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09/20/2016
Voter registration coming to libraries on Sept. 27

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 eight libraries across the district.

  • Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds 
  • 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. 

For more information

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

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09/16/2016
Sound Transit 3 forum coming to Lynnwood Library

The Lynnwood Library will host a League of Women Voters forum on one of the defining issues for this region, transportation.

At 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, advocates and opponents of the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) proposal will share their views of the project that will be on this November’s ballot.

Sno-Isle Libraries and League of Women Voters logos

Speakers will include Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, who will outline the proposal; Shefali Ranganathan, Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition, speaking in favor of the measure; and Maggie Fimia, People for Smarter Transit – No on ST3, speaking in opposition. There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

The forum will be in Lynnwood Library meeting room at 19200 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The event will be live-streamed by TVW.org.

According to League officials, because the ST3 proposal is so complex, it is sponsoring a forum in each sub-area of the Sound Transit district, which includes the Snohomish Sub-Area.

The League of Women Voters has not taken any position on ST3 and encourages voters to attend these forums to obtain substantial background for their voting choices. Sno-Isle Libraries doesn’t take positions on such issues. As part of its strategic plan, Sno-Isle Libraries supports convening people for public discourse, coordinating programs that address community needs and interests, and helps to build civic engagement.

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:

09/14/2016
Library and colleges offer help to displaced students

(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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian - Business, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

09/14/2016
'Read and Rock' hits right note for early literacy

The ABC song is more than just a fun way to learn the alphabet, it’s an early introduction to the critical life-long skill of reading.

 “Getting ready to read starts well-before a child gets to school,” said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries. “Singing, talking, playing as well as reading and writing can all help lay the foundation for strong reading skills.”

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Ready to Read and Rock?

To help young children get ready to read, Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting a series this fall that uses singing, music and movement. Feldman said the series called “Every Child Ready to Read and Rock!” features entertaining and engaging performers, many of whom also happen to be recognized experts in early literacy.

“Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart are ‘The Chancy and Narly Show,’ but Nancy is also a national advocate for communities singing together and she has a strong early literacy background,” Feldman said.

Another performer in the series is Charlie Hope, winner of the Juno Award and three International Independent Music Awards. Also on the list is Christine Roberts, founder of Seattle-based Nurturing Pathways which focuses on the role movement plays in early childhood education. Ray Soriano, an early childhood educator and teaching musician, will use his West African drums and instruments to explore rhythms and Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party uses singing and dancing to engage and prepare young minds for reading.

“Parents and caregivers can bring children to these programs for a fun, entertaining experiences, but also know that they are providing an important learning opportunity,” Feldman said.

Supporting early literacy is part of the strategic plan of Sno-Isle Libraries.

“Our ‘Ready Readers’ program includes the five practices of reading readiness, talking, singing, reading, writing and playing,” Feldman said. “In addition to in-library programs, we have videos and resources for parents to help their children.”

Sno-Isle Libraries also offers a series of STARS classes aimed at early childhood educators, parents and caregivers. The free classes are led by Sno-Isle Libraries staff who are state-approved trainers and have an expertise in early literacy and early learning. The classes meet the ongoing professional development requirements outlined by the state Department of Early Learning.

“We know that these kinds of early literacy experiences can help prepare children for success as readers,” Feldman said.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Joy Feldman, Sno-Isle Libraries Early Learning Coordinator, 360-651-7105, jfeldman@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
09/07/2016

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09/13/2016
Business resources take entrepreneur's 3D printing idea to next dimension
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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.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian - Business, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
09/06/2016
Snohomish Library shows off new floors and layout
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Children play in the children's area at the Snohomish Library on Sept. 6, 2016.

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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Jude Anderson, managing Librarian, Snohomish Library, 360-651-4020, janderson@sno-isle.org
  • Chy Ross, District Manager, Community Libraries, 360-651-7015, cross@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
09/01/2016
Snohomish Library about to open with new carpet and layout
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Workers install shelving at the Snohomish Library, getting it ready for the Sept. 6 re-opening after being closed a month for new carpeting and flooring.

See time-lapse video of the project!

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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Jude Anderson, managing Librarian, Snohomish Library, 360-651-4020, janderson@sno-isle.org
  • Chy Ross, District Manager, Community Libraries, 360-651-7015, cross@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
08/24/2016
Sno-Isle Libraries, City of Lake Stevens set stage for new library and civic facilities

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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

About the City of Lake Stevens
With about 30,000 residents, the City of Lake Stevens is dedicated to improving, and diversifying the Lake Stevens economic and business climate. Our goal is to support a lively, active city where people can live, work and play.

For more information

  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
  • Mary Swenson, Interim City Administrator, 425-377-3230, mswenson@lakestevenswa.gov
08/22/2016
Lake Stevens Library at back-to-school event

Lake Stevens Library staff will be at a “Back to School Fair” scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club, 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Stevens.

“Children’s Librarian Monica Jackson will be there with information about the library and our programs for the coming school year,” Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson said. “Lake Stevens students at Sunnyside Elementary won last year’s Third-Grade Reading Challenge and we’re looking forward to this coming school year.”

The event is sponsored by the Lake Stevens Family Center. 

08/11/2016
The Oak Harbor Library Board has an opening

There is an opening on the Oak Harbor Library Board.

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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.

08/10/2016
Classes can help cultivate your business

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 SnoIsleLibrariesTEDx, Anna 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.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

 

08/09/2016
Music series coming to Edmonds Library

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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 City of 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.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Richard Suico, Managing Llibrarian Edmonds Llibrary, 425-771-1933, rsuico@sno-isle.org
  • Frances White Chapin, Edmonds Arts & Culture Manager, 425-771-228, frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
08/08/2016
Project floors Snohomish Library in August

library customers photo

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. Photo gallery

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

Terminator flooring machine photo
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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

08/05/2016
Volunteers helping libraries and cities
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.”

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Lynnwood Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new library in Lynnwood could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The plan puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

A potential new Lynnwood Library is listed as an area of opportunity category.

“While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Other areas of opportunity include a new library in the greater Mill Creek area and two library demonstration projects, one in the 128th Street/ Mariner High School area and the other in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area.

 “The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

According to the plan, the current Mill Creek Library is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base. That library is slated for renovation because site restrictions may preclude an expanded facility. However, significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library. Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area, according to the plan.

As for the 128th Street/Mariner demonstration project, Woolf-Ivory said, “There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood. The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

The Lakewood/Smokey Point area, identified for a second demonstration project, has significant growth now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan.

Demonstration projects could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” said Woolf-Ivory, adding that 128th Street Mariner could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year with Lakewood Smokey point in the fourth quarter.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward “,” Woolf-Ivory said. “There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.”

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

 “This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

“It was very helpful and we did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Mill Creek Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

Mill Creek-area residents could be getting a renovated library and another brand-new facility according to a plan unanimously approved by Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of capital facilities needs across the district,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

According to the plan, there could be as many as seven new facilities across the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade. The plan puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

The Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said. “There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.”

The “Greater Mill Creek Area” appears in the plan’s “Areas of Opportunity” category.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also listed as areas of opportunity are two “library demonstration projects,” one in the 128th Street/Mariner High School area and a second in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area. Such projects could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

Woolf-Ivory says a location in the 128th Street/Mariner area could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year.

A second demonstration project is slated for the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

“It was very helpful and we did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Lake Stevens Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new Lake Stevens Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The Lake Stevens Library is one of three, along with Arlington and Stanwood, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

The current Lake Stevens Library can’t support requested community events and library programs. In an attempt to accommodate some events and programs, library staff are forced to book space in other public facilities.

The area’s population is expected to approach 50,000 people by 2025, according to forecasts. The fastest growing areas are projected to be on the west side of the lake. While public comments indicate a strong interest in a new, larger library, expanding at the current location is not possible.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said.

The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The replace category includes Lake Stevens, Arlington and Stanwood.

The plan also has “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

 

07/26/2016

Updated:
07/28/2016
Stanwood Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new Stanwood Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The Stanwood Library is one of three, along with Arlington and Lake Stevens, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

The Stanwood Library was built in 1971 and renovated in 1986. The small meeting room is heavily used. Public seating, study tables and computers are limited due to lack of space. The Stanwood area is projected to grow by 14 percent by 2025.

While public comments indicate a strong interest in a new, larger library, the current location may not accommodate expansion.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said.

The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The replace category includes Stanwood, Arlington and Lake Stevens.

The plan also has “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on  hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Arlington Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new Arlington Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the entire region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The Arlington Library is one of three, along with Lake Stevens and Stanwood, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Arlington voters have come tantalizingly close in the past to approving a new library. In the draft version of the now-approved plan, Arlington was slated for a renovation of the existing building. However, community input on the draft plan brought a change in the final version.

“We did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The replace category includes Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood.

The plan also has “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
New 10-year plan for library buildings approved

There could be as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of capital facilities needs across the district,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The plan is available online at sno-isle.org/facplan. It puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said. “There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.”

The approved facilities plan refers to an “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on  hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

“It was very helpful and we did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.


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