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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 sno-isle.org for more information.

Modern-day superwomen and heroines to be explored at two library events

Originally published Jul. 31, 2014

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. [read the full news release]

Mukilteo Library to expand parking lot

Originally published Jul. 25, 2014

The Mukilteo Library will be adding 22 additional parking spaces for library customers. The library will be open regular hours during the construction project. Parking may be limited from July 28 through Sept. 3. Customers are encouraged to carpool, use the bus line that stops in front of the library, or use the parking lot behind the fire station at 10400 47th Pl. W, Mukilteo (entrance off of 47th Ave. W). We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information, contact Mukilteo Library's Managing Librarian Jane Crawford at 425-493-8202 x3220. 

Forums to explore drug use in Highway 2 communities

Originally published Jul. 24, 2014

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.

Parking may be limited at Mill Creek Library

Originally published Jul. 1, 2014

Parking at the Mill Creek Library may be limited due to the Silver Lake Water and Sewer District and the City of Mill Creek Waterline Construction Project. The Library’s lot and overflow parking lot will be affected after July 10 and it may last several weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience. The library will be open regular hours.

For questions or comments, contact the City of Mill Creek Public Works at 425-745-6175 or the Silver Lake Water and Sewer District at 425-337-3647.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed July 4

Originally published Jun. 27, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Saturday, July 5. See locations & hours.

Public input opportunity for new Camano Island Library

Originally published Jun. 18, 2014

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.

Sno-Isle Libraries targets young, digital-savvy customers

Originally published Jun. 18, 2014

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.”

Impact Survey will help improve library tech services

Originally published Jun. 10, 2014

From June 10-28, Sno-Isle Libraries customers will have the opportunity to help improve Sno-Isle’s technology services by participating in Impact Survey.

The online survey can be found at sno-isle.org/impactsurvey. It is expected to take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Impact Survey is a national research project created by the University of Washington iSchool, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Specifically, the Impact Survey asks customers about how they use library technology services like public computers, wireless networks, online resources, and digital literacy training, and helps gather information about how to improve those services to enable better community outcomes.

Libraries distribute AquaSox tickets for summer learning fun

Originally published May. 29, 2014

June 16 game tickets designated for Oso-area communities

Continuing a summer tradition, Sno-Isle Libraries is distributing free Everett AquaSox tickets to families in its two-county service area, to encourage participation in its annual children's program..

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.”

Families whose children participate in the program can get the baseball tickets at their community libraries. Kids 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.

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Sno-Isle Libraries billboard painter at AquaSox stadium

Camano Island Library project architects selected

Originally published May. 23, 2014

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. 

Science education advocates honor Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published May. 22, 2014

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.

“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.” ... [read the full news release]

Video: Nancy Pearl recommends 11 books to Friends

Originally published May. 22, 2014

“I don’t lie about books,” said Nancy Pearl at the Friends of the Library appreciation event.

On May 8, 2014, more than 150 Friends of the Library members gathered at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo to hear a compelling book talk by librarian, author and literary critic Nancy Pearl. The audience diligently took notes as Nancy revealed 11 titles on her recommended reading list that most people probably haven’t heard about yet.

Enjoy the video of Nancy’s presentation and share it with other Nancy Pearl fans.

(Handy viewing tip: To jump ahead to the parts where Nancy speaks about specific titles, click on the YouTube logo at the bottom right of the video to get to the YouTube page, and then use the links in the YouTube description "about" box.)

Lake Stevens and Brier libraries announce new hours

Originally published May. 20, 2014

To better meet the needs of library customers, the Lake Stevens Library and the Brier Library will have new open hours 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.
  • Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

“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.”


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.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday and Monday closed

“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.”

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.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed May 26

Originally published May. 19, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, May 27. See locations & hours.

New board member sought for Camano Island Library

Originally published May. 15, 2014

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

Foundation board honors Chris Loos for Library on Wheels fundraising

Originally published May. 14, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]


Lake Stevens Library closed May 16 through 19

Originally published May. 12, 2014

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.

Mountlake Terrace Library open regular hours during May 6 paving project

Originally published May. 4, 2014

Updated 5/6/14: Due to the paving project, the temporary parking lot will be closed on May 6 after all. The parking lot across 58th Ave is still available, though it is not accessible from 58th Ave. There are entrances to this lot from each of the other streets that make up that block. The paving will be completed by this afternoon.

Updated 5/5/14: The paving will take place on Tuesday, May 6. 

Original post: The paving of the Mountlake Terrace Library’s new parking lot will take place the week of May 5 for one day that’s yet to be determined. During the paving, the City of Mountlake Terrace will close a portion of 58th Ave. W in front of the library. The temporary parking lot, still accessible from 58th Ave. W, will remain open and the library is open regular hours. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we’ll be one step closer to opening up the new lot soon. Information on the construction project.

Hoopla partnership expands access to videos, music, audiobooks

Originally published May. 1, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]

Sno-Isle Libraries earns Green Seal recognition for healthy, sustainable cleaning practices

Originally published Apr. 25, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries is the first library system in Washington state to receive Green Seal certification in recognition of its healthy and sustainable 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 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 lots 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.” ... [read the full news release]


Voters approve permanent Camano Island Library

Originally published Apr. 24, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]

Camano Island voters apparently approve permanent library

Originally published Apr. 22, 2014

Camano Island voters apparently have approved funding for a a permanent library.

The April 22 Special Election on Proposition 1 ballot measure asked voters whether they were willing to fund a permanent library on Camano Island through a $2.3 million, 10-year library bond levy. With an incomplete vote count on Monday evening, the measure was passing with 62 percent. The vote required 60 percent approval to pass and the final vote count will be certified on May 6.

The most up-to-date vote counts on Proposition 1 will be available on the Island County Auditor’s elections web site

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 within the former Islander’s Restaurant building at Terry’s Corner.

Library bond funds also will reimburse the library district for the costs of purchasing the building in mid-2013. The purchase kept the building from becoming unavailable as the property began moving into foreclosure.

This was the second vote for a permanent Camano Island library. In August 2013, voters approved creation of a special taxing district but failed to approve the library bond levy by a narrow margin.

The temporary pilot library—located at Terry’s Corner near the permanent library site—is scheduled to close at the end of April.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director                                           


Sno-Isle Libraries earns clean state audit for 28th year

Originally published Apr. 18, 2014

For the 28th year in a row, the Washington State Auditor’s Office has delivered a clean audit of Sno-Isle Libraries’ finances.

The latest audit results were for 2012.

The two-county library district conducts periodic internal reviews to test internal financial controls or procedures. In addition, Sno-Isle Libraries participates in an annual external audit with the Washington State Auditor’s Office.  

“We appreciate their role as our public stewardship partner. Their review of our financial records certifies that our practices meet scrutiny.” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of the library district. “The public should expect nothing less.”

Auditors annually examine library district controls and practices in the following areas:

  • Asset management
  • Cash receipting
  • Contracts
  • Financial Statements
  • Open Public Meeting Act

The independent audit published an opinion that Sno-Isle Libraries’ financial statements fairly represented, in all material respects, the financial position and results of operations of the library district for the year examined. In addition, all internal controls were found to be adequate to safeguard public assets. Auditors also found the library district complied with state laws and regulations, as well as its own policies and procedures in the areas examined.

“We take our financial stewardship seriously and conduct the library district’s business in a transparent and accountable way.” said Rico Tessandore, Board of Trustees president for Sno-Isle Libraries. “That’s why we appreciate the work of the State Auditor’s Office and the opportunity to work with them as accountability partners in demonstrating our financial integrity.”

"Achieving 28 consecutive years of clean audits reflects how hard the Library District works to maintain the trust and support from member communities and all of our customers.” said Woolf-Ivory. “Over 98 percent of our funding comes from the library’s operating levy. This funding enables us to provide community-focused and relevant library operations, materials, services and resources throughout Snohomish and Island County.”

“We continue to put improved controls in place to strengthen our stewardship." said Sno-Isle’s Administrative Services Director, Gary Sitzman. "This reflects our ongoing commitment to manage and use taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently."

The State Auditor’s reports are available through the links below.


Report Link

Sno-Isle Regional Library


Sno-Isle Regional Library


Clinton Library expected to reopen April 19

Originally published Apr. 15, 2014

Due to damage caused by a falling tree on April 14, the Clinton Library is closed until repairs can be made. The library is expected to reopen on Tuesday, April 22. Meanwhile, customers with materials on hold may pick them up at the Langley Library. For Langley hours and address, click here. The Clinton dropbox remains open.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed April 20

Originally published Apr. 13, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 20 due to low customer demand on Easter Sunday. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Monday, April 21. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries photo project puts region’s history online

Originally published Apr. 10, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]


Browse the Historical Photo Archives.

Resources and updates on the SR 530 mudslide

Originally published Apr. 7, 2014

A massive, fatal landslide into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River occurred on March 22, 2014, near Oso. SR 530, the highway between Arlington and Darrington, was buried.  See our mudslide page for resources and latest news.

Camano Island library proposal returns to voters (The Herald)

Originally published Apr. 4, 2014

Voters on Camano Island have a second chance to approve funding for a new permanent library in the April 22 special election. In the August 2013 special election, voters approved creating a special taxing district for the library, but the bond measure to fund the library did not achieve the 60 percent supermajority to pass.It came up 75 votes short of the threshold. ... [read the full article in The Herald]

Camano Island voters can expect ballots in mail to decide on permanent library

Originally published Apr. 2, 2014

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.

Oak Harbor Elementary wins Reading Challenge

Originally published Mar. 27, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]

See event photos of the Finals.

Watch video highlights of the Finals.

Slide victim was well known as Darrington librarian (Herald)

Originally published Mar. 24, 2014

Linda McPherson was for years the town’s librarian. A retired branch manager of the Darrington Library and a longtime Darrington School Board member, McPherson was among those killed by Saturday’s massive mudslide. ... [read the full Herald article]


Top teams earn a spot in the Reading Challenge Finals on March 26

Originally published Mar. 20, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]

New board members sought for Mukilteo Library

Originally published Mar. 12, 2014

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.

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.

Top teams advance to final rounds of Reading Challenge

Originally published Mar. 6, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]

Get FREE tax help

Originally published Feb. 11, 2014

Don't wait till April 15! If you need tax preparation assistance, the library can help. Sno-Isle Libraries offers links and resources to help you prepare your IRS tax return. Free, one-on-one assistance with your federal tax return is provided by the AARP Tax-Aide program. Visit our Tax Time Web page.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Feb. 17

Originally published Feb. 10, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for Washington's Birthday/President's Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes new managers

Originally published Feb. 7, 2014

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

Miriam 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 Redel wasnamed managing librarian at the Arlington Library in August 2013, where she served as a librarian for more than five years. ... [read the full news release]

Camano Island residents to vote on bond for permanent library

Originally published Jan. 31, 2014

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. ... [read the full news release]

Special resource Web page added: Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

Originally published Jan. 30, 2014

Pete Seeger was a tireless social activist and one of America's best-loved folksingers. He was born on May 3, 1919, in Patterson, N.Y., into a family of musicians. Although he enrolled at Harvard University, he eventually left school to travel across America and focus on writing music. As an influential musician and songwriter, he composed numerous popular songs, ... [read more and find related books, music and websites]

What is a library worth to a community? (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Jan. 29, 2014

Op-ed By JONALYN WOOLF-IVORY, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries has a library measure on the April 22 election ballot. Proposition 1 will ask Camano Island voters whether they are willing to fund a library capital facility bond which would result in a permanent library facility for their community. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

If you can’t access the article on the Stanwood/Camano News website, read it here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/camano-vote

Marysville Library offers streamlined funding research for nonprofits

Originally published Jan. 23, 2014

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. ...

Read the full news release.
Visit the Funding Information Network Web page.

Alternate parking for Langley Library

Originally published Jan. 21, 2014

The Langley Library will be open regular hours during the City’s construction project expecting to last until June. While the Langley Second Street project is underway, parking is not allowed on Second Street. Alternate library parking is available at the Island Church of Whidbey at Cascade and Sixth.

There will be at least one lane of traffic allowed on Second Street at all times, and access to businesses will remain open. Anthes and Cascade, the roads leading to Second, are expected to remain open.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but remember that the Langley Library will still be open regular hours. Please drive carefully. And, walk carefully on the temporary gravel paths as new sidewalks are being constructed on the north side of the street.

For information on the Langley Second Street project, contact Jeff Arango at the City of Langley, jarango@langleywa.org, 360-221-4246 ext. 26. For information on the Langley Library, contact Vicky Welfare, vwelfare@sno-isle.org, 360-221-4383.

Short Intermittent Website Outages Planned Jan. 20

Originally published Jan. 17, 2014

To provide long-term stability for our online services, we will be upgrading hardware. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by short intermittent outages to the Sno-Isle Libraries website, planned between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Jan. 20

Originally published Jan. 14, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 21. See locations & hours.

Special Feature: Martin Luther King Day 2014

Originally published Jan. 13, 2014

Very Short Website Outage Planned Jan. 14

Originally published Jan. 13, 2014

We’re improving the speed of our Internet connection through our partnership with the low-cost K20 Education Network. We apologize for any inconvenience if you experience an outage to the Sno-Isle Libraries website, planned for approximately 15 minutes at some point between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Free resume workshops at Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published Jan. 9, 2014

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!” “Create a Targeted Resume” is a free, two-hour workshop designed to give job seekers an edge in a competitive job market. ... [read more]

Library may top Mill Creek's Target store (Herald)

Originally published Jan. 6, 2014

The city of Mill Creek and Target are considering a first-of-its-kind store in the nation that could save taxpayers $1 million. City officials are working with Target executives and the Sno-Isle Library District on plans for a store that would feature a library above the retail space. ... [read more in The Herald]

Mountlake Terrace parking lot under construction (updated)

Originally published Jan. 6, 2014

(Updated 3/3/14: The Mountlake Terrace Library’s existing temporary parking lot is once again open.)


... 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. ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries New Year's Closure

Originally published Dec. 26, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Thursday, Jan. 2. Have a safe and happy new year! See locations & hours.

You have a new eReader or tablet - now what?

Originally published Dec. 25, 2013

Learn to download free library eBooks, magazines, and music. Whether you have an Android, iOS, Kindle, Nook, laptop, notebook, or other device, we can help you learn to browse, check out and download electronic media.

Second Chance for Camano Island Library (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Dec. 24, 2013

Guest editorial By JONALYN WOOLF-IVORY

... The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and I heard an outpouring of voices, ranging from concern, frustration and sadness to distress over the impending library closure at the end of April. We also clearly heard a chorus of requests to give voters another chance to vote on the library bond measure. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Watch Sno-Isle's Video Series: Adventures in Pre-Reading

Originally published Dec. 23, 2013

Watch videos full of cute kids, real library customers, and friendly Sno-Isle librarians in this series that shows important tips for adults to help prepare young children to learn to read.

The "Adventures in Pre-Reading" series of five videos features one of the Ready Readers practices in each video: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Young children need to master these five important skills before they’re ready to learn to read. Each video, produced by Sno-Isle Libraries with funding from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, shows parents and caregivers simple activities to do with children to encourage reading readiness.

Watch the videos from Sno-Isle's Ready Readers Web page, or on our YouTube channel and be sure to watch till the very end of each video for a little surprise.

If you enjoy this video series, please forward the video links to family, friends and colleagues so that more parents and caregivers to children age five and under can enjoy them, too.

Sno-Isle Libraries Holiday Closure

Originally published Dec. 18, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 25. All libraries will also be closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Email From Library May Be Delayed

Originally published Dec. 6, 2013

Email reminders and other email communication from Sno-Isle Libraries could be delayed for some customers due to unexpected delivery issues with hotmail.com, msn.com, outlook.com and live.com email accounts.

The delay affects less than 25% of customers who receive almost-due reminders, overdue reminders, holds pickup notices, e-newsletters, and other correspondence. You may check your account online for up-to-date information on the status of your materials, or call your local community library for assistance. Requested library materials will remain on holds pickup shelves for an extended period while we make sure customers have been notified.

If you’d like to provide us with an alternate email address, access your account online and select “Contact Information and Preferences.” Please note that phone reminders and text message notifications are working without any problems.

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this matter.

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Originally published Dec. 6, 2013

Coupeville Library Closes for Emergency Power Upgrade Dec. 4

Originally published Nov. 29, 2013

What: Coupeville Library building closure. No library services will be available at this location during the closure. Meetings and programs are cancelled. Library bookdrops will be unavailable and customers are urged to return due library materials the next day. Customers who have library materials reserved and on-hold at Coupeville Library will have those holds extended for an additional day.

Where: 788 NW Alexander, Coupeville, 360-678-4911 phone

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, planned re-opening on Thursday, Dec. 5, but customers should call ahead or check the library website for opening information.

Who: Sno-Isle Libraries and Puget Sound Energy

Why: Electrical and power improvements made during the closure will enable emergency power generation at the site in the event of a local emergency. These improvements will enable the library facility to provide light, heat, internet access and other resources in response to community needs during an emergency.

Mukilteo Library Closes for Emergency Power Upgrade Dec. 10–12

Originally published Nov. 29, 2013

Update: Mukilteo Library will re-open on Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

What: Mukilteo Library building closure. No library services will be available at this location during the closure. Meetings and programs are cancelled. Customers who have library materials reserved and on-hold at Mukilteo Library will have those holds extended for an additional week.

Where: 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd, 425-493-8202 phone

When: Dec. 10 – 12 closure with planned re-opening on Friday, Dec. 13. Customers should call ahead or check the library website, www.sno-isle.org for opening information.

Who: Sno-Isle Libraries and Snohomish County Public Utility District, No. 1

Why: Electrical and power improvements made during the closure will enable emergency power generation at the site in the event of a local emergency. These improvements will enable the library facility to provide light, heat, internet access and other resources in response to community needs during an emergency.

Note: Library bookdrops will be unavailable at Mukilteo Library during the closure. Customers are urged to return due library materials the next day or have their library needs met through the following neighboring libraries during the closure:

  • Lynnwood Library, 19200-44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, open 10 am – 9 pm, phone 425-778-2148
  • Edmonds Library, 650 Main Street, Edmonds, open 9 am – 8 pm, phone 425-771-1933
  • Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Street, Marysville, 10 am – 9 pm, phone 360-658-5000

Camano Could Get Another Library Vote (The Herald)

Originally published Nov. 25, 2013

The board of trustees of Sno-Isle Libraries is set to decide Monday whether it will give the voters of Camano Island another chance to pass a bond issue to fund a permanent library on the island.The library bond measure that appeared on the primary election ballot in August narrowly missed the required 60 percent approval for passage. It failed by less than 1.3 percent or about 75 votes. ... [read more in The Herald]

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Nov. 28, Open on Nov. 29

Originally published Nov. 22, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Friday, Nov. 29. See locations & hours.

Where were you on this day in 1963?

Originally published Nov. 22, 2013

My Library Card to Redemption (An Author’s Memories of Stanwood Library)

Originally published Nov. 20, 2013

... The Stanwood Library opened its doors to me without question. The patient librarians didn't care about my frayed clothes and never questioned my determination to spend every waking hour under their roof. ... [read more in the Huffington Post]

Doris Lessing 1919-2013

Originally published Nov. 18, 2013

The Difference Between 58.7 Percent and 60

Originally published Nov. 14, 2013

Jackie Defazio is sad. “I don’t even have a better word than that,” she said, about the Camano Island Library Pilot Project’s closure. As the woman who chaired the campaign to bring a permanent library to Camano, she has reason to be. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Microsoft Partners with Libraries to Provide Online Tech Training (Seattle Times)

Originally published Nov. 13, 2013

The Microsoft IT Academy is now available free through Sno-Isle Libraries and other public libraries statewide, through a partnership between Microsoft and the Washington State Library. Microsoft IT Academy provides self-paced, web-based training for more than 400 courses in fundamental technology skills, such as Windows, Outlook, Sharepoint, and more. Seattle Times article: Microsoft partners with libraries to provide online tech training

Stanwood Library Celebrates Centennial, 1913 - 2013

Originally published Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 15, Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library will celebrate 100 years of the endless possibilities bound within books. They will also celebrate the legacy of Lizzie Irvine. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Guest Editorial: Sadly, Camano Library Will Close. What Next?

Originally published Nov. 5, 2013

It was painful to see how close Camano Island came to having a permanent library. Since Aug. 6, we have heard many residents, voters and families, say they were disappointed that the library bond measure narrowly missed the required 60 percent approval and failed by less than 1.3 percent or by only 75 votes. I have seen amazing passion … [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Nov. 11

Originally published Nov. 4, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Nov. 12. See locations & hours.

Marysville Library Celebrates 'TECHcitement' Nov. 2

Originally published Oct. 28, 2013

The Marysville Library will be celebrating its new Creative Commons during the "TECHcitement" event on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Managing Librarian Eric Spencer and Assistant Managing Librarian Jill Wubbenhorst reported that the Creative Commons area and tools are already seeing heavy use ... [read more in the Marysville Globe]

Find TECHcitement events here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/techcitement

New Library Space Features Technology Tools for All

Originally published Oct. 22, 2013

The Marysville Library will celebrate the opening of its new “Creative Commons” area, a place for technology-based creativity, with its “TECHcitement” event on Nov. 2. The new Creative Commons area is a 1,700 sq. foot area in the center of the library that features a variety of gadgets … [read more in the North County Outlook]

Find TECHcitement events here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/techcitement

Killer Deal for Magazine Lovers

Originally published Oct. 11, 2013

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.

Library customers will find around 250 of the most popular magazine titles available online through Sno-Isle Libraries’ digital magazine service Zinio. What’s more, this amazing service now offers free back issues in addition to the current editions.

A library card and an Internet connection enables library customers to enjoy popular magazines in full color on their desktop or laptop computer, tablet or other Wi-Fi device. Some magazines, such as National Geographic, contain special interactive content. The magazines never expire, there are no holds, no checkout periods, and there is no limit to the number of magazines a library customer can download.

Print and online issues are released simultaneously and library customers will find many magazine titles are available online through the library before the print versions arrive on store racks or library shelves. Previous issues of a publication are available for check out and go back as far Sno-Isle Libraries has subscribed to the publication.

The Zinio magazine collection is funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Start browsing magazines here.

Tom Clancy, 1947 – 2013

Originally published Oct. 2, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Oct. 7

Originally published Oct. 1, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 7 for staff training. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Oct. 8. See locations & hours.

Lynnwood Library Resumes Regular Hours Sept. 30

Originally published Sep. 30, 2013

Renovations have been completed and the LYNNWOOD LIBRARY resumes regular hours and services as of Sept. 30. You’ll discover new carpet, paint, improved restrooms and approximately 1,000 square feet set aside as a new Creative Commons. This special space will provide you with exciting opportunities for computer-aided creativity, group collaboration workspace, research, development and instruction. Stop by soon!

Get Health Insurance – It’s the Law!

Originally published Sep. 15, 2013

Open enrollment in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange through the Washington Healthplanfinder starts on Oct. 1 and Sno-Isle Libraries has information for you now! We’ve got links for individuals, families, and small businesses to compare and enroll in plans and access cost information. Our libraries have computers with free Internet access to print or complete forms online or bring in your own computer and use our free public Wi-Fi connection to get the job done.

Lynnwood Library Closed Through Sept. 29

Originally published Sep. 9, 2013

Lynnwood Library closed on Sept. 6 for new carpet, paint, improved restrooms and redesigned spaces. The library is expected to be closed through most of September. When it reopens, customers will discover approximately 1,000 square feet of new “Creative Commons” space inside providing computer-aided creativity, group collaboration workspace, research, development and instructional opportunities.

During the September closure, Lynnwood Library customers are invited to take advantage of Sno-Isle Libraries online resources and services or enjoy nearby libraries in Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, or Mukilteo.

Lynnwood Library customers can return their borrowed materials or arrange to pickup books, CDs and DVDs they reserve online at one of these alternate libraries. In addition, although the Lynnwood Library building will be closed, a temporary “library holds pickup” bookmobile will be available in the parking lot during the closure period for customer pickup of materials which have been placed on hold.

Library customers may pick up reserved books or materials from the “library holds pickup” bookmobile in the Lynnwood Library parking lot from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Three Community Discussions on Bullying for Issues That Matter

Originally published Aug. 30, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries presents three powerful community Issues That Matter forums during September on the effects of bullying on the lives of so many. ...

Learn more about Issues That Matter

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Sept. 2

Originally published Aug. 27, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 3, except for the Marysville Library, which will be partially closed for renovations. See Library Renovations and Locations & Hours.

Camano Island Library Votes Are Final

Originally published Aug. 22, 2013

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 ...

Four Sno-Isle Libraries Undergo Renovation Projects

Originally published Aug. 21, 2013

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 ...

Libraries Renovations: What Customers Need To Know

Originally published Aug. 20, 2013

Our Marysville and Lynnwood libraries will be closing for the creation of Creative Commons for computer-aided creativity, collaboration, creation, research and development. Specialized equipment including additional computers, software, and audio/video editing equipment...Read More.

'Justified' Author Passes: Elmore Leonard 1925-2013

Originally published Aug. 20, 2013

Mystery writer Elmore Leonard, author of more than 40 novels, died Tuesday August 20 after a brief illness. He was 87. The winner of numerous awards for fiction (including the Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2006),his best-known novels include "Mr. Majestyk" and "Get Shorty." In 2012 he received the National Book Award, Medal for Distinguished Contribution.

Web Page Added: Elizabeth Peters 1927-2013

Originally published Aug. 8, 2013

Mystery writer Barbara Mertz, who published 35 mysteries under the pen name Elizabeth Peters, died August 8 at the age of 85. In 1989, her novel "Malice Domestic" was the Agatha Award winner for Best Mystery Novel. In 1998, Peters was awarded Grand Master status by the Mystery Writers of America.

Camano Island Voters Will Decide if They Want a Permanent Library

Originally published Jul. 25, 2013

Find August Primary Election Information

Originally published Jul. 17, 2013

Granite Falls Library Plans Parking Lot Expansion

Originally published Jul. 16, 2013

Special Board Meeting, Early Learning Public Library Partnership, July 11, 4 pm

Originally published Jul. 1, 2013

Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books

Originally published Jun. 25, 2013

The Herald:
Bikes donated by Masons aid summer reading program

Lake Stevens Journal:
Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books

New Laptops in Marysville Library Donated by Patron

Originally published Jun. 25, 2013

The Daily Herald:
Donation equips Marysville library with 17 Google laptops for patrons

Marysville Globe:
Laptop donations increase access at library

North County Outlook:
Marysville man donates laptops to library

Lake Stevens Journal:
More Ways to Access the Internet at the Marysville Library, Thanks to Donation of 17 Chromebooks

More Access to Internet with Donation of 17 Chromebooks at Marysville Library

Originally published Jun. 21, 2013

Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books

Originally published Jun. 17, 2013

Retired Sno-Isle Librarian Helps Nurture Writers

Originally published Jun. 17, 2013

"As librarians, our skills are as embedded in our personal lives as they are in our work, and they do not desert us when we leave our positions. After retiring in 2009, I began volunteering at Hedgebrook, a writing residency program for women on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington State. Inspired by its ..." [to read more, click here and you will be asked to enter your Sno-Isle library card number]

iPads for Reading Magazines at Edmonds Library

Originally published Jun. 14, 2013

Customers can borrow an iPad for in-library use to sit back and read e-magazines through Zinio at the Edmonds Library.

Many magazines no longer publish print editions but have chosen to continue online only, such as Newsweek. For now, Edmonds is the only one of our libraries offering the iPads for this pilot project.

Try reading free magazines on your computer, phone or tablet through Zinio, with hundreds of titles to choose from. Get started by clicking here.

Watch Video of “Issues That Matter: Gun Violence” Panel Discussions

Originally published May. 24, 2013

New Board Members Sought for Camano Island Library

Originally published May. 21, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill two positions on the Camano Island Library Pilot Project, Library Advisory Board. This board will serve in an advisory capacity to the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. Board members would serve a three-year term, beginning July 2013. Application deadline is June 15, 2013.

Click here for more information, Board responsibilities, by-laws, and application form.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed May 27

Originally published May. 21, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, May 28. See locations & hours.

Issues That Matter: Two Panel Discussions on Gun Violence

Originally published May. 7, 2013

Love Libraries? Consider Becoming a Board Trustee!

Originally published May. 7, 2013

Snohomish County candidates sought for a library trustee vacancy. Click for info on trustee position qualifications, an application form, and the Code of Conduct. Deadline is May 30, 2013.

Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken Inspires Friends

Originally published May. 6, 2013

Watch this video of Kathleen Flenniken, Washington state poet laureate, speaking to Friends of the Library groups about the power of words. Kathleen shared humorous and moving poems from poets of all ages and backgrounds, including a few of her own. This event was held by Sno-Isle Libraries on May 2, 2013, at the Rosehill Community Center to show appreciation for the dedicated Friends of the Library groups.

Find out more about Friends of the Library here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/friends

President’s Volunteer Awards Presented to Library Volunteers

Originally published May. 6, 2013

Two Community Discussions on Gun Violence for Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published May. 3, 2013

Trustee Wins 2013 Award from State Library Assoc.

Originally published May. 1, 2013

Susan Kostick Joins Library Board of Trustees

Originally published Apr. 23, 2013

Booklist: Newbery Medal Winners

Originally published Apr. 22, 2013

E. L. Konigsburg 1930-2013

Originally published Apr. 22, 2013

Sno-Isle's Teen Services Coordinator Wins National YALSA Award

Originally published Apr. 16, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries is proud to announce that Dawn Rutherford, teen services coordinator, has been recognized by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) with the "Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults” award.

Dawn’s innovative tech coaching program equipped tech-savvy teens to coach tech-shy adults with their electronic devices.

“We are excited to have our Tech Coaching program recognized as it embodies so much of what we love about our teens: their passion for technology; their thirst for meaningful volunteer opportunities; and their willingness to be actively involved in their local community,” said Dawn. “By recognizing this program, YALSA is helping us further celebrate our teens.”

Congratulations, Dawn!

Read YALSA’s news release here.

Print Wirelessly at the Library

Originally published Mar. 21, 2013

Now you can print wirelessly from your own device such as a laptop or tablet, to a Sno-Isle printer. Wireless printing will be available in all our community libraries by the end of April. Find instructions here: www.sno-isle.org/?ID=6532.

3M Cloud Library Nook Winner Announced

Originally published Mar. 8, 2013

Congratulations to Cynthia Hennes from Lynnwood! Cynthia is our random drawing winner of a Nook, courtesy of the 3M Cloud Library. She's pictured here with managing librarian Michael Delury at the Lynnwood Library next to the 3M Discovery Station terminal.

To start reading eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library, visit www.sno-isle.org/explore/3m/.

Meet Chuck Pratt, New Managing Librarian at Stanwood

Originally published Feb. 5, 2013

Sno-Isle 1st Libraries in State With New e-Book System (The Herald)

Originally published Jan. 30, 2013

Now Available! The 3M Cloud Library

Originally published Jan. 24, 2013

Be one of the first in the Pacific Northwest to experience the 3M Cloud Library!

This new eBook lending service gives you access to free library eBooks across several devices with ease. Browse, borrow and read eBooks from your computer, mobile device or eReader.

You could win a Nook! By downloading an eBook from the 3M Cloud Library with your Sno-Isle Libraries card, you are automatically entered to win the grand prize Nook.

Junk Mail? Don’t Miss Your Holds!

Originally published Jan. 23, 2013

The “from” address for your email and text library notifications has changed. Don’t miss your holds or overdue notices! Be sure to add this new “from” address to your safe list so your notices don’t end up in the virtual trash. The new address is notifications@sno-isle.org. (The old address was notification@access-proxy.sno-isle.org.) This change occurred on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Workshops on eReaders and eBooks (The Herald)

Originally published Dec. 26, 2012

Mountlake Terrace Teen Wins Library Poster Contest (MLT News)

Originally published Dec. 13, 2012

Special Feature: Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

Originally published Dec. 5, 2012

Lake Stevens Library Celebrates 50 Years (Lake Stevens Journal)

Originally published Nov. 15, 2012

Hear Local Veterans' Real Stories of WWII

Originally published Nov. 4, 2012

Arlington Library fetes 50 years with Sno-Isle | SLIDESHOW (Arlington Times)

Originally published Oct. 18, 2012

Marysville Library fetes 50 years with Sno-Isle | SLIDESHOW (Marysville Globe)

Originally published Oct. 18, 2012

Oak Harbor Library Has Kept Patrons Well Read for 50 Years (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Oct. 18, 2012

Coupeville Library celebrates 50 years of community service (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Oct. 5, 2012

Watch Videos of Our “Issues That Matter” Panel Discussions on R-74

Originally published Oct. 4, 2012

Two Panel Discussions on Same-Sex Marriage Ref. 74 (Lake Stevens Journal)

Originally published Sep. 17, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries Mark 50 Years of Service (The Herald)

Originally published Sep. 6, 2012

Special Feature: Marvin Hamlisch, 1944-2012

Originally published Aug. 9, 2012

Special Feature: Sir John Keegan, 1934-2012

Originally published Aug. 6, 2012

Special Feature: Maeve Binchy, 1940-2012

Originally published Aug. 3, 2012

"Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer recalled, pulled from library

Originally published Aug. 2, 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has stopped publication of "Imagine: How Creativity Works" because the author, Jonah Lehrer, apparently intentionally misquoted Bob Dylan. Lehrer has also resigned from the New Yorker. According to the New York Times, "All of (the publisher's) retail and wholesale accounts ... would be asked to stop selling 'Imagine' and return unsold copies for a full refund." The title is no longer available on the publisher’s website.

When a publisher recalls a book because of misinformation, Sno-Isle Libraries' standard practice is to pull it from the library collection. Unfortunately, “Imagine” was a bestseller and had many holds on the book and audiobook. The online catalog has been revised to show why the item is no longer available. Requests can no longer be accepted for this title. Sno-Isle Libraries will notify customers with holds on this title that the holds have been cancelled.

Special Feature: Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Originally published Aug. 1, 2012

How Your Libraries Pick Their Books (The Herald)

Originally published Jun. 18, 2012

Most Popular Sno-Isle, Everett Library Books (The Herald)

Originally published Jun. 18, 2012

Amy Zuvela Joins Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published May. 21, 2012

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 the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Zuvela has worked for Costco Wholesale in Everett for the past eight years in various positions. She graduated from Everett High School in 2004 and earned her Associate in Arts and Science degree from Everett Community College in 2005. The extensive list of community organizations Zuvela has volunteered with includes Leadership Snohomish County, Costco Volunteer Tutoring Program, Project Homeless Connect, and Freedom Fest Northwest.

“This has been the greatest opportunity in my life so far to do something tangible to channel my passion for great books and helping my community,” said Zuvela. “The fact that I can do these simultaneously … makes me believe I was meant to be a part of this incredible foundation and meant to grow with it.”

How to Use LinkedIn for Your Job Search

Originally published May. 1, 2012

After attending a panel interview workshop at the Marysville Library in March, an enthusiastic gentleman reported back with good news. “Thank you again for working with me on prepping for my Boeing interviews …. I received a job offer from my second interview with Boeing yesterday, four hours after the interview,” he said.

Success stories like this are the result of free workshops offered at Sno-Isle Libraries in partnership with WorkSource Snohomish County. 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. Past workshops on targeted resumes and panel interviews were well attended by job seekers looking for that extra edge.

Next up are workshops in May and June on using social networking site LinkedIn to help with the job hunt. Participants will learn how to create, link in to, and optimize a professional network of trusted contacts. It’s not just what you know, but who you know that could lead to a dream job.

Upcoming “Networking into Your Next Job: How to Use LinkedIn for Your Job Search” workshops at Sno-Isle Libraries:

  • Monroe Library, Tuesday, May 1, 1 to 3 p.m., 360-794-7851
  • Arlington City Council Chambers, Monday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 360-435-3033
  • Marysville Library, Friday, May 11, 2 to 4 p.m., 360-658-5000
  • Lynnwood Library, Monday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m., 425-778-2148
  • Snohomish Library, Monday, May 21, 1 to 3 p.m., 360-568-2898
  • Mukilteo Library, Tuesday, May 29, 1 to 3 p.m., 425-493-8202
  • Mountlake Terrace Library, Tuesday, June 5, 1 to 3 p.m., 425-776-8722
Class sizes are limited so preregistration is required by calling the library or enrolling online at www.sno-isle.org/explore/worksource/. All workshops are free.

Learning Minds Remain Young at Oak Harbor (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Apr. 30, 2012

Take a Tour of Our New Home Page

Originally published Apr. 17, 2012

Thank You to Volunteers of Sno-Isle Libraries!

Originally published Apr. 17, 2012

The proud faces in this photo are a group of dedicated Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers. They received their President’s Volunteer Service Award at Sno-Isle Libraries’ volunteer recognition ceremony and celebration held on April 14, 2012, which kicked off National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21. A total of 49 volunteers qualified to earn the President’s Award based on their number of hours spent volunteering in 2011.

Sno-Isle Libraries currently has more than 700 active volunteers who perform work around the district cleaning books, creating displays, searching for missing materials, keeping shelves in order, restocking supplies, helping plan programs and events, and working on many more short- and long-term projects.

Thanks goes out to all of our devoted volunteers who help us serve our customers better. Your hard work and enthusiasm are very much appreciated.

50 Years Later, Sno-Isle Libraries 'Bet' a Success (The Herald)

Originally published Apr. 12, 2012

Bookmobile Saves Town of Index from Zombies! (video)

Originally published Apr. 11, 2012

In honor of National Bookmobile Day, April 11, 2012, the Library on Wheels department created a short video for the American Library Association's "Why We Love Our Bookmobile" video celebration.

The setting is Index, Wash., a town overrun by zombies. On our regular bookmobile visit to Index on March 22, Library on Wheels staff had the opportunity to share with library customers and zombies alike a sampling of the many zombie-related materials in Sno-Isle's collection, and WE CAUGHT THE WHOLE THING ON FILM.

Watch our video on the Library on Wheels page. And watch other library’s bookmobile videos on the ALA YouTube channel.

New Website Design, Same Library

Originally published Apr. 9, 2012

If you’re reading this on the Sno-Isle Libraries website, then you’ve already seen our new and improved website design, which launched on Monday, April 9. Since March 23 site visitors have had a chance to preview the new design via a link at the top of the old homepage and give their feedback about the updated site.

The contemporary look of the website is meant to reflect a warm, welcoming feeling that is consistent with Sno-Isle Libraries’ customer service and represents an inviting and relevant library experience.

The new design is fully functional with Polaris, the online catalog which launched last spring. You should find no differences in using the catalog.

To go back to the look of our old website, there is a link at the top of the new site that will be available until April 23. If you’d like to provide feedback on the new website, please use this form: http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=1210&eid=website

Meet Sno-Isle Library’s Strategic Partnership Manager

Originally published Apr. 3, 2012

Harry Potter Now Available on eBooks and eAudiobooks

Originally published Mar. 30, 2012

Potter-mania continues! The beloved magical series of Harry Potter books is now available for library checkout in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Start reading the series or re-read your favorites. Downloads are free through OverDrive.

Improvements Coming to Website

Originally published Mar. 23, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries will soon launch major improvements to the website's home page. These changes are designed to make it easier for customers to find what they're looking for on the site, and aid exploration of all the library has to offer.

The new design also highlights some valuable services and resources that surveys show currently have low awareness, including research databases and more. Increasing the awareness and use of such resources makes better use of taxpayer funds.

The updated design will be fully functional with Polaris, the online catalog, which launched last spring.

Site visitors will have a chance to preview the new design via a homepage link during late March or early April, and are invited to provide feedback about the updated site. The homepage will switch over to the new design in late April.

Watch www.sno-isle.org for notice.

Library Helps Make Citizenship Happen (The Herald)

Originally published Mar. 23, 2012

Librarians as Information Guides: Adults Learn Differently Than Kids

Originally published Mar. 16, 2012

"The instructor was clear and precise and very patient. I don't feel quite so intimidated," commented one adult after attending a class on downloading eBooks at Sno-Isle Libraries.

Feeling intimidated by learning something new is common among adults. Free classes at the library taught by specially trained librarians are designed to help ease those feelings.

Sno-Isle's groundbreaking project titled Librarians as Information Guides: Piloting Adults to Information and Services is funded by grants from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Because the learning process for adults is different than children, Sno-Isle selected nine librarians to attend customized training in adult teaching for this project. These highly skilled librarians offer classes and individual tutoring to encourage, persuade, and guide adults to information and services.

More than 200 adults have attended the popular eBook downloading classes since they began last fall. Other Librarians as Information Guides classes include topics such as genealogy, smart investing, navigating online health information, science, travel and more.

Camano Project Continues (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Mar. 12, 2012

Mukilteo Seeks Board Member (Mukilteo Beacon)

Originally published Mar. 12, 2012

Coupeville Seeks Board Member

Originally published Mar. 2, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill one vacant position on the Coupeville Library Advisory Board. The position is for a five year term, beginning in April 2012.

We are recruiting for board members willing to become intentional and focused advocates for their community library. New Board members will become community ambassadors to further raise the profile of our libraries and the crucial services they provide. A full orientation and training will be provided for each new board member.

To be qualified, an individual must live within the Coupeville School District. For more information and an application, please visit the Coupeville Library or call Leslie Franzen at 360-678-4911. Applications are due by March 24, 2012.

Whidbey Reads Together (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Mar. 2, 2012

Whidbey Reads isn’t just about reading a book. The five Whidbey Island Sno-Isle Libraries are bringing a book to life through discussions, events and activities meant to bring the community together in March and April ... [read more]

Camano Island Library Project Continues

Originally published Feb. 29, 2012

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 support from the Camano Island Library Friends. The action extends library services for the pilot project until a bond measure is brought forward to voters or for a period of three years, whichever comes first.

Members of the Camano Island Library Friends came before the Board of Trustees on January 23, 2012, to request a continuation of the Camano Island Library project until a funding measure for a permanent library can be placed on the ballot. The Friends also committed $5,000 per year, as a pledge of community support for the library, until that time.

“It is gratifying to see the community’s enthusiasm and commitment for the library on Camano Island,” said Jacquelyn DeFazio, Chair of the Sno-Island Libraries Board, speaking to those assembled. “The Board of Trustees thanks you for matching your desire for continued library service with demonstrated support to keep that service on the Island until voters have an opportunity to make it permanent.”

“Camano Island residents are clearly enjoying their library,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Sno-Isle Library Director referring to library statistics on activity at the Camano Island Library. “We’ve seen close to 300,000 items borrowed over the last two years. And that is remarkable given Camano Island has around 15,000 residents. So the Board’s decision ensures the library services they enjoy will continue until the time is right to place the question of a permanent library on the ballot.”

Librarian Makes Sure Teens Feel Comfortable (The Herald)

Originally published Feb. 27, 2012

Libraries shouldn't be limited to reading. They also can be a place for the community to gather regardless of age or nationality, said Rutherford, the Mountlake Terrace Library's teen services librarian. ... [read more]

New Officers Join Foundation (South Whidbey Record)

Originally published Feb. 27, 2012

Ken Kortlever of Langley has been elected as the new secretary for the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Kortlever was one of four new officers elected to the board of directors at the foundation’s January meeting. Rose Olson of Camano Island is the newly elected ... [read more]

A Profile of Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Executive Director (The Herald)

Originally published Feb. 24, 2012

Angelique Leone may not be a librarian. But this book-lover helps ensure local libraries are well stocked with page-turners as executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. And why, yes, she does have some book ... [read more]

Visit Your Library Via Community Transit Route Changes

Originally published Feb. 21, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries Partners With WorkSource to Offer Job Workshops (Lake Stevens Journal)

Originally published Feb. 14, 2012

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 ... [read more]

New Officers Join the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published Feb. 9, 2012

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 Camano Island as the newly elected president. She served the last two years as vice president, and treasurer previous to that. Caryl Thorp of Marysville is the new vice president. Caryl served the last two years as treasurer. Marisa Clayton of Edmonds is the new treasurer. She served the last two years as secretary. Ken Kortlever of Langley is the new secretary.

Immediate past president, Chris Loos of Edmonds, is now chair of major gifts and president of the past presidents council.

“I’m very excited to be moving forward with this dedicated group of Board members,” said Angelique Leone, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Each one brings their unique experience and insight and a commitment to enriching the library experience.”

See the full list of Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors.

Free Library Classes Teach a Wide Variety of Skills (HeraldNet)

Originally published Feb. 7, 2012

Want to know how to download e-books, make travel plans, fix your finances? Head to your local Sno-Isle Library for one of the Librarians as Information Guides free sessions. ... [read more]

Browse upcoming Librarians as Information Guides classes funded by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Mukilteo Teens’ Book Reviews Help Publishers (Mukilteo Beacon)

Originally published Feb. 6, 2012

Walk into the Mukilteo Library, and you’ll see a huge shelf of books behind the information desk. Except those books aren’t just for anyone to check out – they’re reserved for the library’s Teen Galley Group. These teens make up one of 16 groups ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries to Run Granite Falls Library (HeraldNet)

Originally published Jan. 6, 2012

The city's library is changing hands. The 1.52-acre property at 815 E. Galena St. is in the process of being transferred to Sno-Isle Libraries. A resolution authorizing the city to hand over ownership to Sno-Isle Libraries was approved in December by the Granite Falls City Council ... [read more]

New eReader or tablet? Get help at the library

Originally published Dec. 23, 2011

You can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eVideo and eMusic from the library, to your PC or personal device, including Kindles.

We have lots of free assistance available to help you make the most of your new device:

Most eReaders, tablets and mobile devices are compatible with Sno-Isle Libraries' free download service. Not only can you download thousands of different books for free, but on any given day we have between 4,000-5,000 titles that are immediately available for downloading - that means no waiting!

(Please note that all Sno-Isle Libraries will close at 3:00 p.m. on December 23 and will not re-open until Tuesday, December 27.)

Download Free Songs - For Keeps!

Originally published Dec. 22, 2011

Sno-Isle cardholders can now download three songs per week to a PC or personal device through Freegal. Freegal offers popular and obscure songs in more than 100 genres from Alternative to Zarzuela. These songs do not expire once you've downloaded them and are yours to keep! Find Freegal through the Downloads link under "Books, Movies, Music."

Oak Harbor Library Art Promotes Early Literacy (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Dec. 8, 2011

Colorful crows holding the letter “C” now fly across the entrance to the children’s section of the Oak Harbor Library, accompanied by gulls with a “G” and urchins with a “U” in an art installation meant to promote early literacy skills ... [read more]

Stanwood Library Spruces Up (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Dec. 6, 2011

Librarian Jill Wubbenhorst got help from two members of the Stanwood Coin Club Saturday to paint the Stanwood Library’s meeting room. Funded by a grant from the Sno-Isle Library Foundation, the project is aimed toward helping the library meet its strategic plan of ... [read more]

Hate Crime Documentary Not In Our Town Screens at 10 Libraries

Originally published Nov. 23, 2011

What would you do if one of your neighbors was killed in a hate crime?

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 are part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ “Issues That Matter” series of programs that encourage important community dialogue.

  • Arlington Library, 12/6, 6:30 pm
  • Camano Island Library, 12/12, 9 am
  • Granite Falls Library, 11/28, 6 pm
  • Lake Stevens Community Center, 12/15, 6 pm
  • Langley Library, 12/29, 6:30 pm
  • Lynnwood Library, 12/15, 3 pm
  • Mountlake Terrace Library, 12/13, 6:30 pm
  • Mukilteo Library, 12/12, 6:30 pm
  • Snohomish Library, 12/12, 6:30 pm
  • Stanwood Library, 12/15, 1:30 pm
“Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness” tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, the film provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence.

The hour-long documentary, narrated by Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard, will be followed by a discussion about what local residents can do to stop hate in their community. Communities across the country use the film to initiate dialogue about intolerance and anti-immigrant violence.

For specific screening information, visit http://www.sno-isle.org/explore/issues-that-matter-niot/. The screenings and discussions are funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Self-Service Fax Machines Added to Seven More Libraries

Originally published Oct. 11, 2011

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 at the Lynnwood and Granite Falls libraries, which began in November 2010, has proven to be a success. Customers are regularly using the service with very little staff assistance. Based on the positive feedback from both pilot sites and three other libraries that installed fax machines this year (Darrington, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor), Sno-Isle Libraries has now added public fax machines at seven more libraries (Freeland, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish, Sultan).

To send (not receive) a fax, customers use a debit, credit or FaxCash card and follow simple instructions. Costs are similar to other self-service fax services at businesses — $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 per additional page. There is no cost to Sno-Isle for this service; the fax machine vendor supplies the equipment. Local Friends of the Library groups make the FaxCash card available for purchase in the libraries.

Providing self-service fax machines to the community supports Sno-Isle’s strategic plan to give customers access to user-friendly electronic devices and services that are responsive to the diverse needs of individuals.

Public fax machines are available at the following 12 libraries: Darrington, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish, and Sultan.

Resume Workshops Help Crack the Job-Hunting Code

Originally published Oct. 5, 2011

Steve Capili's “a-ha” moment arrived while sitting in a résumé writing workshop at Sno-Isle Libraries' Lynnwood branch. After spending more than 20 years in the mortgage industry, the Bothell resident was aiming to branch out. Little did he know ... [read more]

Find a Targeted Resume workshop

Kindle Owners Can Now Get Free eBooks

Originally published Sep. 23, 2011

On Wednesday, Sept. 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 is now available through the Sno-Isle Libraries website: free eBooks for the Kindle.

Sno-Isle Libraries has announced that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Customers can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more.

Sno-Isle Libraries’ eBook and audiobook download service has been steadily gaining in popularity since its launch in 2005. But prior to this week, the downloads were only available for use on a PC or Mac computer and mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader – but not the Kindle.

“Kindle owners have been waiting for this for a long time,” says librarian Jim McCluskey, who places orders for the library’s media collections. “It will be interesting to watch the growth in circulation as our customers find out that we have Kindle books.”

Kindle users can browse Sno-Isle Libraries’ collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. To download the free eBooks for your Kindle, visit the library’s website at www.sno-isle.org, go to Books, Movies & Music, then click on Downloads.

Sno-Isle Libraries partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools, to offer this service.

Oak Harbor Library Recognized for Environmental Awareness

Originally published Sep. 19, 2011

The Oak Harbor Library is proud to have earned the Whidbey Green Seal from the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition.

The congratulatory letter from the Coalition states, “You are among the first of Whidbey Island [organizations] to take concrete steps toward greening your operations and stewarding a culture of environmental awareness and social responsibility in your community. … You have made an ongoing pledge to strive to create a healthy environment for your customers, clients, employees, and community.”

The Oak Harbor Library was recognized for taking a leadership role in Whidbey Island’s sustainable efforts by making smart choices to conserve resources, minimize unnecessary driving, reduce waste and toxic pollution, invest in the community, and make purchases closer to home.

As a result, Mary Campbell has been invited to participate in a televised panel in November to speak about the transportation section of the application, which is where the Oak Harbor Library scored the highest. The panel is part of the Green Living Seminar series on the local government access TV channel.

Sno-Isle Library Offers Tips on Baking, Gardening and Art

Originally published Sep. 19, 2011

Never underestimate what a little dough can do in the right hands. Master Bakers Gerry Betz and Larry Lowary of Tree-Top Baking will share tips and techniques on preparing sweet dough breads as part of a set of cooking classes offered by Sno-Isle Libraries in the ... [read more]

Children's Singers Headline Local Literacy Tour

Originally published Sep. 13, 2011

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 ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries Partners with WorkSource to Offer Nine Free Creating a Targeted Resume Workshops

Originally published Sep. 12, 2011

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 for jobs. She also turned to WorkSource for ... [read more]

Langley Library Re-opens After Renovations

Originally published Sep. 7, 2011

Come visit the newly refurbished Langley Library! After a two-week closure for renovations, the Langley Library resumes regular open hours.

Book a Librarian for a Personalized Face-to-Face Session

Originally published Aug. 26, 2011

Need help downloading an e-book? Not sure where to start on a research project? Want special coaching on basic computer skills? Sno-Isle librarians are eager to meet face-to-face with customers who ‘Book a Librarian’ for a free 30 to 60 minute session of personalized help finding information or using technology.

Last year when Nargis Love found she needed help with her job junt, she headed to the Monroe Library. Nargis explained, “I had no experience in applying for a job online. I received very courteous and professional help on … my job application to University of Washington.”

Nargis was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by a recruiter within 24 hours of submitting her application. After she was eventually hired, Nargis told Sno-Isle Libraries, “I love my new job and I couldn't have found it without your staff's help.”

In today’s world of computer-to-computer or phone-to-phone communication, a face-to-face session with a friendly library staff member can help those who require more than a few minutes of instruction. The ‘Book a Librarian’ sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A librarian will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth assistance on topics such as starting an email account, browsing the library’s catalog, downloading e-books and audiobooks, searching the Internet, using electronic databases through the Sno-Isle website, or other computer basics.

In 2008, Sno-Isle Libraries began providing this free one-on-one instructional service at five community libraries, which then grew to 12 libraries. Due to the popularity and success of this program, ‘Book a Librarian’ is now available at all 21 Sno-Isle community libraries.

Sno-Isle librarians are trained information professionals. If a staff member with expertise in a customer’s area of interest is not available at their preferred community library, Sno-Isle Libraries will find a staff member at another Sno-Isle branch to step in and help out.

To ‘Book a Librarian,’ contact your Sno-Isle community library to schedule an appointment. Library staff will determine how much time is needed for the session.

Weekly Herald: More People Checking Out South County Libraries

Originally published Aug. 24, 2011

From the smallest to the largest, Sno-Isle Libraries bring literature, art, imagination and respite to South County. And boy, are they popular with residents. Overall the demand at Sno-Isle branches has increased almost 97 percent ... [read more]

South Whidbey Record: Sno-Isle Libraries' Summer Reading Program Packs ’Em In

Originally published Aug. 2, 2011

JoAnn Buff of Sno-Isle Libraries looked around the meeting room at the Freeland Library. She was impressed. It was time for the Pacific Science Center program “Sand-Tastic,” and more than 50 kids and 25 adults were packed into the library for a summertime reading program where kids could ... [read more]

Snohomish Co. Business Journal: Sno-Isle Offers Free Help for Small-Business Owners

Originally published Jul. 28, 2011

Small business owners in Snohomish and Island counties now have free access to online databases, reference books, directories and other business resources through the Sno-Isle Libraries database. There also is a series of online videos illustrating how ... [read more]

South Whidbey Record: Langley Council Approves Annexation Contract

Originally published Jun. 27, 2011

The Langley City Council unanimously approved an agreement that finalized the city's annexation into the Sno-Isle Library District at the council's ... [read more]

Self-Service Fax Machines Available at Five Libraries (Lynnwood, Granite Falls, Darrington, Mukilteo and Oak Harbor libraries)

Originally published Jun. 24, 2011

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 at the Lynnwood and Granite Falls libraries, which began in November 2010, has proven to be a success. Customers are regularly using the service with very little staff assistance. Based on the positive feedback from both pilot sites, Sno-Isle Libraries has added public fax machines at Darrington, Mukilteo and Oak Harbor libraries.

To send (not receive) a fax, customers use a debit, credit or FaxCash card and follow simple instructions. Costs are similar to other self-service fax services at businesses — $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 per additional page. There is no cost to Sno-Isle for this service; the fax machine vendor supplies the equipment. Local Friends of the Library groups make the FaxCash card available for purchase in the libraries.

Providing self-service fax machines to the community supports Sno-Isle’s strategic plan to give customers access to user-friendly electronic devices and services that are responsive to the diverse needs of individuals.

Sno-Isle Libraries Hires Communications Director

Originally published Jun. 22, 2011

After a nationwide search, Sno-Isle Libraries is pleased to have found the new communications director right in their own backyard of Snohomish County. Kenneth Harvey began as Sno-Isle’s communications director on June 6. Harvey was most recently the marketing and communications director for Community Transit in Everett, Wash. His extensive experience includes communications and marketing in public, private and non-profit organizations, including Sound Transit and Tacoma Public Library.

As the communications director, Harvey will oversee Sno-Isle Libraries’ internal and external communications, marketing and graphics, and relationships with community partners such as Friends of the Library groups, volunteers, and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. He will also lead continuing work on Sno-Isle’s 2008 – 2013 Strategic Plan.

“I can hardly describe my excitement about being part of Sno-Isle Libraries and returning to the world of public libraries,” Harvey remarked. “I’m thrilled to join this innovative organization as it works to provide relevant services to the residents and businesses within our region.”

Harvey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-TV Management with a Business Marketing minor from Eastern Washington University. He is a nationally respected public speaker, trainer and coach.

Tap Your Toes at the Mill Creek Library

Originally published Jun. 20, 2011

If you're having a bad day, watch this charming video and you'll perk right up! It's the 2nd place winner in the Seattle Vintage Jazz Dance's Music Video Contest, shot on location at the Mill Creek Library.

Community Leader Appointed to Sno-Isle Libraries Board

Originally published Jun. 8, 2011

A new trustee has been appointed to the board for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Snohomish resident Martin Munguia is the public information officer for Community Transit. Munguia graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications. He is on the board of directors for Leadership Snohomish County and his local PTA, is active in his community as a coach with the Snohomish Youth Soccer Association and has served as a program coordinator for Central Primary School’s Watch DOGS program.

“Libraries are a cornerstone of the community,” says Munguia. “I am excited about the direction Sno-Isle Libraries is going with technology and its commitment to serving an increasingly diverse population.”

Munguia has committed to a seven-year term on the library board. Sno-Isle Libraries is directed by a seven-member board of trustees. Trustees are volunteers who are appointed by and represent Snohomish and Island counties.

Patricia Brunjes Joins Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published May. 31, 2011

Patricia Brunjes, from Clinton, Wash., has been elected to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors.

Brunjes retired as the superintendent of the Glenwood School District in 2000. Her extensive career as a high school and college educator in the Northwest includes positions as speech and English teacher, librarian, and assistant principal. Brunjes remains active in her community as co-chair of the Whidbey Island Writers Association, past president and current member of the Friends of the Clinton Library, member of Sno-Isle’s Whidbey Reads committee and several other community groups.

“At a time when we are losing libraries and library services, I see it as imperative that we keep these treasures alive. Libraries are community cores, assisting people, not only to read books, … but to keep abreast of changes in culture,” remarked Brunjes.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation welcomes Brunjes; her years of experience in education, libraries, and leadership make her a valuable addition to the Board.

New Open Hours at Nine Sno-Isle Libraries Effective June 5

Originally published May. 9, 2011

To better meet the needs of library customers, Sno-Isle Libraries will change hours of operation starting June 5, 2011, at nine community libraries: Camano Island, Edmonds, Freeland, Langley, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Snohomish, and Stanwood libraries.

The changes in open hours are based on public feedback and recent patterns of library use. As part of Sno-Isle Libraries‘ 2008 – 2013 Strategic Plan, the new hours were developed with the goal of improving service to our communities and their diverse needs. This is not a reduction in hours; changes range from opening or closing earlier or later and day-of-week schedule changes.

For a schedule of the new hours, visit Locations & Hours.

Weekly Herald: Library 'eResources' Help in These Rapidly Changing Times (by Mill Creek's Managing Librarian)

Originally published May. 5, 2011

“How did the music I liked in high school get to be the playlist for the oldies station?” I asked myself as I listened to Al Stewart's song “Time Passages”: “The years run too short and the days too fast/The things you lean on are the things ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries Hires Deputy Director

Originally published Apr. 27, 2011

After an extensive national recruitment process, Sno-Isle Libraries is pleased to welcome Kendra Trachta as their new Deputy Director. Trachta brings 20 years of library experience, most recently as the Assistant Director of Public Services for San Antonio Public Library. Prior to that, she was the Library Director for the Institute of Texan Cultures and a librarian at the Spokane Public Library.

Trachta’s first day on the job was Monday, April 25. “I’m happy to be here at Sno-Isle Libraries, where libraries are such an integral part of the different communities,” she said. “I believe in the power of public libraries to change lives.”

As Deputy Director, Trachta is responsible for directing operations of Sno-Isle’s 21 community libraries and bookmobile services, and will lead continuing work to implement the organization’s 2008 – 2013 Strategic Plan.

Trachta earned her Masters of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She moved to Washington with her husband and two daughters.

Sno-Isle Libraries Receives WICD's Outstanding Partner Award

Originally published Apr. 15, 2011

Sno-Isle Libraries is proud to be selected by the Whidbey Island Conservation District as the recipient of their 2011 Outstanding Partner Award.

The WICD recognizes that the partnership with Sno-Isle has benefited the Whidbey Island community in a variety of ways:

  • Integrating rain gardens in Sno-Isle’s landscape is already improving water quality in library neighborhoods and in Puget Sound.
  • The addition of educational signs at library sites informs others about the opportunity to make a difference where they live and work.
  • Allowing the WICD to use the meeting rooms helps them to educate others about protecting and improving Whidbey Island’s environment for the future.
Sno-Isle will be presented with this award on Monday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at the Coupeville Library.

43 Sno-Isle Libraries Volunteers Receive Presidential Service Award During National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16

Originally published Apr. 8, 2011

Overdrive Downloads Now in Service

Originally published Apr. 6, 2011

The Overdrive download and account access issue has now been resolved. You are now able to access your downloads account and check out electronic titles. Go to Overdrive downloads homepage.

New Catalog: Polaris is a Hit!

Originally published Apr. 1, 2011

We're excited to announce the successful launch of Polaris, your new online library catalog. Thank you so much for all of your patience and support as we worked to get Polaris up and running.

We've been receiving a flood of comments from happy customers:

"Love the new Polaris catalog. Much faster and very user friendly!" - Customer JB

"I know rolling out a new system can be quite a pain ... but, I like it. Works well, easy to follow and more efficient. Your hard work has paid off! Thanks..." - Customer MW

"I'm wildly excited about the new Polaris ... The video 'overview' was very clear, & I quickly printed out the tip sheets & other instructions ... everything is so much fun!! Even if you're temporarily confused, it's pretty easy to get back on track." - Customer LB

As anticipated, not all features were immediately functional during last week's initial configuration. The majority of these issues have now been resolved, with just a couple of exceptions:

  • You cannot currently place hold requests on magazines.
  • Overdrive (downloads) access is unavailable for some customers. UPDATE: The Overdrive issue has been resolved, 4/6/11

We are working on resolving these issues and expect to have them fixed soon.

Try Polaris now
Polaris help
Polaris information
Hands-on Polaris classes

HeraldNet: It's the Teen Tech Wizards' Turn to Teach

Originally published Mar. 29, 2011

Jo Sunderlage just wanted to get a couple of old programs off her iPhone, but she didn't know how to do it. Sunderlage went to the Mountlake Terrace Library on Saturday and got some help. Within a few minutes, the programs were gone.... [read more]

Community Leader Appointed to Sno-Isle Libraries Board

Originally published Mar. 22, 2011

A new trustee has been appointed to the board for the Sno-Isle Libraries.

Whidbey Island resident Marti Anamosa is a retired attorney. Ms. Anamosa served on the board of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation from 2005 to 2010, including three years as board president. She is actively involved in the South Whidbey community, including working with the Friends of the Langley Library, the Whidbey Island Writers’ Conference, and volunteering to teach and mentor local youth. [read more]

HeraldNet: Sno-Isle Libraries Launching New Online Catalog System That's More Interactive

Originally published Mar. 21, 2011

A new online catalog system at all Sno-Isle Libraries will simplify the search for books and authors and will allow users to see how long the wait for a particular book will be.... [read more]

Placing Holds Will Be On Hold (Temporarily)

Originally published Mar. 18, 2011

Sno-Isle Libraries card holders will NOT be able to place holds on library items beginning March 21 through April 2 (estimated). Also during this time, Sno-Isle Libraries will not be fulfilling hold requests. These temporary changes are due to the transition to Polaris, your new online library catalog.

By early April, after the upgrade to Polaris is complete, you will once again be able to place hold requests for library items and you will not lose your place in line for existing holds. Plus, Polaris offers new and exciting features to personalize your library experience, such as freezing your own holds and much more.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but remember, it’s only temporary. Click for more information.

South Whidbey Record: Sno-Isle Urges Readers to "Babysit-a-Book"

Originally published Mar. 10, 2011

The library wants readers to “babysit a book” this month to help with the installation of a long-awaited upgrade to its integrated online system. Sno-Isle Libraries urges patrons of all its branches to ... [read more]

Find Out More About Polaris

Originally published Mar. 4, 2011

For more information about the transition to Polaris, in-person and online Polaris preview sessions, and FAQs, visit www.sno-isle.org/explore/polarisinfo.

Get a Sneak Peek at Polaris, Your New Online Library Catalog

Originally published Feb. 23, 2011

Everyone is invited to preview the new star of the library, Polaris, Sno-Isle’s new online catalog premiering early this spring. Attend a free session held at one of five Sno-Isle community libraries during March. Two webinars are also being offered.

You'll get to see how Polaris allows library customers to get better search results, freeze holds, create reading lists, keep a history of books checked out, and more. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to upgrade from the existing 20-year-old system to Polaris.

  • Stanwood Library, Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
  • Coupeville Library, Thursday, March 10, 2:00 p.m.
  • Monroe Library, Monday, March 14, 2:00 p.m.
  • Lynnwood Library, Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mukilteo Library, Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.
Webinar preview sessions will be held on Monday, March 21, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. To register for a webinar email tkhau@sno-isle.org.

(No registration necessary for in-person preview sessions.)

BECU Manager Joins Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published Feb. 15, 2011

A new director has joined the board for the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Lake Stevens resident Carol Guse is the manager of the Lake Stevens branch of BECU (Boeing Employees' Credit Union). A lifelong library user and Lake Stevens resident, Guse brings management and communication experience to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

“Libraries level the playing field for all our children,” says Guse. “They provide early literacy skills and books to young people, no matter what their background. Public libraries open the world to kids and adults alike. I’m excited about this opportunity to serve my community and give back to the library, which has meant so much to me and my family.”

At the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board’s January meeting, the Foundation board voted to re-elect its four officers: Chris Loos as President, Rose Olson as Vice President, Caryl Thorp as Treasurer, and Marisa Clayton as Secretary.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation provides funding in support of library services and programs. The Foundation funds the Sno-Isle Libraries book discussion kit collection, has provided financial support for author programs, and supported the innovative 2007 – 2010 Teen Project, which identified services and programs to connect teenagers with their libraries.

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

Call to Western Washington Artists for Oak Harbor Library Children's Area

Originally published Feb. 15, 2011

The Oak Harbor Library Art Committee seeks to commission a professional artist or team of artists to create an original work of art for the entranceway to the children’s area inside the library. Funded through a grant from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, the deadline for submissions is Friday, April 1, 2011, by 5:00 p.m.

To see a full version of the call to artists including the program description, submittal requirements, project timeline and photographs of the Oak Harbor Library children’s entranceway, please visit the library’s website at http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=1206. Contact Mary Campbell at 360-675-5115 extension 6020 or email mcampbell@sno-isle.org with any questions.

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Sno-Isle Libraries to Redefine Online Library Experience With Polaris System

Originally published Feb. 2, 2011

Early this spring a new star will shine on Sno-Isle Libraries. It’s your new online library catalog, Polaris.

Polaris marks a huge leap forward in the online library experience. It gives you quicker, better search results, and gives you more control over your account with updated tools you would expect from large, modern, commercial sites such as Amazon and Google. In addition, you’ll get library-specific tools that let you suspend holds, create reading lists, keep a history of books checked out, and more.

The upgrade to Polaris allows the Library to remain a relevant, valuable community resource in the 21st century. The system it is replacing is 20 years old.

The estimated conversion date will be identified in mid-February. Keep an eye on our website for more news, including previews of some of the exciting features you can expect in Polaris.

HeraldNet: Sno-Isle Libraries Reaches Out to Adults

Originally published Jan. 31, 2011

Watch a Video-Tour of the Edmonds Library Featuring Librarian Lesly Kaplan

Originally published Jan. 4, 2011

Day 112 of “365 Things To Do In Edmonds” is to explore the Edmonds Library. Thanks to Wayne Purser for creating a video-tour of the Edmonds Library and including us on his list.

Sno-Isle Libraries Honored for 25th Consecutive Clean Audit

Originally published Dec. 16, 2010

The Washington State Auditor has given Sno-Isle Libraries a clean bill of financial health — for the 25th year in a row. This achievement reflects one of Sno-Isle Libraries’ guiding principles, to be a responsible steward of public funds.

The congratulatory letter from State Auditor Brian Sonntag states, “This accomplishment reflects the dedication of the [Sno-Isle Libraries] Board and the staff to strong oversight of operations, good internal controls, and accurate financial reporting. …

“Our Office views its relationship with the [Library] District as a model for other entities in our state.” Sonntag recognized Library Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Administrative Services Director Arch Fonken, and Accounting Supervisor Geoff Chadd for their contributions to the audit process and favorable results.

For tax-supported entities, the State Auditor evaluates accounting practices, reviews payroll and bill paying records, and analyzes financial systems for tracking how tax dollars are spent. This most recent audit was for 2009.

(photo: Administrative Services Director Arch Fonken and Board of Trustees Vice President Jacquelyn DeFazio)

HeraldNet: Marysville Library's New Laptop Can Aid Visually Impaired

Originally published Dec. 14, 2010

Self-Service Fax Machines Available at Lynnwood and Granite Falls Libraries

Originally published Nov. 16, 2010

One of the questions Sno-Isle Libraries is frequently asked is, "Do you have a fax machine I can use?" While some may think that faxes are becoming obsolete, this is not the case at Sno-Isle. In response to the frequent request for fax use, Sno-Isle installed self-service fax equipment at the Lynnwood and Granite Falls Libraries as a pilot project.

Using a debit/credit/FaxCash card, customers follow simple instructions to SEND (not receive) a fax. Costs are $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 per additional page.

This pilot project will give Sno-Isle an idea of the service's success in supporting the strategic plan to provide customers with access to user-friendly electronic devices.

Celebrate Children's Book Festival

Originally published Nov. 3, 2010

“Tell Me a Story” is the theme for November's Children’s Book Festival. Artistic Sno-Isle kids showed off their talents in the annual bookmark contest. See the winning bookmarks online and pick one up at your community library.

Celebrate the Children's Book Festival with fun events for families that include bookmark winner parties, gallery-like showings of the bookmark entries, and puppet theater!

Mukilteo Teen Readers Will Select Top Teen Books

Originally published Sep. 7, 2010

The Mukilteo Library teen book group is one of 16 public and school library book groups from around the country that will help pick out the best books for teen readers. The Mukilteo group, The Write Stuff, will nominate books for the Teens' Top Ten; teens nationwide will vote for their favorite books each year from that list. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, selected the participating book groups.

The Teens’ Top Ten is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries, including the Write Stuff teen group at the Mukilteo Library. In exchange, Mukilteo teen readers will evaluate books from more than 30 participating publishers. The Mukilteo teen group will begin its term as a Teens’ Top Ten book group in November 2010 and will finish its duties in 2012.

Whidbey News-Times: Activating Idle Minds: Turning to Technology at 77

Originally published Aug. 31, 2010

When it comes to their computers, it seems most people desire speed, the latest versions and devices that fit comfortably in their hands. The Pardos simply want to understand how a mouse works. At age 77, Moises and Delia Pardo decided it was time to take ... [read more]

Q13 Fox: $54 Million Federal Grant Will Help Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Libraries and Schools

Originally published Aug. 26, 2010

See a Monroe Library customer interviewed at 1:45 into this news story.

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South Whidbey Record: Friends of the Whidbey Libraries Need Community's Help

Originally published Aug. 18, 2010

The word comes from the Old English “freond” and claims an Indo-European root meaning “to love.” Considering that most of these “friends” came together around their love of books ... [read more]

The Herald: Father, Daughter Make a Whirlwind Tour of Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published Jul. 27, 2010

Randy West and his daughter, Maggie, embarked on an adventure with book bags in hand. The duo from Edmonds each checked out several books from the Mukilteo Library before the library opened for the day on July 20. After all, they had a ferry to catch and a schedule to keep if they wanted to accomplish their goal of visiting all 21 Sno-Isle Library branches ... [read more]

Who Would Visit All 22 Sno-Isle Locations in One Day? Watch the video!

Originally published Jul. 21, 2010

Library enthusiasts Randy West and his 15-year-old daughter Maggie set out on a whirlwind journey to visit all 22 Sno-Isle Library locations in one day! They began at the Mukilteo Library when it opened at 10 a.m. and ended at the Edmonds Library right before it closed at 9 p.m.

Randy and Maggie checked out at least one item from each library to get the location and time stamp on their checkout receipt. To stay on schedule, they could afford to spend only a few minutes at each library; Sno-Isle librarians were ready with pre-selected books in the West’s areas of interest.

Their long journey culminated at 8:50 p.m. in a cheer from the staff at the Edmonds Library and the West’s family members showed up to greet them. The staff presented the two tired travelers with oversized honorary library cards, and Randy jokingly tried the big card under the barcode sensor of the self-check!

Summer Sunday Library Hours

Originally published Jul. 6, 2010

Planning to visit the library on Sunday this summer? Make sure your community library is open.

Libraries that are open during the school year on Sundays, but will not be open during the summer are as follows: Arlington, Freeland, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, and Snohomish. These libraries will be CLOSED on Sundays through September 5.

The following libraries are OPEN on Sundays all year round: Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, and Oak Harbor.

See Locations & Hours

Print 70 Free Pages Per Week on Public PCs

Originally published Jun. 24, 2010

Library cardholders using Sno-Isle's public PCs may now print up to 70 free pages per week. Previously, customers could print 10 free pages per day. This change provides better customer service for those who find that 10 pages isn't enough, such as with job searches or job applications. The 70-page limit is based on the calendar week of Sunday through Saturday.

South Whidbey Record: Langley Considers Annexation to Sno-Isle System

Originally published Jun. 21, 2010

Langley is exploring the possibility of annexing the city to the Sno-Isle Libraries district. The switch wouldn’t affect library services, only the way they’re funded. Instead of coming from the city’s general fund ... [read more]

Download Audiobooks to iPod, iPad and iPhone

Originally published Jun. 19, 2010

With OverDrive Media Console v3.2, most WMA Audiobooks are iPod® and iPad™-compatible! In just a few clicks, send titles to your Windows®-formatted device; the 'Plays on' icons at this site indicate compatibility. For more on OMC v3.2, click here.

With OverDrive Media Console for Mac®, Mac users can download, burn, and transfer MP3 audiobooks to iPods®, iPhones®, and iPads™. For more on OMC for Mac, click here.

Whidbey Examiner: Student Wins Top Honors for Library Video

Originally published May. 6, 2010

Talented, dedicated, and willing to work hard to achieve success, Coupeville High School senior Kate Nilsen is building her future one scene at a time. The 17-year-old Langley resident and up-and-coming videographer recently demonstrated her skills by winning a video contest ... [read more]

View Kate's winning video.

Watch the Winning Video from the Teen Video Contest

Originally published Apr. 19, 2010

Congratulations to Kate N. of Coupeville whose delightful video "Petricia's Passion: Turning the Pages of Life for the Better" is the winner of our 2010 Teen Video Contest.

Not only is it beautifully filmed, it shows many of the ways libraries can open your life to possibility and all the great stuff you can get from the library, it also showcases our gorgeous new remodel at the Coupeville Library!

Congratulations Kate! We look forward to seeing great things to come from you. Kate wins a Flip MinoHD video camera provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

And thank you to everyone who entered. It is inspiring to see so much creativity, fun, and library love from our tech savvy teens.

View all 19 video entries
View contest voting results

KOMO News: Laptops are a Godsend for Wash. Job Hunters

Originally published Mar. 27, 2010

HeraldNet: Job Seekers: Libraries Around Snohomish County Offer Unlimited Computer Time

Originally published Mar. 15, 2010

Sean Wright felt rushed. He was laid off from his job as a driver for Honey Bucket in February, a few months after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq ... [read more]

HeraldNet: Teens Coach Seniors on Getting Gadgets to Work

Originally published Mar. 15, 2010

One could say that 12-year-old Zander Hall-Spicuzza has a knack for technology. On Saturday, he helped Kathryn Hack of Marysville figure out how to use a digital picture frame ... [read more]

New Computers and Extended Computer Time Exclusively for Job Seekers

Originally published Mar. 1, 2010

When the going gets tough, libraries get you going. If you need more time on a library computer to help with your job search, then you’re in luck! New notebook computers are available at all Sno-Isle community libraries for job seekers to borrow for extended in-library use.

The notebook computers are funded through a grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library, as a part of the Renew Washington Project, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The $30,000 grant to Sno-Isle Libraries was used to purchase 30 notebook computers specifically for job seekers. The notebook computers are available for in-library checkout to adults with library cards in good standing. There is no set time limit on the notebooks, but they must be returned before the library closes.

To borrow a notebook computer, please see a staff member

Lake Stevens Journal: Library building celebrating 25 years

Originally published Feb. 9, 2010

In 1985, less than 2,000 people lived in the small town of Lake Stevens, and community members knew the importance of having a library ... [Read more]

Stay Current With Sno-Isle's February BookEnds eNewsletter

Originally published Feb. 2, 2010

Our monthly BookEnds newsletter is delivered the first of every month, bringing you the latest Sno-Isle Libraries news, great reads, and events right to your inbox. Subscribe by simply submitting your email address, or read the February BookEnds issue now.

Why support the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation?

Originally published Jan. 4, 2010

Check out our YouTube video featuring last year's Foundation Board President Marti Animosa.

Your Library Card Helps You Shop: Consumer Reports Online

Originally published Dec. 16, 2009

Shopping for a camera, GPS, or laptop but not sure which one to buy? Find the right product whether it's for yourself or a gift for a loved one. Your library card gives you access to Consumer Reports Online without paying for a subscription.

Get unbiased reports and product specifications on electronics, appliances, cars, and more.
Go to Consumer Reports Online

Find That Perfect Movie

Originally published Nov. 12, 2009

Finding DVDs to borrow from the library just got easier! In the mood for a comedy? Go straight to the comedy shelf. Movies on DVD are now shelved and labeled by genre for easier browsing.

Whether you're looking for drama, horror, foreign, action or something different for everyone in your family, Sno-Isle wants you to find the right DVDs. Save the money you would spend on video rentals, pay-per-view or theater tickets and enjoy a free movie from the library that's easy to find.

Coupeville Library Goes Green

Originally published Sep. 18, 2009

Construction is proceeding smoothly on the Coupeville Library expansion. Because we are using heat pumps that are more efficient than code requires, we will receive a $3,000 grant from Puget Sound Energy. The heat pumps are not the only “green” strategy we are incorporating into the project. Some other features include:

  • solar panels on the south-facing roof, capable of producing approximately 11,000 kWh per year,
  • day-lighting controls and room occupancy sensors to reduce unnecessary electrical lighting loads,
  • abundant natural light to reduce need for artificial lighting, including use of “light tubes” to bring natural light deep in to the interior of the space,
  • two rain gardens designed to filter and mitigate the majority of roof rainwater runoff and a significant amount of site drainage.
To see more photos and follow the progress, visit the Coupeville Library Expansion page.

Temporary library service is available at the Au Sable Institute, 180 Parker Road in Coupeville.

Libraries on Frontline of Connecting Americans With Online Government, Job Resources

Originally published Sep. 15, 2009

Free Computer Classes for Beginners

Originally published Aug. 20, 2009

Do you know someone who wants to start learning how to use a computer? We’re here to help. Sno-Isle Libraries offers free classes designed especially for beginners to learn the basics such as how to use a mouse, search the Internet, or set up an email account. Browse computer classes.

Job Hunters: Free Classes at Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published Aug. 12, 2009

From HeraldNet:
Reference librarians at Sno-Isle Libraries started noticing a trend during the last year: Library visitors weren’t asking about Cliffs Notes and research papers. They wanted to know how to use computers to find jobs. Read more ...

Download Books Free and Listen at Leisure

Originally published Aug. 11, 2009

From HeraldNet:
Janet Evanovich’s “Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” topped the Sno-Isle Library’s list of downloaded books last month. Have you done it yet? It’s free. Read more …

Improved Home Page to Better Serve You

Originally published Aug. 11, 2009

We’ve given our home page a slight makeover based on feedback from our users.

We created a new side bar on the left that contains some of our more popular links. Now you can find them easier. Our Firefox users told us there were issues with our navigation bar across the top, so we made a few improvements.

You'll find the same links you're used to, only slightly rearranged, and there are no changes to our catalog search.

We hope you find our improvements helpful. As always, we love to hear from you and what you think of our Web site so please send us your comments: Web site feedback.

In the News: Grandparents, Kids Find Bonding Time

Originally published Jul. 27, 2009

From the Whidbey Daily:
“Are we going to storytime today, Grandma?” is a question Kathy Scott enjoys hearing often. It’s a family affair when Kathy and her husband Marshall bring their two granddaughters to the Mountlake Terrace Library for storytime. Read more ...

Walter Cronkite Remembered

Originally published Jul. 22, 2009

Walter Cronkite was the face and the voice that we remember from the 1960s--Vietnam, the Apollo moon landings, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read more ...

In the News: Teens Hot on Summer Reading

Originally published Jul. 6, 2009

From the Everett Daily Herald newspaper:
Three people are waiting to check out the venerable Jane Austen classic "Pride and Prejudice" from the Sno-Isle Libraries, a pittance compared with the 129 in the queue for the modern-day spin-off "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Read more ...

Tim O'Brien Book Chosen For Big Read 2010

Originally published Jul. 1, 2009

Sno-Isle Libraries will partner with Everett Public Library to host the second Big Read throughout Snohomish and Island Counties with a $15,000 grant received from the National Endowment for the Arts. The chosen title for 2010 is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, a collection of stories about the Vietnam War.

The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate a single book in order to restore reading to the center of American culture.

The successful launch of the first Big Read in Snohomish and Island Counties celebrated "The Maltese Falcon" in the spring of 2009 with close to 600 people attending more than 50 programs, and Big Read library materials circulating over 1500 times during April and May.

The Big Read is presented in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Big Read in the Pacific Northwest is supported, in part, by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

For more information, visit www.neabigread.org.

Visit the Coupeville Library's Temporary Location

Originally published Jun. 23, 2009

The expansion and renovation of the Coupeville Library begins in July. Temporary library service at the Au Sable Institute, 180 Parker Road in Coupeville is provided by Sno-Isle and the Friends of the Coupeville Library in partnership with Au Sable.

Coupeville Library temporary hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.

For more information, see the Coupeville Library Expansion page.

2010 Budget and Election: Questions From Our Customers

Originally published Jun. 12, 2009

Today Show: Libraries Lend a Hand in Recession

Originally published Jun. 12, 2009

In this recession, public libraries are seeing an increase in traffic and playing a new role in helping people find work. Watch video of NBC’s Today Show report.

Swine Flu: What It Is, How to Avoid It, Library Resources To Help

Originally published Jun. 11, 2009

Celebrate Stars and Stripes: Flag Day

Originally published Jun. 10, 2009

Explore the New Teen Collection

Originally published Jun. 7, 2009

All Sno-Isle Libraries now have an Explore collection created just for teens! Modeled after a bookstore, this is a constantly changing collection featuring multiple copies of popular, high-demand teen paperback books you might not see on our regular shelves. Stop by your local Sno-Isle teen area to see what surprises you might find!

Summer Sunday Library Hours

Originally published Jun. 3, 2009

Planning to visit the library on Sunday this summer? Make sure your community library is open.

Libraries that are open during the school year on Sundays, but will not be open during the summer are as follows: Arlington, Freeland, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, and Snohomish. These libraries will be CLOSED on Sundays from June 21 through September 6.

The following libraries are OPEN on Sundays all year round: Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, and Oak Harbor.
Locations & Hours

View the Winning Video in the Teen Book Trailer Contest

Originally published Jun. 2, 2009

Congratulations to Eric C. of Stanwood who is the winner in the Teen Book Trailer video contest. Eric’s cinematic expertise won him a Flip Mino camcorder. View his winning trailer for “Chosen” by Ted Dekker and see an interview with this budding filmmaker.

Monroe Library Hosts Digital Bookmobile June 5–6

Originally published May. 26, 2009

The Monroe Library hosts the nationally touring Digital Bookmobile on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Readers of all ages are invited to learn about digital downloading and experience Sno-Isle Libraries’ audiobook, music, and video download service at this free community event.

The Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot, 18-wheel, high-tech tractor-trailer, will be in the Monroe Library parking lot for you to experience downloadable media.

Library card holders can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting www.sno-isle.org/overdrive.

Need Help Managing Your Finances?

Originally published May. 20, 2009

Assembling Your Finances, this 3-session course guides you in strategic money management. Includes weekly homework assignments. Presented by Karl Frunz, financial literacy consultant. Tuesdays at 6:00 pm at the Mukilteo Library. Registration required.

Session 1 (May 26): Focus on income analysis by taking a brutally honest inventory of your current finances and establish key tools for effective money management.

Session 2 (June 2): Based on completed homework, refine the numbers and money-management tools established in session 1, then examine smart saving/investing and intelligent borrowing.

Session 3 (June 9): Decode your credit history and FICO score, and wrap up by deconstructing tax filing to empower you to complete your own return.

Reduced Open Hours? Fewer Books? Join In the Community Conversation On the 2010 Budget

Originally published May. 1, 2009

Facing a $2.5 million deficit in 2010, Sno-Isle Libraries is looking to its public for feedback on possible cuts that would impact library service. Community Conversations: Budget 2010 will provide customers with information on the library district's budget and an opportunity to weigh in on service reductions under consideration. In addition, there will be discussion about the viability of a library levy lid lift election later this year. Can't come to a meeting? Take our online, interactive surveys between now and June 10.

Use Email to Save Time, Money and Trees

Originally published Apr. 27, 2009

Make sure the Sno-Isle Libraries has your current email address so that you can get your holds information faster and know which of your books are coming due. On top of that, email is better for the environment and less expensive. You can update your borrower account using the online card update form, by calling your local library, or stopping by the check out desk where staff can help you.

Overdrive Customers Holds Not Processed

Originally published Apr. 26, 2009

Due to a network hardware problem, our network was down over the weekend of April 25th and 26th causing some customers to lose access to our site. Our vendor coordinated repairs that were completed mid-day April 27th. As a result, our Overdrive service for downloadable books, movies and music was suspended due to the outage. Your holds and downloads could not be processed. You will need to check your Download Account and replace your holds as needed. We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

MAD Magazine's Joe Raiola

Originally published Apr. 6, 2009

MAD Magazine's Senior Editor, Joe Raiola, takes an illuminating, satiric, and at times disturbing look at America's most hotly debated First Amendment issues, including the dramatic effect of 9/11 on free speech. For adults. Thursday, April 16 7 pm Monroe Library

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed April 12

Originally published Apr. 6, 2009

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 12. All libraries will reopen at their regular hours on Monday, April 13.

Kindle® Precursor Special Rate Today

Originally published Apr. 1, 2009

Videophone Available at the Monroe Library

Originally published Mar. 30, 2009

The Monroe Library is now equipped with a Sorenson VP-200® videophone available for free use by the public for American Sign Language (ASL) users to communicate. The videophone is an Internet-based tool for the deaf and hard of hearing community to place phone calls to hearing persons, or others who are deaf or hard of hearing. Calls are placed over a high speed Internet connection through a videophone connected to a TV monitor, where the signing is viewed. There is no cost to the library to offer this service; the videophone was donated and the Internet lines are already in place. For more information or to use the videophone, stop by the information desk at the Monroe Library.

In The News: Community Rallies To Keep The Camano Island Library Open

Originally published Mar. 25, 2009

Learning About Computers? Check Out the Library

Originally published Mar. 25, 2009

How Libraries Touch Lives

Originally published Mar. 9, 2009

Teens Find What They Want At the Library

Originally published Mar. 9, 2009

@ Your Library: Learning to Sell on E-Bay

Originally published Mar. 2, 2009

In this three hour class, Kevin Boyd, eBay Education Specialist, Consultant, Author will get you started as a seller on Ebay Lynnwood Library March 22, 2009 1 - 4 pm Marysville Library March 28, 2009 10 am - 1 pm

Board of Trustees Work Session, Feb. 28

Originally published Feb. 25, 2009

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees will hold a work session on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at 9:00 A.M. at the Inn at Port Gardner,1700 West Marine Drive, Everett, WA. As this is a work session and not a regular business meeting, no action will be taken.

Flickr Slideshow of Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published Feb. 18, 2009

This slideshow give you a glimpse at all the varied activities that go on every day inside Sno-Isle Libraries.

Editorial Speaks To Value of Libraries

Originally published Feb. 11, 2009

Sno-Isle Libraries closed for Presidents Day

Originally published Feb. 9, 2009

All Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 16th in observance of Presidents Day. All Libraries will reopen on Tuesday morning at their regular times. All Web site resources will be accessible on the 16th.

Sno-Isle Libraries Receives 23rd Consecutive Clean Audit

Originally published Feb. 2, 2009

The Washington State Auditor has given the Sno-Isle Libraries a clean bill of financial health - for the 23rd year in a row. Each year, the State Auditor reviews financial records and practices of tax-supported entities. The Auditor evaluates accounting practices, reviews payroll and bill paying records, and analyzes financial systems for tracking how tax dollars are spent. Because The Sno-Isle Libraries is audited annually, in compliance with state law; this most recent audit was for 2006. More information about Sno-Isle Libraries' finances is available online.

Stanwood-Camano Together We Read Wins Local Award

Originally published Feb. 2, 2009

The League of Snohomish County Historical Organizations awarded one of its 2008 Malstrom Awards for the 2008 Stanwood/Camano Together We Read program, "Setting teh Stage for the Last Town on Earth." The historical panel discussion in October included an exhibit, slide lectures and panel discussion on local historical background of the book "The Last Town on Earth" by Thomas Mullen. The novel was the centerpiece of the Stanwood/Camano Island first community reading event. The League recognized this program in particular for its history component, intended to enhance interpretation and discussion of the book.

Listen to the Music!

Originally published Jan. 31, 2009

Listen to streaming music over your computer from Classical Music Library, to African American Song and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.

Speedy Delivery to the Marysville Library

Originally published Jan. 21, 2009

Actor David Newell is known to generations of children as Mister Rogers' delivery man, "Mr. McFeely" of the Speedy Delivery Service. Children and parents alike will enjoy Mr. McFeely's visit, which will include interactive games, beloved puppet characters and more. Don't miss this opportunity to share joyful memories of your early years with your own children! Library: Marysville Library January 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

Inauguration 2009

Originally published Jan. 15, 2009

Sno-Isle Libraries closed for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Originally published Jan. 13, 2009

All Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. All Libraries will reopen on Tuesday morning at their regular times. All Web site resources will be accessible on the 19th.

Participate In A National Survey On Charitable Giving and the Economy

Originally published Jan. 12, 2009

Everyone has an opinion about where philanthropy is going in this economy, but only donors really know. Please add your voice to thousands of other donors by following this link to a national, confidential survey that takes less than ten minutes to complete.

Sno-Isle Staff Pick Their Favorite Books of 2008

Originally published Jan. 5, 2009

New Year, New You

Originally published Jan. 1, 2009

Year-End Maintenance

Originally published Dec. 31, 2008

Sno-Isle Catalog and related Databases will be intermittently unavailable between 14:00 and 19:00 on Thursday, January 1st due to Year-End Maintenance.

Sno-Isle Libraries Holiday Schedule

Originally published Dec. 30, 2008

Sno-Isle Libraries will close at 5pm on Wednesday, December 31, and will be closed all day on Thursday, January 1. Libraries will re-open at their regular times on Friday, January 2.

Library Closure Information

Originally published Dec. 24, 2008

All Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Wednesday, December 24 for inclement weather and on December 25th for the holiday. All libraries are expected to re-open at normal hours on Friday, December 26. However, power outages and other extreme conditions may cause us to temporarily close a library.

To find out if your local library's normal open hours have been affected by inclement weather or other emergency, please call the library directly. Phone numbers can be found on the Library's Web page.

Holds Will Be Held Longer

Originally published Dec. 23, 2008

Due to weather related library closures and road conditions, your holds waiting to be picked up will stay on the hold pick up shelf for a few extra days.

For libraries that are not open on Sundays: All expired holds which have not been picked up by closing time on Saturday, December 27th will be sent on to the next person.

For libraries that are open on Sundays: All expired holds that have not been picked up by closing time on Sunday, December 28th will be sent on to the next person.

Please call your library where you pick up your holds to verify that your items are still on the shelf waiting for you.

Trouble Managing Your Library Accounts? Library Elf Is Here To Help

Originally published Dec. 20, 2008

Let Elf help you manage your library loans and holds. Check multiple library cards, track books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc., avoid overdues with email alerts. Elf is independently-run and is NOT affiliated in any way with Sno-Isle Libraries.

Job Search and Career Development Resources

Originally published Dec. 16, 2008

NBC News: Libraries During Tough Times

Originally published Dec. 15, 2008

An MSNBC video with Brian Williams at NBC nightly news talking about how libraries provide relief during tough economic times.

Calling all MP3 and iPod Fanatics: Try Out New Download Stations At Select Libraries

Originally published Dec. 12, 2008

From now until January 16 visitors to the Lynnwood, Monroe, Snohomish, Oak Harbor, and Mukilteo libraries will be able to download e-books from the new download stations. The technology is being tested at these five libraries before purchasing for permanent availability. The test period runs through January 16.

Board of Trustees Approves 2009 Budget

Originally published Dec. 4, 2008

Looking For Something To Do? There's Always Something Going On At The Library.

Originally published Dec. 1, 2008

Check out the wide variety of events and programs for all ages that are being offered at your Sno-Isle Library.

Reservation System for Book Discussion Kits

Originally published Dec. 1, 2008

Worldwide Newspapers

Originally published Dec. 1, 2008

Read the world's leading newspapers online in their original format from 70 countries and in 37 languages. A Sno-Isle Library card gives you round the clock access to hundreds of the world's most prestigious publications from the Sno-Isle Libraries web site.

Darrington Library Ribbon Cutting Scheduled

Originally published Nov. 30, 2008

Join us for the official re-opening of the Darrington Library on Monday, December 8 at 11am. Ribbon-cutting and refreshments, and a chance to tour the remodeled library.

Check Out the New and Improved Darrington Library

Originally published Nov. 17, 2008

The Darrington Library has reopened after a remodel and expansion that included adding a community multi-purpose room.

The Ultimate Book Newsletter Available Online

Originally published Nov. 16, 2008

If you're always on the look-out for your next favorite book, sign up for the NextReads online newsletter. You select the types of books you like, and get regular emails listing new titles and older titles that you may have missed. Sign up for one newsletter or sign up for all of them.

Got Homework? Online Help Is A Click Away

Originally published Nov. 13, 2008

Community Reading Programs Continue As Part of Stanwood/Camano: Together We Read

Originally published Nov. 12, 2008

Author Thomas Mullen, whose bestselling novel "The Last Town On Earth" was this year's featured title for the Stanwood/Camano Island community reading event. See our calendar of events for program details.

The World Around Us Booklist

Originally published Nov. 12, 2008

Humans have always had complicated, and not always comfortable, relationships with this planet and its denizens. Here are a few non-fiction titles that will perhaps give a new perspective on these relationships, challenge old thinking, and sharpen our sense of responsibility to nature and the world around us.

Author Michael Crichton, 1942-2008

Originally published Nov. 5, 2008

Election Day 2008 - The Latest News

Originally published Nov. 4, 2008

Author Studs Terkel, 1912-2008

Originally published Nov. 1, 2008

Library Capital Facility Area Governing Boards Meet

Originally published Oct. 30, 2008

Three library capital facility area governing bodies meet in regular session November 4 in at the Snohomish County Administration Building East in Everett: the Granite Falls Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body, the Monroe Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body, and the Snohomish Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body. The meetings will all be held in the Jackson Board Room on the 8th floor. The three meetings will happen consecutively, and begin at 9am.

Author Tony Hillerman, 1925-2008

Originally published Oct. 28, 2008

Edmonds library closing early October 25

Originally published Oct. 20, 2008

Due to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Gala: Murder On Main Street, the Edmonds library will be closing at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, October 25. For more information about the Gala, please visit the Foundation Gala: Murder on Main Street page.

2008 Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Gala: Murder On Main Street

Originally published Oct. 16, 2008

Columbus Day 2008: The Truths and the Myths About the Famous Explorer

Originally published Oct. 1, 2008

MP3 Audiobooks can now be transferred to your iPod®, iPhone™, and more.

Originally published Sep. 7, 2008

We are proud to announce the addition of OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks to our Downloadable Media collection! OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks can be transferred to a wide range of devices, including the iPod®, iPhone™, and the iPod Touch! Enjoy spoken word audio, anytime, anywhere using your Sno-Isle Library card.

Do IT Yourself Booklist

Originally published Sep. 6, 2008

Save money and get the satisfaction of a job well done! This Do It Yourself list of book recommendations was carefully selected by a Sno-Isle Librarian.

Resources for Parents and Educators

Originally published Sep. 5, 2008

Resources and information to help you help your kids navigate homework, the Internet and library resources.

Election 2008

Originally published Aug. 25, 2008

2008 Olympics: One World, One Dream

Originally published Aug. 1, 2008

Countdown to Kindergarten: 100 Essential Picture Books

Originally published Jul. 6, 2008

Reading to children before they reach school age is critical to their success as future readers. This booklist includes 100 titles to read to young children to help them develop their early literacy skills. The titles are suggested by Sno-Isle Libraries Children's Services staff and represent both popular and classic titles.

Playaways -- Audio in your pocket

Originally published Jul. 6, 2008

These small audio players contain a full length book and are small enough to fit in your pocket. Titles available for all ages.

Tumble In To Tumblebooks

Originally published Jul. 5, 2008

Tumblebooks is an online library of animated and talking picture books and games designed to teach young children and early readers the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Tumblebooks are full of animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. 

YouTube: A Wild Time At the Library

Originally published Jun. 30, 2008

Read 5 Minutes Per Day

Originally published Jun. 29, 2008

Finding enough time to read can be hard. If you find you read email more than books, try our Online Book Clubs and have a selection from a book sent to you five days per week.

Sno-Isle Library Staff Music Picks

Originally published Jun. 21, 2008

See what Sno-Isle Library staff are listening to.

Watch Theatrical Productions Online

Originally published Jun. 20, 2008

To watch "Theatre in Video" all you need is a computer and a Sno-Isle Libraries Library Card and you can choose from a wide selection of free, streaming movies.

Watch The Sno-Isle Libraries' Winning Teen Tech Video

Originally published Jun. 16, 2008

Strategic Plan 2008-2013: Weigh In On Your Library Services

Originally published Jun. 2, 2008

Join us at one of three open houses to share your thoughts on open hours, materials, technology, and building facilities. What you tell us will help your library implement the next five-year strategic plan. Can't come to a focus group? Give us your thoughts on this online survey. Review the draft five-year strategic plan.

Online Librarian Help 24/7

Originally published Jun. 1, 2008

What is RSS?

Originally published Jun. 1, 2008

Looking For A Good Book or Special Library Program? Sign Up Here

Originally published May. 23, 2008

Help for Using Sno-Isle Libraries' Web Site

Originally published May. 22, 2008

Choose a category, do a site search or read our FAQs to help you learn more about our catalog, Web site and other library services.

Your Favorites -- Lists of Books, Movies and Music

Originally published May. 22, 2008

We asked and you responded! Here are some of your favorite books, movies and music on a variety of topics.

Listen to an Audio Book

Originally published May. 21, 2008

We have audio books in several formats -- downloads, playaways and CDs.

See What We're Watching

Originally published May. 21, 2008

See what movies Sno-Isle staff are watching on DVD.

Snohomish, Camano Island Seek New Library Board Members

Originally published May. 5, 2008

The Snohomish Library Board and Camano Island Library Board have positions open for new board members.

You can also call to request these documents by calling Judy Carter, 360-651-7002. Application deadline for both boards is May 22.

Take Our Customer Communications Survey: How Do You Find Out What's Happening @ The Library?

Originally published May. 5, 2008

Parents and Educators Resources

Originally published May. 3, 2008

A list of resources for parents and educators to help thier children use the library, find homework help and ideas for books to read.

New 'Hear a Story' Podcasts for Kids

Originally published May. 2, 2008

We've started a new series of Hear a Story Podcasts! Listen to a new story every other Friday read by Sno-Isle Libraries children's staff.

Alert: Changes Made to Computer Reservation System

Originally published Apr. 21, 2008

There's a new twist to reserving library computers: Instead of providing the last two digits of your birth year, you will be asked to type in the last four digits of the telephone number the library has as part of your borrower record. This change is part of a new version of the library's reservation software system. You may check the information in your borrower record or to update it in person or online.

Celebrate Earth Day @ The Library

Originally published Apr. 21, 2008

GreenFILE: New E-Resource on the Environment

Originally published Apr. 21, 2008

Get Inspired by National Poetry Month in April

Originally published Apr. 20, 2008

See the many poetry resources that Sno-Isle Libraries has to offer from online eResources to books you can check out and our recommended Web resources.

Sno-Isle Libraries Redesigned Teen Web Pages

Originally published Mar. 31, 2008

These newly designed library Web pages for teens include hot teen books, photos taken at library events, links to Sno-Isle Libraries MySpace pages, YouTube, Blogs and more.

Science fiction great Arthur C. Clarke has died. Read his books.

Originally published Mar. 20, 2008

New Way to Find Magazines Makes Search Easier

Originally published Feb. 11, 2008

2008 Presidential Primary: Recommended Reading, Fun and Interesting Websites

Originally published Feb. 4, 2008

EXPLORE: Picture Books Set in the Northwest

Originally published Feb. 4, 2008

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr

Originally published Jan. 14, 2008

Representative Needed for Library ADA Board

Originally published Jan. 7, 2008

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking a representative from Snohomish County to serve on the Library District's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Committee. The citizen-based, volunteer committee provides advisory assistance to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and staff in their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants must either have a disability or represent an organization that serves the disabled population of the Library District. The Committee reports directly to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees with regard to recommendations and assistance in ADA compliance. Interested candidates may submit a letter of intent to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees, 7312 35th Avenue NE, Marysville, WA 98271. Letters must be received no later than January 15, 2008.

Talk Time Helps Adults Develop English Language Skills

Originally published Dec. 31, 2007

Adults who are learning English as a second language can practice their skills at Sno-Isle Libraries' Talk Time programs. The sessions are run by volunteers from the Snohomish County Literacy Coalition.

Check Yourself Out At the Library

Originally published Nov. 23, 2007

Celebrate Your Friends

Originally published Oct. 13, 2007

Join communities all over Snohomish and Island counties in celebrating National Friends of the Library Week, October 19-25, 2008. Your local Friends of the Library group is a non-profit organization of volunteers that raises money to help pay programming for all ages, to support the Summer Reading Program for children, and to purchase furniture and other library enhancements. Join the Sno-Isle Libraries this week thanking those who do so much.

Libraries Closed October 12 for Staff Training

Originally published Oct. 1, 2007

All Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 12 for a staff training day. Libraries will reopen at their regular times on Tuesday, October 13.

Your Own 24/7 Reference Library

Originally published Sep. 8, 2007

Take a peruse through our vast array of our premium reference information available only to Sno-Isle Library cardholders. From auto repair to full text online newspapers there is something here for everyone available around the clock. Databases and E-Books.

Libraries Serve Small Businesses

Originally published Aug. 27, 2007

Boeing Rolls out First Jet in 13 Years

Originally published Jul. 9, 2007

Saturday, July 8, 2007 (Date: 7/8/7) marked a celebration for Boeing as it rolled out its long awaited 787 Dreamliner. Learn more about the new jet, Boeing and the aerospace industry

What Do You Think About Your Library?

Originally published Jun. 1, 2007

Help us serve you better. Take a brief online customer satisfaction survey, and share your comments with us about library service.

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