Sno-Isle Libraries BookEnds E-Newsletter February 2010
In This Issue:
 •  SEEKING THE SUN
 •  WAITING TILL APRIL CAN BE TAXING
 •  UPDATE YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT TO USE PCs
 •  HEY TEEN VIDEOPHILES!
 •  HEARTS AND CRAFTS FOR KIDS
 •  NEW THEATERS FOR PUPPETS TO PLAY
 •  FEBRUARY'S FEATURED eRESOURCE: JOB AND CAREER ACCELERATOR
 •  SPOTLIGHT ON SNO-ISLE COMMUNITIES: FREELAND


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SEEKING THE SUN
Escape to the warmth of an exotic setting in these books that will take you far away.

"A Guide to the Birds of East Africa" by Nicholas Drayson (fiction)

"Assegai" by Wilbur A. Smith (fiction)

"Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire" by Margot Berwin (fiction)

"In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson (nonfiction)

"Telex from Cuba: A Novel" by Rachel Kushner (fiction)

"The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann (nonfiction)

"The Sound of Butterflies" by Rachael King (fiction)

"Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy" by Frances Mayes (nonfiction)

More good books


WAITING TILL APRIL CAN BE TAXING
It's not too early to start thinking about tax returns.

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Tax-Aide program provides trained and certified volunteers who prepare federal income tax returns primarily for seniors and lower income taxpayers.

Free AARP Tax-Aide service is available at the following libraries: Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, and Oak Harbor.

Check the events calendar for registration details.


UPDATE YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT TO USE PCs
Did you know your library account expires every two years? Effective Mar. 1, library accounts must be current to use the Sno-Isle Libraries public computers -- so don't get locked out.

To find your account's expiration date, go to www.sno-isle.org and click "Update My Account," or see a staff person for assistance.

Update your contact information, enter an email address to receive notices faster, and then submit your changes. Even if your information is already correct, submitting the form will keep your account current.

Update My Account


HEY TEEN VIDEOPHILES!
Show off your cinematic skills in our Teen Video Contest. Create a video that promotes the library or your favorite book.

The grand prize winner gets a Flip MinoHD video camera in the design of their choice. All finalists receive an "Infamous for Information" t-shirt.

The deadline to submit your video is March 31, 2010, so start writing your script and casting your superstars.

The Teen Video Contest is part of Teen Tech Month, which runs through the month of March.

See contest information and entry form


HEARTS AND CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Share the love! Celebrate Valentine's Day with your children at the library. Kids can decorate cookies, make Valentine's crafts or watch a 'sweet' movie.

Browse Valentine's activities for kids.


NEW THEATERS FOR PUPPETS TO PLAY
Thanks to the generosity of The Nysether Family Foundation and donations by our own Foundation Board members and staff, Sno-Isle Libraries was able to replace the library's 20-year-old puppet theaters with two new flexible, portable ones.

Puppet plays are one of the top two draws for public audiences. The new theaters will enable our 21 community libraries to put on a minimum of 20 puppet shows each year with an audience estimate of 450 to 500 kids!

One of the theaters was named in honor of the Nysether Family, while the other was in named in honor of outgoing Foundation President Marti Anamosa.

If you are interested in fun ways to honor someone, check out Giving Tributes and Memorials on the Foundation's Web site.


FEBRUARY'S FEATURED eRESOURCE: JOB AND CAREER ACCELERATOR
The Job and Career Accelerator is a comprehensive online job search system that puts job seekers in the driver's seat.

  • Explore more than 1,000 occupations.
  • Get personalized career recommendations based on your skills.
  • Improve your resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques with wizards and tutorials.
  • Organize, plan and track the entire application process in one place.

    Available free at the library or from your home computer with a library card.

    Visit: www.sno-isle.org/eresources.


    SPOTLIGHT ON SNO-ISLE COMMUNITIES: FREELAND
    South Whidbey Island's scenic community of Freeland is nestled between Holmes Harbor and Mutiny Bay. Its rural character in combination with a vibrant retail and financial center makes it an attractive place to live, visit, or operate a business.

    A unique piece of Freeland Library history is that from 1975 to 1989, the library was housed in a dress shop. The collection of fiction and nonfiction books shared space with sweaters, scarves and dresses, while storytimes took place in the dressing room!

    The managing librarian of the Freeland Library since July 2009 is Betsy Arand. She has worked at Sno-Isle since 1990 starting as a travelling reference librarian and then became the assistant managing librarian at the Oak Harbor Library.

    Betsy's enthusiasm for her job stems from the fact that no day is ever the same. She enjoys it all whether she is helping out customers, planning programs, or working with the wonderful staff and volunteers.

    Some of Betsy's favorite reads are teen novels "Graceling" and "Fire" by Kristin Cashore, and "Terrier" and "Bloodhound" by Tamora Pierce. Her favorite adult books are the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear and the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie King.

    A very special part of the Freeland Library is the rain garden, which is a joint project of Sno-Isle Libraries, the Whidbey Island Conservation District, and the Friends of Freeland Library. The rain garden helps provide natural filtration to the parking lot runoff before it enters Holmes Harbor. Several local contractors and community members volunteered time and material to make this project a reality.

    Browse events and programs at the Freeland Library.


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    Sno-Isle Libraries provides library service through 21 local communities in Snohomish and Island Counties and online at www.sno-isle.org.

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    7312 35th Ave. NE, Marysville, WA 98271

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