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02/01/2016
Sno-Isle Libraries offers special TEDxLIVE event
TED Live

Over a thousand attendees will spend at least $6,000 to attend the upcoming TED2016 DREAM Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. But Sno-Isle Libraries will livestream the second day of the conference free of charge at its Coupeville and Darrington libraries.

The events will take place Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St., and Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St.

The TED2016 conference will be dedicated to the greatest dreams humanity is capable of dreaming. The 19 speakers featured at the library events will range from a cardiologist to a cartoonist, a hip-hop artist to a “stranger enthusiast.” The list of speakers and times of their presentations are available online at sno-isle.org/tedx/live.

Attendees are asked to register online to attend the Coupeville Library event. They can register for Darrington Library by emailing the library manager at ABryson@sno-isle.org.

The library district is calling the events TEDxCoupevilleLibraryLive and TEDxDarringtonLibraryLive. Some of the talks shown may not be made available to view later online. Library attendees and staff will be given time during the event to discuss ideas that surface from the talks.

More information is available online at sno-isle.org/tedx/live.

Ken Harvey, communications director for Sno-Isle Libraries, noted that TEDxRainier will live-stream talks from the TED conference on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Spitfire Lounge in Seattle. Registration and information are available online at TEDxRainierLive.

 

About the TED Conference

The TED2016 conference theme is “Dream” and will be dedicated to the greatest dreams humanity is capable of dreaming. It will be a week spent examining humanity’s toughest challenges, as well as listening to approximately 100 of the greatest thinkers, artists and storytellers in the world.

The annual TED Conference, is taking place Feb. 15-19, 2016. This annual conference is held on the West Coast of North America, in Vancouver, British Columbia. More than a thousand people attend this five-day conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design. The conference also covers science, business, the arts and global issues. Speakers from around the globe appear on the main stage to give 18-minute talks and shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy.

For more information on the TED Conference, go to ted.com/attend/conferences/ted-conference.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director, kharvey@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7030

01/20/2016
Sno-Isle Libraries partners with WorkSource Whidbey to offer job search workshops in Freeland

FREELAND, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries’ partnership with WorkSource has expanded to include free job search workshops on south Whidbey Island.

For many years, the library district and WorkSource have teamed up to help those who are unemployed or underemployed in Snohomish County. By holding workshops at Freeland Library beginning in February, said Freeland Managing Librarian Betsy Arand, more job seekers will get one step closer to hearing the words, “You’re hired!”

 “A WorkSource presence on South Whidbey helps meet the Sno-Isle Libraries strategic focus to build economically sound communities through workforce readiness,” she said.

The workshops are designed to give job seekers an edge in a competitive job market, help them get noticed by application screeners, and create a strategy for targeting their job search.

Gary Smith, regional manager for the Northwest Workforce Council, said, “WorkSource Whidbey is excited to join with Sno-Isle Libraries to offer job seeker services. We are eager to explore how that partnership might help residents prepare for and find employment.”

The Freeland Library is located at 5495 Harbor Ave. Workshop dates and topics are:

  • Feb. 10, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Orientation to WorkSource
  • Feb. 10, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Job Search Strategies
  • March 9, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Orientation to WorkSource
  • March 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Skills and Abilities Analysis
  • April 13, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Orientation to WorkSource
  • April 13, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Job Search Strategies
  • May 11, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Orientation to WorkSource
  • May 11, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Effective Applications, Resumes and Cover Letters
  • June 8, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Orientation to WorkSource
  • June 8, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Interviewing Techniques

Find the full schedule at sno-isle.org/explore/worksource.

Sno-Isle Libraries also provides free workshops and programs, computer classes, job hunt assistance, books, free Wi-Fi, and premium electronic resources to support job seekers at sno-isle.org/research/jobsearch.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

About WorkSource

WorkSource is the name for the “one-stop” career center system in Washington state. It is an integrated, high quality delivery system for an array of employment and training services designed to enhance the effectiveness and coordination of employer and job-seeker services. Each of the state's 12 workforce development boards oversees their local WorkSource system. No fees are charged for any services offered to job seekers.

 

For more information, contact:
Betsy Arand, Managing Librarian, Freeland Library, 360-331-7323, barand@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

01/12/2016
'Girl on the Train' wins Sno-Isle Libraries Prose Bowl
Girl on the Train book jacket

Readers in Snohomish and Island counties have crowned The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins the winner of the Sno-Isle Libraries 2015 Prose Bowl.

The library district’s Readers’ Services Team started off with over 300 titles, narrowed it down to 32, and invited the public to vote for their favorites.

Fifty-one weeks after publishing, Hawkins’ debut novel has remained near the top of bestseller lists, and smashed a curious record: it’s the fastest selling adult book of all time. But popularity alone isn’t enough to make a Prose Bowl winner, said Jackie Parker, lead librarian for reader services.

“Since this was a March Madness, sports bracket-type set up, titles were essentially eliminated by popular vote,” she said. “If we went only by the most frequent title chosen to win individual brackets, we’d have an entirely different winner: The Nightingale by local author, Kristin Hannah. But, collectively, Hannah’s title was eliminated by more brackets than Hawkins’ book.”

Library staff will contact some of the top Prose Bowl participants and invite them to create lists of their favorite books to share with Sno-Isle readers. Details on the competition are available in the Bibliofiles blog at sno-isle.org/bibliofiles

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader Services, jparker@sno-isle.org, 425-778-2148 x3036
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

01/06/2016
Sno-Isle Libraries invites ideas for 'Issues That Matter' forums

Issues That Matter logoSno-Isle Libraries managers are planning the district’s 2016 Issues That Matter forum series of timely topics and want to add the public’s ideas to the mix.

The programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile issues. In 2015, there were forums on three subjects: Saving youth from the sex trade, 21st century policing, and end-of-life health care. Previous topics included drug use, bullying, same-sex marriage, gun violence, the marijuana initiative, and the state income tax.

“Ideas we are considering for future forums include suicide and housing,” said Chuck Pratt, leader of the Issues That Matter team. “But before making any decisions, we’d like to hear from the public about what topics are important in which communities.”

Ideas can be emailed to Pratt at cpratt@sno-isle.org by Feb. 1.

There is no set schedule for the programs, which feature expert panels before live audiences. More information and videos of past forums are available online at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

01/04/2016
Sno-Isle Libraries offers new service for families with children

Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a new online service called Beanstack, which offers free personalized recommendations for books, apps, events and more.

“Beanstack is a natural extension of our commitment to serving families with young kids,” said Leslie Moore, children’s and outreach services manager for the library district.

Beanstack tailors its recommendations to each child’s age, interests, reading level and background, Moore said. It also provides tools that help families and classrooms keep track of what they are reading and earn recognition as they read more.

Residents of Snohomish and Island counties can sign up and use Beanstack from their home computer, mobile device, or in any of Sno-Isle’s 21 community libraries. They do not need a library card to get started. Details are available online at sno-isle.org/beanstack.

Every week, a book in the library's collection, along with a library relevant program or event, will be suggested specifically for that child. Recommendations are sent with a learning tip by email and are also available via an online profile that families can access anytime. In addition to helping families discover great books, the Web application includes a reading log and fun badges.

Beanstack is offered and managed by Zoobean, Inc., which provides innovative tools that help public libraries engage local families and build children's literacy. Sno-Isle Libraries staff expect the company’s user-friendly digital service — easily accessible on a smartphone — to have a wide reach.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Leslie Moore, Children’s and Outreach Services Manager, lmoore@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7055 
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

11/27/2015
Ten libraries offer Winter Science Extravaganza programs

Kids looking for something to do over winter break can find hands-on fun at Sno-Isle Libraries’ Winter Science Extravaganza programs.

Six different programs, scheduled at 10 community libraries, will be geared toward children ages five and up. Science Extravaganza is designed to delight and spark scientific curiosity, said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for the library district.

“Sno-Isle Libraries is deeply committed to generating a life-long passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in our youth,” she said. “I encourage everyone to visit sno-isle.org/kids/stem/ and find all we have to offer in the way of books, programs and technology.”

The Winter Science Extravaganza schedule is:

 

Volts & Jolts

Electricity is illuminated in a series of shocking experiments! Explore the properties of electricity with a hair-raising Van de Graaf Generator and Tesla Coil. Presented by the Pacific Science Center.

Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W., Dec. 23, 10 a.m.

Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m.

 

Science Magic

Learn about the way objects behave and the scientific reasons behind them. When science magician Jeff Evans combines magic with science the result is fun.

Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., Dec. 22, 11 a.m.

Mill Creek Library, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. (This program will be held at the Mill Creek City Hall Annex, 15720 Main Street, Suite 130).

Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr., Dec. 28, 11 a.m.

 

Rockin’ Rollercoasters

Learn about energy as you engineer a rollercoaster of recycled materials and test the tracks of your coaster. Presented by the Imagine Children’s Museum. Registration is required and can be done online at sno-isle.org/events/ or by contacting the library.

Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.

Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m.

 

Radical Reactions

Chemistry explodes onto the scene with radical reactions, where flames ignite in blue and green and rainbows exist in glass tubes. Presented by the Pacific Science Center.

Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St., Dec. 19, 1 p.m.

 

Fossilology

Discover how fossils form. Investigate different types of fossils and use clues to decode their origins. Presented by the Imagine Children’s Museum. Registration is required and can be done online at sno-isle.org/events/ or by contacting the library.

Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.

 

Unravel the Mysteries of Light

How does a prism work? What exactly is a neon sign? Explore the answers in this interactive program with science educator, Brian Raven. For children grades 2 and up.

Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Dec. 22, 1 p.m.

 

For a complete list of holiday-season library activities, visit sno-isle.org/events/

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Joy Feldman, Early Learning Coordinator, jfeldman@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7105
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081 

11/19/2015
Health insurance assistance offered at libraries

People wishing to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will find assistance through January at the Lynnwood, Marysville and Mountlake Terrace libraries.

Individuals and families can meet on a first-come, first-served basis with a certified assistant to see if they qualify for free or reduced cost health insurance. The service is provided by WithinReach, a community organization connecting families to healthy resources in King and Snohomish counties. 

Assistance will be available at the following times and Sno-Isle Libraries locations.

Mountlake Terrace Library: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20; Dec. 4, 11 and 18; Jan 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Marysville Library: 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 30; Jan. 13 and 27.

Lynnwood Library: 2 to 4 p.m. every Monday through Jan. 25.

The 2016 enrollment deadline is Jan. 31. Online assistance is available at wahealthplanfinder.org. Help is also available from WithinReach, parenthelp123.org, and the Family Health Hotline 800-322-2588.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Jill Wubbenhorst, Assistant Managing Librarian, Marysville Library, jwubbenhorst@sno-isle.org, 360-658-5000 ext. 5021
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

11/16/2015
'Ultimate Cheapskate' to speak in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Stanwood

Jeff Yaeger

Jeff Yeager

Jeff Yeager, who bills himself as The Ultimate Cheapskate, will give free December presentations in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Stanwood.

Yeager blends offbeat humor and practical advice for living a better life. He believes people can have a happier, healthier and full life if they spend and consume less. He has been seen on the "TODAY" Show and "Extreme Cheapskates," and heard on NPR, Sirius Radio, and "Oprah & Friends."

The talks will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W.; and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Stanwood/Camano Resource Center at 9612 271st St. NW, Stanwood.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services, jparker@sno-isle.org, 425-778-2148 x3036
Jeff Yeager, author, ultcheapskate@aol.com, 301-292-0811
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

11/12/2015
Camano Island Library seeks artists' proposals

Artists are invited to submit design concepts for three Camano Island Library projects. While preference will be given to artists from Camano Island or Stanwood, all are welcome to submit proposals.

The Camano Island Library Art Committee will serve as selection panel. It is comprised of Friends of the Library members, project architects, and Sno-Isle Libraries staff and donors. Submission deadlines for the three projects are: Dec. 30, for the children’s room project; Jan. 29 for the community room project; and Feb. 29 for the reading room project.

The new Camano Island Library is located in Terry’s Corner on Camano Island. For details on art project requirements, theme, budget, and submission content, please visit sno-isle.org/locations/camano/call-to-artists.

Camano Island residents passed a bond to build a permanent library on Camano Island in April 2014. Construction for the remodel/expansion of a former restaurant began in early 2015. The new library opened on Aug. 1. Its features include a reading room with a fireplace, a teen friendly space, a larger children’s room appealing to both young readers and their caregivers, attractive and easy to browse displays of books and media throughout the library, and a multi-purpose community room.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Becky Bolte, District Manager Public Services, 360-651-7080, bbolte@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

11/04/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries to host International Games Day events
International Games Day

Joining in a celebration of gaming taking place in libraries over all seven continents — including base library at Casey Station, Antarctica — a dozen Sno-Isle Libraries locations will host games in November.

International Games Day is Nov. 21 and aims to celebrate the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games. The events are supported by the American Libraries Association and local Friends of Library groups.

Three libraries will start celebrating on Friday, Nov. 20, with special events for teens. They are:

Coupeville Library, Tabletop Teens & Tweens, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Mukilteo Library, Teen Gaming, 3 to 5 p.m.

Mill Creek Library, Teen Game Night, 7 to 9 p.m.

 

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the following libraries will have games for people of all ages.

Brier Library, board and card games, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clinton Library, board and card games, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Darrington Library, board and card games, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Live Clue in the Library (for tweens 9 and up), 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Edmonds Library, board games and Wii, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Freeland Library, LEGO®, board games and Wii, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lake Stevens Library, board games and Wii, or bring your own to share, 2 to 5 p.m.

Mill Creek Library, board and card games, 4 to 6 p.m.

Monroe Library, board games and Wii + WiiU, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mukilteo Library, board games and Treasure Hunt, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Library Jeopardy at 2 p.m.

Snohomish Library, board and card games, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Dawn Rutherford, Teen Services Coordinator, 360-651-7069, drutherford@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

10/29/2015
TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speakers announced, viewing options expanded
TEDx Speakers

Twenty-three speakers will be on stage at the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6.

The theme of the daylong event is “Creating New Futures.”

“Our goal is to showcase short talks that will explore how businesses, communities, and people can thrive here in Snohomish and Island counties,” said organizer Ken Harvey, director of communications for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Talks or performances will be given by Ann P. McMahon, Anna Rohrbough, Barbara Tolbert, Ben Hempstead, Catherine McHugh, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Egils Milbergs, Erin Boyd, Evan Briggs, Frances Lewis, Jeff Ericson, Jennifer James, Ken Grant, Kenn Dickinson, Matt Cail, Nam-ho Park, Sarri Gilman, Shaela Niles, Sujan Shrestha, Swil Kanim, Tammy Mach, Terry Thoren and Xola Malik.

More information is available at sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers.

The TEDx event will last from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All seats have been reserved for the main venue, the Edmonds Center for the Arts. However, the public is also invited to view a simulcast of the talks and join in discussion at 10 libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, and Snohomish. Anyone interested in attending a library viewing group should register online at sno-isle.org/tedx/attend.

No registration is required for four other viewing sites: City of Arlington Council Chambers,110 E. 3rd St.; Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood; Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Jackson Wilderness Room of the Henry Jackson Building; Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett.

For those unable to attend, the talks will also be live-streamed on the event website, sno-isle.org/tedx. The talk videos will later be archived online.

"We hope to enhance the audience's sense of mystery and delight by not pre-announcing the title of each speaker's talk,” Harvey said.

TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. It is the name of a non-profit foundation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TEDx events are local independently organized under license from TED. 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Director of Communications, 360-651-7030, kharvey@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

10/27/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries programs celebrate 'Authors Next Door'

(Lake Stevens Library lineup updated 11/2/15)

For a second year, a series of Sno-Isle Libraries programs will celebrate reading and community while learning more about the published authors who live among us.

Each free event will have an interactive panel of authors. Their work, collectively, covers a variety of subjects written for people of all ages, from children's picture books to adult fiction and non-fiction. Books will be available for signing and purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Forty-four authors will take part in the series. Programs will be held at the following locations:

Lake Stevens Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Authors: Martin Limon, Seconde Nimenya, Pat Pritchard, Alexis Morgan, Dorothy Read, Mark Souza, Valerie Stein, Lisa Stowe

Freeland Library: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Authors: Mare Chapman, Lorraine Healy, Andrea Hurst, Sean Keeley, Gina Marie Mammano, Thomas Trimbath, Judith Works

Oak Harbor Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Authors: Deb Lund, Art B., C.J. Booth, Lois V. Harris, Donna Hood, Rick Lawler, Sandra Pollard, Rick Vander Kam

Sultan Library: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Authors: J. Anderson Coats, Holly Cupala, Mindy Hardwick, Roy Kindelberger, Sharlene Nusser, Susan Schreyer, Richard Spelman

Mountlake Terrace Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Authors: Greg Bear, Carole Dagg, Nancy Horan, Gloria Koll, Loretta Martin, Craig Orback, Trudi Trueit

Langley Library: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Authors: Allan Ament, Margaret Bendet, Kay Foss, Lenita Graves, Garr Kuhl, Judy Lynn, Dan Pedersen

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:

Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services, 425-778-2148 x 3036, jparker@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

10/22/2015
Friends of Edmonds Library sponsor essay contest

EDMONDS, Wash.    Have you used technology to access library resources? Have you used the library to learn more about technology? If you are a tween (9-12), teen (13-19) or older adult (50-plus) we want to hear your story.

Write an essay, win a Kindle

The Friends of the Edmonds Library are funding the “Why Today’s Modern Library is My Friend” Essay Contest this month, offering a prize for the best essay in each of the three age groups. Summarize why the modern, tech-friendly library is important to you in 500 words or less and you will be entered with a chance to win a Kindle Fire and a Book-a-Librarian session to get your new Kindle set up with library resources.

Entry forms can be picked up and essays submitted at the Edmonds Library. Or, the entries can be attached to an email sent to edmref@sno-isle.org. Please include the entrant's name, phone number, and age categorie. Entries are due by Oct. 31, and will be judged by a panel from the Friends of the Edmonds Library and the Edmonds Library Board. Entrants need not live in Edmonds.

Prizes will be awarded at the Library Tech Fair Open House at Edmonds Library on Saturday, Nov. 14.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

10/13/2015
Nancy Pearl to speak Nov. 4 in Langley

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl, the Northwest’s most famous librarian, will share her latest book recommendations on Nov. 4 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley.

The 11 a.m. event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for cookies and conversation.

The visit to Whidbey Island continues a 15-year-old tradition. Pearl’s annual talk is supported by the Friends of Langley Library.

Since the release of the best-selling “Book Lust” in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next. In 1998, she developed the program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” which spread across the country. The former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and NPR affiliate stations KUOW-FM in Seattle and KWGS-FM in Tulsa.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

10/07/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries seeks public comment on future library buildings

Open houses slated in five locations and online 

Sno-Isle Libraries will host five open houses from Oct. 14-27, to hear from the public whether, and how, community library buildings should change.  

The tax-supported district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. Residents are invited to attend one of the following open houses to help shape the future of their library system:

People who can’t make one of the in-person open houses can join the conversation through an online open house that will run from Oct. 12-Nov. 6 at MySnoIsleLibrary.publicmeeting.info.

Population growth in formerly rural areas may warrant the construction of additional libraries, said Director of Facilities Jeanne Crisp. Changes in services and people’s needs are also driving the district’s 10-year planning process, she added.

“The popularity of downloadable eBooks and movies means there is less need to store print books and DVDs,” said Crisp. “At the same time, many customers want access to public computers, printers and other technology; meeting rooms and study spaces; even small-business centers and maker-spaces.”

Community input will be used along with analysis of population and demographic trends and library usage to develop facilities recommendations. The final facility report will be presented to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in March. For more information, visit sno-isle.org/facplan.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

09/28/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries joins in Great Shakeout earthquake awareness effort
Shake Out graphics

Sno-Isle Libraries will taking part in the Great Washington Shakeout on Oct. 15, a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes. It is part of “the world’s largest earthquake drill.”

On that morning, customers visiting many of its community libraries will be invited to take part in a “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” drill.

Disaster book displays, posters, and emergency preparation literature are available in the libraries. The library district’s online earthquake disaster resource page, sno-isle.org/earthquakes, features suggested books on the subject, quick links to other online resources, and a news feed of the latest earthquake stories.

A special program, “Whidbey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect, How to Prepare,” will be presented at Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave., 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and at Langley Library, 104 2nd St., at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. It will feature a documentary produced by Whidbey Island’s 4-H video club for the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, followed by a question and answer session.  

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Betsy Arand, Freeland Library Manager, 360-331-7323, barand@sno-isle.org
Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Manager, 360-221-4383, vwelfare@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

09/24/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries to present 'save our youth' forum on sex trafficking
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Victims of the sex trade in the North Puget Sound will be the focus of an Oct. 8 public forum in Lynnwood.

Trafficking: Saving our youth from the sex trade” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., on the Edmonds Community College campus. The event is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series. 

Moderator will be Tim Matsui, director of "The Long Night," a film set in Seattle that gives voice to minors who are coerced into the American sex trade. The documentary weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by the issue.

“Sex trafficking is not just a big-city problem,” said Chuck Pratt, head of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter team.

“By one recent estimate, 250 girls and women work as prostitutes in Snohomish County, where the hotline to report sex trafficking received 93 calls over a nine-month span,” he said. “The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that one in six endangered runaways reported to them are likely sex trafficking victims.”

During the forum, a panel of experts will discuss the extent of victimization in the region, how communities can support survivors of sex trafficking, and what can be done to prevent youth from being exploited.

Panelists will include:

The program is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and hosted by Lynnwood Library. More information, including library resources and links related to the topic, is available at sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org
Tim Matsui, Filmmaker/Moderator, 206-409-3069, tim@timmatsui.com

09/21/2015
Libraries schedule 'Raising of America' film showing, dialogues

Community dialogues about early childhood, part of the national Raising of America campaign, will be presented on Oct. 7 at Camano Island Library and Oct. 27 at Mountlake Terrace Library. Both programs will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.

The library events, hosted by the Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition will start with a 30-minute excerpt from the documentary series “Raising of America.” The five-part series will be broadcast on PBS this fall. It will explore such questions as: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? What is it like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?

More information about the campaign is available online at raisingofamerica.org

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:

Joy Feldman, Early Learning Coordinator, 360-651-7015, jfeldman@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

09/17/2015
TechtoberFest coming to Lynnwood Library Oct. 10
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LYNNWOOD, Wash. — On Oct. 10, Lynnwood Library will showcase the hardware and software that are available free to the public in its Creative Tech Center. Those tools can be used for everything from making movies to converting old VHS tapes to digital video, from printing resumes to learning computer programming.

TechtoberFest will take place 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, 19200 44th Ave. W.

Activities will include:

  • an iMac photo booth to showcase the green screen, iMacs, and Adobe Creative Suite;
  • a demonstration of how to use the digital media conversion lab;
  • a Microsoft Office template tutorial to show how customers can use templates for projects such as resumes, letters, and flyers;
  • informational displays of the tabletop photography studio and children's iPads;
  • Makey Makey and Ozobots for tweens and teens to learn about conductivity and programming
  • a scavenger hunt, trivia, and QR codes to provide additional information about the digital literacy resources available online  to all Sno-Isle Libraries customers.

Participants will be given USB drives if they finish four of five core activities (iMac Photo Booth, Media Conversion Station demo, Microsoft Office template tutorial, scavenger hunt, and trivia). People will be given a raffle ticket for each core activity completed, each ticket good for a chance to win a $25 Best Buy gift card.

For information about Sno-Isle Libraries’ Creative Tech Centers at both Lynnwood and Marysville libraries, visit sno-isle.org/creative-tech

Customers can also make an appointment for individual technology instruction using Sno-Isle Libraries’ Book-a-Librarian service. For details, visit sno-isle.org/book-a-librarian or contact any Sno-Isle community library.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Miranda Blum, Lynnwood Library Technical Assistant, 425-778-2148 x3041, mblum@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

09/11/2015
Library hosts 'Read and Rock' concerts for kids, caregivers

During a series of free fall concerts presented by Sno-Isle Libraries, celebrated musicians will share fun ways to get kids ready to read.

Performers will be Caspar Babypants, Marco Cortes, Charlie Hope, Nancy Stewart and Gansango Music & Dance. It’s an exciting lineup, said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for the library district.

“Singing is one of the Ready Readers five practices essential to early literacy. Singing is not only fun, it’s a natural way to learn language and boost vocabulary,” said Feldman. “The other ways that caregivers can help kids learn to read are talking to them, reading aloud, practicing drawing and writing, and playing with them.”

The concerts are designed to appeal to children five and under, as well as their parents and other caregivers. The musicians and their concert information are:

 

Caspar Babypant

Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants is the stage name of children's music artist Chris Ballew, who is also widely known as the singer of The Presidents of the United States of America.

Camano Island Library: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

Lynnwood Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

Mukilteo Library: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15

Clinton Community Hall:  6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.  

 

 

Marco Cortes

Marco Cortes

Marco Cortes is a Chilean-born teacher of music and Spanish whose music speaks of different Latin American cultures.

Stanwood Library: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

Edmonds Library: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

Marysville Library: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28

Granite Falls Library: 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5

Sultan Library: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19  

 

 

Charlie Hope

Charlie Hope

Charlie Hope is a singer-songwriter whose “I’m Me!” CD has won top honors at the Independent Music Awards, with Best Album & Best Song for 2009.

Oak Harbor Library: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15

Darrington Library: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

Monroe Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24

South Whidbey Park: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Lake Stevens Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1

 

 

Gansango

Gansango Music & Dance

Gansango Music & Dance draws on the stunning talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa.

Snohomish Library: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

 

 

Nancy Stewart has won national and local awards for her songwriting and children's recordings, and been honored by the Washington Library Association.

Nancy Stewart

Nancy Stewart

Coupeville Library: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

Brier Library: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30

Arlington Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7

Mill Creek Library: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Mountlake Terrace Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

Hand-in-Hand Head Start: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:

Joy Feldman, Early Learning Coordinator, 360-651-7015, jfeldman@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org


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