible online only at the Marysville Library location of Sno-Isle Libraries. Print directories, proposal writing guides, and books on nonprofit management and philanthropy are also available.

The Marysville Library will hold training sessions on how to use these resources and identify potential funders. The next session will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the library, 6120 Grove St. For more information, call 360-658-5000 or visit www.sno-isle.org/explore/funding-info.

"This is a wonderful new resource, said Dennis G. Smith, Ph.D., president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. "It will help the nonprofit community access additional grant revenues that will provide needed social services to the children, families and seniors of our community.

The Funding Information Network services offered at the Marysville Library are funded by the Greater Everett Community Foundation and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Anyone with an interest in investigating opportunities to receive funds from private foundations, corporate foundations and corporate giving programs can benefit.

"Grant funds are an incredibly important revenue source for nonprofits, said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. "The resources provided by this project will allow nonprofits to increase grant revenue, and spend less time and money doing so.

"I can't think of any nonprofit in our area that can't benefit from this new service, said Karri Matau, vice president of Grantmaking & Partnerships for Greater Everett Community Foundation.

The Marysville Library, open seven days a week, also provides: desktop computers, laptops, and Chromebooks in the library; white boards and SMART boards for collaboration; Book-a-Librarian sessions for personalized help; as well as free Internet and Wi-Fi.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030, email: kharvey@sno-isle.org

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 and Veterans Memorial Park on the Town Center Stormwater Facility project that will result in a regional stormwater infiltration facility.

The library will be open regular hours during construction; however, the drive-up bookdrop will not be available. Temporary parking to accommodate library customers will be available in the former Civic Center parking area just north of the library, with overflow parking located across 58th Avenue West at the Calvary Fellowship church lot.

Following installation of the underground stormwater facility, the permanent library parking lot will be rebuilt in a new configuration that will increase the number of accessible and general-purpose parking spaces available to library customers. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer.

The purpose of the regional facility is to provide stormwater treatment and downstream flood control for a tributary area of about thirteen acres in the city’s Town Center. More information on the Town Center Stormwater Facility project is available by calling Peter Dressel, capital projects coordinator, at 425-744-6276. For Mountlake Terrace Library information, call 425-776-8722.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 671,000 residents through 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties, as well as through online library and mobile library services to childcare, preschool and senior centers.

 

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director
360.651.7030,  kharvey@sno-isle.org

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 ...

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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