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05/22/2017
School officials honor Sno-Isle Libraries, Lake Stevens Library
Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook, school district Food and Nutrition Manager Mollie Langum, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory at the Washington Association of School Administrators Region 109 recognition event on May 11. Langum received the group's Student Achievement Leadership Award.

Sno-Isle Libraries and the Lake Stevens Library have been honored by the Washington Association of School Administrators Region 109.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and Lake Stevens Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson at a May 11 luncheon in Everett to honor educators and community leaders.

“It is an honor to be recognized by public school officials who are so dedicated to students and our communities,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Sno-Isle Libraries was cited as an integral partner of Lake Stevens School District, supporting early learning programs as well as private child-care centers and preschools in the community. The Lake Stevens Library hosts community programs that engage participants in a variety of activities focused on literacy, education, economics and civics.

“We appreciate Sno-Isle’s efforts to expand our local library facility and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come,” said Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook. 

The Lake Stevens Library is one of 22 community libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries library district that serve nearly 750,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and includes online options and Library on Wheels.

Each year the school administrators group hosts a regional event to honor educators and community leaders. Region 109 includes administrators from Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, South Whidbey, Stanwood-Camano and Sultan school districts.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

05/17/2017
'The 100 Year Miracle' spawns Whidbey Reads programs

 

ABOVE: Tattoo expert Krysteen Lomonaco of Mehndi Madness presents the history, tradition and art of tattooing, followed by the application of henna tattoos for program participants in April at Coupeville Library. Photo gallery

BELOW: Ashley Ream is author of “The 100 Year Miracle” and interviewed recently by Langley Library staff member Kaley Costello for a post on Sno-Isle Libraries “BiblioFiles” blog.

“Whidbey Reads” is about bringing a community together around a book.

The common experience of reading, discussing and perhaps meeting the author becomes a thread in the fabric of a community. That thread can become a whole closet full of experiences when the book resonates with daily life in that community as does “The 100 Year Miracle”  by Seattle-based author Ashley Ream.

Whidbey Reads usually includes several book-group meetings and perhaps a few additional programs before culminating with a meet-the-author event. This year, Sno-Isle Libraries staff members were inspired to create an extensive series of events exploring the rich images and themes used by Ream to weave her story.

Jane Lopez-Santillana, assistant managing librarian at Oak Harbor Library, said the book’s themes include ecology, respect for native traditions and lore, chronic illness, alternative medicines and the potential for discovery of cures in nature. All of that and, mystery, personal intrigue and tragedy.

Some of the Whidbey Reads events include:

  • A demonstration henna tattoos and the history of tattoos
  • Blending therapeutic herbal tea
  • Traditional Native American foods
  • Native American stories
  • Bioluminescence in nature
  • Understanding microbes
  • The underwater world of the Salish Sea
  • Alternative pain management
  • Multiple book discussion meetings

And, there will be two opportunities to meet author Ream:

  • 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 Highway 525, Freeland.
  • 2 p.m., Thursday, June 8, Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor.

Both events are free and books sales and signing will be available. The Oak Harbor Library event will be streamed live to Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook page.

Whidbey Reads 2017 is a collaborative effort between Sno-Isle Libraries, Whidbey Island Friends of the Library groups and volunteers from each community on Whidbey Island.  Other partners include Skagit Valley College, Best Western Plus Oak Harbor Hotel & Conference Center, The Book Rack, and Moonraker Books.

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

  • Jane Lopez-Santillana, Oak Harbor Library Assistant Managing Librarian, 360 675-5115, jLopez-Santillana@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

 

04/12/2017
Library volunteers earn President's Volunteer Service Award

Thirty-six members of Sno-Isle Libraries’ extensive volunteer corps are about to receive a national honor.

“Nearly 700 people give their time and talent toward the mission of Sno-Isle Libraries,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “Volunteers at each of the 22 community libraries help us better serve our customers and their communities.”

On April 22, a select group of dedicated individuals will receive The President’s Volunteer Service Award. “We’re thankful for our volunteers and these awards are well-earned recognition of their efforts,” Woolf-Ivory said.

The award is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and honors those who achieve the required number of hours of volunteer service over a year or cumulative hours over a lifetime. The award recognizes milestones of service achievement and includes bronze, silver and gold levels for annual service. The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award is for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

Congressman Rick Larsen said he supports the volunteers, their efforts and the award program.

“I commend the volunteers receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award,” Larsen said. “I hope their exceptional service encourages more folks to get involved with their local libraries and give back to their communities.”

The award includes categories for school-age children, teens, young adults and adults. Honorees receive a commemorative pin, certificate and letter signed by the President of the United States.

In addition, five of the presidential award recipients were also nominated for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Another five volunteers were also nominated for the governor’s award.

The 2017 award recipients, nominees and the location they work are:

Gold

  • Linda Patterson*, Mountlake Terrace Library

Silver

  • Kristen  Macaluso, Lynnwood Library
  • Hedy Shiu*, Lynnwood Library
  • Anthony Le, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • David Benjamin Ochoa, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Andrea Vernon*, Service Center

Bronze

  • Dan Clark, Camano Island Library
  • Helen Kinsella, Coupeville Library
  • Kelly Smith, Edmonds Library
  • Shirley Vanderbilt, Edmonds Library
  • Gail Lajo, Freeland Library
  • Bryan Beecken, Lynnwood Library
  • Bonnie  Gerken*, Lynnwood Library
  • Jean Minsky, Lynnwood Library
  • Trish Motyl-Hruby, Mill Creek Library
  • Chris Cannon, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Kevin Kleinecke, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Linda McCann, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Richard McGee, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Elizabeth Coxen, Monroe Library
  • Bonnie  Drake, Monroe Library
  • Michael Gantala, Monroe Library
  • Amber Helman, Monroe Library
  • Deborah Kyle, Monroe Library
  • Randi Grossman, Mukilteo Library
  • Huey-Jong (Amy) Liaw, Mukilteo Library
  • David Wachob, Mukilteo Library
  • Lillian VanWey, Oak Harbor Library
  • Frances Ball, Service Center
  • Jeffrey DePue, Service Center
  • Denise  Nordland, Service Center
  • Lyric Crane*, Snohomish Library
  • Laura Lewis, Stanwood Library
  • Shirley Snavely, Stanwood Library
  • Samantha Sommers, Stanwood Library
  • Teri Towle, Stanwood Library

*Governor’s Service Award nominee

Governor’s Service Award nominees

  • George Winters, Darrington Library
  • Bridget Wisniewski, Darrington Library
  • Sue Norman,  Oak Harbor Library
  • Zach Furney, Service Center
  • Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, Edmonds Library

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

  • Christine Stansfield, Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator, 360-651-7003, cstansfield@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

03/31/2017
Mt. Pilchuck students on top in reading challenge
Members of the Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Bookworms before winning the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge on March 30 at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Photo gallery  

The Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School Bookworms are champions of the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge.

Think of it as March madness, except for third-graders and they’ve got books instead of basketballs.

More than 1,300 students on 194 teams from 50 schools across two counties read the same six book titles. Starting in early March, the teams began facing off in book knowledge quiz bowls, first at their schools and then school districts.

The top seven teams met March 30 on stage at Rosehill Community Center. After three, six-question rounds, two teams were left standing with perfect scores, the Bookworms from Mt. Pilchuck in the Lake Stevens School District and the Diamond Dolphins from Discovery Elementary in the Mukilteo School District.

One overtime question later, the champions were crowned.

“This is fun for the students, but there is more to this event,” Sno-Isle Libraries Deputy Director Kendra Trachta told the crowd of more than 250 parents, family members, teachers and other supporters. “We know that reading proficiency at the third-grade level is a strong indicator of success throughout their school careers.”

The reading challenge program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills, she added.

Judges for the finals included Mukilteo School District Superintendent Marci Larsen and Trudy Rosemarin from the Northwest Literacy Foundation. Four members of the Kamiak High School cheerleading squad also greeted the teams as they arrived.

Guest judges at semifinal events included:

  • Arlington Education Foundation Sherri Ballew
  • Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy
  • Lake Stevens City Council member Gary Petershagen
  • Lynnwood City Council member Shannon Sessions
  • Oak Harbor School District Superintendent Lance Gibbon
  • Snohomish County Council member Stephanie Wright
  • Snohomish School Board Vice President Shaunna Ballas

The six books used for this year’s challenge were:

Joining Mt. Pilchuck and Discovery elementary schools in the finals were the Reading Rock Stars from Cedarhome Elementary, Stanwood-Camano School District;  the Reading Raccoons from  South Whidbey Elementary, South Whidbey School District; the Super Eight from Beverly Elementary, Edmonds School District; and the Book Bashers from Seattle Hill Elementary, Snohomish School District.

All participating schools for 2017 were:

Arlington School District

  • Presidents Elementary

Coupeville School District

  • Coupeville Elementary

Darrington School District

  • Darrington Elementary

Edmonds School District

  • Beverly Elementary
  • Brier Elementary
  • Cedar Valley Community School
  • Cedar Way Elementary
  • College Place Elementary
  • Edmonds Elementary
  • Hilltop Elementary
  • Lynndale Elementary
  • Lynnwood Elementary
  • Maplewood K-8
  • Sherwood Elementary
  • Spruce Elementary
  • Terrace Park Elementary
  • Westgate Elementary

Everett School District

  • Forest View Elementary
  • James Monroe Elementary
  • Silver Firs Elementary
  • Silver Lake Elementary
  • Granite Falls School District
  • Monte Cristo Elementary
  • Lake Stevens School District
  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Highland Elementary
  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Mt. Pilchuck Elementary
  • Skyline Elementary
  • Sunnycrest Elementary

Marysville School District

  • Grove Elementary
  • Pinewood Elementary

Monroe School District

  • Chain Lake Elementary
  • Frank Wagner Elementary
  • Sky Valley Educational Center

Mukilteo School District

  • Discovery Elementary
  • Fairmount Elementary
  • Odyssey Elementary
  • Picnic Point Elementary
  • Serene Lake Elementary
  • Oak Harbor School District
  • Broad View Elementary
  • Crescent Harbor Elementary
  • Oak Harbor Elementary
  • Olympic View Elementary

Snohomish School District

  • Emerson Elementary
  • Machias Elementary
  • Riverview Elementary
  • Seattle Hill Elementary

South Whidbey School District

  • South Whidbey Elementary

Stanwood-Camano School District

  • Cedarhome Elementary
  • Elger Bay Elementary
  • Stanwood Elementary
  • Utsalady Elementary

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 

 

03/30/2017
Now 30 years of clean state audits for Sno-Isle Libraries

The streak is alive.

Sno-Isle Libraries recently received clean audit reports from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. The audits extend the library district’s record of state audits with no findings to 30 years in a row.

“We take seriously the responsibility of being accountable for the public funds entrusted to Sno-Isle Libraries,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “I want to note the leadership of Gary Sitzman, our administrative services director. Results like this show a commitment throughout the organization.”

The Auditor’s Office issued two reports, an accountability audit for the period Jan. 1, 2014- Dec. 31, 2015 and a financial statements audit for the period Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015.

Accountability audits focus on internal controls that ensure compliance and safeguarding of public resources. Financial statements audits look at the processes in place that allow the library district to accurately monitor finances.

“We are committed to this high level of accountability for the public’s resources,” Sitzman said. “The current audit results and 30-year milestone reflect the continued efforts of dedicated staff focused on serving the public.” 

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

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

03/28/2017
Voices raise awareness at climate-action lectures

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez speaks March 24 at Coupeville High School as part of the Trudy Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series.

The voice of experience and the voice of youth came together to speak about climate change at the 2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series.

And the voices were in agreement.

“Yes, people are impacting the climate,” said 16-year-old Xiuhtezcatl (shoe-TEZ-caht) Martinez, youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe. “But this is not about saving the climate, this is about saving the people.”

Martinez, from Boulder, Colo., spoke to packed houses on March 24 at Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center and March 25 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. He was joined by KC Golden, senior policy adviser at Climate Solutions in Seattle and Board Chair at 350.org, a global climate advocacy group.

Golden said 350.org is named for the target level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere generally accepted by scientists as needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. The current CO2 level is above 400.

During his remarks, Golden showed an image of the globe at the current CO2 level labeled “Earth” and another with higher levels labeled “Toast.”

“People ask, ‘Couldn’t we consider a more reasonable number than 350?’” Golden said. “It isn’t a matter of what is reasonable. It is what it is. You don’t negotiate with physics.”

Golden warned against cynicism, calling it capitulation: “The ability to turn the corner on climate change is now within our reach.”

Martinez said he comes from a family of activists and started his own efforts at age 6. The idea behind the Earth Guardians is that young people can make a difference by raising their voices and letting adults know that they are concerned about the environment. The group supports local youth-led “crews” across the U.S. and world that organize to make a difference in their own area. There is a Whidbey Island Earth Guardian crew.  

Audience questions ranged from how to deal with the climate impact of naval air operations to the best ways to use purchasing power to combat the problem.

“We can’t say we are anti-military because we are pro-climate,” Martinez replied. “That’s not going to get people on your side.”

Golden argued for making wise transportation choices. “Don’t feel guilty about pumping gas, but feel great and empowered when you do it less often,” he said. Golden also reminded people of the power of divesting from companies that are heavy carbon polluters.

Martinez urged the audiences to consider making personal choices such as supporting local and organic agriculture and cutting meat and dairy from their diets.

The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series is sponsored by Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund. Sundberg was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to supporting the arts and promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members, friends and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the memorial fund to underwrite a lecture series in Sundberg’s name that reflects her many areas of interest and promote lifelong learning. Oak Harbor’s Marshall Goldberg chairs the lecture series planning committee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation appreciates the funding support for the 2017 lecture series provided by Whidbey Sun and Wind, Coupeville; Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey, the Tulalip Tribes and Humanities Washington.

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 Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation provides a way for people to help their community libraries through private donations, enabling excellence beyond what is possible through public funds alone.

For more information

  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
  • Paul Pitkin, Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Executive Director, 360-651-7092, ppitkin@sno-isle.org
03/21/2017
Front-line climate activists to speak at Sundberg lectures
KC Golden  Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

KC Golden has seen more than a few tours of duty in the war over climate change.

He is a senior policy advisor at Seattle-based Climate Solutions, a leading voice for a clean energy economy. As board chair at 350.org, he helps direct a global grassroots climate advocacy group. But those are just his current involvements in a career’s worth of work as a climate advocate that earned him the 2012 Heinz Award for Public Policy.

Golden will share his perspective as part of the 2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, scheduled for Friday, March 24, at the Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center, and again Saturday, March 25, at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Admission is free, but seating may be limited so early arrival is suggested for the 7 p.m. events.

While Golden brings plenty of experience, this is no retrospective. The lectures are titled “Climate Action: What Now? Reports from the Front Lines,” and with all the activity in Washington, D.C., Golden says he has never been busier.

“At Climate Solutions, we advance the clean energy revolution in Washington and Oregon,” Golden said recently. “If D.C. just does nothing, we’ll be lucky.”

Golden says the ability to displace oil with electricity is getting closer all the time. “The Northwest is a good place to do that,” he said. “We’re not too far from de-carbonizing our power supplies. Let’s not close the door by taking steps backward, like exporting coal by rail.”

At 350.org, Golden is trying to show others how to engage in the conversation. “It’s a citizens movement that we help and empower,” he said. The name comes from the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) target level of 350 parts per million that many climate scientists say is needed.

“There are many 350.org groups across the U.S. and around the world,” he said. “It’s a good way of seeding the conversation. What’s our role here? How can we begin to disconnect from the commercial cycle that is killing us?”

Golden will be joined at the lectures by Xiuhtezcatl ( “shoo TEZ caht”) Martinez, a 16-year-old climate activist from Boulder, Colo. While Golden said he had not met Martinez, he was looking forward to the opportunity:­­ “I’ve heard a lot about him.”

Martinez is youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up to address climate change and other important issues. He just finished a visit to Australia where forwarded the Earth Guardians’ message. He has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, is participating in a federal lawsuit alleging failure to adequately protect against climate change and has received several awards for his activism.

Golden said that part of the message he will bring is about taking action.

“It’s a combination of very local and then a little bigger,” Golden said, adding that he likes to think of climate activism as navigating the art of the possible. “Do your part and then advocate at the level you can.”

Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series

Trudy Sundberg was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to support the arts and promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members, friends and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund to underwrite a lecture series in Sundberg’s name that reflects her many areas of interest and promote lifelong learning.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation appreciates the funding support for the 2017 lecture series provided by Whidbey Sun and Wind, Coupeville; Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey, the Tulalip Tribes and Humanities Washington.

For more information

Marshall F. Goldberg, 360-675-5888, mfgold@comcast.ne

03/10/2017
Forums on homelessness spark community conversations

The homeless are not forgotten.

Jan. 10, Langley
Photos from the forum - Video from the forum - Audio from the forum
Jan. 26, Lake Stevens
Photos from the forum - Audio from the forum
Feb. 22, Arlington
Photos from the forum - Facebook live event video - Audio from the forum
Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace
Photos from the forum - Facebook live event video - Audio recording of forum

Homelessness Resources
sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter 

If there is one takeaway from the four-part series “Homelessness Here” hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries, it is that communities are aware and yearning to help those who are homeless.

The second lesson: While every community is doing something, more is needed.

“I was surprised at the crowd,” said Elizabeth Kohl, director of social services for Housing Hope. “It was wonderful to see so many people and so engaged.”

Kohl was a panelist at the Mountlake Terrace Library event on Feb. 28, the final forum of the series. An overflow crowd of more than 100 people came to Mountlake Terrace, spilling out to the entryway where some watched the proceedings via Facebook Live on phones and laptop computers.

The community response was similar for the other forums.

On Jan. 10, more than 200 people filled Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley with some standing in the wings. On Jan. 26 at the Lake Stevens School District offices, a full- house of more than 100 came to hear Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer moderate the panel discussion. On Feb. 22, Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert took on the moderator role at Weston High School where again more than 100 community members and local officials gathered to share their concerns.

Many homeless students

At the Langley event, panelists spoke about the need and efforts on Whidbey Island.

“We push aside thoughts of homelessness because it's too hard,” said Faith Wilder, president of the South Whidbey Homeless Coalition. “We started the coalition with a goal of making homelessness brief and rare on the island.”

Vivian Rogers-Decker is the Student Support Specialist and Homeless Liaison for the Oak Harbor School District. “I have 212 homeless students,” Rogers-Decker told the crowd. She saw the need to do more and in 2012 founded SPIN Café as a way of delivering services outside the school setting. Since then, the effort has become a multi-purpose agency serving all of Whidbey Island.

Rogers-Decker said there are many triggers of homelessness, including disabilities, catastrophic illness, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, death, financial hardship as well as drug use.

“I hope everyone in this room makes a commitment to do something to help,” Rogers-Decker said.

In Lake Stevens, panelist Julio Cortes, of Cocoon House, spoke about the invisibility of some homelessness. “Youth homeless are harder to see and identify,” Cortes said. “When they are couch surfing, moving from friend to friend, you don’t see them.”

Making connections

The Lake Stevens event prompted subsequent action that resulted in a couple getting help.

Paul Ryan, a Lake Stevens Library Board member and sergeant with the Monroe Police, said he saw a neighbor at the Lake Stevens forum and connected on Facebook the next day. “As a result, I was put in touch with a woman and her fiancé living in their vehicle in Monroe,” Ryan said. “I was able to meet with the woman and put her in touch with some vital resources.

“I took a lot away from the forum, but the opportunity to help the friend of a friend was the most rewarding.”

Arlington Mayor Tolbert noted in her opening remarks on Feb. 22 that while resources are available, the need is greater. “There are 156 students who are homeless in Arlington School District,” Tolbert said. “That’s not acceptable!”

In the audience that evening was Snohomish County District Court Judge Kristen Olbrechts. “I get kids in the courtroom who don't have life skills,” Olbrechts said. “There are resources for them, but they can't follow up on phone calls.”

Hearing from those without homes

The forums drew those who want to help, but the homeless came, too.

One tearful woman told the Arlington audience that she had walked around all night at a local casino just to stay warm. “It is scary,” she said.

A young man at the Mountlake Terrace event recounted how he lives in his vehicle.

“I'm living in my RV with no stable place to park,” he said. “I have a full-time job, but lost my rental house when the owner decided to sell. The state only requires a 20-days’ notice to renters. I don’t have the money for first, last and deposit; how many of us are one or two paychecks from being homeless?”

And on Whidbey Island, one young man asked about the brutal impact of some rules.

“You ask us homeless to suffer thru temps as low as freezing before getting shelter,” he said. “Why?”

Wilder of the homeless coalition responded.

“We're working for year-round shelter in Oak Harbor,” she said. “The (United Nations) says shelter is a basic human right. We see you, we hear you.”

Calls to action

Wilder outlined what audience members could do: “We need a manifesto regarding basic human dignity for everyone. We need to show up at port, transit, city meetings.”

That call to action was reinforced at the final forum

“We need champions for homeless at every level of government,” Kristen Cane, Director of Development and Policy for Housing Authority of Snohomish County, told the audience at Mountlake Terrace.

“Here’s what you can do: Contact local, state, national officials to call attention to homelessness. Then, go volunteer in your community with nonprofit, churches, the groups that are out there doing the work.”

Other suggestions from audience members and panelists

  • Real estate agencies should talk with buyers, sellers, about not evicting renters quickly
  • Think about long-term solutions as well as short-term help
  • Give socks and cold weather gear those who are homeless, but don’t over-give because they have no place to store extras
  • Vote for initiatives that would help local government cope, and have money to match federal funds
  • Support the “housing first” approach, which helps stabilize people needing help with addiction and other problems
  • Spread the word about calling 211, a centralized number for social service resources
  • Serve as a mentor to youth at Cocoon House and other agencies helping the homeless

Issues That Matter events are sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, which relies on contributions. 

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

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

03/07/2017
Climate action the focus of Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez KC Golden

Two nationally recognized leaders on climate change are coming to Whidbey Island for the 2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series.

Speaking on “Climate Action: What Now? Reports from the Front Lines,” will be KC Golden and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, two different generations speaking about their experiences in the world of climate-change activism.

The lecture series honors the memory of Trudy Sundberg, a beloved Whidbey Island teacher and civic activist who passed away in 2013. The lectures are scheduled for:

  • Friday, March 24, 7 p.m., Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center, 501 S. Main St., Coupeville
  • Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave, Langley

Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. There will be Q&A time following the presentations. In addition to the two public presentations, Martinez will also make a special appearance on Friday, March, 24 at South Whidbey High School.

Golden is senior policy adviser at Climate Solutions in Seattle and Board Chair at 350.org, a global climate advocacy group. He has been a leader in the national climate movement for decades and served as a policy advisor to a number of Pacific Northwest governors and mayors. In 2012, Golden received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate.

Martinez, 16, is youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe. The organization is stepping up to address climate change and other important issues. Martinez is a hip-hop artist and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly. He is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the then-Obama administration for its failure to adequately protect their future against climate change. In 2015, the Boulder, Colo., teen received the Peace First Prize and the Nickelodeon Halo Award.

“These two climate leaders bring messages that speak to both young people and adults about the current state of climate action – or inaction,” said Oak Harbor’s Marshall Goldberg, who chairs the lecture series planning committee. “Both of our speakers are on the front lines of climate action and will have a lot to say about what’s working – and what the future holds.”

Sundberg was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to supporting the arts and promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members, friends and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund to underwrite a lecture series in Sundberg’s name that reflects her many areas of interest and promote lifelong learning.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation appreciates the funding support for the 2017 lecture series provided by Whidbey Sun and Wind, Coupeville; Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey, the Tulalip Tribes and Humanities Washington.

For more information

03/01/2017
'Prose Bowl 2017' pits 16 top titles in playoff

March Madness? Forget it.

Readers can get in the game with Prose Bowl 2017, a playoff series that pits 16 top books against each other in bracket competition starting March 1.

“Sixteen of our recent, popular titles will battle against each other in a bracket-style competition where participants will choose the winner,” said Jocelyn Redel, Teen Services Librarian at Lynnwood Library. “Don’t worry if you haven’t read all of the contenders,” Redel said. “Of course, you can check out the books through our catalog, but everyone gets to play.”

The contest details and entry forms are at The Biblio Files.  The page also lists all the books along with links to the variety of reviews, summaries and other information.”

As with that other bracket-thing in March, just getting to the Prose Bowl’s version of the big dance is a feat in itself. And, up to a committee.

“We pulled the top 300 titles for past 18 months or so, looking for a variety of genres so everyone could have something they can root for,” Redel said. “Then, we got together and whittled it down to 16.”

Here are the Prose Bowl rules:

Every week in March, participants can go online, see the matchups and then vote for their favorites. Participants will have one week to vote on each bracket, after which the poll will close for that week. At the end of the poll, participants can click to form that asks for an email address that will serve as an entry for consideration for the prizes.

“We’re still working on the prizes,” Redel said, adding that they could be advance copies of hot new books, perhaps a custom poster of the winner with their favorite book or other items and opportunities. “That, and the inherent satisfaction of being named a Sno-Isle Libraries Prose Bowl 2017 champion.”

The schedule is:

  • March 1-7: Eight brackets (16 titles)
  • March 8-14: Four brackets (8 titles)
  • March 15-21: Two brackets (4 titles)
  • March 22-28: One bracket (2 titles)
  • March 29: Winner posted!

And, here’s the list of the contenders:

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

  • Jocelyn Redel, Teen Librarian, Lynnwood Library, 425-778-2148 ext. 3039, jredel@sno-isle.org

  • Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian Readers' Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org

  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

03/01/2017
Lake Stevens vote encouraging, next steps under review
The existing Lake Stevens Library (above) is one of the smallest facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system and serves the growing Lake Stevens community. A new, larger library is identified as a priority in the library district's 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan.

Sno-Isle Libraries officials are reviewing the results of the Feb. 14 Lake Stevens Library election and speaking with community members before deciding on next steps.

“The response from the Lake Stevens community is encouraging,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “The Library Capital Facility Area ballot measure passed with flying colors. The approval rate for the bond measure is exciting and it came very close to getting the required voter turnout."

The review and discussions began Monday, Feb. 27 with Woolf-Ivory presenting the election results to the Board of Trustees.

“I’m meeting with Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer on Thursday to discuss the results,” Woolf-Ivory told the trustees. In the coming weeks, she and other library officials will also touch base with members of the Lake Stevens Library Board and the Friends of Lake Stevens Library group.

“A solid foundation of community support for a new library is in place,” Woolf-Ivory said. “It is clear that the Lake Stevens community values library service and the need for a new building continues to be critical.”

The Feb. 14 election included two measures that needed to pass before the library district could move ahead with a proposed new, larger library to serve the Lake Stevens community. Proposition 1 passed with a 69 percent approval, establishing the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area. Proposition 2 received a 66 percent approval, but failed to pass because it was 749 votes shy of the 8,464 ballots cast required for validation.

If a decision is made to go back to the voters, the earliest that could happen is Aug. 1, Woolf-Ivory said.  The deadline for submitting material to the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office for that election is May 12.

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

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

02/17/2017
'Bears vs Babies' on play date at Arlington Library
Matthew Inman (standing) talks with players of "Bears vs Babies" during a Feb. 15 playtest at Arlington Library. Photo gallery

What do bears and babies have in common?

Perhaps not a lot now, but that may change this summer and on Feb. 15, dozens of people at the Arlington Library got a sneak peek at what’s coming.

Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal website and Exploding Kittens card game is putting the finishing touches on his latest game, Bears vs Babies, due to go on sale this June. As part of the game launch process, Inman and collaborator Elan Lee, organized 45 “playtest” sessions across the globe. One of those sessions was at the library and, in this case, included Inman himself joining the players.

“I’ve been to about four of these,” Inman said. “At this point, the game itself is pretty locked down, but we’re still working on the instructions.”

Inman saw some work to do.

“Did you all get a bear to start the game?” he asked the players at a table while leafing through the instructions that had been distributed. Hearing a unanimous “no,” Inman sat down to get their game back on track. While advertised as being for players age 7 and up, instructions can be a bit cryptic at first. One player at Arlington read aloud: “Choose a baby army and discard half, rounding up.”

Inman said some playtest session are conducted with observers not being able to interact with players. “There’s nothing more frustrating,” he said. “This is nice, being able to help.”

That Arlington Library became a playtest site is largely thanks to the work of Abby Bormann, Arlington’s Teen Librarian. “I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign,” Bormann said. “Then a few weeks ago, I got an email about the playtests.”

Bormann and some teens who frequent the library quickly put together a short video to make their case as a playtest location. “We heard back right away,” Bormann said. “This whole thing came together in just a couple of weeks.”

Those efforts resulted in an afternoon of participants ranging in age from 8 to 67 getting to play what is likely to be one of the hottest games of the summer before its release. “It was great,” said a 66-year-old Stanwood resident. “I was playing with 14- and 15-year-olds, but during the game, there was no age.”

Inman and co-creator Lee, who is a veteran game designer and currently Chief Design Officer for Xbox Entertainment Studios, funded the game through Kickstarter. The campaign broke records for the online crowdfunding site. When Bears vs Babies was listed on Oct. 18, the goal was $10,000. In the first week, it received $1.4 million from backers and topped out at $3.2 million in less than a month.

Joining Inman at Arlington for the playtest were several family members, including his mom.

“I work for him,” said Ann Inman, who lives near Rockport. “I handle the merchandise, the warehouse is at my house.”

Mom says she’s proud of her son and his success, but when Matthew is with family, he’s just one of the family. “He works hard, but all the kids work hard and are successes,” she said.

And, it’s not like success guarantees recognition.

Inman recounted a recent experience in Seattle when the woman behind the counter pointed at his sweatshirt with a cartoon from The Oatmeal and said, “Oh, the Belch.”

“It’s Blerch,” Inman said.

“Oh, well, I’m not much of a fan,” she said.

“I created it,” he said and unzipped the sweatshirt to show his Exploding Kittens t-shirt. “She turned a little red.”

(If you missed the playtest at Arlington Library, the only other one in Washington is 2-6 p.m., Feb. 26, at the Raygun Lounge in Seattle.)

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

  • Abby Bormann, Arlington Library Teen Librarian, 360-435-3033, abormann@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
02/16/2017
Forum on homelessness comes to Arlington

Less than a month ago, volunteers were gathering at the Stillaguamish Senior Center in Arlington to go count homeless people and while the numbers still being tabulated, there is no doubt that homelessness is on the rise.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Weston High School Commons, Sno-Isle Libraries will host “Homelessness Here,” a public discussion exploring the causes and prevention of homelessness. The free event be from 6:30-8 p.m. and moderated by Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert. The event address is 4407 172nd Street NE, Arlington.

The event will include a panel discussion followed by audience questions and comments. Panelists will include Kristen Cane, Housing Authority of Snohomish County director of Development and Policy; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center; Nicolas Quijano, Cocoon House Advocate Supervisor, and Lynda Plummer, assistant director of social services for Housing Hope.

While Snohomish County officials tabulating the numbers from the Jan. 24 Point in Time Count, there is no doubt that homelessness is on the rise

Over the past three years, the number of unsheltered individuals in Snohomish County has increased by 33 percent, according to a 2016 Snohomish County Human Services survey. Two-thirds of those said “out of doors” when asked where they stayed the previous night. The numbers from the Jan. 24 Point in Time Count will be available later this spring.

The Arlington forum is the third of four as part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ ongoing Issues That Matter series. 

“When we ask residents in our communities what issues concern them most, homelessness is always high on the list,” said Sonia Gustafson, leader of the library district’s Issues That Matter team and manager of Lake Stevens Library. A strategic priority for the library district is “Building civic engagement to address community issues.”

The final forum in the “Homelessness Here” series will be Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.  

Issues That Matter programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. Details, along with links to library and community resources, can be found at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.  Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
 

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

02/07/2017
Footsteps in Cuba, today and yesterday
Alex Wells in Cuba next to a sign pointing to “Fidel’s House.” 
Sumner Welles (left) shakes hands with Cuba’s Col. Fulgencio Batisa as U.S. Gen. Malin Craig looks on.

The door to Cuba is swinging open and Alex Welles has seen what’s on the other side.

Twice … in the past two years.

Welles will share his recent personal experiences along with the perspective gained from his grandfather, Sumner Welles, a diplomat who served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s special envoy to Cuba. Welles will make two presentations of, “Cuba: Following in my Grandfather’s Footsteps:”

  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m., Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St, Coupeville.
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Langley Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 Anthes Ave, Langley.

Both events are free and open to the public.

In addition to speaking about Cuba, Welles will show photos and videos from his visits, including a walk through Havana's Old City. Other sites he visited include the Bay of Pigs, which became politically famous in 1961, and San Juan Hill in Santiago, where Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charged the Spanish troops in 1898.

Welles is a former Wall Street broker and international banking specialist. He is co-owner of Welles & Rinning Commercial Real Estate Services in Bellevue. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hobart College in Geneva, NY and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix. He lives in Seattle with his wife, King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles.

Funding for these events is by the Friends of the Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland and Langley libraries.

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

  • Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager,360-221-4383 ext. 6320, vwelfare@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
02/07/2017
Sasquatch (information) coming to Whidbey Island

Sasquatch (info) sightings

Thursday, Feb. 23

  • 4 p.m.
  • Oak Harbor Library
    1000 SE Regatta Drive
    Oak Harbor
Friday, Feb. 24
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Langley Library
    104 Second St.
    Langley 

It is quite possible there won’t be a Sasquatch sighting Feb. 23 or Feb. 24 on Whidbey Island.

If, however, those joining the exploration on either day by author David George Gordon of the exceptionally elusive creature should spot a hairy, ape-like being loping across the road on the way home from either the Oak Harbor or Langley library, they will be well-prepared to make a positive ID.

Gordon is author of “The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America’s Most Elusive Creature.” His approach to answering real-or-myth question focuses on evaluating the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon and the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method.

Aside from various footprint casts and eyewitness accounts, some recounted by the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being’s existence. In his presentation, Gordon explains how to be an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status.

He encourages attendees at his talks to share their tales and experiences related to mysterious creature.

Gordon has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, The Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums in San Francisco, Hollywood, and Times Square.  He has been interviewed by National Geographic, Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Gordon is also well-known as "The Bug Chef" and getting TV host James Corden and Edmonds-raised actor Anna Faris to eat various cooked bugs on Corden's "The Late Late Show."

Gordon’s presentations are free and supported by Humanities Washington, the Friends of the Langley Library and Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

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

  • Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager, 360-221-4383, vwelfare@sno-isle.org
  • Mary Campbell, Oak Harbor Library Manager, 360-675-5115, mcampbell@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
02/01/2017
There's a new way to discover Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries offers an online catalog, making it easy for customers to find, reserve and receive library materials.

Starting Feb. 1, customers begin transitioning to a new online catalog that will provide a better and broader experience.

“This new catalog brings a new level of service and opportunities to our customers and communities,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “Our mission is to be a ‘community doorway’ and often that doorway is online. It is important that the online experience is as welcoming, professional and safe as it is at our community libraries.”

The new catalog is powered by software from BiblioCommons, a firm that focuses on serving public libraries. Sno-Isle Libraries joins Seattle, King County and hundreds of other libraries across the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand as customers.

“We like to think of it as a ‘discovery layer’ to the more than a million items available through Sno-Isle Libraries,” said Jeanne Crisp, Director of Facilities & Special Projects, who is overseeing the transition.

At its core, the new catalog provides better search results of all those items. The new catalog offers more. Besides helping customers get the things they’re looking for and discover new items, the BiblioCommons tool lets customers choose to share those experiences.

Customers can read reviews, lists and comments from library staff and other customers. Sno-Isle Libraries customers will also have the choice to write and share their own reviews and other online activities.

A key component of the new catalog experience is choice – your choice, your decision.

“Protecting privacy is important for all of us,” said Crisp, adding that privacy-related policies and statements from Sno-Isle Libraries and the companies we work with are available at sno-isle.org/privacy. “The customer decides whether they want to make comments, reviews and recommendations and if they do, whether or not to share those activities.”

The move to the new catalog has been in process for more than a year. In late December, a group of high volume library users got an early look at the catalog.

“We had a number of customers tell us they like the new search and were enthusiastic about the sharing features,” Crisp said. "We also received some great ideas from customers during this beta phase."

With the launch happening on Feb. 1, there will be a one-month transition period to help customers get used to the new software. During the month, customers will be able to use either the new catalog or what is now being called the “classic catalog.”

“We all deal with change differently, so we’ve built in a transition period to let customers choose whether to test the water one toe at a time or jump in with both feet,” Crisp said.

You don’t need to be a library customer to look at the catalog.

“Just go to sno-isle.org, click on the green “Discover your new catalog!” and have fun discovering what we offer,” Crisp said. “And if you live in our service area and don’t have a card, you can get a card online and use your library immediately.”

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

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

02/01/2017
Sno-Isle Libraries sets opening for new Mariner Library

The new Mariner Library is scheduled to open Feb. 11.

“I’m very pleased that this day is finally coming,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. “Our Library on Wheels service has been doing a great job in Mariner area and the community needs and deserves more.”

The library district leased space along 128th Street near I-5. The address is 520 128th St SW, Suite A9-10, Everett, WA  98204. The space is in the shopping area that includes Albertson’s. It is across Fourth Avenue W. from the Community Transit Mariner Park & Ride Transit Center, and close to Mariner High School, Voyager Middle School and five elementary schools.

“The Mukilteo School District has been very supportive of this effort to bring increased library services to the students and families they serve,” Woolf-Ivory said, adding that a survey of local school-district families showed 99 percent wanted a public library in the area.

In addition to books, CDs, DVDs and other materials available in the new location, customers at the library will have access to everything in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection including eBooks, audiobooks, other electronic resources and research databases. Materials can be delivered to the Mariner Library or downloaded from the Sno-Isle website.

Library officials are also using the Mariner Library to try a few new things.

“Access to public computers and free Wi-Fi is a normal service for us,” said Sandra Beck, who was recently appointed Mariner Branch Manager Librarian. “At Mariner, instead of hard-wired desktop computers, we’re going to have all laptops with wireless connections to the Internet.

The library will feature a “laptop bar” at the front windows where customers can sit on stools and use the computers for a coffee-shop-like experience.The library will have a dedicated children’s area and flexible study spaces for customers and students.

Another key feature will be a public meeting room that can be scheduled for use.

“One of our core purposes is to provide space to ‘think, meet, work and create,’” Beck said. “Free public meeting spaces are an important resource for a community.”

Beck said she’s excited about the opportunity to open a new library.

“I went out on the Bookmobile to meet some of our customers in the area,” Beck said. “The nearby schools are talking about being able to walk to the library. It’s personally fulfilling for me to be able to bring library services to this community.”

Those services will include programs such as kindergarten readiness, school support, digital literacy and language learning.

For the grand opening on Feb. 11, officials from the library district, school district, Community Transit and Snohomish Health District will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. Also attending will be some of the now-former Bookmobile customers who will get to help cut the ribbon on their new community library.

The doors to the library will officially open at 10 a.m. Regular library hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The library will be closed on Sundays.  

“We’ve been working as quickly as possible to open this library,” Woolf-Ivory said. “I’m so proud of our staff who are making this happen.”

The 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan adopted by the library district in June identified the 128th Street/Mariner community as an “area of opportunity.” The area outlined in the plan includes about 30,000 residents and is generally south of the Everett city limits, east of Paine Field and Mukilteo, west of Mill Creek and north of Lynnwood.

Technically, the Mariner Library is a demonstration project as called for in the capital facilities plan. The library district has a five-year lease for the current location. “We’ll find out more about where and how a permanent facility should serve this community,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We are committed to serving this community long-term.”

With the opening of the library, Library on Wheels service to the area will be cut back and eventually stopped. The current Bookmobile stop at the Albertson’s store will end on Feb. 4, the Voyager Middle School stop ends on Feb. 7 and Mariner High School stop will end in June.

The existing library district budget and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation will shoulder half the cost of the new library’s lease over the next five years.

“We deeply appreciate the Foundation and its donors for this tremendous commitment to the Mariner community,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Their generous support will make it very convenient for thousands of children and other residents to walk through the doors of the new Mariner Library.”

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
Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

01/30/2017
Sno-Isle Libraries looking for business-series presenters

Do you have some business expertise? Would you like to share it with budding entrepreneurs and small business owners?

Sno-Isle Libraries has a deal for you.

“We’re soliciting proposals for workshops, classes, lectures and presentations,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. The project is called “Business Pros: Expert Help to Start or Grow Your Business.”

“Strengthening our economy is a strategic priority for Sno-Isle Libraries,” Rodeheaver said. “One way we can do that is by inviting those who have business knowledge to share it with the community.”

The goal, Rodeheaver said, is to help future entrepreneurs and current business owners develop new skills that will assist them in starting and growing a business.

“We’ve had good feedback from our previous business-class series,” Rodeheaver said. “Participants had suggestions about additional topics that would be useful to business owners.”

Proposals for the series should cover a step of starting or running a business and include learning outcomes that can be measured in a post-event survey.

Session topics of particular interest include:

  • Business finances
  • General marketing
  • Social media marketing beyond Facebook
  • How to start a business

“I’m planning to host around 40 sessions this year,” Rodeheaver said. “I’ll also be looking for presenters to add to our business speaker directory.”

The timeline for the 2017 series is:

  • Feb. 13: Proposals due
  • Feb. 24: Notice of acceptance
  • Feb. 27: Session list sent to community libraries for bookings
  • April-December: Sessions to take place

Rodeheaver is reaching out to local chambers of commerce to solicit their assistance in promoting the opportunity to any of their members interested in applying.

Parameters for proposals include:

  • Must be submitted through the online form.
  • Sessions should range from 1-3 hours.
  • Presentations should have learning outcomes.
  • Presentations may include contact information for the presenter.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries will not provide presenters with a list of registered attendees due to privacy policies.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries will market classes to the public and presenters are encouraged to promote to their networks.
  • A contract with Sno-Isle Libraries is required to ensure engagement and payment.

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 for Business Services, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
01/04/2017
Bring imagination for 'upcycling' at Lake Stevens Library

Sure, recycling is a good thing to do for the environment, but why stop there? How about upcycling?

A term coined in the late 1990s, “upcycling” refers to using materials that might otherwise be recycled or wind up in the trash, adding a healthy dose of creativity and making something new and useful.

“Each month, we’ll have a different creative project,” said Jillian Coats, a staff member at the Lake Stevens Library. “We provide the materials. You bring the imagination. Just drop in, make things and leave with something awesome.”

Intended for teens, age 12-18, this upcycling, crafting, DIY program is scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on third Thursdays at the Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main St. Upcoming projects include:

  • Jan. 19 - Hand-Bound Mini-Notebooks
  • Feb. 16 - Tiny Snow-Globe Necklaces/Keychains/Charms
  • March 16 - Make Your Own Buttons

This program is free to participants with funding provided by the Friends of the Lake Stevens Library.

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

  • Sonia Gustafson, Managing Librarian, Lake Stevens Library, 425-334-1900, sgustafson@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
12/27/2016
New search tool knows where to look for answers

Whether you’re a fifth-grader needing a report on goldfish, a high-school senior facing the SAT or a voter trying to understand the Electoral College, doing a bit of research is the first step.

Sno-Isle Libraries has a new way to make sure that first step is in the right direction. It doesn’t look like much, just a box on the website labeled “Search All Databases,”  but, don’t let the simplicity fool you, said Information Services Manager Terry Beck.

“It is a powerful tool,” Beck said. “Enter a term like ‘goldfish.’ For many searches, the first result is called a ‘Research Starter,’ an overview. Then, you can filter the results by things like source type, publication, geography, language and much more.”

A drop-down menu can even re-order the results by publication date, oldest or newest listed first.

The new tool is called EDS, for EBSCO Discovery Service. Each search accesses many databases at the same time, including more than 60 sources of information, ranging from newspaper archives and auto repair manuals to business reference guides and the Oxford Dictionary.

Before implementing EDS, separate searches were often required for each source of information. “If you didn’t know where to look, well, you missed it,” Beck said.

EDS searches were added to the Sno-Isle Libraries website in the fall. It’s getting good reviews from staff and customers. One popular feature is the easy ability to share search results.

“Our librarians are there to help our customers—online, on the phone and in person,” Beck said. “Regardless of when, where or how, search results can be saved and shared by email.”

Actually more than just email. A click on the “Share” button brings options to email, add the results to a folder, create an email alert or RSS feed, create and copy a permanent link, or even access and then share via nearly 200 social media options.

The system does have a few limitations.

EDS doesn’t access every database at Sno-Isle Libraries. However, those additional sources are listed prominently under “Additional Resources” and a previous search can easily be applied.

“Adding this tool to make research and accessing data easier is a real benefit to our customers and communities,” Beck 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

  • Terry Beck, Sno-Isle Libraries Information Services Manager, 360-651-7016, tbeck@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

I have always imagined that paradise will be some kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges