Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees seeks Island County candidateOriginally published Oct. 6, 2015
The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill one position for a seven-year term. Only residents of Island County are eligible to apply, and preference will be given to residents of Camano Island. The application deadline is Oct. 30, 2015.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is the governing body for the Sno-Isle Libraries, a district that serves Snohomish and Island Counties. The board decides on policies, sets the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the district.Trustees represent the Library District to the community and advocate for the district at the local and state level.
Click for information on trustee position qualifications, an application form, and the Code of Conduct.
Sno-Isle Libraries joins in Great Shakeout earthquake awareness effortOriginally published Sep. 28, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries will taking part in the Great Washington Shakeout on Oct. 15, a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes. It is part of “the world’s largest earthquake drill.”
On that morning, customers visiting many of its community libraries will be invited to take part in a “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” drill.
Disaster book displays, posters, and emergency preparation literature are available in the libraries. The library district’s online earthquake disaster resource page, sno-isle.org/earthquakes, features suggested books on the subject, quick links to other online resources, and a news feed of the latest earthquake stories.
A special program, “Whidbey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect, How to Prepare,” will be presented at Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave., 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and at Langley Library, 104 2nd St., at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. It will feature a documentary produced by Whidbey Island’s 4-H video club for the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, followed by a question and answer session.
Sno-Isle Libraries to present Oct. 8 'save our youth' forum on sex traffickingOriginally published Sep. 24, 2015
Victims of the sex trade in the North Puget Sound will be the focus of an Oct. 8 public forum in Lynnwood.
“Trafficking: Saving our youth from the sex trade” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., on the Edmonds Community College campus. The event is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series.
Moderator will be Tim Matsui, director of "The Long Night," a film set in Seattle that gives voice to minors who are coerced into the American sex trade. The documentary weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by the issue.
“Sex trafficking is not just a big-city problem,” said Chuck Pratt, head of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter team.
“By one recent estimate, 250 girls and women work as prostitutes in Snohomish County, where the hotline to report sex trafficking received 93 calls over a nine-month span,” he said. “The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that one in six endangered runaways reported to them are likely sex trafficking victims.”
During the forum, a panel of experts will discuss the extent of victimization in the region, how communities can support survivors of sex trafficking, and what can be done to prevent youth from being exploited.
Panelists will include:
- Peter Teske, human trafficking detective for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit;
- Paula Newman-Skomski, a forensic nurse examiner with Providence Intervention Center for Assault & Abuse and founder of Peoria Home, which will provide housing and support services for women with a history of sex trafficking, prostitution and chemical dependency;
- Lindsay Cortes, program manager for the Cocoon House emergency youth shelter;
- a representative of WARN, a coalition of organizations in Washington state that provide direct assistance to victims of trafficking.
The program is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and hosted by Lynnwood Library. More information, including library resources and links related to the topic, is available at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.
Libraries schedule 'Raising of America' film showing, dialoguesOriginally published Sep. 21, 2015
Community dialogues about early childhood, part of the national Raising of America campaign, will be presented on Oct. 7 at Camano Island Library and Oct. 27 at Mountlake Terrace Library. Both programs will start at 6:30 p.m.
The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.
The library events, hosted by the Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition will start with a 30-minute excerpt from the documentary series “Raising of America.” The five-part series will be broadcast on PBS this fall. It will explore such questions as: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?
More information about the campaign is available online at raisingofamerica.org.
TechtoberFest coming to Lynnwood Library Oct. 10Originally published Sep. 17, 2015
On Oct. 10, Lynnwood Library will showcase the hardware and software that are available free to the public in its Creative Tech Center. Those tools can be used for everything from making movies to converting old VHS tapes to digital video, from printing resumes to learning computer programming.
TechtoberFest will take place 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, 19200 44th Ave. W.
Activities will include:
- an iMac photo booth to showcase the green screen, iMacs, and Adobe Creative Suite;
- a demonstration of how to use the digital media conversion lab;
- a Microsoft Office template tutorial to show how customers can use templates for projects such as resumes, letters, and flyers;
- informational displays of the tabletop photography studio and children's iPads;
- Makey Makey and Ozobots for tweens and teens to learn about conductivity and programming
- a scavenger hunt, trivia, and QR codes to provide additional information about the digital literacy resources available online to all Sno-Isle Libraries customers.
Participants will be given USB drives if they finish four of five core activities (iMac Photo Booth, Media Conversion Station demo, Microsoft Office template tutorial, scavenger hunt, and trivia). People will be given a raffle ticket for each core activity completed, each ticket good for a chance to win a $25 Best Buy gift card.
For information about Sno-Isle Libraries’ Creative Tech Centers at both Lynnwood and Marysville libraries, visit sno-isle.org/creative-tech.
Customers can also make an appointment for individual technology instruction using Sno-Isle Libraries’ Book-a-Librarian service. For details, visit sno-isle.org/book-a-librarian or contact any Sno-Isle community library.
Electronic materials downloading problem is fixedOriginally published Sep. 14, 2015
Some library customers experienced difficulty accessing and/or downloading electronic content from the OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library services. The problem has been resolved; we are sorry for any inconvenience this caused.
-- Nancy Messenger, Collection Development Manager
Libraries to serve as National Voter Registration Day sites Sept. 22Originally published Sep. 14, 2015
In conjunction with National Voter Registration Day, the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County will staff six libraries where voters can register on Sept. 22, including Sno-Isle Libraries locations in Mill Creek, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mukilteo.
Among those who can benefit are people who have just turned 18, recently changed address, or are new residents of Washington.
League members will be available at registration tables at the following locations:
- Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway, from noon to 4 p.m.
- Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Avenue W, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., from 3 to 8 p.m.
- Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Evergreen Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett from 3 to 7 p.m.
There will also be registration at Northwest Indian College, 7707 36th Ave NW in Tulalip, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Camano Island Library to dedicate sculpture Sept. 26Originally published Sep. 11, 2015
The Camano Island Library will dedicate “Pillar of Wisdom,” a Columbian basalt outdoor public sculpture crafted by artist Josh Henrie, on Sept. 26 at the library.
The celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. will include light refreshments and a dedication ceremony at 2:15 p.m. The public is invited.
Henrie, a carver for more than 20 years, was born and raised in Bellingham. His pieces reflect local themes.
“Just like the coast, my sculptures are rugged, tough, graceful, smooth and worn down, giving the viewer a chance to follow the journey of the stone as it is brought to life,” said Henrie.
As a tribute to the new library building, which opened on Aug. 1, the sculpture was made possible by donations from the Camano Island Library Friends, the Citizens for a Camano Library, and 66 individual contributors.
This is the first of seven pieces of that will be installed at the library, all made possible by donations. Each piece will be dedicated and permanently placed in the library. The deadline for the second call for art submissions is Sept. 15. Information is online at sno-isle.org/locations/camano/call-to-artists.
Library hosts 'Read and Rock' concerts for kids, caregiversOriginally published Sep. 11, 2015
During a series of free fall concerts presented by Sno-Isle Libraries, celebrated musicians will share fun ways to get kids ready to read.
Performers will be Caspar Babypants, Marco Cortes, Charlie Hope, Nancy Stewart and Gansango Music & Dance. It’s an exciting lineup, said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for the library district.
“Singing is one of the Ready Readers five practices essential to early literacy. Singing is not only fun, it’s a natural way to learn language and boost vocabulary,” said Feldman. “The other ways that caregivers can help kids learn to read are talking to them, reading aloud, practicing drawing and writing, and playing with them.”
The concerts are designed to appeal to children five and under, as well as their parents and other caregivers. The musicians and their concert information are:
Caspar Babypants is the stage name of children's music artist Chris Ballew, who is also widely known as the singer of The Presidents of the United States of America.
Camano Island Library: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
Lynnwood Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15
Mukilteo Library: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15
Clinton Community Hall: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.
Marco Cortes is a Chilean-born teacher of music and Spanish whose music speaks of different Latin American cultures.
Stanwood Library: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
Edmonds Library: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19
Marysville Library: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28
Granite Falls Library: 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5
Sultan Library: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19
Charlie Hope is a singer-songwriter whose “I’m Me!” CD has won top honors at the Independent Music Awards, with Best Album & Best Song for 2009.
Oak Harbor Library: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15
Darrington Library: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16
Monroe Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24
South Whidbey Park: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
Lake Stevens Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
Gansango Music & Dance
Gansango Music & Dance draws on the stunning talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa.
Snohomish Library: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
Nancy Stewart has won national and local awards for her songwriting and children's recordings, and been honored by the Washington Library Association.
Coupeville Library: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16
Brier Library: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30
Arlington Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7
Mill Creek Library: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9
Mountlake Terrace Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21
Hand-in-Hand Head Start: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23
More viewing sites added for Nov. 6 TEDxSnoIsleLibrariesOriginally published Sep. 3, 2015
With the main venue for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries already full, 10 community library viewing sites have been added for the Nov. 6 event.
“The registration response has been amazing. Both the formal theater and casual viewing seats at the Edmonds Center for the Arts have been spoken for,” said TEDx organizer and Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey.
“We have set up simulcast viewing sites for that Friday to accommodate the tremendous interest," he said. “People there will be able to watch the talks in real time, connect with other attendees, and discuss what they have heard.”
The event will be simulcast to libraries at Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, and Snohomish.
Anyone interested in attending a library viewing group should register online at sno-isle.org/tedx/attend.
People can also go to that Web page to get on the waitlist for Edmonds Center for the Arts seats.
The day-long event, “Creating New Futures,” will feature speakers from the region and beyond who have “ideas worth spreading.”
“TEDx is known for inspirational presentations by high-caliber speakers,” he said. “Our audiences, wherever they are, won’t be disappointed.”
TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. It is the name of a non-profit foundation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED conferences and TED Talks have become a global phenomenon.
TED and TEDx events are often filled to capacity. The solution has been to offer live group viewing at alternate locations, Harvey said.
“In our case, people may also find it more convenient to travel to their community library,” he said. “Plus, children are welcome in the libraries while the main venue is restricted to audience members age 14 and older.”
Langley Library advisory board position openOriginally published Sep. 2, 2015
A Langley City resident with an interest in libraries and community service is invited to submit a brief letter of interest in joining the Langley Library advisory board. Meetings are quarterly (the first Tuesdays of March, June, September, and December) at 4 p.m., each lasting about 90 minutes. The board members are appointed by the Langley Mayor and charged to advise the Mayor and City Council on library facility issues. Persons interested in serving a three-year term may submit a brief letter of interest/intent to the Langley City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sno-Isle Libraries schedule Sept. 7-8 closure for holiday, trainingOriginally published Aug. 11, 2015
In addition to being closed on Labor Day, Sept. 7, Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sept. 8 so that employees can attend a day of in-service training.
“Providing outstanding library service is a point of pride with us,” said Deputy Director Kendra Trachta. “This district-wide day of training, held every other year, helps all Sno-Isle employees uphold the high level of library service our customers deserve.”
The district’s 450 employees will delve into such topics as technology, social media, strategic innovation, and the increase in electronic media available for customers.
Sno-Isle Libraries starts planning for future facilitiesOriginally published Aug. 11, 2015
Driven by changes in library services, population growth and some outdated buildings, Sno-Isle Libraries is working on a facilities plan for the next decade.
The tax-supported library district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. As part of the planning process, people in each community will be invited this fall to say whether and how their library building should change.
“About a third of our libraries are undersized for their service areas. The need for new buildings is already being discussed in cities such as Lake Stevens and Mill Creek,” said Director of Facilities Jeanne Crisp. “In other places, remodels or additions might be desirable. And some libraries are so new that we don’t anticipate any changes in the next 10 years.”
Population growth in formerly rural areas may warrant the construction of additional libraries, Crisp said.
The first step in creating the 2016-2025 facilities plan was hiring a consulting firm, Margaret Sullivan Studio of New York, to take a big-picture, futuristic look at library facilities.
For example, Crisp said, the popularity of downloadable eBooks and movies means there is less need to store print books and DVDs. At the same time, many customers want access to public computers, printers and other technology; meeting rooms and study spaces; even small-business centers and maker-spaces.
Margaret Sullivan Studio will deliver its findings by September. That report will be used by a second company, EnviroIssues of Seattle, as it works with Sno-Isle Libraries staff to create the final facilities plan. EnviroIssues will solicit public comment, gather geographic and demographic information, and coordinate with planning documents of local governments and public agencies.
The final report will be presented to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in March.
Updates on the facilities project will be posted online at sno-isle.org/facplan.
That Web page includes a link to “Libraries for the 21st Century: Sno-Isle Libraries Capital Facilities Plan: 2007-2025.” Some of the recommendations in that 18-year plan have been met, Crisp said, but the recession slowed progress. The quickly evolving nature of library services convinced Sno-Isle Libraries managers that an update was needed and a 10-year timeline was more realistic.
Read related articles:
- Aug. 23, 2015, Mill Creek Beacon: Will Mill Creek get a new library? Citizens can provide input this fall
- Aug. 25, 2015, The Daily Herald: 10-year plan looks at ‘big picture’ for Sno-Isle libraries
Arts Commission invites artist proposals for TEDxSnoIsleLibrariesOriginally published Jul. 29, 2015
The Snohomish County Arts Commission is seeking a Washington state artist or artistic team to create a temporary, interactive-based work that will be featured at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.
The day-long event presented by Sno-Isle Libraries will be held Nov. 6 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Its theme, “Creating New Futures,” should be the inspiration for the installation. Performance art will also be considered.
The concept must be “original, bold, innovative and visionary.” The artist or artists whose work is chosen will receive $4,500 to cover all costs associated with the project. The submission deadline is Aug. 17; artists will be notified by Sept. 30.
Detailed information is available at bit.ly/TEDxART.
Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries will feature talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. The program will harness the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," and focus on the rich innovation, invention and cultural depth of the region.
For more information, visit sno-isle.org/tedxsnoislelibraries.
For more information, contact:
Wendy Becker, Snohomish County Cultural and Economic Development Manager, 425-388-3186, email@example.com
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catalog upgrade will cause intermittent outages July 31, Aug. 1, 2Originally published Jul. 24, 2015
Due to a planned system upgrade, the Catalog, My Account, and other areas of the Sno-Isle website may be down or have intermittent access from 6 p.m. Friday, July 31, through Saturday morning, Aug. 1, and again at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 for several hours. We appreciate your patience during this outage.
Friends of the Library issue second call for Camano Island Library artOriginally published Jul. 24, 2015
Josh Henrie’s basalt eagle stands watch outside the new Camano Island Library
A call to artists for the new Camano Island Library, which will open Aug. 1, resulted in an outdoor sculpture of an eagle. Now, the Camano Island Library Friends group is seeking proposals for an indoor work of art.
The two-piece basalt sculpture has been installed and will be dedicated in September. It is the work of Josh Henrie, a Pacific Northwest native with more than 20 years of carving experience. The first piece of the sculpture depicts an eagle perched high on a pillar overlooking a book; the second piece is a smooth basin bowl which will naturally collect water and is representative of the ocean and tide pools that surround the island.
The themes of the art competition were Pacific Northwest, water, beach, reading and writing. The Camano Island Library Art Committee selected the winning design. The art committee is comprised of Friends of the Library members, project architects, and Sno-Isle Libraries staff.
The committee is now seeking submissions with the same theme for a two-dimensional piece that will be mounted in the library’s reading room. Members strongly encourage the artists to include a child or children in the design. Preference will be given to artists from Camano Island or Stanwood; however, all are encouraged to apply. The budget for this project is not to exceed $4,500, including installation.
The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and the artwork is to be installed in April 2016.
Details on sculpture requirements, theme, budget, and submission content are available online at sno-isle.org/locations/camano/call-to-artists.
The residents of Camano Island passed a bond to build a permanent library on Camano Island in April 2014.
Lynnwood Library to host candidate forum July 22Originally published Jul. 17, 2015
Candidates who are running for Snohomish County Executive, Snohomish County Council, and Lynnwood City Council will answer questions at a public forum on July 22 at the Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave W., from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
The forum is presented by the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County (LWVSC), Sno-Isle Libraries, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Snohomish County Elections.
Candidates for Snohomish County Executive who plan to attend are Dave Somers, John Lovick, Robert Sutherland, Norm Nunnally, and James Robert Deal.
Candidates for Snohomish County Council who plan to attend are Greg Tisdel and Brian Sullivan. Stephanie Wright is unable to attend.
Candidates for Lynnwood City Council who plan to attend are Shirley Sutton, Loren Simmonds, Maria Ambalada, Chris Frizzell, Benjamin Goodwin, George Hurst, Shannon Sessions, and Van Aubuchon. Sid Roberts plans to send a representative and Douglas Jones is unable to attend.