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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 wasnamed 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 ...
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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