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Camano Island voters apparently approve permanent library

Originally published Apr. 22, 2014

Camano Island voters apparently have approved funding for a a permanent library.

The April 22 Special Election on Proposition 1 ballot measure asked voters whether they were willing to fund a permanent library on Camano Island through a $2.3 million, 10-year library bond levy. With an incomplete vote count on Monday evening, the measure was passing with 62 percent. The vote required 60 percent approval to pass and the final vote count will be certified on May 6.

The most up-to-date vote counts on Proposition 1 will be available on the Island County Auditor’s elections web site

The Camano Island Library advisory board and Sno-Isle Libraries sought a voter decision on a 10-year general obligation bond to cover all capital costs associated with purchasing, remodeling and opening a 4,900-square-foot library within the former Islander’s Restaurant building at Terry’s Corner.

Library bond funds also will reimburse the library district for the costs of purchasing the building in mid-2013. The purchase kept the building from becoming unavailable as the property began moving into foreclosure.

This was the second vote for a permanent Camano Island library. In August 2013, voters approved creation of a special taxing district but failed to approve the library bond levy by a narrow margin.

The temporary pilot library—located at Terry’s Corner near the permanent library site—is scheduled to close at the end of April.

For more information, contact:
Ken Harvey, Communications Director                                           


Sno-Isle Libraries earns clean state audit for 28th year

Originally published Apr. 18, 2014

For the 28th year in a row, the Washington State Auditor’s Office has delivered a clean audit of Sno-Isle Libraries’ finances.

The latest audit results were for 2012.

The two-county library district conducts periodic internal reviews to test internal financial controls or procedures. In addition, Sno-Isle Libraries participates in an annual external audit with the Washington State Auditor’s Office.  

“We appreciate their role as our public stewardship partner. Their review of our financial records certifies that our practices meet scrutiny.” said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of the library district. “The public should expect nothing less.”

Auditors annually examine library district controls and practices in the following areas:

  • Asset management
  • Cash receipting
  • Contracts
  • Financial Statements
  • Open Public Meeting Act

The independent audit published an opinion that Sno-Isle Libraries’ financial statements fairly represented, in all material respects, the financial position and results of operations of the library district for the year examined. In addition, all internal controls were found to be adequate to safeguard public assets. Auditors also found the library district complied with state laws and regulations, as well as its own policies and procedures in the areas examined.

“We take our financial stewardship seriously and conduct the library district’s business in a transparent and accountable way.” said Rico Tessandore, Board of Trustees president for Sno-Isle Libraries. “That’s why we appreciate the work of the State Auditor’s Office and the opportunity to work with them as accountability partners in demonstrating our financial integrity.”

"Achieving 28 consecutive years of clean audits reflects how hard the Library District works to maintain the trust and support from member communities and all of our customers.” said Woolf-Ivory. “Over 98 percent of our funding comes from the library’s operating levy. This funding enables us to provide community-focused and relevant library operations, materials, services and resources throughout Snohomish and Island County.”

“We continue to put improved controls in place to strengthen our stewardship." said Sno-Isle’s Administrative Services Director, Gary Sitzman. "This reflects our ongoing commitment to manage and use taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently."

The State Auditor’s reports are available through the links below.


Report Link

Sno-Isle Regional Library


Sno-Isle Regional Library


Clinton Library expected to reopen April 19

Originally published Apr. 15, 2014

Due to damage caused by a falling tree on April 14, the Clinton Library is closed until repairs can be made. The library is expected to reopen on Tuesday, April 22. Meanwhile, customers with materials on hold may pick them up at the Langley Library. For Langley hours and address, click here. The Clinton dropbox remains open.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed April 20

Originally published Apr. 13, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sunday, April 20 due to low customer demand on Easter Sunday. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Monday, April 21. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries photo project puts region’s history online

Originally published Apr. 10, 2014

Women drawing water from the Langley town pump in the 1920s. Elegant bicyclists posing with a drive-through tree in the 1890s. Construction of Everett’s Boeing plant in the 1960s.

One photo at a time, Sno-Isle Libraries is putting the region’s history online with its Digitize Our Community History Project. With 530 images in its catalog ]and more added daily, the project is celebrating the end of its first year and inviting new partners. ... [read the full news release]


Browse the Historical Photo Archives.

Resources and updates on the SR 530 mudslide

Originally published Apr. 7, 2014

A massive, fatal landslide into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River occurred on March 22, 2014, near Oso. SR 530, the highway between Arlington and Darrington, was buried.  See our mudslide page for resources and latest news.

Camano Island library proposal returns to voters (The Herald)

Originally published Apr. 4, 2014

Voters on Camano Island have a second chance to approve funding for a new permanent library in the April 22 special election. In the August 2013 special election, voters approved creating a special taxing district for the library, but the bond measure to fund the library did not achieve the 60 percent supermajority to pass.It came up 75 votes short of the threshold. ... [read the full article in The Herald]

Camano Island voters can expect ballots in mail to decide on permanent library

Originally published Apr. 2, 2014

Registered voters on Camano Island will determine if the current Camano Island Library Pilot Project will be replaced by a permanent library when they cast their votes this month. Voters will receive their ballots in the mail in early April from the Island County Elections Office. Information on Proposition 1, the Camano Island Library bond measure, can be found online in the Island County Online Voters’ Guide or visit www.sno-isle.org/camanovote for FAQs and more details.

Proposition 1 will ask Camano Island voters whether they are willing to fund a 10-year, $2.3 million library bond measure that would result in a permanent library for their community. If approved, the library would be in the former location of Islanders Restaurant at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., next to the current temporary library. The cost to the owner of a home assessed at $250,000 would be an estimated $22.50 per year for 10 years, based on a rate of approximately 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Last August, voters approved a taxing district to support a permanent library, but failed to approve the levy. The Sno-Isle Libraries' Camano Island Library Pilot Project will close at the end of April.

Signed and completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 22 to be counted. Ballots may also be dropped off at the Island County Camano Annex, at 121 N East Camano Drive, by 8 p.m., April 22.

Oak Harbor Elementary wins Reading Challenge

Originally published Mar. 27, 2014

The Oak Harbor Elementary reading team The Fantastics lived up to its team name, emerging as champions of the  Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge with a perfect score.

Nearly 200 parents, students, and supporters came out to the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo on Wednesday night to cheer on five teams of third-graders answering trivia questions based on six selected books. ... [read the full news release]

See event photos of the Finals.

Watch video highlights of the Finals.

Slide victim was well known as Darrington librarian (Herald)

Originally published Mar. 24, 2014

Linda McPherson was for years the town’s librarian. A retired branch manager of the Darrington Library and a longtime Darrington School Board member, McPherson was among those killed by Saturday’s massive mudslide. ... [read the full Herald article]


Top teams earn a spot in the Reading Challenge Finals on March 26

Originally published Mar. 20, 2014

Five top-scoring teams will advance to the finals of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge. They are:

  • The Fantastics from Oak Harbor Elementary (Oak Harbor School District)
  • The Brier Bobcats from Brier Elementary (Edmonds School District)
  • The Reader Leaders from Mt. Pilchuck Elementary (Lake Stevens School District)
  • The Wood Owl Readers from Discovery Elementary (Mukilteo School District)
  • The Reading Rebels from Eagle Creek Elementary (Arlington School District)

The Final Challenge, which will determine the champion team, will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Community members are welcome to attend the finals and cheer on these third-grade readers as they show off their literacy skills and teamwork. ... [read the full news release]

New board members sought for Mukilteo Library

Originally published Mar. 12, 2014

The Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill two positions on the Mukilteo Library Advisory Board.  Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.

  • One position is for a three-year term, beginning in June 2014.
  • The second position is to fill an unexpired term ending December 2014.

Qualified residents must reside within the Mukilteo School District.

Application packets and information are available at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Boulevard.

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact Jane Crawford, managing librarian of Mukilteo Library, phone 425-493-8202. For questions about the application process or to request an application packet, contact Penny Holland, at 360-651-7122 or 1-877-SNO-ISLE extension 7122.

Applications must be postmarked by March 27.  They may be mailed to Penny Holland, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417.

Send in your photo to be in our video

Originally published Mar. 10, 2014

Hey Bookmobile Fans! Send us a photo of your smiling face. We want photos of bookmobile customers to include in a video highlighting our Library on Wheels services and thanking its sponsors. If you have fond memories of a childhood bookmobile, if you’ve stepped aboard a bookmobile anywhere, if you support bookmobiles, then send your photo to ilovebookmobiles@sno-isle.org by March 18 and you may see yourself in our video!

(Note: Photos of anyone younger than 18 years old must be submitted by an adult.)

Top teams advance to final rounds of Reading Challenge

Originally published Mar. 6, 2014

Top teams of third-graders from 26 schools in Snohomish and Island counties will advance to semi-final and final events in the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge this month. The Reading Challenge is a quiz bowl program that encourages children to enjoy reading while improving their literacy skills. ... [read the full news release]

Get FREE tax help

Originally published Feb. 11, 2014

Don't wait till April 15! If you need tax preparation assistance, the library can help. Sno-Isle Libraries offers links and resources to help you prepare your IRS tax return. Free, one-on-one assistance with your federal tax return is provided by the AARP Tax-Aide program. Visit our Tax Time Web page.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Feb. 17

Originally published Feb. 10, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for Washington's Birthday/President's Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Feb. 18. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes new managers

Originally published Feb. 7, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries is proud to welcome five new managers.

Miriam Driss was selected as the managing librarian at the Lake Stevens Library in November 2013. Previously Driss held several positions at the King County Library System, including reference librarian at the Shoreline Library and assistant manager at the Sammamish Library. She also managed libraries for Seattle Public Library in Montlake and Madrona. Driss began her career as a children’s librarian in Philadelphia.

Jocelyn Redel wasnamed managing librarian at the Arlington Library in August 2013, where she served as a librarian for more than five years. ... [read the full news release]

Camano Island residents to vote on bond for permanent library

Originally published Jan. 31, 2014

Camano Island voters will decide in April whether a 10-year, $2.3 million library bond measure should be authorized to open a permanent library on the island. Registered voters on Camano Island will receive their election ballots in the mail in early April. Returned ballots must be postmarked by April 22 to be counted. ... [read the full news release]

Special resource Web page added: Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

Originally published Jan. 30, 2014

Pete Seeger was a tireless social activist and one of America's best-loved folksingers. He was born on May 3, 1919, in Patterson, N.Y., into a family of musicians. Although he enrolled at Harvard University, he eventually left school to travel across America and focus on writing music. As an influential musician and songwriter, he composed numerous popular songs, ... [read more and find related books, music and websites]

What is a library worth to a community? (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Jan. 29, 2014

Op-ed By JONALYN WOOLF-IVORY, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries has a library measure on the April 22 election ballot. Proposition 1 will ask Camano Island voters whether they are willing to fund a library capital facility bond which would result in a permanent library facility for their community. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

If you can’t access the article on the Stanwood/Camano News website, read it here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/camano-vote

Marysville Library offers streamlined funding research for nonprofits

Originally published Jan. 23, 2014

Nonprofit organizations and individual grant seekers in Snohomish and Island counties now have access to a valuable collection of resources to help them find funding sources.

Sno-Isle Libraries recently became a Funding Information Network partner with the Foundation Center and selected the Marysville Library to offer this free service.

This collection provides details on grant providers, application information and strategies for securing grants. Resources such as Foundation Directory Online Professional, profiling more than 110,000 U.S. grant makers, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, and Philanthropy In/Sight are accessible online only at the Marysville Library location of Sno-Isle Libraries. Print directories, proposal writing guides, and books on nonprofit management and philanthropy are also available. ...

Read the full news release.
Visit the Funding Information Network Web page.

Alternate parking for Langley Library

Originally published Jan. 21, 2014

The Langley Library will be open regular hours during the City’s construction project expecting to last until June. While the Langley Second Street project is underway, parking is not allowed on Second Street. Alternate library parking is available at the Island Church of Whidbey at Cascade and Sixth.

There will be at least one lane of traffic allowed on Second Street at all times, and access to businesses will remain open. Anthes and Cascade, the roads leading to Second, are expected to remain open.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but remember that the Langley Library will still be open regular hours. Please drive carefully. And, walk carefully on the temporary gravel paths as new sidewalks are being constructed on the north side of the street.

For information on the Langley Second Street project, contact Jeff Arango at the City of Langley, jarango@langleywa.org, 360-221-4246 ext. 26. For information on the Langley Library, contact Vicky Welfare, vwelfare@sno-isle.org, 360-221-4383.

Short Intermittent Website Outages Planned Jan. 20

Originally published Jan. 17, 2014

To provide long-term stability for our online services, we will be upgrading hardware. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by short intermittent outages to the Sno-Isle Libraries website, planned between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Jan. 20

Originally published Jan. 14, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 21. See locations & hours.

Special Feature: Martin Luther King Day 2014

Originally published Jan. 13, 2014

Very Short Website Outage Planned Jan. 14

Originally published Jan. 13, 2014

We’re improving the speed of our Internet connection through our partnership with the low-cost K20 Education Network. We apologize for any inconvenience if you experience an outage to the Sno-Isle Libraries website, planned for approximately 15 minutes at some point between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Free resume workshops at Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published Jan. 9, 2014

Sno-Isle Libraries and WorkSource Snohomish County are teaming up to offer free resume workshops in January that help local job seekers get one step closer to hearing the words, “You’re hired!” “Create a Targeted Resume” is a free, two-hour workshop designed to give job seekers an edge in a competitive job market. ... [read more]

Library may top Mill Creek's Target store (Herald)

Originally published Jan. 6, 2014

The city of Mill Creek and Target are considering a first-of-its-kind store in the nation that could save taxpayers $1 million. City officials are working with Target executives and the Sno-Isle Library District on plans for a store that would feature a library above the retail space. ... [read more in The Herald]

Mountlake Terrace parking lot under construction (updated)

Originally published Jan. 6, 2014

(Updated 3/3/14: The Mountlake Terrace Library’s existing temporary parking lot is once again open.)


... The city of Mountlake Terrace will begin construction in mid-January under the parking lot next to the Mountlake Terrace Library and Veterans Memorial Park on the Town Center Stormwater Facility project that will result in a regional stormwater infiltration facility. The library will be open regular hours during construction; however, the drive-up bookdrop will not be available. ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries New Year's Closure

Originally published Dec. 26, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Thursday, Jan. 2. Have a safe and happy new year! See locations & hours.

You have a new eReader or tablet - now what?

Originally published Dec. 25, 2013

Learn to download free library eBooks, magazines, and music. Whether you have an Android, iOS, Kindle, Nook, laptop, notebook, or other device, we can help you learn to browse, check out and download electronic media.

Second Chance for Camano Island Library (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Dec. 24, 2013

Guest editorial By JONALYN WOOLF-IVORY

... The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and I heard an outpouring of voices, ranging from concern, frustration and sadness to distress over the impending library closure at the end of April. We also clearly heard a chorus of requests to give voters another chance to vote on the library bond measure. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Watch Sno-Isle's Video Series: Adventures in Pre-Reading

Originally published Dec. 23, 2013

Watch videos full of cute kids, real library customers, and friendly Sno-Isle librarians in this series that shows important tips for adults to help prepare young children to learn to read.

The "Adventures in Pre-Reading" series of five videos features one of the Ready Readers practices in each video: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Young children need to master these five important skills before they’re ready to learn to read. Each video, produced by Sno-Isle Libraries with funding from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, shows parents and caregivers simple activities to do with children to encourage reading readiness.

Watch the videos from Sno-Isle's Ready Readers Web page, or on our YouTube channel and be sure to watch till the very end of each video for a little surprise.

If you enjoy this video series, please forward the video links to family, friends and colleagues so that more parents and caregivers to children age five and under can enjoy them, too.

Sno-Isle Libraries Holiday Closure

Originally published Dec. 18, 2013

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

Email From Library May Be Delayed

Originally published Dec. 6, 2013

Email reminders and other email communication from Sno-Isle Libraries could be delayed for some customers due to unexpected delivery issues with hotmail.com, msn.com, outlook.com and live.com email accounts.

The delay affects less than 25% of customers who receive almost-due reminders, overdue reminders, holds pickup notices, e-newsletters, and other correspondence. You may check your account online for up-to-date information on the status of your materials, or call your local community library for assistance. Requested library materials will remain on holds pickup shelves for an extended period while we make sure customers have been notified.

If you’d like to provide us with an alternate email address, access your account online and select “Contact Information and Preferences.” Please note that phone reminders and text message notifications are working without any problems.

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this matter.

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Originally published Dec. 6, 2013

Coupeville Library Closes for Emergency Power Upgrade Dec. 4

Originally published Nov. 29, 2013

What: Coupeville Library building closure. No library services will be available at this location during the closure. Meetings and programs are cancelled. Library bookdrops will be unavailable and customers are urged to return due library materials the next day. Customers who have library materials reserved and on-hold at Coupeville Library will have those holds extended for an additional day.

Where: 788 NW Alexander, Coupeville, 360-678-4911 phone

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, planned re-opening on Thursday, Dec. 5, but customers should call ahead or check the library website for opening information.

Who: Sno-Isle Libraries and Puget Sound Energy

Why: Electrical and power improvements made during the closure will enable emergency power generation at the site in the event of a local emergency. These improvements will enable the library facility to provide light, heat, internet access and other resources in response to community needs during an emergency.

Mukilteo Library Closes for Emergency Power Upgrade Dec. 10–12

Originally published Nov. 29, 2013

Update: Mukilteo Library will re-open on Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

What: Mukilteo Library building closure. No library services will be available at this location during the closure. Meetings and programs are cancelled. Customers who have library materials reserved and on-hold at Mukilteo Library will have those holds extended for an additional week.

Where: 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd, 425-493-8202 phone

When: Dec. 10 – 12 closure with planned re-opening on Friday, Dec. 13. Customers should call ahead or check the library website, www.sno-isle.org for opening information.

Who: Sno-Isle Libraries and Snohomish County Public Utility District, No. 1

Why: Electrical and power improvements made during the closure will enable emergency power generation at the site in the event of a local emergency. These improvements will enable the library facility to provide light, heat, internet access and other resources in response to community needs during an emergency.

Note: Library bookdrops will be unavailable at Mukilteo Library during the closure. Customers are urged to return due library materials the next day or have their library needs met through the following neighboring libraries during the closure:
  • Lynnwood Library, 19200-44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, open 10 am – 9 pm, phone 425-778-2148
  • Edmonds Library, 650 Main Street, Edmonds, open 9 am – 8 pm, phone 425-771-1933
  • Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Street, Marysville, 10 am – 9 pm, phone 360-658-5000

Camano Could Get Another Library Vote (The Herald)

Originally published Nov. 25, 2013

The board of trustees of Sno-Isle Libraries is set to decide Monday whether it will give the voters of Camano Island another chance to pass a bond issue to fund a permanent library on the island.The library bond measure that appeared on the primary election ballot in August narrowly missed the required 60 percent approval for passage. It failed by less than 1.3 percent or about 75 votes. ... [read more in The Herald]

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Nov. 28, Open on Nov. 29

Originally published Nov. 22, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Friday, Nov. 29. See locations & hours.

Where were you on this day in 1963?

Originally published Nov. 22, 2013

My Library Card to Redemption (An Author’s Memories of Stanwood Library)

Originally published Nov. 20, 2013

... The Stanwood Library opened its doors to me without question. The patient librarians didn't care about my frayed clothes and never questioned my determination to spend every waking hour under their roof. ... [read more in the Huffington Post]

Doris Lessing 1919-2013

Originally published Nov. 18, 2013

The Difference Between 58.7 Percent and 60

Originally published Nov. 14, 2013

Jackie Defazio is sad. “I don’t even have a better word than that,” she said, about the Camano Island Library Pilot Project’s closure. As the woman who chaired the campaign to bring a permanent library to Camano, she has reason to be. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Microsoft Partners with Libraries to Provide Online Tech Training (Seattle Times)

Originally published Nov. 13, 2013

The Microsoft IT Academy is now available free through Sno-Isle Libraries and other public libraries statewide, through a partnership between Microsoft and the Washington State Library. Microsoft IT Academy provides self-paced, web-based training for more than 400 courses in fundamental technology skills, such as Windows, Outlook, Sharepoint, and more. Seattle Times article: Microsoft partners with libraries to provide online tech training

Stanwood Library Celebrates Centennial, 1913 - 2013

Originally published Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 15, Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library will celebrate 100 years of the endless possibilities bound within books. They will also celebrate the legacy of Lizzie Irvine. ... [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Guest Editorial: Sadly, Camano Library Will Close. What Next?

Originally published Nov. 5, 2013

It was painful to see how close Camano Island came to having a permanent library. Since Aug. 6, we have heard many residents, voters and families, say they were disappointed that the library bond measure narrowly missed the required 60 percent approval and failed by less than 1.3 percent or by only 75 votes. I have seen amazing passion … [read more in the Stanwood/Camano News]

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Nov. 11

Originally published Nov. 4, 2013

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

Marysville Library Celebrates 'TECHcitement' Nov. 2

Originally published Oct. 28, 2013

The Marysville Library will be celebrating its new Creative Commons during the "TECHcitement" event on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Managing Librarian Eric Spencer and Assistant Managing Librarian Jill Wubbenhorst reported that the Creative Commons area and tools are already seeing heavy use ... [read more in the Marysville Globe]

Find TECHcitement events here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/techcitement

New Library Space Features Technology Tools for All

Originally published Oct. 22, 2013

The Marysville Library will celebrate the opening of its new “Creative Commons” area, a place for technology-based creativity, with its “TECHcitement” event on Nov. 2. The new Creative Commons area is a 1,700 sq. foot area in the center of the library that features a variety of gadgets … [read more in the North County Outlook]

Find TECHcitement events here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/techcitement

Killer Deal for Magazine Lovers

Originally published Oct. 11, 2013

Imagine what it would cost to purchase the latest issue of every magazine you were interested in. Or what the invoice would be to subscribe to hundreds of magazines? Now multiply that by having access to back issues. That’s exactly what Sno-Isle Libraries is offering with your library card.

Library customers will find around 250 of the most popular magazine titles available online through Sno-Isle Libraries’ digital magazine service Zinio. What’s more, this amazing service now offers free back issues in addition to the current editions.

A library card and an Internet connection enables library customers to enjoy popular magazines in full color on their desktop or laptop computer, tablet or other Wi-Fi device. Some magazines, such as National Geographic, contain special interactive content. The magazines never expire, there are no holds, no checkout periods, and there is no limit to the number of magazines a library customer can download.

Print and online issues are released simultaneously and library customers will find many magazine titles are available online through the library before the print versions arrive on store racks or library shelves. Previous issues of a publication are available for check out and go back as far Sno-Isle Libraries has subscribed to the publication.

The Zinio magazine collection is funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Start browsing magazines here.

Tom Clancy, 1947 – 2013

Originally published Oct. 2, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Oct. 7

Originally published Oct. 1, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 7 for staff training. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Oct. 8. See locations & hours.

Lynnwood Library Resumes Regular Hours Sept. 30

Originally published Sep. 30, 2013

Renovations have been completed and the LYNNWOOD LIBRARY resumes regular hours and services as of Sept. 30. You’ll discover new carpet, paint, improved restrooms and approximately 1,000 square feet set aside as a new Creative Commons. This special space will provide you with exciting opportunities for computer-aided creativity, group collaboration workspace, research, development and instruction. Stop by soon!

Get Health Insurance – It’s the Law!

Originally published Sep. 15, 2013

Open enrollment in the Washington Health Benefit Exchange through the Washington Healthplanfinder starts on Oct. 1 and Sno-Isle Libraries has information for you now! We’ve got links for individuals, families, and small businesses to compare and enroll in plans and access cost information. Our libraries have computers with free Internet access to print or complete forms online or bring in your own computer and use our free public Wi-Fi connection to get the job done.

Lynnwood Library Closed Through Sept. 29

Originally published Sep. 9, 2013

Lynnwood Library closed on Sept. 6 for new carpet, paint, improved restrooms and redesigned spaces. The library is expected to be closed through most of September. When it reopens, customers will discover approximately 1,000 square feet of new “Creative Commons” space inside providing computer-aided creativity, group collaboration workspace, research, development and instructional opportunities.

During the September closure, Lynnwood Library customers are invited to take advantage of Sno-Isle Libraries online resources and services or enjoy nearby libraries in Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, or Mukilteo.

Lynnwood Library customers can return their borrowed materials or arrange to pickup books, CDs and DVDs they reserve online at one of these alternate libraries. In addition, although the Lynnwood Library building will be closed, a temporary “library holds pickup” bookmobile will be available in the parking lot during the closure period for customer pickup of materials which have been placed on hold.

Library customers may pick up reserved books or materials from the “library holds pickup” bookmobile in the Lynnwood Library parking lot from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

Three Community Discussions on Bullying for Issues That Matter

Originally published Aug. 30, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries presents three powerful community Issues That Matter forums during September on the effects of bullying on the lives of so many. ...

Learn more about Issues That Matter

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed Sept. 2

Originally published Aug. 27, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 3, except for the Marysville Library, which will be partially closed for renovations. See Library Renovations and Locations & Hours.

Camano Island Library Votes Are Final

Originally published Aug. 22, 2013

The final votes have been counted for the Camano Island Library Proposition 1 and 2 in the August 6 primary. Even though a majority of participating voters voted in favor of the two library ballot measures, the effort to place a permanent Sno-Isle Library on Camano Island has narrowly failed. The results ...

Four Sno-Isle Libraries Undergo Renovation Projects

Originally published Aug. 21, 2013

Sno-Isle Library customers should be aware of construction and renovation projects occurring in several community libraries over the next few weeks. The Library District has attempted to provide continued access to library services and materials wherever possible to minimize the inconvenience ...

Libraries Renovations: What Customers Need To Know

Originally published Aug. 20, 2013

Our Marysville and Lynnwood libraries will be closing for the creation of Creative Commons for computer-aided creativity, collaboration, creation, research and development. Specialized equipment including additional computers, software, and audio/video editing equipment...Read More.

'Justified' Author Passes: Elmore Leonard 1925-2013

Originally published Aug. 20, 2013

Mystery writer Elmore Leonard, author of more than 40 novels, died Tuesday August 20 after a brief illness. He was 87. The winner of numerous awards for fiction (including the Crime Writers Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2006),his best-known novels include "Mr. Majestyk" and "Get Shorty." In 2012 he received the National Book Award, Medal for Distinguished Contribution.

Web Page Added: Elizabeth Peters 1927-2013

Originally published Aug. 8, 2013

Mystery writer Barbara Mertz, who published 35 mysteries under the pen name Elizabeth Peters, died August 8 at the age of 85. In 1989, her novel "Malice Domestic" was the Agatha Award winner for Best Mystery Novel. In 1998, Peters was awarded Grand Master status by the Mystery Writers of America.

Camano Island Voters Will Decide if They Want a Permanent Library

Originally published Jul. 25, 2013

Find August Primary Election Information

Originally published Jul. 17, 2013

Granite Falls Library Plans Parking Lot Expansion

Originally published Jul. 16, 2013

Special Board Meeting, Early Learning Public Library Partnership, July 11, 4 pm

Originally published Jul. 1, 2013

Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books

Originally published Jun. 25, 2013

The Herald:
Bikes donated by Masons aid summer reading program

Lake Stevens Journal:
Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books

New Laptops in Marysville Library Donated by Patron

Originally published Jun. 25, 2013

The Daily Herald:
Donation equips Marysville library with 17 Google laptops for patrons

Marysville Globe:
Laptop donations increase access at library

North County Outlook:
Marysville man donates laptops to library

Lake Stevens Journal:
More Ways to Access the Internet at the Marysville Library, Thanks to Donation of 17 Chromebooks

More Access to Internet with Donation of 17 Chromebooks at Marysville Library

Originally published Jun. 21, 2013

Building a Better Community with Bikes for Books

Originally published Jun. 17, 2013

Retired Sno-Isle Librarian Helps Nurture Writers

Originally published Jun. 17, 2013

"As librarians, our skills are as embedded in our personal lives as they are in our work, and they do not desert us when we leave our positions. After retiring in 2009, I began volunteering at Hedgebrook, a writing residency program for women on Whidbey Island in northwest Washington State. Inspired by its ..." [to read more, click here and you will be asked to enter your Sno-Isle library card number]

iPads for Reading Magazines at Edmonds Library

Originally published Jun. 14, 2013

Customers can borrow an iPad for in-library use to sit back and read e-magazines through Zinio at the Edmonds Library.

Many magazines no longer publish print editions but have chosen to continue online only, such as Newsweek. For now, Edmonds is the only one of our libraries offering the iPads for this pilot project.

Try reading free magazines on your computer, phone or tablet through Zinio, with hundreds of titles to choose from. Get started by clicking here.

Watch Video of “Issues That Matter: Gun Violence” Panel Discussions

Originally published May. 24, 2013

New Board Members Sought for Camano Island Library

Originally published May. 21, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill two positions on the Camano Island Library Pilot Project, Library Advisory Board. This board will serve in an advisory capacity to the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees. Board members would serve a three-year term, beginning July 2013. Application deadline is June 15, 2013.

Click here for more information, Board responsibilities, by-laws, and application form.

Sno-Isle Libraries Closed May 27

Originally published May. 21, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, May 28. See locations & hours.

Issues That Matter: Two Panel Discussions on Gun Violence

Originally published May. 7, 2013

Love Libraries? Consider Becoming a Board Trustee!

Originally published May. 7, 2013

Snohomish County candidates sought for a library trustee vacancy. Click for info on trustee position qualifications, an application form, and the Code of Conduct. Deadline is May 30, 2013.

Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken Inspires Friends

Originally published May. 6, 2013

Watch this video of Kathleen Flenniken, Washington state poet laureate, speaking to Friends of the Library groups about the power of words. Kathleen shared humorous and moving poems from poets of all ages and backgrounds, including a few of her own. This event was held by Sno-Isle Libraries on May 2, 2013, at the Rosehill Community Center to show appreciation for the dedicated Friends of the Library groups.

Find out more about Friends of the Library here: www.sno-isle.org/explore/friends

President’s Volunteer Awards Presented to Library Volunteers

Originally published May. 6, 2013

Two Community Discussions on Gun Violence for Sno-Isle Libraries

Originally published May. 3, 2013

Trustee Wins 2013 Award from State Library Assoc.

Originally published May. 1, 2013

Susan Kostick Joins Library Board of Trustees

Originally published Apr. 23, 2013

Booklist: Newbery Medal Winners

Originally published Apr. 22, 2013

E. L. Konigsburg 1930-2013

Originally published Apr. 22, 2013

Sno-Isle's Teen Services Coordinator Wins National YALSA Award

Originally published Apr. 16, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries is proud to announce that Dawn Rutherford, teen services coordinator, has been recognized by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) with the "Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults” award.

Dawn’s innovative tech coaching program equipped tech-savvy teens to coach tech-shy adults with their electronic devices.

“We are excited to have our Tech Coaching program recognized as it embodies so much of what we love about our teens: their passion for technology; their thirst for meaningful volunteer opportunities; and their willingness to be actively involved in their local community,” said Dawn. “By recognizing this program, YALSA is helping us further celebrate our teens.”

Congratulations, Dawn!

Read YALSA’s news release here.

Print Wirelessly at the Library

Originally published Mar. 21, 2013

Now you can print wirelessly from your own device such as a laptop or tablet, to a Sno-Isle printer. Wireless printing will be available in all our community libraries by the end of April. Find instructions here: www.sno-isle.org/?ID=6532.

3M Cloud Library Nook Winner Announced

Originally published Mar. 8, 2013

Congratulations to Cynthia Hennes from Lynnwood! Cynthia is our random drawing winner of a Nook, courtesy of the 3M Cloud Library. She's pictured here with managing librarian Michael Delury at the Lynnwood Library next to the 3M Discovery Station terminal.

To start reading eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library, visit www.sno-isle.org/explore/3m/.

Meet Chuck Pratt, New Managing Librarian at Stanwood

Originally published Feb. 5, 2013

Sno-Isle 1st Libraries in State With New e-Book System (The Herald)

Originally published Jan. 30, 2013

Now Available! The 3M Cloud Library

Originally published Jan. 24, 2013

Be one of the first in the Pacific Northwest to experience the 3M Cloud Library!

This new eBook lending service gives you access to free library eBooks across several devices with ease. Browse, borrow and read eBooks from your computer, mobile device or eReader.

You could win a Nook! By downloading an eBook from the 3M Cloud Library with your Sno-Isle Libraries card, you are automatically entered to win the grand prize Nook.

Junk Mail? Don’t Miss Your Holds!

Originally published Jan. 23, 2013

The “from” address for your email and text library notifications has changed. Don’t miss your holds or overdue notices! Be sure to add this new “from” address to your safe list so your notices don’t end up in the virtual trash. The new address is notifications@sno-isle.org. (The old address was notification@access-proxy.sno-isle.org.) This change occurred on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Workshops on eReaders and eBooks (The Herald)

Originally published Dec. 26, 2012

Mountlake Terrace Teen Wins Library Poster Contest (MLT News)

Originally published Dec. 13, 2012

Special Feature: Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

Originally published Dec. 5, 2012

Lake Stevens Library Celebrates 50 Years (Lake Stevens Journal)

Originally published Nov. 15, 2012

Hear Local Veterans' Real Stories of WWII

Originally published Nov. 4, 2012

Arlington Library fetes 50 years with Sno-Isle | SLIDESHOW (Arlington Times)

Originally published Oct. 18, 2012

Marysville Library fetes 50 years with Sno-Isle | SLIDESHOW (Marysville Globe)

Originally published Oct. 18, 2012

Oak Harbor Library Has Kept Patrons Well Read for 50 Years (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Oct. 18, 2012

Coupeville Library celebrates 50 years of community service (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Oct. 5, 2012

Watch Videos of Our “Issues That Matter” Panel Discussions on R-74

Originally published Oct. 4, 2012

Two Panel Discussions on Same-Sex Marriage Ref. 74 (Lake Stevens Journal)

Originally published Sep. 17, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries Mark 50 Years of Service (The Herald)

Originally published Sep. 6, 2012

Special Feature: Marvin Hamlisch, 1944-2012

Originally published Aug. 9, 2012

Special Feature: Sir John Keegan, 1934-2012

Originally published Aug. 6, 2012

Special Feature: Maeve Binchy, 1940-2012

Originally published Aug. 3, 2012

"Imagine" by Jonah Lehrer recalled, pulled from library

Originally published Aug. 2, 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has stopped publication of "Imagine: How Creativity Works" because the author, Jonah Lehrer, apparently intentionally misquoted Bob Dylan. Lehrer has also resigned from the New Yorker. According to the New York Times, "All of (the publisher's) retail and wholesale accounts ... would be asked to stop selling 'Imagine' and return unsold copies for a full refund." The title is no longer available on the publisher’s website.

When a publisher recalls a book because of misinformation, Sno-Isle Libraries' standard practice is to pull it from the library collection. Unfortunately, “Imagine” was a bestseller and had many holds on the book and audiobook. The online catalog has been revised to show why the item is no longer available. Requests can no longer be accepted for this title. Sno-Isle Libraries will notify customers with holds on this title that the holds have been cancelled.

Special Feature: Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Originally published Aug. 1, 2012

How Your Libraries Pick Their Books (The Herald)

Originally published Jun. 18, 2012

Most Popular Sno-Isle, Everett Library Books (The Herald)

Originally published Jun. 18, 2012

Amy Zuvela Joins Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published May. 21, 2012

Amy Zuvela has been elected as the newest member of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors.

An avid reader and Lake Stevens resident, Zuvela brings her youth and enthusiasm to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Zuvela has worked for Costco Wholesale in Everett for the past eight years in various positions. She graduated from Everett High School in 2004 and earned her Associate in Arts and Science degree from Everett Community College in 2005. The extensive list of community organizations Zuvela has volunteered with includes Leadership Snohomish County, Costco Volunteer Tutoring Program, Project Homeless Connect, and Freedom Fest Northwest.

“This has been the greatest opportunity in my life so far to do something tangible to channel my passion for great books and helping my community,” said Zuvela. “The fact that I can do these simultaneously … makes me believe I was meant to be a part of this incredible foundation and meant to grow with it.”

How to Use LinkedIn for Your Job Search

Originally published May. 1, 2012

After attending a panel interview workshop at the Marysville Library in March, an enthusiastic gentleman reported back with good news. “Thank you again for working with me on prepping for my Boeing interviews …. I received a job offer from my second interview with Boeing yesterday, four hours after the interview,” he said.

Success stories like this are the result of free workshops offered at Sno-Isle Libraries in partnership with WorkSource Snohomish County. Since the landscape of looking for work is not the same as it was just a few years ago, those who are unemployed or underemployed need to keep current on job search trends. Free classes at the library can help. Past workshops on targeted resumes and panel interviews were well attended by job seekers looking for that extra edge.

Next up are workshops in May and June on using social networking site LinkedIn to help with the job hunt. Participants will learn how to create, link in to, and optimize a professional network of trusted contacts. It’s not just what you know, but who you know that could lead to a dream job.

Upcoming “Networking into Your Next Job: How to Use LinkedIn for Your Job Search” workshops at Sno-Isle Libraries:
  • Monroe Library, Tuesday, May 1, 1 to 3 p.m., 360-794-7851
  • Arlington City Council Chambers, Monday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 360-435-3033
  • Marysville Library, Friday, May 11, 2 to 4 p.m., 360-658-5000
  • Lynnwood Library, Monday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m., 425-778-2148
  • Snohomish Library, Monday, May 21, 1 to 3 p.m., 360-568-2898
  • Mukilteo Library, Tuesday, May 29, 1 to 3 p.m., 425-493-8202
  • Mountlake Terrace Library, Tuesday, June 5, 1 to 3 p.m., 425-776-8722
Class sizes are limited so preregistration is required by calling the library or enrolling online at www.sno-isle.org/explore/worksource/. All workshops are free.

Learning Minds Remain Young at Oak Harbor (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Apr. 30, 2012

Take a Tour of Our New Home Page

Originally published Apr. 17, 2012

Thank You to Volunteers of Sno-Isle Libraries!

Originally published Apr. 17, 2012

The proud faces in this photo are a group of dedicated Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers. They received their President’s Volunteer Service Award at Sno-Isle Libraries’ volunteer recognition ceremony and celebration held on April 14, 2012, which kicked off National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21. A total of 49 volunteers qualified to earn the President’s Award based on their number of hours spent volunteering in 2011.

Sno-Isle Libraries currently has more than 700 active volunteers who perform work around the district cleaning books, creating displays, searching for missing materials, keeping shelves in order, restocking supplies, helping plan programs and events, and working on many more short- and long-term projects.

Thanks goes out to all of our devoted volunteers who help us serve our customers better. Your hard work and enthusiasm are very much appreciated.

50 Years Later, Sno-Isle Libraries 'Bet' a Success (The Herald)

Originally published Apr. 12, 2012

Bookmobile Saves Town of Index from Zombies! (video)

Originally published Apr. 11, 2012

In honor of National Bookmobile Day, April 11, 2012, the Library on Wheels department created a short video for the American Library Association's "Why We Love Our Bookmobile" video celebration.

The setting is Index, Wash., a town overrun by zombies. On our regular bookmobile visit to Index on March 22, Library on Wheels staff had the opportunity to share with library customers and zombies alike a sampling of the many zombie-related materials in Sno-Isle's collection, and WE CAUGHT THE WHOLE THING ON FILM.

Watch our video on the Library on Wheels page. And watch other library’s bookmobile videos on the ALA YouTube channel.

New Website Design, Same Library

Originally published Apr. 9, 2012

If you’re reading this on the Sno-Isle Libraries website, then you’ve already seen our new and improved website design, which launched on Monday, April 9. Since March 23 site visitors have had a chance to preview the new design via a link at the top of the old homepage and give their feedback about the updated site.

The contemporary look of the website is meant to reflect a warm, welcoming feeling that is consistent with Sno-Isle Libraries’ customer service and represents an inviting and relevant library experience.

The new design is fully functional with Polaris, the online catalog which launched last spring. You should find no differences in using the catalog.

To go back to the look of our old website, there is a link at the top of the new site that will be available until April 23. If you’d like to provide feedback on the new website, please use this form: http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=1210&eid=website

Meet Sno-Isle Library’s Strategic Partnership Manager

Originally published Apr. 3, 2012

Harry Potter Now Available on eBooks and eAudiobooks

Originally published Mar. 30, 2012

Potter-mania continues! The beloved magical series of Harry Potter books is now available for library checkout in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Start reading the series or re-read your favorites. Downloads are free through OverDrive.

Improvements Coming to Website

Originally published Mar. 23, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries will soon launch major improvements to the website's home page. These changes are designed to make it easier for customers to find what they're looking for on the site, and aid exploration of all the library has to offer.

The new design also highlights some valuable services and resources that surveys show currently have low awareness, including research databases and more. Increasing the awareness and use of such resources makes better use of taxpayer funds.

The updated design will be fully functional with Polaris, the online catalog, which launched last spring.

Site visitors will have a chance to preview the new design via a homepage link during late March or early April, and are invited to provide feedback about the updated site. The homepage will switch over to the new design in late April.

Watch www.sno-isle.org for notice.

Library Helps Make Citizenship Happen (The Herald)

Originally published Mar. 23, 2012

Librarians as Information Guides: Adults Learn Differently Than Kids

Originally published Mar. 16, 2012

"The instructor was clear and precise and very patient. I don't feel quite so intimidated," commented one adult after attending a class on downloading eBooks at Sno-Isle Libraries.

Feeling intimidated by learning something new is common among adults. Free classes at the library taught by specially trained librarians are designed to help ease those feelings.

Sno-Isle's groundbreaking project titled Librarians as Information Guides: Piloting Adults to Information and Services is funded by grants from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Because the learning process for adults is different than children, Sno-Isle selected nine librarians to attend customized training in adult teaching for this project. These highly skilled librarians offer classes and individual tutoring to encourage, persuade, and guide adults to information and services.

More than 200 adults have attended the popular eBook downloading classes since they began last fall. Other Librarians as Information Guides classes include topics such as genealogy, smart investing, navigating online health information, science, travel and more.

Camano Project Continues (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Mar. 12, 2012

Mukilteo Seeks Board Member (Mukilteo Beacon)

Originally published Mar. 12, 2012

Coupeville Seeks Board Member

Originally published Mar. 2, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill one vacant position on the Coupeville Library Advisory Board. The position is for a five year term, beginning in April 2012.

We are recruiting for board members willing to become intentional and focused advocates for their community library. New Board members will become community ambassadors to further raise the profile of our libraries and the crucial services they provide. A full orientation and training will be provided for each new board member.

To be qualified, an individual must live within the Coupeville School District. For more information and an application, please visit the Coupeville Library or call Leslie Franzen at 360-678-4911. Applications are due by March 24, 2012.

Whidbey Reads Together (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Mar. 2, 2012

Whidbey Reads isn’t just about reading a book. The five Whidbey Island Sno-Isle Libraries are bringing a book to life through discussions, events and activities meant to bring the community together in March and April ... [read more]

Camano Island Library Project Continues

Originally published Feb. 29, 2012

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees voted, during regular session on Monday, February 27, to continue operation of the Camano Island Library Project, accepting a $5,000 per year pledge of community support from the Camano Island Library Friends. The action extends library services for the pilot project until a bond measure is brought forward to voters or for a period of three years, whichever comes first.

Members of the Camano Island Library Friends came before the Board of Trustees on January 23, 2012, to request a continuation of the Camano Island Library project until a funding measure for a permanent library can be placed on the ballot. The Friends also committed $5,000 per year, as a pledge of community support for the library, until that time.

“It is gratifying to see the community’s enthusiasm and commitment for the library on Camano Island,” said Jacquelyn DeFazio, Chair of the Sno-Island Libraries Board, speaking to those assembled. “The Board of Trustees thanks you for matching your desire for continued library service with demonstrated support to keep that service on the Island until voters have an opportunity to make it permanent.”

“Camano Island residents are clearly enjoying their library,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Sno-Isle Library Director referring to library statistics on activity at the Camano Island Library. “We’ve seen close to 300,000 items borrowed over the last two years. And that is remarkable given Camano Island has around 15,000 residents. So the Board’s decision ensures the library services they enjoy will continue until the time is right to place the question of a permanent library on the ballot.”

Librarian Makes Sure Teens Feel Comfortable (The Herald)

Originally published Feb. 27, 2012

Libraries shouldn't be limited to reading. They also can be a place for the community to gather regardless of age or nationality, said Rutherford, the Mountlake Terrace Library's teen services librarian. ... [read more]

New Officers Join Foundation (South Whidbey Record)

Originally published Feb. 27, 2012

Ken Kortlever of Langley has been elected as the new secretary for the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Kortlever was one of four new officers elected to the board of directors at the foundation’s January meeting. Rose Olson of Camano Island is the newly elected ... [read more]

A Profile of Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Executive Director (The Herald)

Originally published Feb. 24, 2012

Angelique Leone may not be a librarian. But this book-lover helps ensure local libraries are well stocked with page-turners as executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. And why, yes, she does have some book ... [read more]

Visit Your Library Via Community Transit Route Changes

Originally published Feb. 21, 2012

Sno-Isle Libraries Partners With WorkSource to Offer Job Workshops (Lake Stevens Journal)

Originally published Feb. 14, 2012

Steve Capili had an epiphany at the Lynnwood Library. He discovered he had been applying for jobs with an outdated-style resumé that application screeners won’t notice ... [read more]

New Officers Join the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published Feb. 9, 2012

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation elected four new officers to the Board of Directors at the January 2012 Board meeting.

Leading the Board will be Rose Olson of Camano Island as the newly elected president. She served the last two years as vice president, and treasurer previous to that. Caryl Thorp of Marysville is the new vice president. Caryl served the last two years as treasurer. Marisa Clayton of Edmonds is the new treasurer. She served the last two years as secretary. Ken Kortlever of Langley is the new secretary.

Immediate past president, Chris Loos of Edmonds, is now chair of major gifts and president of the past presidents council.

“I’m very excited to be moving forward with this dedicated group of Board members,” said Angelique Leone, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Each one brings their unique experience and insight and a commitment to enriching the library experience.”

See the full list of Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors.

Free Library Classes Teach a Wide Variety of Skills (HeraldNet)

Originally published Feb. 7, 2012

Want to know how to download e-books, make travel plans, fix your finances? Head to your local Sno-Isle Library for one of the Librarians as Information Guides free sessions. ... [read more]

Browse upcoming Librarians as Information Guides classes funded by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Mukilteo Teens’ Book Reviews Help Publishers (Mukilteo Beacon)

Originally published Feb. 6, 2012

Walk into the Mukilteo Library, and you’ll see a huge shelf of books behind the information desk. Except those books aren’t just for anyone to check out – they’re reserved for the library’s Teen Galley Group. These teens make up one of 16 groups ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries to Run Granite Falls Library (HeraldNet)

Originally published Jan. 6, 2012

The city's library is changing hands. The 1.52-acre property at 815 E. Galena St. is in the process of being transferred to Sno-Isle Libraries. A resolution authorizing the city to hand over ownership to Sno-Isle Libraries was approved in December by the Granite Falls City Council ... [read more]

New eReader or tablet? Get help at the library

Originally published Dec. 23, 2011

You can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eVideo and eMusic from the library, to your PC or personal device, including Kindles.

We have lots of free assistance available to help you make the most of your new device:
Most eReaders, tablets and mobile devices are compatible with Sno-Isle Libraries' free download service. Not only can you download thousands of different books for free, but on any given day we have between 4,000-5,000 titles that are immediately available for downloading - that means no waiting!

(Please note that all Sno-Isle Libraries will close at 3:00 p.m. on December 23 and will not re-open until Tuesday, December 27.)

Download Free Songs - For Keeps!

Originally published Dec. 22, 2011

Sno-Isle cardholders can now download three songs per week to a PC or personal device through Freegal. Freegal offers popular and obscure songs in more than 100 genres from Alternative to Zarzuela. These songs do not expire once you've downloaded them and are yours to keep! Find Freegal through the Downloads link under "Books, Movies, Music."

Oak Harbor Library Art Promotes Early Literacy (Whidbey News-Times)

Originally published Dec. 8, 2011

Colorful crows holding the letter “C” now fly across the entrance to the children’s section of the Oak Harbor Library, accompanied by gulls with a “G” and urchins with a “U” in an art installation meant to promote early literacy skills ... [read more]

Stanwood Library Spruces Up (Stanwood/Camano News)

Originally published Dec. 6, 2011

Librarian Jill Wubbenhorst got help from two members of the Stanwood Coin Club Saturday to paint the Stanwood Library’s meeting room. Funded by a grant from the Sno-Isle Library Foundation, the project is aimed toward helping the library meet its strategic plan of ... [read more]

Hate Crime Documentary Not In Our Town Screens at 10 Libraries

Originally published Nov. 23, 2011

What would you do if one of your neighbors was killed in a hate crime?

Sno-Isle Libraries will host screenings and public discussions of a new PBS documentary, “Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” at 10 community libraries. These screenings are part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ “Issues That Matter” series of programs that encourage important community dialogue.
  • Arlington Library, 12/6, 6:30 pm
  • Camano Island Library, 12/12, 9 am
  • Granite Falls Library, 11/28, 6 pm
  • Lake Stevens Community Center, 12/15, 6 pm
  • Langley Library, 12/29, 6:30 pm
  • Lynnwood Library, 12/15, 3 pm
  • Mountlake Terrace Library, 12/13, 6:30 pm
  • Mukilteo Library, 12/12, 6:30 pm
  • Snohomish Library, 12/12, 6:30 pm
  • Stanwood Library, 12/15, 1:30 pm
“Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness” tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, the film provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence.

The hour-long documentary, narrated by Academy Award® nominee Alfre Woodard, will be followed by a discussion about what local residents can do to stop hate in their community. Communities across the country use the film to initiate dialogue about intolerance and anti-immigrant violence.

For specific screening information, visit http://www.sno-isle.org/explore/issues-that-matter-niot/. The screenings and discussions are funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Self-Service Fax Machines Added to Seven More Libraries

Originally published Oct. 11, 2011

One of the questions Sno-Isle Libraries is frequently asked is, “Do you have a fax machine I can use?” While some may think faxes are becoming obsolete, this is not the case at the library.

The self-service fax pilot project at the Lynnwood and Granite Falls libraries, which began in November 2010, has proven to be a success. Customers are regularly using the service with very little staff assistance. Based on the positive feedback from both pilot sites and three other libraries that installed fax machines this year (Darrington, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor), Sno-Isle Libraries has now added public fax machines at seven more libraries (Freeland, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish, Sultan).

To send (not receive) a fax, customers use a debit, credit or FaxCash card and follow simple instructions. Costs are similar to other self-service fax services at businesses — $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 per additional page. There is no cost to Sno-Isle for this service; the fax machine vendor supplies the equipment. Local Friends of the Library groups make the FaxCash card available for purchase in the libraries.

Providing self-service fax machines to the community supports Sno-Isle’s strategic plan to give customers access to user-friendly electronic devices and services that are responsive to the diverse needs of individuals.

Public fax machines are available at the following 12 libraries: Darrington, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish, and Sultan.

Resume Workshops Help Crack the Job-Hunting Code

Originally published Oct. 5, 2011

Steve Capili's “a-ha” moment arrived while sitting in a résumé writing workshop at Sno-Isle Libraries' Lynnwood branch. After spending more than 20 years in the mortgage industry, the Bothell resident was aiming to branch out. Little did he know ... [read more]

Find a Targeted Resume workshop

Kindle Owners Can Now Get Free eBooks

Originally published Sep. 23, 2011

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the number of eBook downloads from Sno-Isle Libraries skyrocketed by 80%. No, Justin Bieber didn’t put out a new autobiography. But something nearly as popular is now available through the Sno-Isle Libraries website: free eBooks for the Kindle.

Sno-Isle Libraries has announced that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Customers can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more.

Sno-Isle Libraries’ eBook and audiobook download service has been steadily gaining in popularity since its launch in 2005. But prior to this week, the downloads were only available for use on a PC or Mac computer and mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader – but not the Kindle.

“Kindle owners have been waiting for this for a long time,” says librarian Jim McCluskey, who places orders for the library’s media collections. “It will be interesting to watch the growth in circulation as our customers find out that we have Kindle books.”

Kindle users can browse Sno-Isle Libraries’ collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. To download the free eBooks for your Kindle, visit the library’s website at www.sno-isle.org, go to Books, Movies & Music, then click on Downloads.

Sno-Isle Libraries partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools, to offer this service.

Oak Harbor Library Recognized for Environmental Awareness

Originally published Sep. 19, 2011

The Oak Harbor Library is proud to have earned the Whidbey Green Seal from the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition.

The congratulatory letter from the Coalition states, “You are among the first of Whidbey Island [organizations] to take concrete steps toward greening your operations and stewarding a culture of environmental awareness and social responsibility in your community. … You have made an ongoing pledge to strive to create a healthy environment for your customers, clients, employees, and community.”

The Oak Harbor Library was recognized for taking a leadership role in Whidbey Island’s sustainable efforts by making smart choices to conserve resources, minimize unnecessary driving, reduce waste and toxic pollution, invest in the community, and make purchases closer to home.

As a result, Mary Campbell has been invited to participate in a televised panel in November to speak about the transportation section of the application, which is where the Oak Harbor Library scored the highest. The panel is part of the Green Living Seminar series on the local government access TV channel.

Sno-Isle Library Offers Tips on Baking, Gardening and Art

Originally published Sep. 19, 2011

Never underestimate what a little dough can do in the right hands. Master Bakers Gerry Betz and Larry Lowary of Tree-Top Baking will share tips and techniques on preparing sweet dough breads as part of a set of cooking classes offered by Sno-Isle Libraries in the ... [read more]

Children's Singers Headline Local Literacy Tour

Originally published Sep. 13, 2011

The fans were rapt, on the edge of their seats. As each new number began, some old, some new, they sang along. How could they not? But they were waiting for the big hit — and when it came, finally, it was like a dam broke. Squeals broke out in the crowd, they jumped up on their feet dancing, twirling, shouting along with “Dinosaurs in a Car.” Even some of the parents. Nationally known children’s musician Nancy Stewart ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries Partners with WorkSource to Offer Nine Free Creating a Targeted Resume Workshops

Originally published Sep. 12, 2011

One of the regular customers at Sno-Isle Libraries divulged exciting news to a Sno-Isle staff member — she had not one, but two job offers! What led up to such a wonderful dilemma? This diligent job seeker became a familiar face at the library since she came in most mornings to use the library’s computers to search and apply for jobs. She also turned to WorkSource for ... [read more]

Langley Library Re-opens After Renovations

Originally published Sep. 7, 2011

Come visit the newly refurbished Langley Library! After a two-week closure for renovations, the Langley Library resumes regular open hours.

Book a Librarian for a Personalized Face-to-Face Session

Originally published Aug. 26, 2011

Need help downloading an e-book? Not sure where to start on a research project? Want special coaching on basic computer skills? Sno-Isle librarians are eager to meet face-to-face with customers who ‘Book a Librarian’ for a free 30 to 60 minute session of personalized help finding information or using technology.

Last year when Nargis Love found she needed help with her job junt, she headed to the Monroe Library. Nargis explained, “I had no experience in applying for a job online. I received very courteous and professional help on … my job application to University of Washington.”

Nargis was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by a recruiter within 24 hours of submitting her application. After she was eventually hired, Nargis told Sno-Isle Libraries, “I love my new job and I couldn't have found it without your staff's help.”

In today’s world of computer-to-computer or phone-to-phone communication, a face-to-face session with a friendly library staff member can help those who require more than a few minutes of instruction. The ‘Book a Librarian’ sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A librarian will give undivided attention to customers who want in-depth assistance on topics such as starting an email account, browsing the library’s catalog, downloading e-books and audiobooks, searching the Internet, using electronic databases through the Sno-Isle website, or other computer basics.

In 2008, Sno-Isle Libraries began providing this free one-on-one instructional service at five community libraries, which then grew to 12 libraries. Due to the popularity and success of this program, ‘Book a Librarian’ is now available at all 21 Sno-Isle community libraries.

Sno-Isle librarians are trained information professionals. If a staff member with expertise in a customer’s area of interest is not available at their preferred community library, Sno-Isle Libraries will find a staff member at another Sno-Isle branch to step in and help out.

To ‘Book a Librarian,’ contact your Sno-Isle community library to schedule an appointment. Library staff will determine how much time is needed for the session.

Weekly Herald: More People Checking Out South County Libraries

Originally published Aug. 24, 2011

From the smallest to the largest, Sno-Isle Libraries bring literature, art, imagination and respite to South County. And boy, are they popular with residents. Overall the demand at Sno-Isle branches has increased almost 97 percent ... [read more]

South Whidbey Record: Sno-Isle Libraries' Summer Reading Program Packs ’Em In

Originally published Aug. 2, 2011

JoAnn Buff of Sno-Isle Libraries looked around the meeting room at the Freeland Library. She was impressed. It was time for the Pacific Science Center program “Sand-Tastic,” and more than 50 kids and 25 adults were packed into the library for a summertime reading program where kids could ... [read more]

Snohomish Co. Business Journal: Sno-Isle Offers Free Help for Small-Business Owners

Originally published Jul. 28, 2011

Small business owners in Snohomish and Island counties now have free access to online databases, reference books, directories and other business resources through the Sno-Isle Libraries database. There also is a series of online videos illustrating how ... [read more]

South Whidbey Record: Langley Council Approves Annexation Contract

Originally published Jun. 27, 2011

The Langley City Council unanimously approved an agreement that finalized the city's annexation into the Sno-Isle Library District at the council's ... [read more]

Self-Service Fax Machines Available at Five Libraries (Lynnwood, Granite Falls, Darrington, Mukilteo and Oak Harbor libraries)

Originally published Jun. 24, 2011

One of the questions Sno-Isle Libraries is frequently asked is, “Do you have a fax machine I can use?” While some may think faxes are becoming obsolete, this is not the case at the library. The self-service fax pilot project at the Lynnwood and Granite Falls libraries, which began in November 2010, has proven to be a success. Customers are regularly using the service with very little staff assistance. Based on the positive feedback from both pilot sites, Sno-Isle Libraries has added public fax machines at Darrington, Mukilteo and Oak Harbor libraries.

To send (not receive) a fax, customers use a debit, credit or FaxCash card and follow simple instructions. Costs are similar to other self-service fax services at businesses — $1.50 for the first page and $1.00 per additional page. There is no cost to Sno-Isle for this service; the fax machine vendor supplies the equipment. Local Friends of the Library groups make the FaxCash card available for purchase in the libraries.

Providing self-service fax machines to the community supports Sno-Isle’s strategic plan to give customers access to user-friendly electronic devices and services that are responsive to the diverse needs of individuals.

Sno-Isle Libraries Hires Communications Director

Originally published Jun. 22, 2011

After a nationwide search, Sno-Isle Libraries is pleased to have found the new communications director right in their own backyard of Snohomish County. Kenneth Harvey began as Sno-Isle’s communications director on June 6. Harvey was most recently the marketing and communications director for Community Transit in Everett, Wash. His extensive experience includes communications and marketing in public, private and non-profit organizations, including Sound Transit and Tacoma Public Library.

As the communications director, Harvey will oversee Sno-Isle Libraries’ internal and external communications, marketing and graphics, and relationships with community partners such as Friends of the Library groups, volunteers, and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. He will also lead continuing work on Sno-Isle’s 2008 – 2013 Strategic Plan.

“I can hardly describe my excitement about being part of Sno-Isle Libraries and returning to the world of public libraries,” Harvey remarked. “I’m thrilled to join this innovative organization as it works to provide relevant services to the residents and businesses within our region.”

Harvey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-TV Management with a Business Marketing minor from Eastern Washington University. He is a nationally respected public speaker, trainer and coach.

Tap Your Toes at the Mill Creek Library

Originally published Jun. 20, 2011

If you're having a bad day, watch this charming video and you'll perk right up! It's the 2nd place winner in the Seattle Vintage Jazz Dance's Music Video Contest, shot on location at the Mill Creek Library.

Community Leader Appointed to Sno-Isle Libraries Board

Originally published Jun. 8, 2011

A new trustee has been appointed to the board for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Snohomish resident Martin Munguia is the public information officer for Community Transit. Munguia graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications. He is on the board of directors for Leadership Snohomish County and his local PTA, is active in his community as a coach with the Snohomish Youth Soccer Association and has served as a program coordinator for Central Primary School’s Watch DOGS program.

“Libraries are a cornerstone of the community,” says Munguia. “I am excited about the direction Sno-Isle Libraries is going with technology and its commitment to serving an increasingly diverse population.”

Munguia has committed to a seven-year term on the library board. Sno-Isle Libraries is directed by a seven-member board of trustees. Trustees are volunteers who are appointed by and represent Snohomish and Island counties.

Patricia Brunjes Joins Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board

Originally published May. 31, 2011

Patricia Brunjes, from Clinton, Wash., has been elected to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board of Directors.

Brunjes retired as the superintendent of the Glenwood School District in 2000. Her extensive career as a high school and college educator in the Northwest includes positions as speech and English teacher, librarian, and assistant principal. Brunjes remains active in her community as co-chair of the Whidbey Island Writers Association, past president and current member of the Friends of the Clinton Library, member of Sno-Isle’s Whidbey Reads committee and several other community groups.

“At a time when we are losing libraries and library services, I see it as imperative that we keep these treasures alive. Libraries are community cores, assisting people, not only to read books, … but to keep abreast of changes in culture,” remarked Brunjes.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation welcomes Brunjes; her years of experience in education, libraries, and leadership make her a valuable addition to the Board.

New Open Hours at Nine Sno-Isle Libraries Effective June 5

Originally published May. 9, 2011

To better meet the needs of library customers, Sno-Isle Libraries will change hours of operation starting June 5, 2011, at nine community libraries: Camano Island, Edmonds, Freeland, Langley, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Oak Harbor, Snohomish, and Stanwood libraries.

The changes in open hours are based on public feedback and recent patterns of library use. As part of Sno-Isle Libraries‘ 2008 – 2013 Strategic Plan, the new hours were developed with the goal of improving service to our communities and their diverse needs. This is not a reduction in hours; changes range from opening or closing earlier or later and day-of-week schedule changes.

For a schedule of the new hours, visit Locations & Hours.

Weekly Herald: Library 'eResources' Help in These Rapidly Changing Times (by Mill Creek's Managing Librarian)

Originally published May. 5, 2011

“How did the music I liked in high school get to be the playlist for the oldies station?” I asked myself as I listened to Al Stewart's song “Time Passages”: “The years run too short and the days too fast/The things you lean on are the things ... [read more]

Sno-Isle Libraries Hires Deputy Director

Originally published Apr. 27, 2011

After an extensive national recruitment process, Sno-Isle Libraries is pleased to welcome Kendra Trachta as their new Deputy Director. Trachta brings 20 years of library experience, most recently as the Assistant Director of Public Services for San Antonio Public Library. Prior to that, she was the Library Director for the Institute of Texan Cultures and a librarian at the Spokane Public Library.

Trachta’s first day on the job was Monday, April 25. “I’m happy to be here at Sno-Isle Libraries, where libraries are such an integral part of the different communities,” she said. “I believe in the power of public libraries to change lives.”

As Deputy Director, Trachta is responsible for directing operations of Sno-Isle’s 21 community libraries and bookmobile services, and will lead continuing work to implement the organization’s 2008 – 2013 Strategic Plan.

Trachta earned her Masters of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She moved to Washington with her husband and two daughters.

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