Darrington Library to host June 8 wildfire prevention eventsOriginally published May. 28, 2015
A U.S. Forest Service expert will share fire prevention tips in back-to-back presentations for adults and children on June 8 at Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St.
From 3 to 4 p.m., kids will hear the story of Smokey Bear and go over his five rules for fire safety. They will also have the chance to get their photo taken with Smokey and get a bear hug. Stickers and goodies will be provided by presenter Kimberly Marshall-Trask, Patrol 11 Captain for North Zone Fire of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
From 5 to 7 p.m., Trask will discuss Snohomish County’s “Firewise” home initiative. She will explain how homes and neighborhoods can be made more likely to survive a wildfire.
Trask will also provide information about spark arresters, and how the Forest Service determines the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) and fire danger rating. She will explain how agency officials assess the need for structure protection when they come into a community threatened by wildfire.
“Given predictions for an above-normal fire season this year, and the fact that many of our community members live in or near forests, I thought wildfire prevention was an important topic,” said Darrington Library Manager Asheley Bryson.
Library staff will provide some fire-prevention activities for children who remain in the building while their parents attend the evening session, Bryson said.
Comic book historian to discuss superhero characters as historical lensesOriginally published May. 27, 2015
T. Andrew Wahl
Which superhero do you identify with? What’s your superpower? Why are we drawn to the heroic and superhuman?
Learn about popular superheroes with journalist and comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl at four community discussions in Snohomish County:
- 2 p.m. June 13 at Marysville Library
- 7 p.m. July 9 at Stanwood Library
- 7 p.m. July 16 at Lynnwood Library
- 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Granite Falls Library Mini Comic-Con
All events are free and sponsored by the libraries, Friends of the Marysville Library and Friends of the Granite Falls Library, and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
Wahl’s interactive multimedia presentation engages teens and adults by exploring heroic characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man and examines how superhero characters evolved in response to shifting social mores and historical events.
“Recent blockbuster movie and television franchises indicate that fans of all ages continue to be fascinated by superheroes,” said Marta Murvosh, teen librarian at Marysville Library. “These community discussions will show people who are more familiar with the screen incarnation of superheroes how these fascinating characters are portrayed in graphic novels and comic books.”
Wahl will guide the audience in a conversation that connects comic book superheroes--and the occasional villain--to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology. Wahl has selected ten comics and graphic novels in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection that highlight significant points in U.S. history. To view this booklist, visit bit.ly/WahlsList.
Humanities Washington is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking. The Speakers Bureau helps nurture thoughtful, engaged communities across Washington. For information about T. Andrew Wahl, visit humanities.org/programs/speakers/2015-16-speakers/TAndrewWahl
Sno-Isle Libraries closed May 25Originally published May. 19, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, May 26. See locations & hours.
Sno-Isle Libraries to present TEDx program in NovemberOriginally published May. 8, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries promises to bring some of the region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators, artists and speakers to the stage when it presents TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.
The day-long program, “Creating New Futures,” will feature the famous TED Talks format. Though TEDx events are locally organized, some of the best TEDx presentations have been featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences around the globe.
The library district will partner with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and other organizations to put on the event, said Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.
“Building civic engagement and connecting communities are high on our list of priorities, and TEDx is an exciting way for us to do both,” she said. “We want people to mark Nov. 6 on their calendars and come share the energy of the occasion. Those who can’t attend the free program can watch it live-streamed on our website, or can watch later when we post the videos online.”
She encouraged people to visit sno-isle.org/tedxsnoislelibraries, where they can sign up to be notified when registration opens.
The website also contains information for anyone interested in being a sponsorship partner for the high-profile event, or wishing to suggest a topic or speaker. Program suggestions will be taken until May 31.
Five members sought for Mill Creek Library Advisory BoardOriginally published May. 1, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill five positions on its newly established Mill Creek Library Advisory Board. The first library advisory board appointment shall be staggered terms of two members for one year, two members for two years, and one member for three years. Thereafter, a board member shall serve three year terms, except when appointed to fill unexpired terms. Each position will begin in July 2015. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.
Board members must reside within the greater Mill Creek community.
Application and information is available at the Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA 98012 or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/board-vacancy
For questions regarding vacancies, please contact Chris Sorenson, Mill Creek Library, managing librarian at 425-337-4822 option 1, ext. 4220 or email@example.com. For questions about the application process, contact Roxanne Fuentes at 360-651-7073 or 1-877-766-4753 ext. 7073, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be postmarked by June 5, 2015. They may be mailed to Roxanne Fuentes, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to email@example.com.
Sno-Isle Libraries names new manager for Mill Creek LibraryOriginally published Apr. 29, 2015
Chris Sorenson is the new interim manager of Mill Creek Library. He replaces Darlene Weber, who now manages Snohomish Library.
Sorenson came to Sno-Isle Libraries seven years ago to serve as the assistant managing librarian at Mill Creek. He was previously a librarian at Woodinville Library for King County Library System. Sorenson was born and raised in Bellevue and now resides in Woodinville. He prides himself for never having lived more than ten miles away from the hospital in which he was born. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Washington, also less than ten miles away. One of Sorenson's passions is traveling.
New Sno-Isle Libraries Employees - Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for BusinessOriginally published Apr. 28, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries today announced that Susan Hempstead and Kassy Rodeheaver have joined the library district as Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for Business.
Susan Hempstead is responsible for implementing Sno-Isle Libraries’ connected communities strategy, government relations outreach, community partnerships and volunteer programs. She previously served as Director of Customer and Community Engagement with Puget Sound Energy, held public affairs positions with Public School Employees of WA, the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay and also served as a White House intern. She has held board positions with Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Special Olympics of Washington, Economic Development Council of Seattle and the King County Library System Foundation. She also served on the Growth Management Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Hempstead earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and resides in Edmonds with husband, Ben, and children, Nate and Hannah.
“I am honored to join the talented and respected team at Sno-Isle Libraries to share the story of our local libraries and also to have collaborative community conversations. This position aligns my passions around community outreach, partnerships and cultivating learning communities."
Kassy Rodeheaver will focus on entrepreneur and small business support and outreach to increase awareness of Sno-Isle’s business support programs. She previously worked as the Grants and Nonprofit Information Center Librarian with the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. During her five year tenure, she provided collection development, program planning, budget management and outreach. She also served on the library’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee helping to implement the Idea+Space pilot program focused on providing support to nonprofit, small business and entrepreneurial communities. Rodeheaver earned her Master’s Degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.
“I am very excited to join Sno-Isle Libraries in support of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Libraries have so many great ways to assist these communities. I love being able to connect business people with the information and resources that will give them a competitive edge in today’s business world.”
“These staff additions emphasize two areas of strategic focus for us,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, library district Executive Director. “We are committed to building communities with strong civic engagement opportunities and economically sound communities.”
Camano Island Library seeks three advisory board membersOriginally published Apr. 23, 2015
CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill three positions on the Camano Island Library Advisory Board for a term beginning in July 2015 and lasting for three years each. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.
Board members must be Camano Island residents.
Application and information is available at the Camano Island Library, 848 North Sunrise Boulevard, Camano Island, WA 98282-8770, or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: sno-isle.org/locations/camano/board-vacancy
For questions regarding vacancies, please contact David Menard, Camano Island Library branch manager at 360-387-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the application process, contact Roxanne Fuentes at 360-651-7073 or 1-877-766-4753 extension 7073, or email@example.com.
Applications must be postmarked by May 21, 2015. They may be mailed to Roxanne Fuentes, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynnwood Library speaker to explore relationship of religion, human rightsOriginally published Apr. 14, 2015
David E. Smith
A religious studies expert will speak on the subject of “Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies” on April 30 at Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W.
The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
David E. Smith will explore the complex and confusing dynamics that exist between religion and human rights in a rapidly changing society. He raises the question: Does religion support human rights, or prevent society from recognizing the rights of all of its members? He notes that Washington has been at the forefront of pertinent social issues, including legalization of marijuana, physician-aided dying, and the recognition of same-sex marriage.
Smith, a Bellevue resident, holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University. For the past decade he has been a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. He currently teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. He is a former public relations officer with an urban police department in Virginia.
His presentation is sponsored by Sno-Isle Libraries and Humanities Washington.
Sno-Isle Libraries names new managers for Darrington, SnohomishOriginally published Apr. 9, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries has named new managers of its libraries in Snohomish and Darrington.
Darlene Weber is new interim manager of Snohomish Library. She replaces Rebecca Loney, who is now Sno-Isle Libraries director of technical services.
For the last seven years, Weber was managing librarian of Mill Creek Library. She has been with Sno-Isle Libraries since 2000. A graduate of Central Washington University, Weber also earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. Her honors include the Public Library Association New Leader Award and Sno-Isle Libraries Trustee Award.
Asheley Bryson is new interim manager of Darrington Library. She replaces Bryan Stratton, who is now circulation supervisor at Lake Stevens Library.
Bryson has worked at Darrington Library since 2008 as a public services assistant. A graduate of the College of DuPage, she has also studied at Skagit Valley College.
Library hours change effective May 3Originally published Mar. 31, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries is changing and in some cases expanding library hours to meet customer needs, according to library district officials. The changes will take place May 3.
“We’ve realigned hours to better match the needs of our local communities, and will provide morning, evening and weekend hours in every location,” said Deputy Director Kendra Trachta.
For example, Lynnwood Library – the district’s largest – will be open eight hours on Sundays instead of four. Coupeville and Granite Falls will be getting seven-day library service with the addition of Sunday afternoons.
All libraries will stay open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, instead of closing at 5 p.m. Some libraries will open earlier and close earlier, due to customer demand.
“Although many people access our services online, our buildings are still important places for people to browse, gather, study and access computers and other technology,” Trachta said. “Our libraries logged almost 3.5 million visits in 2014.”
The Sno-Isle district serves 21 communities throughout Snohomish and Island counties. Hours, locations and services for each can be found online at sno-isle.org/locations.
New library hours by community will be:
Arlington Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Brier Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Camano Island, (Hours will take effect when new library opens in late summer.) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Clinton Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Coupeville Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Darrington Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Edmonds Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Freeland Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Granite Falls Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Lake Stevens Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Langley Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Lynnwood Library, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Marysville Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Mill Creek Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Monroe Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday
Mountlake Terrace Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Mukilteo Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Oak Harbor Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Snohomish Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Stanwood Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Sultan Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Sno-Isle Libraries closed April 5Originally published Mar. 30, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 5 due to low customer demand on Easter Sunday. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Monday, April 6. See locations & hours.
Third-Grade Reading Challenge championship results in tieOriginally published Mar. 27, 2015
Video highlights from the finals
The Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge finals tested literary skills of 56 third-graders on March 25, 2015, at the Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater.
The top seven teams from Snohomish and Island county schools participated in the final round of the book trivia event, demonstrating their reading expertise and teamwork skills, answering three rounds of questions drawn from six books selected by Sno-Isle librarians.
The evening ended in a nail-biting tie between the Maplewood K-8 Royal Readers and the Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Record Readers, with both teams answering all eight tie-breaker questions correctly and finishing the Challenge with perfect scores. The Royal Readers and Record Readers were both declared top-scoring Reading Challenge Champions of 2015!
“Sno-Isle Libraries is tremendously proud of these third-grade readers,” said Jane López-Santillana, reading challenge coordinator. “The Reading Challenge has been a wonderful opportunity for our organization to partner with schools and the greater community to publicly support literacy, celebrating the beginnings of what we hope will become a lifelong passion for reading and a memorable teamwork experience.”
Early rounds from the past three months garnered participation from 156 teams at 37 schools, totaling 1,209 students. The five other teams in the finals were Cedar Way Elementary Angry Books (Mountlake Terrace), Fairmount Elementary Group of 7 Awesome Readers (Mukilteo), Forest View Elementary Hawks (Mill Creek), Presidents Elementary Reading Racers (Arlington), and South Whidbey Elementary Rampaging Readers (Langley).
Patrick Jennings, author of the popular “Guinea Dog” children’s books, made a surprise appearance and signed many autographs for contestants.
Besides “Guinea Dog,” participants were asked trivia questions on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, “Frindle” by Andrew Clements, “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow, “White Fur Flying” by Patricia Mac Lachlan” and “The Year of the Dog” by Grace Lin.
Bob Whitsitt of NBA, Seahawks fame to highlight April 24 luncheonOriginally published Mar. 17, 2015
Bob Whitsitt, once named the most influential figure in Northwest professional sports, will speak at an April 24 lunch sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Organizers promise “a no-holds barred look at how professional sports really work” and a chance for guests to bid on a round of golf with Whitsitt.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Useless Bay Country Club in Langley. Proceeds will benefit the Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or by contacting Marshall Goldberg at (360) 675-5888 or email@example.com.
Whitsitt was deemed “most influential” by Washington CEO Magazine. He spent 17 seasons as an NBA president and general manager, building teams in Seattle and Portland that made the playoffs sixteen times. As president of the Seattle Seahawks from 1997 through early 2005, he negotiated the acquisition of the team for Paul Allen, and led a successful statewide referendum that secured $300 million in public funding for what is now known as CenturyLink Field.
The annual Trudy J. Sundberg Lecture Series will honor a public school teacher who had a passion for literature, ideas, and civic engagement. Sundberg was known as an activist and innovator whose causes included the Whidbey Island Democratic Club, League of Women Voters, and Whidbey Camano Land Trust. She was founder of the Save Our Kids Crusade anti-violence coalition and numerous book clubs. She died in 2013.
Those unable to attend the luncheon but wishing to donate may do so by visiting sno-isle.org/applications/foundation and selecting "Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series" under the donation options menu.
Darrington Library dedication will honor late library managerOriginally published Mar. 6, 2015
DARRINGTON, Wash. — The Darrington Library will dedicate its community room in honor of late library manager Linda McPherson at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21. The public is invited.
McPherson managed the library and served on the Darrington School Board for two decades. Earlier in her career, she was an oceanographer and a teacher. She was among 43 people who died on March 22, 2014, when a massive landslide destroyed homes in nearby Oso.
At the dedication, the Friends of Darrington Library will unveil a plaque featuring McPherson’s portrait. Light refreshments will be served. The library is located at 1005 Cascade St.
Auto-renew makes life easier for library customersOriginally published Mar. 5, 2015
We’ve just made it easier to renew your library materials. In fact, thanks to auto-renew, you don’t have to do anything at all.
Here’s how it works. Instead of sending you an “almost overdue” notice for that book, DVD, CD or other item, our system will extend your original loan period for three weeks.
Auto-renew will renew your item up to five times as long as the following conditions are met:
- There are no active holds on the title
- Your account is in good standing
- The material can be renewed (Interlibrary loan material and popular items designated “Best Bets” can’t be renewed)
What if you don’t want auto-renew notifications? No problem. You can opt out of the auto-renew notifications through the “My Account” page under “Contact Information and Preferences.” Remember that if you choose not to get auto-renew notifications, you won’t get “almost overdue” notifications either.
Have questions? Just contact us.
Third Grade Reading Challenge final rounds set for March 9-25Originally published Mar. 5, 2015
You're invited to root for your favorite school in the semi-final and final rounds of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge. Competitors come from public schools throughout Snohomish and Island counties.
The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills. After reading six books, children participate in a book knowledge quiz bowl game to determine champion teams. The events are listed below.
|Oak Harbor students in their Reading Challenge T-shirts|
Arlington Semi-Final Reading Challenge
Arlington High School’s Byrnes Performing Arts Center
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington, Wash.
6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9
Participating schools from Arlington, Darrington, and Granite Falls School Districts (5 schools)
Whidbey Island Semi-Final Reading Challenge
Oak Harbor Elementary (in the North Gym)
151 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor, WA
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11
Participating schools from Coupeville, South Whidbey and Oak Harbor School Districts (7 schools)
Lynnwood Semi-Final Reading Challenge #1
Lynnwood High School (gymnasium)
18218 North Road, Bothell, WA
6:30 p.m. March 16
Participating schools from Edmonds and Monroe School Districts (6 schools)
Lynnwood Semi-Final Reading Challenge #2
Lynnwood High School (gymnasium)
18218 North Road, Bothell, WA
6:30 p.m. March 17
Participating schools from Edmonds and Monroe School Districts (6 schools)
Lake Stevens Semi-Final Reading Challenge
Lake Stevens High School PAC
2908 113th Ave NE, Lake Stevens, WA
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18
Participating schools from Lake Stevens and Snohomish School Districts (7 schools)
Mukilteo Semi-Final Reading Challenge
Odyssey Elementary Multipurpose Space
13025 17th Avenue West, Everett, WA
6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23
Participating schools from Mukilteo and Mill Creek School Districts (6 schools)
Final Reading Challenge
Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater
20310 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
Top scoring teams from each of the six Semi-Final Challenges will participate
Sno-Isle Libraries offers high-quality eBooks from StarWalk Kids MediaOriginally published Mar. 2, 2015
Sno-Isle Libraries customers now have access to the StarWalk Kids Media Digital Streaming Collection at sno-isle.org/starwalk.
With more than 500 titles and growing, the StarWalk Kids Media collection presents quality literature by well-known and respected children’s authors in an eBook format that works with almost all electronic devices. StarWalk Kids Media is one of the most affordable ways to provide great fiction and nonfiction eBooks with professional narration by actors and various additional features that complement the titles’ use in libraries, classrooms and at home.
StarWalk offers eBooks for children from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade. Founded by children’s science author Seymour Simon and former Sesame Street Creative Director Liz Nealon, the StarWalk Kids collection includes books by authors and illustrators such as David Adler, Jim Arnosky, Johanna Hurwitz, Pat Mora, Laura Vaccaro Seeger and Jane Yolen.
The company’s aim is to provide children, librarians and other educators with a tightly curated collection of high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles supporting educational standards. The StarWalk Kids Reader™ software works on virtually any device, allowing multiple simultaneous access for children at an affordable, annual subscription price. The StarWalk Kids platform has been awarded the QED seal, signifying “Quality, Excellence, Design,” by the Digital Book Awards.