Library News

Freeland Library to host presentation on political incivility

Originally published Feb. 11, 2016

Cornell Clayton

Cornell Clayton

Author and lecturer Cornell Clayton will present “Political Incivility and Polarization in America” at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave.

This free event is sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and Sno-Isle Libraries.

Clayton will explore such questions as: Does political incivility threaten American democracy? Is there a correlation between political incivility and productivity? He will lead a discussion about the connections and what they mean; he will challenge assumptions about the relationship between civility and democratic participation and consider factors that contribute to political polarization.

Copies of the book “Civility and Democracy in America,” co-edited by Clayton, will be available for free to audience members, courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Clayton has been a visiting fellow and lecturer at institutes and universities around the world. He is the director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley distinguished professor of government. He holds a doctorate of philosophy from Oxford University. Clayton currently serves as editor of Political Research Quarterly and as a Section Chair of the American Political Association.


About Humanities Washington

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit


For more information, contact:

Tracy Miller, Library Associate II, Freeland Library, 360-331-7323,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Feb. 15

Originally published Feb. 9, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 16. See locations & hours.

OverDrive reports problem with its app

Originally published Feb. 2, 2016

Some Sno-Isle Libraries customers who downloaded the recent OverDrive iPad and iPhone app update (version 3.5.0) are experiencing problems with the application.

In many cases, the problem can be solved by uninstalling and then reinstalling the app. OverDrive is developing a new update to resolve the issues that are not fixed by a reinstall.

Customers can get the latest information by visiting the OverDrive on Twitter or Facebook.

Sno-Isle Libraries offers special TEDxLIVE event

Originally published Feb. 1, 2016

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

Attendees are asked to register online to attend the Coupeville Library event. They can register for Darrington Library by emailing the library manager at

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

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


For more information, contact: 
Ken Harvey, Communications Director,, 360-651-7030

Sno-Isle Libraries partners with WorkSource Whidbey to offer job search workshops in Freeland

Originally published Jan. 20, 2016

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 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


For more information, contact: 
Betsy Arand, Managing Librarian, Freeland Library, 360-331-7323,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

'Girl on the Train' wins Sno-Isle Libraries Prose Bowl

Originally published Jan. 12, 2016

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


For more information, contact: 
Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader Services,, 425-778-2148 x3036
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Jan. 18

Originally published Jan. 12, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 19. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries invites ideas for 'Issues That Matter' forums

Originally published Jan. 6, 2016

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 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


For more information, contact: 
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081

Bookies will be betting on this bowl game (Daily Herald)

Originally published Jan. 4, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries offers new service for families with children

Originally published Jan. 4, 2016

Introducing BeanstackSno-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

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.


For more information, contact: 
Leslie Moore, Children’s and Outreach Services Manager,, 360-651-7055 
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081

Sno-Isle Libraries holiday closures

Originally published Dec. 18, 2015

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

Sno-Isle Libraries to discontinue 3M Cloud Library

Originally published Dec. 16, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will no longer offer eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library, effective Jan. 1. However, customers will be able to download all of the same titles through the popular Overdrive platform.

Relatively few customers used the Cloud Library, so it wasn’t cost-effective to keep paying for the service, said Nancy Messenger, collection development manager. 

“Cloud Library just hasn’t caught on with our customers in the three years we have offered it,” said Nancy Messenger, collection development manager. “For 2015, the average circulation of all items in the Cloud Library collection is less than one-half that of the OverDrive collection.”

One reason for the difference, she added, is that many of eBook and audio book customers are long-time users of OverDrive, which offers access to content that can be read on Kindle devices.

Customers can no longer put Cloud Library materials on hold. If a book is on hold already, it will need to requested separately in Overdrive. Materials can be reserved and downloaded directly in the Overdrive app, or from the Sno-Isle Libraries catalog.

In another change for 2016, Sno-Isle Libraries will no longer offer StarWalk, a product that provides unlimited access to children’s eBooks.

“We piloted this resource in 2015 at no cost,” Messenger said. “However, use has not been good. When faced with having to pay for the service in the coming year, we decided not to continue with it.”

Overall, Messenger said, The Sno-Isle Libraries large offerings of digital materials is growing rapidly. In 2016, 47 percent of the district’s $6 million materials budget will be devoted to materials in digital formats.

For more information about downloadable books, music, magazines and movies,

PINs now needed to access hoopla accounts

Originally published Dec. 4, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries customers now need personal identification numbers (PINs) to download videos, music, and audiobooks from hoopla. To update your hoopla account information, first log in to the hoopla website or app. Then, click on your account name in the top right corner of the website or within the app menu. From there, you may enter the PIN (password) for your Sno-Isle Libraries account.

Your default PIN is the last four digits of your phone number unless you have updated your account and changed your PIN. If you know your library card number or username, you can use our password lookup tool to find your password online and have it emailed to you.

If you have questions, contact your local library.


Ten libraries offer Winter Science Extravaganza programs

Originally published Nov. 27, 2015

Winter Science ExtravaganzaKids 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 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 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.



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 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


For more information, contact: 
Joy Feldman, Early Learning Coordinator,, 360-651-7105
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081 

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 26

Originally published Nov. 20, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Friday, Nov. 27. See locations & hours.

Health insurance assistance offered at libraries

Originally published Nov. 19, 2015

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 at the Arlington Library will be provided by Jessica Hernandez from the Sea Mar Community Health Center.

Assistance will be available at the following times and 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.

Arlington Library: 1-4 p.m. Dec. 29, Jan. 7 and Jan 11.

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

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

'Ultimate Cheapskate' to speak in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Stanwood

Originally published Nov. 16, 2015

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.


For more information, contact: 
Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services,, 425-778-2148 x3036
Jeff Yeager, author,, 301-292-0811
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081

Camano Island Library seeks artists' proposals

Originally published Nov. 12, 2015

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: Jan.29 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

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.


For more information, contact: 
Meredith Kraft, Public Services Administrative Assistant, 360-651-7073,
Becky Bolte, District Manager Public Services, 360-651-7080,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Musicians, business leaders and more highlight TEDx talks (Daily Herald)

Originally published Nov. 7, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 11

Originally published Nov. 5, 2015

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

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