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Sultan Library to close on Oct. 25 for one day

Originally published Oct. 20, 2014

The Sultan Library will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 25, due to building maintenance.

The city-owned building will undergo cleaning of the ventilation system that requires the public to be out of the building to avoid noise, tripping hazards, and dust when the vents are removed. The maintenance project will cause the building to be closed for two days. Sno-Isle Libraries and the City of Sultan chose to schedule the project over the weekend to minimize the inconvenience on library customers. The library is closed on Sundays.

Requested items that are ready for pickup at the Sultan Library will be held during this time to be picked up through Oct. 29. Library service is available at the Monroe Library at 1070 Village Way, and online at

The Humanities Washington program, “A World of Sweets in Washington State,” that was originally scheduled for Oct. 25 is now rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

The Sultan Library will resume regular hours on Oct. 27.

The Herald: Stanwood city seeks library annexation

Originally published Oct. 20, 2014

Stanwood residents vote on annexation to library district

Originally published Oct. 15, 2014

For Stanwood voters, the Nov. 4 general election includes a ballot measure that asks voters to consider annexing the city's library into the Sno-Isle Libraries district.  Stanwood Library

The annexation, if approved by a simple majority of voters, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

By annexing, the city would no longer pay a contract fee for Stanwood Library service. That would free up city funds to support other town services such as police, fire and public works.

The estimated cost of library annexation to the owner of a Stanwood property assessed at $250,000 would be $125 per year. The estimate is based upon a rate of 50 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.

More information is available at

Oak Harbor Library to host reading of 'short, crazy' Vietnam memoir

Originally published Oct. 13, 2014

A Northwest veteran’s unusual illustrated memoir, “Boocoo Dinky Dow: My short, crazy Vietnam War,” will be the subject of a Nov. 6 reading at the Oak Harbor Library.

Julie Titone will read and share art from the book, which she co-authored with the late artist Grady Myers, at 2 p.m. at the library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive. Joining in reading from the book will be U.S. Army veteran Ray Heltsley of Coupeville, a Skagit Valley College instructor who served in Vietnam in 1969-70, one year after Myers.

The event is free and open to the public. Veterans and their families are especially encouraged to attend.

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, Wash. 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 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


Health forum will encourage planning for crisis care

Originally published Oct. 1, 2014

(Revised Oct. 9, 2014, to reflect a change in the panelist lineup.)

Debilitating health problems can strike at any age. That fact of life will be the focus of an Oct. 22 forum, “Don’t Wait for a Crisis: Health Care, Your Way,” to be held at the Edmonds Center for Arts at 6 p.m.

The event, part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series, is free and open to the public. It is being held in conjunction with the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition’s community initiative to promote advance care planning.

Experts at the forum will explain how people can ensure that they get the health care they want, even when they are unable to speak for themselves. They are:

  • Dr. Joanne Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett
  • Scott Forslund, Director, Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition
  • Reverend Eileen Hanson, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

They will be joined by Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries, who will relate her family’s experiences. Moderator will be Ed Bremer, news and public affairs director for KSER-FM community radio.

For those unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed, viewable online at and staff will be live tweeting during the event using hashtag #snoisleITM. More information and a list of library resources on the subject are available at

Sno-Isle Libraries' Issues That Matter programs, held in partnership with KSER-FM and the Daily Herald, are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

Authors of 'Practicing Journalism' will speak at Edmonds Library

Originally published Sep. 30, 2014

Paul Steinle and Sara Brown, authors of “Practicing Journalism: The Power and Purpose of the Fourth Estate,” will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Plaza Room of Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

The event is sponsored by Sno-Isle Libraries, the Daily Herald and Edmonds Book Shop.

“Practicing Journalism” is about the varied reasons that journalists remain dedicated to reporting news, even as the media and newspapers in particular are under siege. Using profiles and first-person interviews with 91 American journalists, the book showcases the dedication of reporters, editors and publishers in their communities. It explores journalistic values in the digital age — digging deep, influencing change, serving communities, challenging authorities, and embracing empathy.

Steinle is a veteran journalist and news media manager who has been teaching journalism since 1991. Sara Brown has over 30 years of experience as a human resource professional, management trainer, columnist and educator in the newspaper business. They are founders of the nonprofit organization Valid Sources and launched the Who Needs Newspapers? Project.

Sno-Isle Libraries invites you to toast sustainability at 'Green Drinks'

Originally published Sep. 30, 2014

Green Drinks, a monthly social gathering that focuses on sustainability, will be hosted by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation on Oct. 8. The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville.

The public is invited to the reception. Guests will hear about the library district’s sustainability efforts, which include special attention to energy savings and health of customers and staff. Service Master, Sno-Isle’s custodial partners, will describe the Green Seal GS-42 Certified program used in library buildings throughout Snohomish and Island counties.

Co-host for the event is the Sierra Club, Washington Chapter - Snohomish Group. 

Guests will also be offered a “behind the scenes” tour of the Service Center, where staff members select, order, process and deliver tens of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs annually.

Green Drinks is a monthly social gathering of people who discuss the sustainable things that they, or their organizations, are involved in. Each meeting includes a “Toast to our Beautiful Blue Planet While We Figure Ways to Not Toast Our Beautiful Blue Planet.” Green Drinks began in London in 1989 and has spread world-wide. Snohomish County Green Drinks has been networking for five years. 

Whidbey Island candidate forums set for Freeland, Oak Harbor

Originally published Sep. 30, 2014

Candidates running for office in November will answer questions presented by the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island at two upcoming forums sponsored by the League and Sno-Isle Libraries. State ballot initiatives will also be discussed.

In Freeland, a forum will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525. Candidates for the following offices have been invited to participate: Island County treasurer, Island County District No. 3 commissioner, 10th District state representative.  

In Oak Harbor, an Oct. 16 forum will held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. Candidates for the following offices have been invited to participate: Island County treasurer, Island County District No. 3 commissioner, 10th District state representative, and U.S. 2nd Congressional District.

Four spine-tingling mystery authors head for Coupeville Library

Originally published Sep. 29, 2014

COUPEVILLE, Wash.  —  It would It be a crime for mystery lovers to miss Monday afternoons at the Coupeville Library in October. The library will host a different author each week.

“From cozy and funny to gritty and terrifying, there’s something for every mystery fan,” said Marie Byars of the Coupeville Library staff.

The award-winning guest authors and dates are:

  • Bernadette Pajer, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Pajer is author of the Professor Bradshaw mysteries. The charming Bradshaw lives in turn-of-the-20th Century Seattle, and travels around the Pacific Northwest. He’s a single parent, teaches at the University of Washington, and has a special affinity for the new-fangled science and application of electricity.
  • William Dietrich, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Dietrich fans thrill to the exploits of Ethan Gage: Napoleonic-era adventurer, speculator, crusader, swashbuckler, and so much more. Dietrich also writes stand-alone thrillers with a historical bent; “Blood of the Reich” weaves a story between Nazi Germany and present-day Seattle.
  • Owen Laukkanen, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Black and white. Good and evil. Can right and wrong be so clearly defined? Laukkanen’s Stevens & Windermere mysteries take a gritty look at both sides of the coin, and readers may not be sure whose side they’re on until the last page. 
  • Candace Robb,  Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Robb is an historian and author of the Owen Archer mystery series. The books are set in medieval York; Archer is a spy for the Archbishop When trouble is afoot, Archer is dispatched to bring the matter to a speedy conclusion. Robb also writes historical fiction under the penname Emma Campion.

Edmonds Library explores movie mashups with critic Robert Horton

Originally published Sep. 26, 2014

EDMONDS, Wash. — The Edmonds Library will host film critic Robert Horton’s presentation “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film” on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The free event will explore how filmmakers who go crazy with their source material can creates something fresh and exciting. How did "The Tempest" become "Forbidden Planet?" How did "Jane Eyre" turn into "I Walked with a Zombie?" And how on earth did the Coen Brothers take Homer’s "Odyssey" and come up with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Horton will explain how a wild adaptation can not only illuminate the original (even when we barely recognize it), but also teach audiences to be open to the unexpected. And he will speak about how different cultures adapt classic films for their own purposes.

Horton has spent more than 30 years writing and talking about film. A graduate of the University of Washington, he reviews movies for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle, as well as a number of national publications.

This program is funded by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.



Marysville School District’s $1.3 million grant includes Marysville Library

Originally published Sep. 26, 2014

The Marysville Library is among five partners joining forces with the Marysville School District to help struggling students, thanks to a $1.3 million grant. The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant was awarded to the school district in collaboration with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS). The funds will support after-school and summer programs for Quil Ceda Tulalip and Liberty Elementary schools.

“The Marysville Library’s participation in this partnership allows us to contribute to a program that addresses real needs identified by leaders in our community, while meeting our own strategic focus on literacy,” said Jill Wubbenhorst, assistant managing librarian of the Marysville Library. “We are excited to be part of a connected community providing enrichment activities for students to help them meet academic standards.”

The YMCA Snohomish County (Marysville Branch), Pacific Education Institute, the University of Washington Institute for Science, and the Geo-Literacy Alliance of Washington State are also participating partners.

Read the article in The Herald for more information.

Snohomish County Sheriff thanks Sno-Isle Libraries for Oso support

Originally published Sep. 26, 2014

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary has thanked Sno-Isle Libraries for the loan of two trucks that were used for storage of personal items recovered from the March 22 Oso landslide. The massive slide claimed the lives of 43 people and buried Highway 530.

In a letter to Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Trenary wrote that “hundreds of items belonging to victims of the SR 530 Slide have been recovered, cleaned and returned to family members of the victims and the significant impact of those items on the families cannot be overstated.”

The loan of the trucks was suggested by Jeanne Crisp, Sno-Isle Libraries director of technical services and facilities. 

“Like many others in the region, Sno-Isle staff wanted to help those affected by the landslide,” Crisp said. “Fortunately we were able to make two contributions: loaning two vehicles for the storage of recovered materials, and enhancing Internet service at our Darrington Library during the crisis. So many gave so much more.”  

Libraries host renowned hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis

Originally published Sep. 25, 2014

Author, hiker, and speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis will visit six Sno-Isle libraries this fall to discuss her new book "Called Again."

The book recounts her record-setting 46-day hike of the Appalachian Trail, during which she averaged nearly 47 miles per day. Davis has hiked more than 12,000 miles on six continents. The author of five books, she was named one of ten Adventurers of the Year by National Geographic in 2012.

Davis’ appearance schedule is as follows:

  • Coupeville Library, Sept. 27, 11 a.m.
  • Clinton Community Hall, Sept. 27, 3 p.m.
  • Lynnwood Library, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.
  • Monroe Library, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.
  • Sultan Library, Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m.
  • Darrington Library, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. All programs are free and open to the public. The events are funded by Friends of the Library groups and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Visit for more information.

Libraries to host League of Women Voters candidate forums

Originally published Sep. 24, 2014

Candidates for state, national and county offices will share their perspectives at library forums in Mukilteo and Lynnwood, sponsored by the Snohomish County League of Women Voters.

At the Lynnwood Library, the forum will be held Oct. 8 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The candidates scheduled to attend are:

  • Rep. Jim McDermott and Craig Keller, his opponent in Congressional District 7;
  • District 1 representative candidate Luis Moscoso (but not opponent Rep. Edward Barton)
  • Sen. Maralyn Chase and her District 32 opponent Robert Reedy;
  • Rep. Cindy Ru, running unopposed in District 32;
  • Rep. Ruth Kagi and her District 32 opponent Alvin Rutledge;
  • Snohomish County Executive John Lovick (but not opponent Carolyn Eslick)

At the Mukilteo Library, the candidate forum will be held Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Candidates scheduled to attend are:

  • Sen. Marko Liias and his Legislative District 21 opponent Dan Matthews
  • Allen McPheeters and Strom Peterson, state representative candidates for District 21, Position 1
  • Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Jeff Scherrer, her opponent for District 21, Position 2
  • Snohomish County Executive John Lovick (but not opponent Carolyn Eslick)
  • Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary and his opponent, Jim Upton

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and bring their questions for the candidates. More information is available at

Camano Library open house set for Sept. 16

Originally published Sep. 9, 2014

Camano Island residents can help select the interior colors for the new permanent library at a Sept. 16 library open house between 4 and 7 p.m. at 848 N. Sunrise Blvd.

Presentations at the top of the hour at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. will include a library project update, the new library floor plan, and an opportunity for public input on a range of potential interior colors. Project designers, architects and library staff will be available.

The permanent library is expected to open in early summer 2015, near the current interim library. More information is available online at

Sno-Isle Libraries to host free job-hunting workshops

Originally published Sep. 3, 2014

WorkSource Snohomish County will present free workshops for job seekers this fall in collaboration with eight community libraries. 

The workshops are “Interview Like a Star,” for which participants are expected to come dressed for an interview; “Effective Resumes and Cover Letters,” which will review letter formats, contents and styles; and “Got Interviews?” which will explain tactics to get more frequent interviews and help participants understand hiring managers’ expectations.

Host libraries are Arlington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, and Snohomish. Preregistration can be done online at the Sno-Isle Libraries events calendar page,

[read the full news release]

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Sept. 1

Originally published Aug. 25, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes Monroe Library manager

Originally published Aug. 20, 2014

Phil Spirito

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.

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.

Mukilteo Library closed Sept. 2 and 3

Originally published Aug. 19, 2014

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.

Arlington Library closed Sept. 8 to 14

Originally published Aug. 14, 2014

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 for more information.

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