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Registration opens Oct. 10 for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016

Originally published Sep. 28, 2016

Registration to see and hear the region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators and performers live onstage will open Oct. 10.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Admission is free, but online registration is required at sno-isle.org/tedx.

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Watch the 2015 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker videos!  

“This event quickly became a very hot item in 2015, our inaugural year,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and TEDx organizer. “We encourage early registration.”

The event at Edmonds Center for the Arts will start at 9 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. with morning and afternoon breaks and a pause for lunch.

And who will be presenting that day?

“We’ll be making that announcement in the coming weeks,” Harvey said. “Our 2016 TEDx speakers are preparing a fascinating line-up of ideas for the audience.””

In addition to the speakers, the IdeaLab will again be part of the experience at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

“This year will include a new opportunity for TEDx attendees to interact with presenters and event sponsors and other organizations through idea and innovation spaces within the IdeaLab,” Harvey said. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet Edmonds artist Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks who was selected through the Snohomish County Arts Commission to serve as the 2016 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event artist. “She is creating an interactive art installation which will be a centerpiece of the IdeaLab.”

Registration options will be available for full-day, half-day morning and half-day afternoon at Edmonds Center for the Arts, as well as 16 community viewing sites where the event will be livestreamed.

Viewing sites include 13 Sno-Isle Libraries facilities at Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish and Stanwood.

Additional public viewing sites will be at the Snohomish Public Utilities District auditorium in Everett, the University of Washington Bothell and Edmonds Community College. No registration is required for those locations. 

Last year’s TEDxSnoIsleLibraries received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, speakers and partners.

“It was a powerful day,” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. “The 2016 event reinforces Sno-Isle Libraries’ role in transforming communities, convening people for public discourse and programs that address community needs and interests.”

The 2015 event drew more than 700 attendees for the live event at Edmonds Center for the Arts and thousands more viewed the livestream at the public viewing sites or their own devices.

In 2015, speakers and performers took the stage with subjects ranging from innovation strategies to preparing for a NASA mission to Mars. Attendees and viewers also reflected a broad cross-section with an age range from 14 to over 80 and a geographic draw from British Columbia, California, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts.

“It was clear as we prepared for last year’s event that we have a deep well of ideas and innovations in our region,” Harvey said. “We barely scratched the surface then on ideas which were submitted. Inspiring nominations of amazing people doing innovative work came to us from the speaker nomination process that we hosted last spring.”

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a key partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

“It’s critical to the purpose and values of the library district to make this event free for everyone, ensuring free and equal access to information and ideas,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our support of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was completely validated by our results in 2015.”

Other organizations that have chosen to become partners for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 include:

  • The Daily Herald
  • Edmonds Center for the Arts
  • Alaska Airlines
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • The Everett Clinic
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County
  • Institute of Flight
  • Community Transit
  • Snohomish County Arts Commission
  • Leadership Snohomish County
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Crosscut
  • Starbucks
  • Island County Economic Development Council
  • KSER
  • City of Edmonds
  • Heritage Bank
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Anderson Hunter
  • OverDrive
  • Innovative-Polaris
  • First Washington
  • Pacific Copy & Printing
  • Snohomish County Public Utility District
  • Everett Community College
  • ED! Edmonds Downtown Alliance



Sno-Isle Libraries buys land for new Lake Stevens Library

Originally published Sep. 27, 2016

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Sno-Isle Libraries and City of Lake Stevens officials gather at the site earmarked for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library and new city facilities. From left are: Sonia Gustafson, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian; Kendra Trachta, Sno-Isle Libraries Deputy Director; Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees President Sue Cohn; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory; Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer; Lake Stevens City Council member Sam Low, Lake Stevens City Council member Kim Daughtry and Lake Stevens City Administrator Mary Swenson.  Photo gallery

Sno-Isle Libraries is buying land for a new library to serve the Lake Stevens community.

A purchase and sale agreement for property on the northwest corner of 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in Lake Stevens was unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the Sept. 26 regular meeting.

“I’m thankful for the leadership and vision of our trustees,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “Their commitment to the Lake Stevens community brings us one step closer to the new, larger library the community deserves."

The land is adjacent to property purchased earlier this year by the City of Lake Stevens. The library district and city are working together to site the new library as well as new city facilities. The purchase price of the library district’s parcel is $850,000, plus closing costs.

The Sno-Isle Libraries 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan calls for replacing the Lake Stevens Library with a new, larger building. Community input strongly indicates the current library is too small to serve the growing Lake Stevens community.  Building and opening a larger library, however, would require voter approval for funding.

Sno-Isle Libraries will work with the City and County to place two ballot measures before voters for consideration. The first measure would ask whether a Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) should be formed to raise necessary tax funds to construct and furnish a new Lake Stevens Library. A Lake Stevens library capital facility area would mirror the boundaries of the Lake Stevens School District.

This potential measure requires a simple majority approval to pass. A second potential ballot measure would ask voters whether library bonds should be issued for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library. For passage of this measure, 40 percent of those who voted in the previous general election must vote on this bond-issue question. In addition, passage of the bond measure requires approval by 60 percent or more of those voting.

Both library measures need to be approved for work to proceed on a new Lake Stevens Library. The first possible date for the measures to be on a ballot is Feb. 14, 2017.

Normally, the full price of the land would be included in the setting the bond amount, but not in this case. The trustees pledged half of the land cost, $425,000 plus closing costs, from library district reserves toward the purchase as part of the motion approved on Monday night.

“Sno-Isle Libraries’ commitment to pay half of the land purchase demonstrates our support for this project,” Board of Trustees President Sue Cohn said.

The site and building in which the current library operates are owned by the city. The City of Lake Stevens has long envisioned other uses for the property and is currently moving through a planning process for the downtown area. City officials have said the library and at least some city services must move from the downtown area.

“The current Lake Stevens Library serves the community as well as it can, but it is just too small to meet the needs of this growing area,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Community members told us they want a new, larger library and we’re working to help make their vision a reality.”

Board Vice-President Marti Anamosa added her support, saying, “This is a great partnership between the City of Lake Stevens and Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Beginning next week, the four-member committee called for in an interlocal agreement approved in August will start work on a joint site development plan. The committee includes two representatives from the city and two from the library district.



'Screenagers" film looks at screen-time impacts and issues

Originally published Sep. 26, 2016

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  Delaney Ruston

Screen time.

Delaney Ruston is well-versed on the level of chaos that can erupt when a parent utters those two simple words to a child staring at a computer, smartphone or game console.

The filmmaker and physician examines the impacts of screen time on children, teenagers and their families in her 2016 documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.” The film will show at two Sno-Isle Libraries, including:

  • Coupeville Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8.
  • Monroe Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8

Ruston uses her own experience to probe the corners of family life and explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. A former University of Washington faculty member, Ruston saw her own children turning toward a screen-based world and learned that the average U.S. young person spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Ruston decided to look into the possible impacts of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time.

One review says “Screenagers” is sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible use of technology, especially if parents and children watch the documentary together.

Ruston’s previous documentaries include “Hidden Pictures: A Personal Story into Global Mental Health” that explores personal mental health stories in five countries, and “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia” depicting her journey to reconnect with her father after hiding from him for 10 years.

Ruston has been a family physician in California and Washington. She completed a Fulbright Fellowship producing short films on mental health in India. She has been a keynote speaker on mental health topics at the World Health Organization and the United Nations.

Ruston is currently the filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY.



Road trips are reading trips for Lake Stevens siblings

Originally published Sep. 26, 2016

 

Saho (left) and Shogo Yamashita settle in with their books during a recent visit to the Lake Stevens Library. Both children were gold-medal winners in the Sno-Isle Libraries Explore Summer reading program, even continuing their reading logs while in summer school in Japan. Photo gallery

Reading-log jam

  • 107,870 – Hours of reading logged this summer by all participants
  • 4,217  - Bronze medal winners (10 hours of reading)
  • 1,965 - Silver medal winners (25 hours of reading)
  • 1,449 - Gold medal winners (50 hours of reading)

Saho and Shogo Yamashita are used to reading on the road.

The Lake Stevens brother and sister know that the trip to Kent for Shogo’s gymnastics lessons will take a good 90 minutes - each way - so they grab at least one book a piece for the ride. “We read the whole way there and back,” said Saho, 11, and a sixth-grader at North Lake Middle School.

However, reading on the road took on a whole new meaning this summer when the family took a trip to Kobe, Japan that included a month-long summer-school stint. “The school is for Japanese children born abroad and whose parents want them to have a Japanese language and cultural experience,” said Hiroko Yamashita, the kids’ mom.

On this trip, the children did two languages and two cultures at the same time. “We took our books from the library and reading logs with us to Japan,” Saho said. “We went to school in Japanese and then read in English.”

The reading logs were part of Sno-Isle Libraries Explore Summer program, which receives funding support from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Participants who logged 10 hours of reading over the summer received bronze medals while 25 hours brought a silver medal. Readers who racked up 50 hours were gold-medal winners.

“Saho and Shogo easily surpassed the gold-medal mark,” said Yoko Cailotto, a staff member at the Lake Stevens Library.

Finding the Lake Stevens Library turned out to be a stroke of luck for the family that has been in Lake Stevens for less than a year after moving from Chicago.

“We had to leave behind most of our books,” Hiroko Yamashita said. “We were very excited to find the library here. (Saho and Shogo) like to read; they would rather read than do anything else.”

Ironically, it wasn’t books that first made them aware of the library.

“Saho saw a flyer for a Minecraft class I was teaching,” Cailotto said of the popular virtual-world video game. “Then, she got here and saw this is a library.”

That discovery turned into regular visits and, this past summer, the Explore Summer reading challenge.

“The reading logs helped me find more books and made me want to read more,” Saho said. “I’m still reading more than before, even though the logs are over.”

Shogo increased his reading pace, too, and both children are generally reading two to three books at a time. “I just pick the one that interests me most at the time,” Shogo said.

In school, both Saho and Shogo gravitate toward math as a favorite subject. Saho, says she likes graphing equations while 8-year-old Shogo, a third-grader at Sunnycrest Elementary, says he likes “times-ing.”

Saho said she does see differences between Chicago, Lake Stevens and Japan.

“School is very different,” she said. “In PE in Japan, they run a lot and there’s lots of testing. There are pools and everyone must take swimming lessons. Here, there are a lot of games.”

She said the weather is different, too. “Chicago has lots of snow and wind and the summer is short and hot,” she said. “Here, it is rainy and the summer is not hot.

The one thing that is the same no matter where they are is reading. While Saho finds it easier to read English and Shogo says reading Japanese goes a bit better for him, reading is the constant.

“We read as soon as we get up,” Shogo said. “If I’m bored, I read.”



Voter registration coming to libraries on Sept. 27

Originally published Sep. 20, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries will be doing its part on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 27, to help eligible residents get registered to vote in time for the Nov. 8 election.

“Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to building connected communities through civic engagement,” said Susan Hempstead, Strategic Relations Manager for the library district. “Our libraries are partnering with the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County to help ensure that everyone has a voice in the electoral process.  The choices we all make by voting matter to our communities.”

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County is a local branch of the national organization. It is nonpartisan and dedicated to enabling voter registration, organizing candidate and issue forums and encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

“We’re very pleased to again be working with Sno-Isle Libraries to help more people become in knowledgeable about and involved with their government,” said Jody Trautwein, League Voter Service Chair.

On Sept. 27, League volunteers will assist with voter registration at nine libraries across the district.

  • Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds 
  • Granite Falls Library, 815 E. Galena St., Granite Falls
  • Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood
  • Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., Marysville
  • Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek 
  • Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe 
  • Mountlake Terrace Library, 2330 58th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace
  • Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Point Blvd, Mukilteo
  • Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., Snohomish

“National Voter Registration Day and this year’s partnership between the Sno-Isle Libraries and the Snohomish County League of Women Voters put the spotlight on the importance of registering to vote,” said Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel. “Today’s society represents, in part, the choices of yesterday’s voters.  Be part of shaping the future; register to vote today!”

To register to vote in Washington, you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States 
  • A legal resident of Washington state and not claiming the right to vote in any other state
  • At least 18 years old by election day (Nov. 8, 2016) 
  • Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections 
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

Registered voters who have recently changed addresses may also update their voter information to be ready to vote in November. 

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Library and colleges offer help to displaced students

Originally published Sep. 14, 2016

(An article published Sept. 14, 2016 by Daily Herald writer Kari Bray contributed to this story) 

The sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute campuses across the nation has hundreds of now-former students in this region looking for options.

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Sean Callaghan teaches a class in how to start a home-based business on Sept. 12, 2016 at Coupeville Library. The class is part of a business class series hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries.

Everett Community College is hosting an information session aimed at ex-ITT Tech students from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at Gray Wolf Hall, Room 166, 2000 Tower St., in Everett. Parking is free for the session and more information is available online or by calling 425-388-9219. Edmonds Community College launched a webpage for stranded ITT students.

Sno-Isle Libraries also has classes and resources that may help displaced students gain the skills and knowledge they need to continue their education or find a new path to employment.

“Our eLearning page features several learning tools, including Microsoft Imagine Academy, Lynda.com and LearningExpress that can be accessed with a no-charge Sno-Isle Libraries card,” said Lead Librarian for Business Kassy Rodeheaver. “We also have online access to funding databases for individual grantseekers, including students searching for scholarship information.”

For those looking to add skills to start a business, this fall Rodeheaver launched a series of classes aimed at helping entrepreneurs move from the idea stage to being in business.

The classes are scheduled at 11 libraries in five areas, including:

Registration for these classes is required and available through the class listings in the online calendar.

“Some areas have more or fewer classes based on the classes each library chose to host,” Rodeheaver said. “However, anyone can attend any of the sessions. They are all free and open to the public.”

ITT Tech is a for-profit college that last week announced the nationwide closures due to sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal agency in August decided that it would no longer allow ITT to enroll new students who receive federal financial aid. The Washington Student Achievement Council also barred the school from receiving state aid.



Library draws crowd at Lynnwood’s ‘Fair on 44th’

Originally published Sep. 12, 2016

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"Fair on 44th" attendees get a look at a Sno-Isle Libraries Bookmobile on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Lynnwood. Photo gallery

The Lynnwood Library is on 44th Avenue in Lynnwood so when the city announced its “Fair on 44th,” there was some expectation of seeing more people than on a normal Saturday.

Based on turnout for the Sept. 10 inaugural event, it’s time to raise expectations.

“We were swamped,” said Anne Jones, staff member with Sno-Isle Libraries’ Library on Wheels program. “We had more than 500 people come through and we checked out 77 items. We had to go into the library to get more books!”

The event was billed as “Lynnwood's Health & Safety Community Block Party” and drew agencies and businesses from across Snohomish County.

Fair-goers could explore items such as fire trucks, ambulances, police and SWAT vehicles, vactor trucks, the CrimeStoppers Camaro, a National Guard Striker vehicle, Community Transit bus and tow trucks. A climbing wall from the National Guard was available as were free health screenings including mammograms, flu shots, glucose testing and blood-pressure checks.  The Lynnwood Police K-9 and motorcycle units put on demonstrations and firefighters showed how to put out a grease fire with a fire extinguisher.

Sno-Isle Libraries brought what is known internally as the cart hauler, a visual twin to the Bookmobile, but outfitted with carts that hold library materials and can be rolled into locations such as assisted-living facilities to provide services.

“We turned the cart hauler into more of a bookmobile for the day,” said Jones, who worked the event along with Library on Wheels Manager Sherry Stevens. “The children were amazed and the adults were saying, ‘I didn’t know they did bookmobiles anymore.’ People just loved it.”

In addition, staff members from the Lynnwood Library set up a booth right next door with hands-on activities for children and information for adults.

“We interacted with hundreds of families,” said Lynnwood Managing Librarian Michael Delury. “Kids really enjoyed making bookmarks and building with Magna-Tiles.  Parents talked with librarians Jocelyn Redel and Jen Sullivan about upcoming events at the library. 

“It was one of those opportunities to help build a greater sense of community.”

Julia Chamberlain, a regular library customer, said she and her husband enjoyed the event.

“Norm and I were at the street fair (on Saturday) and found the Sno-Isle Library System well represented,” Chamberlain wrote in an email to library staff. “Love the ‘books on wheels’ van! So bright, so modern! Such a fun little place to visit! Too, the library staff manning the children's play (area) were wonderful!”

According to city organizers, besides Sno-Isle Libraries, participants included: Washington National Guard, Snohomish County PUD, Puget Sound Energy, Fire District 1, CrimeStoppers, Community Transit, Sound Transit, Molina Healthcare, Swedish Breast Health Center, Virginia Mason, Visiting Nurses Association, Edmonds Family Clinic, Support Seven, Verdant Health, Access Shred Truck, Mary's Towing, Foundation for Edmonds School District, Umpqua Bank, Lynnwood Today, Experience Momentum, Taekwondo Way.



Bookmobile librarian was best job in 100 years

Originally published Sep. 8, 2016

(This story was published Aug. 31, 2016 in the Mukilteo Beacon)

By Sara Bruestle
Mukilteo Beacon

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Dorothy Larson turned 100 on Aug. 22, 2016.

Dorothy Larson’s birthday cake read in frosting: “A century in the making.”

Larson, of Mukilteo, celebrated her 100th birthday at American Legion Hall in Marysville on Aug. 20.

In a building as old as she, Larson celebrated with 150 family and friends. She blew out three candles on her cake this year – with the numbers 1-0-0.

“All I can say is that I feel that I am extremely fortunate to be as healthy as I am and to be able to wake up every morning and enjoy the day,” she said. “Every day is a blessing.”

Larson was born near Sexsmith in Canada on Aug. 22, 1916 – the same year that Blanche Fisher Wright published the book “The Real Mother Goose” of traditional nursery rhymes.

When she was 4, the family moved to Sexsmith, Alberta, so that her father could open his own doctor’s office. When her father died in 1927 at age 47, her mother supported the family by offering room and board to teachers.

“My father died when I was only 11 years old,” Larson said. “I thought my world had come apart. My mother was left to raise my brother and myself.”

Larson graduated from Sexsmith High School in 1933 and from the University of Alberta in 1938, earning a degree in education. She taught for 10 years at various schoolhouses in Alberta before she decided teaching wasn’t for her.

“I tried teaching in the local schools, but I decided it was not my cup of tea,” she said. “I really liked reading and books, and I learned to read early. I read every book in the town library. I thought, well, why don’t I pursue my passion?’”

In 1948, she moved to Everett to pursue a librarian degree from the University of Washington.

After graduation, Larson was hired as a bookmobile librarian for the Snohomish County Rural Library District. She loved her job because she loved to read. She worked for the library district for 20 years.

“It was the most interesting job I ever had,” Larson said. “I loved helping children, especially. It was very fulfilling to direct the children to good books on the bookmobile.”

Perhaps she even recommended that the children check out the book “The Real Mother Goose.”

That same year, Dorothy met her husband, Clarence Larson, on a blind date at the Elks Lodge in Everett. They married three years later, in 1951. Together they had two children; Patricia and Michael.

“I married an adorable American,” she said. “I fell right away.”

Larson retired in 1973 after working for 12 more years at the Everett School District’s main library.

In retirement, she and Clarence toured Canada and the United States for six months in a motorhome. Gasoline was then just 35 cents per gallon.

After Clarence died in 1990, Larson kept herself busy by traveling, playing bridge and Scrabble, reading books and even writing two of her own.

She wrote “Beyond the End of the Steel” (2004), which tells her grandparents’ story, and “Don’t We Have It Good!” (2012), which tells her parents’ story.

At 100, although she has lost most of her sight, she still enjoys Scrabble and books – she gets help playing the game and listens to audio books. She particularly likes books by doctors.

“She’s had a pioneer spirit her entire life,” said Michael Larson, her son. “She’s been kind of on her own, since my dad died, for 26 years now. She has maintained herself and enjoyed life.

“She doesn’t give up on things; she follows through on things. Even writing books. That was a lot of work, a labor of love for a number of years. It’s likely she would have done more if her vision [hadn’t gone].”

Though she has lived in Mukilteo since 1995, she also stays part time at her nephew’s house in Tulalip.

At her birthday party, friends and family showered her with gifts, even though the invitation asked them not to. One friend presented her with a $100 bill – one dollar for every year lived.

They traveled from Alberta, Wisconsin, California and Japan to wish her a happy birthday – and many more.

What’s her secret to longevity? She credits her good genes and positive outlook on life.

“I try to be more optimistic,” Larson said. “Each day is a blessing, and I’m fortunate to be able to enjoy it.”



Business resources take entrepreneur's 3D printing idea to next dimension

Originally published Sep. 7, 2016

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Samuel Hightower holds two of the containers he makes using the 3D printers at "3D Buildtower," his kiosk-based business at the Everett Mall.

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Some people like to say they are “serial entrepreneurs.” They get an idea, create a business and then move on to the next idea.

Samuel Hightower’s brain is just too full of ideas to wait for one project to finish before starting another; call him a “simultaneous entrepreneur.”

“I just like doing things I’ve never done before,” the 27-year-old said, standing in the middle of the Everett Mall next to his kiosk, “3D Buildtower,” an on-demand, 3D-printing service which opened for business in late May. “I always wanted to make my own business, I just wasn’t sure what or how.”

That’s when he bumped into Kassy Rodeheaver, lead librarian for business at Sno-Isle Libraries.

“I met Kassy at a SnoCo Makers meeting,” Hightower said of the maker-space group headquartered on Casino Road in Everett. “Kassy showed me the market research and databases available at Sno-Isle Libraries. It helped form my business.”

Rodeheaver says that visit to SnoCo Makers was a first for her, too. “I’d heard about them and wanted to check them out,” said Rodeheaver, who has a focus on helping entrepreneurs.

For Hightower, that meant showing him just what was available for free through the library.

“We have market research that can identify trends in an industry,” Rodeheaver said. “There are databases, company profiles, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses and thousands of periodicals and news reports.”

Rodeheaver also referred Hightower to SCORE, the business mentoring service that now offers their services in four Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries.

“Every part of that web is important in terms of the business-support ecosystem,” Rodeheaver said. “And, they’re all available to everyone.”

That ecosystem helped Hightower launch his business.

“I now have two Leapfrog printers here and a scanner with two more printers at home,” he said. The printers use various kinds of plastic materials to print objects, anything from keyrings and business-card holders to cosplay masks and an arm.

An arm?

“A clothing manufacturer came by and wanted an arm to use as a model for some clothing,” Hightower said. “So, I used the handheld scanner, scanned the person’s arm and printed it in plastic, exactly the same size and shape as the real one.”

Hightower’s kiosk also has a sign, “3D artists wanted.”

“My training is in graphic design and art,” said Hightower, who came to the region from Minnesota in 2009, a two-year degree in hand. Once here, he enrolled at the Seattle Art Institute earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree.

“I want to bridge the gap between technology and art. Once I found what 3D printing can do, I felt so free to create,” he said. And he’s trying to bring that freedom, and business, to others, too. An artist can bring their file to Hightower and he’ll print and display it for sale in the mall.

“The artist gets most of the money, as they should. I keep enough for the material and small fee,” said Hightower, who also sells the printers he uses from The Netherlands-based company.

After doing the market research with Rodeheaver’s help, Hightower found that his mall-based business may be just one of a kind.

“There’s one at Mall of America (in Minnesota), but they scan your whole body and then print you in miniature,” he said. “My model is like a sign shop of 3D printing, which I did that, too, worked at a sign shop in Minnesota.”

Hightower brings all of his experiences together to make this business work, including the customer interaction: He was a member of the crew that opened the Microsoft store at University Village in Seattle.

“That was my first exposure to retail and I learned a lot there,” he said, adding that just getting the job was an education. “They had a job fair for all the finalists. There must have been 150 of us and all the other people were from Microsoft, watching us interact.”

It was while at the Microsoft store that Hightower says his interest in 3D printing began: “I became the local expert on 3D.”

The start-a-business bug bit in 2015.

“I jumped off the cliff,” Hightower said. “I let Microsoft go in August 2015. I was doing freelance web and design work and had this 3D idea. A buddy said, ‘Try the mall.’”

Hightower said he started talking to officials at Everett and Alderwood malls this past January and met Rodeheaver about the same time.

“I’ve had lots of help: Kassy, Kelly Gruol at SnoCo Makers; I got the (printers) from Kelly. And, I couldn’t do all this without the support of my grandparents,” he said. “As you would imagine, its 24-7 running a business.”

Yes, 24-7, but somehow Hightower finds time for other interests.

Hightower and his roommate are both halves of the duo, “Wombo Buxom.”

“We started playing music together and that became the group which became DJ’ing at clubs,” he said. According to their website, Wombo Buxom is “an audio visual design duo … (to) produce and DJ (electronic dance music) that will send you … to a place filled with hiphop and house drenched dance music.”

The duo perform at The Crocodile in Seattle and other venues in the area. The two worlds do overlap a bit, he said: “We wore the masks I printed, lit up with LED lights. It was a big hit.”

So what’s next?

“I like the technical aspect, the business side and the creative side. And, I’m interested in gaming,” he said. “I’m definitely juggling, but I have a high level of interest in creating whatever I can.”



Snohomish Library shows off new flooring and layout

Originally published Sep. 6, 2016

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Children play in the children's area at the Snohomish Library on Sept. 6, 2016. Photo gallery

The Snohomish Library doors reopened at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 after being closed since Aug. 6 for a flooring project.

“Customers have been coming in waves all morning,” Managing Librarian Jude Anderson said on Sept. 6. “People are saying they really like the new carpet and flooring.”

Those sentiments were echoed by customer Alicia Percival, who was there with her two children and two of their friends and liked the new look. “We’ve been waiting for this day,” said the Lake Stevens-area resident. “This is our favorite library.”

The library was closed for a month for the project that replaced most of the flooring throughout the building. Some things got rearranged, during the closure, too.

Some material displays and furniture were moved, based on customer patterns. The media area was expanded and there is better browsing of reference and non-fiction materials, Anderson said. There are more quiet study areas now and power outlets have been added to more carrels.

The flooring work is part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.



Snohomish Library about to open with new carpet and layout

Originally published Sep. 1, 2016

Snohomish Library hours

Starting Sept. 6

  • Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Fri-Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sun: 1-5 p.m.

Note: All Snohomish Library services, including the meeting room mini-library, will be closed Sept. 2-5.

The Snohomish Library will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 6, following an extensive replacement of the flooring.

And Managing Librarian Jude Anderson says customers should be ready to be floored, too.

“We’ll be open and celebrating all day on Sept. 6, so come on over to the library,” Anderson said, Tuesday, Aug. 30. “The new carpeting looks just great, but we also took this month-long closure as an opportunity to rearrange some of our materials and services to give customers a better experience.”

While some of the shelving remained in place, other material displays and furniture have been moved. The adjustments are in response to the customer usage levels and patterns library staff were seeing.

“We have better browsing of reference and non-fiction materials,” Anderson said. Also, media materials such as CDs, DVDs and audiobooks get new, more accessible shelving and are now grouped with the appropriate age areas.

“Teen audiobooks are near the teen section; children’s music CDs are in the children’s section,” Anderson said.

The library also addressed carrels and study areas.

“We added quiet study areas to supplement the space available for groups,” Anderson said. “We’ve also added power access to study carrels for electronic devices.”

And, special attention was given to special collections.

“The international collection gets a high profile location and the classics collections is expanded to better meet high demand,” Anderson said.

While the library was closed, staff operated a mini-library out of the meeting room.

“That went very well,” Anderson said. “The mini-library was well-used and customers said they really appreciated the effort to keep some library services available.”

The flooring project that enabled all these changes went smoothly, said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries.

“The work went well and was actually ahead of schedule,” Rush said. “After 13 years of use in a public space, it was time to replace the carpet,” Rush said. The staff work area also had its hard floor replaced with hard tiles that are easy to replace but also more resistant to wear.

The flooring work is just part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.

 



Sno-Isle Libraries closed Sept. 5

Originally published Aug. 30, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6. See locations & hours.



Sno-Isle Libraries, City of Lake Stevens set stage for new library and civic facilities

Originally published Aug. 24, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries and the City of Lake Stevens will work together on a project that could result in a new library and civic facilities.

In separate meetings on Aug. 22 and 23, the library district Board of Trustees and the City Council passed an interlocal agreement that calls for both entities to jointly develop a site for a new, larger library as well as civic facilities for the city.

“We’re very pleased this interlocal agreement is in place,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “Lake Stevens-area residents deserve a new, larger library. Sno-Isle Libraries, the City of Lake Stevens and the community have been working toward this for a long time.”

Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer agreed that the time has come for expanded facilities to serve residents.

The mayor said the new site will place the library and civic facilities, including a new police station, closer to the center of the city’s population making services more easily available. “It’s great working together to develop these library and civic facilities,” Spencer said.

During this past Legislative session, lawmakers included funding to help remove some current city buildings that Spencer has called “totally inadequate.” The city is working on a Downtown Lake Stevens Subarea Plan focused on redeveloping city-owned property in the area and has established a citizens advisory committee for the subarea plan.

The Sno-Isle Libraries 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan calls for replacing the Lake Stevens Library with a new, larger building. According to the plan approved this past month by the Board of Trustees, “The Lake Stevens Library is too small to meet existing and future community needs. Public comments collected for this plan indicate strong interest in building a new library within the community.”

The current library building is owned by the city and the city’s redevelopment plans preclude expanding the library at the current site.

The city has already purchased property in the Frontier Village area for potential civic-facilities use. With the interlocal agreement now in hand, library-district officials are working to finalize the purchase of property.

Once the library-district purchase is final, the interlocal agreement says the city and library district will work together to develop the site. A four-member committee, two from the city and two from the library district, would work out the details and supervise the process.

Both Woolf-Ivory and Spencer said they’re pleased with the agreement and the opportunity to bring increased service to residents.

“The current Lake Stevens Library is well-used and beloved, but it just isn’t meeting the needs of this growing community,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Sno-Isle Libraries is here to serve community members and they’ve told us they want a new library.”

Lake Stevens is one of the fastest growing cities in Snohomish County through annexations and an influx of families looking for affordable housing and good schools. Spencer has indicated the city will continue to grow. “We have areas that haven’t been annexed that we’re looking to annex and we’ve been growing a lot organically in the city,” the mayor told The Daily Herald newspaper in February.

 



How the Monroe Library got its 'Close'-up

Originally published Aug. 22, 2016

(The following was published Aug. 20, 2016 in The Daily Herald (Everett). Betsy Lewis is the retired managing librarian at the Monroe Library) 

By Betsy Lewis

After seeing the exhibit “Chuck Close: Prints, Process &Collaboration” at the Schack Art Center in Everett, I want to share the story of how an original work by the artist came to the Monroe Library, where it hangs today, a gift of the artist to the library and the people of Monroe.

Chuck Close: Self-Portrait hangs in the Monroe Llibrary.

In 2002, the Monroe community was excitedly planning for a new library facility on Village Way. It came to the attention of two library supporters, Monica and Tony Wisen, that Chuck Close, an artist of international repute, had been born in Monroe. It seemed a long shot to Monica and Tony, but they sent off a letter to Close, care of Pace Editions, his New York gallery. Maybe Close would send a poster or similar token.

Months went by. One day Monica was at home ironing and taking care of her preschoolers when the phone rang. On the other end of the line was Close’s gallery representative. Close wanted to know how much space was available for a work of art.

I was managing librarian at the time and will never forget the thrill of taking delivery of the magnificent silk screen, “Self Portrait,” one of an edition of 80, that arrived from Pace.

Years later, I met Chuck Close. He was giving a talk in conjunction with an exhibit of his work at the Tacoma Art Museum. I was struck by his stories of childhood influences on his life and career: the easel his father built him for a birthday gift; how he would entertain the neighborhood children performing magic shows to gain their approval; his undiagnosed dyslexia; and how the patterns his grandmother’s crochet squares made hanging on the clothesline influenced his work.

Some of Closes’s former Everett Junior College classmates had travelled to Tacoma to see him. They stood in line for Close’s autograph on copies of the exhibit catalogue. Even Close’s EJC art professor was present, and Close introduced him, with affection, to the audience, as someone who had taken him under his wing.

My story is about an artist who long ago left a small town behind but didn’t forget his roots; an artist who was fondly remembered by his fellow junior college art students; and an artist who persevered to overcome a learning disability and later a health crisis to continue to make art; and how his Everett Junior College education laid the foundation for an artist of Close’s stature and achievements.



Libraries participate in National Night Out events

Originally published Aug. 12, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries participated in a number of National Night Out events on Aug. 2 across Snohomish and Island counties.

“We are community libraries and National Night Out is all about communities,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.

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Monroe Library librarian Shannon Dye with McGruff the Crime Dog  at a National Night Out event on Aug. 2, 2016.
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National Night Out was founded in 1984 with a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice. The concept is for communities and neighborhoods “to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live,” according to the National Night Out website.

Not all communities host National Night Out events, but among the libraries participating in local events were:

Brier

Brier Library staff member Morgan Farrow and Danielle Armstrong, along with members of Brier Friends of the Library, attended National Night Out at Brier Park.

“The Friends were giving away books and asked for donations while Danielle and I promoted Explore Summer and other upcoming children's and teen programs,” Farrow said. “We also had a superhero craft, pirate pencils, tattoos, and a crime prevention/safety coloring and activity book. It was a cloudy evening at the park, but we had many visitors to our tables!”

Lake Stevens

The Lake Stevens Library hosted a variety of events and projects in the parking lot outside the library along with visits from Lake Stevens Police officers, said Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and library staff member Yoko Cailotto.

Mill Creek

Librarian Michele Bates and staff member Kelley Murdock represented the Mill Creek Library at the National Night Out event at Snohomish County’s Willis Tucker Community Park.

“We gave out a bazillion stickers and bookmarks, answered multiple queries about proposed changes to the Mill Creek Library, encouraged kids to sign up for summer reading, explained how to access ‘Homework Help,’ and even found a new member to join our BYOB (Bring your own book) group,” Bates said. “A good time was had by all.”

The event was one of six attended officially by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies. The Sheriff’s Office demonstrated the K-9 unit and the search and rescue helicopter rescue team, as well as emergency vehicles and had booths with safety tips, games and activities, live music and free hot dogs, sno-cones and corn on the cob.

Monroe

“Monroe has one of if not the biggest National Night Out event in the state,” said Monroe Library Managing Librarian Phil Spirito. “We usually have about 4,000 people from the community attend and this year there were 75 community organizations and businesses who had booths.”

Spirito said the Friends of the Monroe Library group collaborated to host a table for the event at Lake Tye Park and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Monroe and the City of Monroe.

“We gave away 500 Sno-Isle Libraries bags and crayons and talked to many more people than that promoting summer reading as well as other programs and services,” Spirito said.

Oak Harbor

The National Night Out event in Oak Harbor was at Fort Nugent Park.

“We were able to speak and connect with at least 356 community members as well as people from other organizations within our community,” said Sabrina Huff, volunteer coordinator at the Oak Harbor Library. Among the goodies available were book bags that could be colored on and included crayons and an information sheet on upcoming programs at the library, cell-phone holders, pencils, bracelets, stickers, carabiners and pens. 

“We had a raffle drawing for many books and a Dungeon & Dragons starter set, which was very popular,” Huff said. “We spoke with a lot of families about the Explore Summer Reading program and passed out log sheets with information on registering and keeping track of their time reading.”

Huff said staff also brought along a “voting counts” white board and took pictures of young adults holding the board with their comments on why voting counts to them. 

“At certain points in the evening, music and dancing broke out and all who helped with the booth had a very enjoyable time,” she said.

Sultan

“Sultan Library did participate very successfully at the National Night Out,” said Sultan Library Managing Librarian Jackie Personeus. Just Sultan’s second National Night Out effort, the event was a big hit with community members, she said.

“The Sultan Library booth was bustling with kids, teens, and adults wanting to sign up for Explore Summer or chat about some of the new services such as Drop-In Job Help and also our collection of free eBooks and other ‘downloadables,’” Personeus said.

More than 250 visitors stopped to see what was new at the library. Library staff registered 35 young people for the Explore Summer reading program that includes the opportunity to earn a free book prize as for reaching a reading goal in August.

“At times, there was a long line of kids eager to spin the prize wheel, which sounds like the Wheel of Fortune’s wheel,” Personeus said. “Kids won a variety of prizes, some related to safety such as a mini flashlight or a glow bracelet. Others won a mini beach ball, a new book, brain teaser puzzles, fruit snacks, and lollipops.”

All library booth visitors received a bag with a graphic that can be colored and crayons and information about upcoming events at the library.

Personeus said that as the event was winding down, one middle-school age boy went by on a scooter. Staff members flagged him down and he turned around and came back.

“We thought he would want one of the toys or candy, but as the prize wheel slowly spun he said, ‘I really want that book!’” Personeus said, adding that there was one new paperback left, “The Call of the Wild,” and the wheel landed on “book.” “He scooted away with his book, his bag and a lollipop we threw in for good measure.”



Oak Harbor Library Board has an opening

Originally published Aug. 11, 2016

There is an opening on the Oak Harbor Library Board.

Susan Norman photo
Susan Norman

Susan Norman, current president of the five-member board, is leaving the board on Dec. 31, 2016 due to term limits. Members the city board are appointed by the mayor with city council confirmation for a term of five years.  Each member may serve two terms. The other current board members are Pat Morse, Marshall Goldberg, Margaret Grunwald and Anne Sullivan. Mary Anderson, Oak Harbor Senior Services Administrator, serves as city staff liaison.

Board duties include providing advice and recommendations to the mayor and city council regarding general supervision and provision of library facilities and programs in accordance with the contract with Sno-Isle Libraries. In addition, the board members serve as liaison to share community needs, provide a forum for discussion, recommend programs, services and strategic focus, and to encourage best use of library facilities and resources.

The board meets quarterly at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October in the Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Application and information packets are available at the library and the City of Oak Harbor website. Applicants must live in Oak Harbor in order to qualify. Applications may be submitted by email to the Oak Harbor City Clerk at athompson@oakharbor.org or by mail to: City of Oak Harbor, Attn: City Clerk, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

Applications must be received by 6 p.m., Sept. 30, 2016.

For more information, contact Oak Harbor Library Managing Librarian Mary Campbell, 360-675-5115 or mcampbell@sno-isle.org.



Classes can help cultivate your business

Originally published Aug. 10, 2016

Whether your business is sketched on a napkin or already pulling in customers, Sno-Isle Libraries has classes that can help take it to the next level.

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The first in a series of 40 business-related classes at Sno-Isle Libraries is Saturday morning, Aug. 13, at the Lynnwood Library. See the full calendar of classes 

“We’re committed to helping start and grow businesses,” said Lead Librarian for Business Kassy Rodeheaver. Rodeheaver and community-library staff members have lined up 40 classes that start Aug. 13 and run through December at 11 libraries.

“We’ve got everything from ‘Steps to Starting a New Business’ to more advanced subjects such as ‘SEO and Getting Your Business to Rank on Google,’” Rodeheaver said. “And, lots more in-between.”

Teaching the classes are 10 local and regional experts in a variety of business-support areas. “I’m excited about the expertise of our presenters,” Rodeheaver said, adding that many have advanced business degrees and years of experience managing their own businesses. 

The list includes Jack Stiegler, who heads the Snohomish County branch of SCORE; Maya Sullivan, author of “Dare to Be Your Own Boss;” and Jean Simpson, of GROWashington and the Girandola Academy. Also, two presenters from the 2015 SnoIsleLibrariesTEDxAnna Rohrbough and Matt Cail, will teach classes this fall.

Other presenters include Bob Hale, a franchising coach; Jane Wines, a senior benefits adviser with the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration; Sandy Bjorgen, a presentation and speaking coach; Robin Bush, on organizational structures, and Robbin  Block, on creative marketing strategies.

The classes are scheduled at 11 libraries in five areas, including:

Registration for these classes is required and available through the class listings in the online calendar.

“Some areas have more or fewer classes based on the classes each library chose to host,” Rodeheaver said. “However, anyone can attend any of the sessions. They are all free and open to the public.”

So why does Sno-Isle Libraries offer business classes? It’s a question Rodeheaver says she often hears.

“This region ranks near the top in the U.S. for entrepreneurship and business startups. Our strategic focus says ‘We will build economically sound communities (through) entrepreneur and small-business support,’” Rodeheaver said. “Library customers can access amazing market research databases and other resources related to business as a part of our regular services. These business-focused programs are an extension of our service.”

Rodeheaver added that these classes are just some of the ongoing business-support programs at Sno-Isle Libraries. “We’ve got programs going on all the time in our libraries and we’re adding new resources and new offerings; just check for the latest at our website, sno-isle.org/business.”



Music series coming to Edmonds Library

Originally published Aug. 9, 2016

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A new music series is coming to the Edmonds Library in partnership with the City of Edmonds Arts Commission.

“We’re excited to bring entertaining and informative musical performances to the library,” said Edmonds Library Managing Librarian Richard Suico. The series will be in the Plaza Room above the library. Three of the scheduled five events will coincide with Art Walk Edmonds on the third Thursday of the month.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., world flute artist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos will present a tribute to the tradition of song and story in the Zuni, Navajo and Salish cultures. The event will include a showing of "Remembering the Songs," - a 30-minute film offering a glimpse of the music-makers of the Diné, Zuni, and Salish communities. Stroutsos will play his traditional American Indian made flutes and answer questions following the presentation.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., The Hot Club of Troy will present a musical performance and education about the jazz and life of the Belgian-born French jazz guitar genius Django Reinhardt. The Langley-based Hot Club of Troy features Troy Chapman, guitar; Keith Bowers, guitar, and Kristi O'Donnell, bass.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Bryan Stratton will guide listeners through the lives and music of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and other influential singer-songwriters of the ’60s. Library regulars may recognize Stratton, a Sno-Isle Libraries staff member, who uses his music-education degree to perform and inform at many libraries and other venues in the area.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., the DownTown Mountain Boys will preview Wintergrass 2017 with a 45-minute performance. After performing, the band will stay for a jam session and audience members are encouraged bring an instrument to join in or just stay and listen. The DownTown Mountain Boys include Paul Elliott, violin; Don Share, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Dave Keenan, banjo, lead and harmony vocals; Terry Enyeart, bass, lead and harmony vocals; and Tom Moran, mandolin.

Suico said the March, 2017, event is still in the planning stages.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission and the library are collaborating on the series, based on the intersecting values that build on and foster the power of community and cultural experiences. “The Edmonds Arts Commission is excited to be a partner with the library on this program,” said Frances Chapin, Edmonds Arts & Culture Manager.

“Over the years, Sno-Isle Libraries has developed relationships with many local performers. We’re so happy to be able to bring some of our friends to Edmonds for this series,” Suico said. “We’re also thankful to the Friends of Edmonds Library. They gladly fund many of these events and we appreciate seeing their hard volunteer work expressed in high quality programs for community.”



Project floors Snohomish Library in August

Originally published Aug. 8, 2016

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Snohomish Library customers use the "mini-library" that is open Aug. 8-31 while flooring is replaced in the main library. The full library will re-open Sept. 6.

The main area of the Snohomish Library building will be closed through Sept. 5 for a carpeting and flooring project.

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A worker operates the "Terminator," a machine that removes old flooring, as part of the work at the Snohomish Library.

During the closure, a “mini-library” is open in the building’s meeting room from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Available services include picking up materials on hold, returning materials, checkout materials, wi-fi, accepting Explore Summer logs and handing out prizes. No public computers and no public restrooms will be available during the project.

The full library will re-open on Sept. 6.

“This is a standard replacement and update cycle of carpeting for us. After 13 years of use in a public space we would expect to be replacing the carpet,” said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. Most of the carpet and flooring in the 23,000-square-foot library is original to when it was built in 2003.

Flooring in the public areas of the library were a combination of carpet tiles and rolled carpet. The new material will be all carpet tiles to make it easier to replace damaged or worn areas. The staff work area was a hard flooring material that had been put down in one piece. Rush said the replacement material will also be tiles and much more resistant to wear.

The flooring work is just part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.



Volunteers helping libraries and cities

Originally published Aug. 5, 2016

Painting the Stanwood Library
Sheri Lieurance, a Grove Church member from Camano Island, braces the roller handle against her head to reach the top of the wall with a new coat of paint for the Stanwood Library, Aug. 4, 2016. Photo gallery

Fresh paint is going on at the Stanwood and Arlington libraries, courtesy of members of The Grove Church in Marysville and volunteer programs in both cities.

“We’re just excited for the help in getting the library painted,” Stanwood Managing Librarian Charles Pratt said. “The city owns the building and they arranged to provide the materials with the church members volunteering the labor.”

At the Arlington Library, Managing Librarian Kathy Bullene said the work includes new paint in both restrooms as well as general cleanup of the landscaping around the library.

The volunteer effort has been going on for about five years, said Duane Palmer, a Stanwood-area resident and church member who was overseeing the crew at the Stanwood Library on Thursday, Aug. 4.

“Overall, there are about 300 members working in crews out doing projects,” Palmer said on Thursday, Aug. 4. “We have 10 people here today. We started on Tuesday and we’ll be finished Friday.”

Palmer said other community projects include painting restrooms at the Arlington Library as well as non-library projects in Lake Stevens, Marysville, Everett and Tulalip. Previous-year projects in the Stanwood area include painting the Triangle Bridge and at Church Creek Park, he said.

Longtime Stanwood Library staff member Almira Jones said this is the first time in her memory that the library hasn’t been painted white, but the change seems to be just fine with customers. “People are saying they like the new color,” Jones said. “And, it matches with the neighboring buildings.”



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