Sno-Isle Libraries News Releases http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases Sno-Isle Libraries serves 713,835 residents in Washington's Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:55:40 GMT Sno-Isle Libraries on levy night http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=392 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>We anticipate sending you a media release of 300-400 words tonight after library levy results are available.</p> <p>Jim</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050 desk<br /> 425-876-0927 cell</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=392 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker breaks the million-view mark http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=390 <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Dear media representative,</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">More than a million views online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Another cat video? Nope.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Bill Bernat brought his funny, helpful and healing message about dealing with depression to the 2017 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries stage and was </span><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">big</span><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"> hit with the audience. After Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; website posting, Bernat&rsquo;s views grew, but things really took off when the parent organization, TED, posted Bernat&rsquo;s talk. At this writing, he&rsquo;s at 1,108,029 on <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/bill_bernat_how_to_connect_with_depressed_friends?utm_campaign=tedspread&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=tedcomshare">TED&rsquo;s site</a> with another 101,553 on <a href="https://youtu.be/B43f89Y9f-A">Sno-Isle Libraries YouTube channel</a>. Don&rsquo;t blink, the counters are constantly clicking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Here&rsquo;s our post about Bernat, his talk and the expanding success of his message:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/tedxsnoislelibraries-propels-mental-health-advocate-onto-world-ted-stage/">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/tedxsnoislelibraries-propels-mental-health-advocate-onto-world-ted-stage/</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Thanks for considering sharing this story with your readers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417</span><br /> <span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=390 test http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=391 <p>test</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=391 Trudy Sundberg Lectures May 4-5 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=389 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>This is the third year of the Trudy Sundberg Lectures, named in honor of the beloved Whidbey Island educator who passed way in 2013. For 2018, supporters and sponsors are bringing Jill Tietjen to speak about&nbsp;her book,&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/166783121">&ldquo;Her Story, a Timeline of the Women Who Changed America.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>Here is a link to our post:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/her-story-is-our-story-america-has-more-than-just-founding-fathers/">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/her-story-is-our-story-america-has-more-than-just-founding-fathers/</a></p> <p>In addition, here is a shorter event announcement if that better fits your needs:</p> <p><em>The 2018&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-islefoundation.org/sundberg">Trudy Sundberg Lectures&nbsp;</a>will feature Jill Tietjen, co-author of the award-winning book,&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/166783121?active_tab=bib_info">Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America.</a><br /> <br /> Tietjen will give two free public presentations:</em></p> <ul> <li><em>7 p.m. May 4 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts,&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/iDyPg7nCDrj">565 Camano Ave., Langley</a>;</em></li> <li><em>7 p.m. May 5 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge,&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/FdPCdzw8iHK2">155 NE Ernst St.</a></em></li> </ul> <p><em>Tietjen is an electrical engineer and now focuses on women&#39;s advocacy. She blogs for the Huffington </em><em>Post,</em><em> speaks nationally of the accomplishments of women, nominates women for awards and has written eight books.</em></p> <p>Thanks for all you do in keeping our communities informed.</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=389 Sno-Isle Libraries practices prudent stewardship http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=388 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p><a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20180409084825.pdf">Attached&nbsp;</a>and below is a bylined op-ed from Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees President Marti Anamosa related to the upcoming library levy measure on the April 24 ballot.</p> <p>Thank you for any consideration you may give this in sharing with your readers.</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p><em>473 words</em></p> <p><em>By Marti Anamosa<br /> President, Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees</em></p> <p><em>I am fortunate to serve with six other individuals from Island and Snohomish counties on a board responsible for the oversight of a critical community resource: our public libraries.</em></p> <p><em>The objective of the Sno-Isle Libraries board of trustees is to ensure the sound fiscal condition of Sno-Isle Libraries so it will be able to continue delivering excellent library services to nearly 750,000 residents of our two counties into the future.</em></p> <p><em>In my opinion, that objective is being met. &nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries is recognized as a leader among public library systems in the United States for the professionalism of its staff, the quality of its service, its openness to innovation and its fiscal responsibility.</em></p> <p><em>With 98 percent of the library-district budget coming from a property-tax levy, it is essential that Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; policies reflect a keen sense of public accountability.</em></p> <p><em>So what are those policies? &nbsp;While they are available for review online at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/policies">www.sno-isle.org/policies</a>, the board of trustees takes a fundamentally conservative approach to budgeting. &nbsp;A key element is to make sure the library district has adequate financial reserves.</em></p> <p><em>For example, the library district self-insures its employee health care to lower benefits costs. &nbsp;Our self-insurance reserve smooths out the volatility of our health-care costs. &nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries has also established reserve funds for expenses such as an equipment reserve, buildings maintenance </em><em>and</em><em> replacement reserve, and a 60-90 day emergency fund.</em></p> <p><em>With a levy measure on the April 24 ballot, the Sno-Isle Libraries levy-rate stabilization reserve is of particular interest.</em></p> <p><em>It has been nine years since the library district went to voters with a levy request, primarily due to prudent budgeting and establishment of the levy-rate stabilization reserve. &nbsp;When voters said &ldquo;yes&rdquo; in 2009, the library district did not go on a spending spree. &nbsp;Instead, some of the money was used to maintain services, and some went into savings in the form of the levy-rate stabilization reserve.</em></p> <p><em>State law limits how much library district property-tax revenue can increase each year, regardless of how fast property values rise.&nbsp; Because of this limit, Sno-Isle Libraries operating costs generally rise faster than the state limit on revenue. &nbsp;So even with a successful levy election in 2009, it was only a matter of time before the levy-rate stabilization reserve would be needed to maintain services.</em></p> <p><em>The plan is working. The levy-rate stabilization reserve has been used for the past several years to support property-tax revenue and maintain services. &nbsp;After those several years, though, Sno-Isle Libraries has all but depleted the levy rate stabilization fund, which is why as trustees, we unanimously approved putting the 2018 levy measure on the ballot.</em></p> <p><em>If our voters again say &ldquo;yes,&rdquo; the library district will again make good on its commitment to residents to maintain library services and put off coming back to voters for as long as possible through prudent, accountable stewardship of public funds.</em></p> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=388 Forum to focus on teen suicide, depression http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=387 <p><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif">Dear media representative,</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif">Teen suicide and depression continues to be a significant problem. Sno-Isle Libraries - in conjunction with Verdant Health Commission, Cocoon House, the Crisis Clinic and local educators - will present a panel and audience discussion,&nbsp;<span style="font-size:11pt">&ldquo;Teen Depression and Suicide,&rdquo; 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 at <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/edmonds/">Edmonds Library</a>, 605 Main St., Edmonds.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif">Here&#39;s a link to our recently posted story about the&nbsp;effort that is&nbsp;available for your use:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/forum-will-focus-on-teen-depression-suicide/" style="font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/forum-will-focus-on-teen-depression-suicide/</a></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif">Thanks for your work in keeping our communities informed and please let me know if I can be of any help.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif">Jim&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif">Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</span></p> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=387 Sno-Isle Libraries tech series looking for presenters http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=386 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is looking for presenters for the&nbsp;Tech Pros: Let Technology Transform Your World series.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our post on the series and the presenter requirements is linked here:<a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/sno-isle-libraries-tech-series-looking-for-presenters/">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/sno-isle-libraries-tech-series-looking-for-presenters/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks for any help you can provide in getting the&nbsp;word out to your readers, communities and individuals who may be interested in participating in this series.</p> <p>Jim</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries public information manager<br /> 7312 35<span style="font-size:12px">th</span>&nbsp;Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(178, 94, 10); text-decoration-line: none;">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=386 AARP tax volunteers at Sno-Isle Libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=383 <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Dear media representative,</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program are helping hundreds of people at&nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries sites.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Available for your use, here&#39;s a link to our recently posted story about the&nbsp;effort at&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">the Lynnwood Library.</span></p> <p><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/aarp-tax-aide-volunteers-at-libraries-translate-irs-speak/"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/aarp-tax-aide-volunteers-at-libraries-translate-irs-speak/</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Thanks for your work in keeping our communities informed and please let me know if I can be of any help/</span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Jim&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=383 test http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=384 <p>test</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=384 Third-grader reading challenge on stage at ECA March 28 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=385 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>The &nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries Third Grade Reading Challenge Final teams will take the stage at Edmonds Center for the Arts starting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. Teams from 50 elementary schools started&nbsp;this journey and the top seven will vie for the 2018&nbsp;title.</p> <p>Here&#39;s our recent&nbsp;post&nbsp;with&nbsp;full lists of all schools, semi-finalists and finalists:</p> <p><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/teams-ready-for-third-grade-reading-challenge-finals/">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/teams-ready-for-third-grade-reading-challenge-finals/</a></p> <p>Note: We will be covering the finals and posting information and photos as soon as possible.</p> <p>Thanks for all the work you do keeping our communities informed and please let me know if I can help.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jim</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries public information manager<br /> 7312 35<span style="font-size:12px">th</span>&nbsp;Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(178, 94, 10); text-decoration-line: none;">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=385 Mental health summit set for March 24 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=382 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>The &nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries 2018&nbsp;Issues That Matter&nbsp;series has been a tremendous&nbsp;success. To wrap up the series we&#39;re&nbsp;hosting a summit&nbsp; on March 24&nbsp;at the Edmonds Community College&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/F8awYL3gvaw" target="_blank">Black Box Theatre</a>.</p> <p>Our post on the event is linked here: <a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/lets-act-summit/">https://blog.sno-isle.org/news/lets-act-summit</a>&nbsp;and copy from that post is below.</p> <p>Thanks for all the work you do keeping our communities informed and please let me know if I can help.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jim</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries public information manager<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">---------------------------------</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will present&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.libnet.info/event/654575">&ldquo;Mental Health: Let&rsquo;s Act!&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;on Saturday, March 24.</p> <p>The free event will be from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Edmonds Community College&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/F8awYL3gvaw" target="_blank">Black Box Theatre</a>, 20310 68th Ave W, Lynnwood. The panel presentation and discussion is open to all, said Sonia Gustafson, who leads the library district&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Issues That Matter</em>&nbsp;team.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had an amazing response to our series of &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s Talk&rsquo; forums hosted by community libraries on various mental health topics, which started last fall,&rdquo; Gustafson said. &ldquo;Clearly there is concern about the impacts of mental health problems and the need for community resources. People will leave this event with some solid ideas about how to make ourselves, our families and our communities healthier.&rdquo;</p> <p>Panelists on March 24 will be Anji Jorstad, behavioral health supervisor, Snohomish County; Micki Smith, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) statewide parent educator on advocacy and mental health basics; and David Hall, NAMI board member and deputy city attorney for Everett.</p> <p>The moderator will be Tom Sebastian, Compass Health president and chief executive officer.</p> <p>After &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Act!&rdquo; there will be one more &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Talk&rdquo; event on&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.libnet.info/event/615922">Teen Depression and Suicide.</a>&nbsp; It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at Edmonds Library.</p> <p>Previous forums dealt with such topics as troubled teens, dementia, brain injuries and self-care. Audio and video of those events are archived at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter.</a>&nbsp;The page also includes lists of library and community resources.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo;&nbsp;<em>Issues That Matter</em>&nbsp;forums are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. Funding is provided by the&nbsp;<a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=382 Lake Stevens Library bond misses 60-percent mark http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=381 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20180214051535.jpg" style="height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>The current Lake Stevens Library on Main Street.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>It looks like the Lake Stevens community won&rsquo;t be getting a new library.</p> <p>&ldquo;In 2017 and again this year, most voters said the community needs a new library, but the library bond measure didn&rsquo;t meet the required threshold for passing,&rdquo; said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director.</p> <p>Election results show 50.81 percent of voters approving a bond measure to build a new library. The measure needs at least 60 percent approval and a minimum voter turnout of 2,792 ballots cast. As of Feb. 14, 7,013 ballots had been counted. Election results are scheduled to be certified Feb. 23.</p> <p>&ldquo;Although disappointed with the results of this election, we want to thank the community for its continued use of their library,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We are committed to continue providing library services to the Lake Stevens community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Assuming the ballot-count trend continues, the bond measure would fail and the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) taxing district approved by voters in 2017 would be dissolved. State law allows only two tries at a bond measure once an LCFA is approved. A similar bond measure was on the 2017 ballot. That measure also received a majority of support from voters at 66 percent approval, but not enough ballots were returned to validate the election.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to thank all who have been so committed to the community&rsquo;s vision for a new library,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We will closely review the results of this election before deciding on next steps.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ballot measure called for up to $17 million in bond sales to finance a new 20,000 square foot library. The new facility would have been on property previously purchased by the library district near 99<sup>th</sup> Avenue NE and Market Place in the Chapel Hill area. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The current Lake Stevens Library building on Main Street is owned by the City of Lake Stevens. It is on property the city envisions for redevelopment as part of the <a href="http://lakestevensdowntown.com/">Downtown Subarea Plan. </a>&nbsp;The Chapel Hill property purchased by the library district for the new library is adjacent to property owned by the city. City and library officials are collaborating on a joint-use plan. The properties are part of the city&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.lakestevenswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/814">Lake Stevens Center Subarea Plan</a>.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries public information manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=381 Early returns show Lake Stevens levy behind http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=380 <p>The Lake Stevens community may not be getting a new library.</p> <p>&ldquo;The current ballot count does not look promising, however, we are going to await the final count before commenting further,&rdquo; said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director.</p> <p>Early results show 50.87&nbsp;percent of voters approving a bond measure to build a new library. The measure needs at least 60 percent approval and a minimum voter turnout of 2,792 ballots cast. As of Feb. 12, 5,904 ballots had been returned. Election results are scheduled to be certified Feb. 23.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to thank all who have been so committed to the community&rsquo;s vision for a new library,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Regardless of the outcome of the election, we are committed to continue providing library services to the Lake Stevens community.&rdquo;</p> <p>If bond measure fails, the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) taxing district approved by voters in 2017 would be dissolved. State law allows only two tries at a bond measure once an LCFA is approved. A similar bond measure was on the 2017 ballot. That measure received 66 percent approval, but not enough ballots were returned to validate the election.</p> <p>If the measure does fail, Woolf-Ivory said, &ldquo;We will closely review the results of this election before deciding on next steps.&rdquo;</p> <p>If the bond measure passes, the next steps would include hiring an architect, forming a building committee and starting the design and pre-construction phases. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to provide input during the process.</p> <p>&ldquo;Construction should begin by mid-2019 and we&rsquo;d hope to open the doors of the new library by fall 2020,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;In the meantime, we would continue providing library services to the Lake Stevens community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ballot measure calls for up to $17 million in bond sales to finance a new 20,000 square foot library. The new facility would on property previously purchased by the library district near 99<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Avenue NE and Market Place. Project costs include the property, engineering, construction, furnishings, equipment and materials (books, DVDs, etc.).</p> <p>Passage of the bond measure would enable a property-tax levy of 21.1 cents for each $1,000 of assessed value. Once the bonds are paid off over 20 years, the bond levy would no longer be assessed.</p> <p>The current Lake Stevens Library building is owned by the City of Lake Stevens. It is on property the city envisions for redevelopment as part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://lakestevensdowntown.com/">Downtown Subarea Plan.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;The new library would be owned by the library district and is adjacent to property owned by the city. City and library officials are collaborating on a joint-use plan for the properties. The properties are part of the city&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.lakestevenswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/814">Lake Stevens Center Subarea Plan</a>.</p> <p>Information about the new Lake Stevens Library project is at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens">sno-isle.org/lake-stevens</a>.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries public information manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=380 Orientation set for potential contractors to Sno-Isle Libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=379 <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting an orientation for companies that may want to provide facilities-related services to the library district.</p> <p>The event is scheduled for 9-11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23 at the Sno-Isle Libraries Administrative Service Center, 7312 35th Ave. NE, Marysville, WA, 98271.</p> <p><img alt="Sno-Isle Libraries logo" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20180212120645.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; width:350px" />Sno-Isle Libraries provides library services to more than 740,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to help prospective bidders in our communities understand how to do business with Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; said Brian Rush, facilities manager. &ldquo;We value our relationship with vendors and strive to be excellent stewards of the public funds entrusted to us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries follows Washington State Bid Law and Prevailing Wage Guidelines. Information about becoming a state-approved vendor or contractor will be available and library-district staff members will offer assistance that day to help attendees start the process.&nbsp;</p> <p>Topics to be discussed include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>General overview of facilities</li> <li>MRSC approved contractor list</li> <li>Prevailing wage requirements</li> <li>Intents and affidavits</li> <li>Work rules and safety&nbsp;</li> <li>Procurement and invoicing&nbsp;</li> <li>State bid law and requirements</li> <li>Library district 10 year facilities plan</li> <li>Projects &ndash; expense and capital</li> <li>Sno-Isle Libraries website</li> <li>Q&amp;A session</li> </ul> <p>Advance notification of attendance is requested at brush@sno-isle.org, but not required.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Brian Rush, Sno-Isle Libraries facilities manager, 360-651-7093, brush@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries public information manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=379 BookFlix puts stars in the ears of young readers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=377 <p>When Meryl Streep speaks, people listen, and she has the Academy Awards to prove it.</p> <p>Now, Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing Streep&rsquo;s voice and those of other well-known actors and singers to a new audience: preschoolers and beginning readers.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/kids/digital/"><img alt="BookFlix logo" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20180130121713.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:226px; margin:5px; width:250px" />BookFlix</a>&nbsp;is an online storytelling service available to the nearly half-million&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/getacard">Sno-Isle Libraries cardholders</a>. The service is part of the library district&rsquo;s strategic priority to increase kindergarten readiness in language and literacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to getting children ready to read&nbsp;and ready for kindergarten,&rdquo; said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for the library district.&nbsp; &ldquo;We look for literacy programs that support the five research-verified best-practices of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.&rdquo;</p> <p>BookFlix, from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scholastic.com/digital/">Scholastic Digital</a>, pairs visual presentations of classic children&rsquo;s tales with factual, non-fiction ebooks about the same subject. The goal is to build a love of reading and learning.</p> <p>&ldquo;The data show that 87 percent of BookFLIX readers report an increase in reading motivation,&rdquo; Feldman said. &ldquo;We know that creating a genuine interest in books lays the groundwork for later reading success.&rdquo;</p> <p>BookFLIX combines great stories with great storytellers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Have you ever wondered what makes a successful read-aloud?&rdquo; Feldman said. &ldquo;Research shows that the most important quality is the storyteller.&rdquo; While a parent&rsquo;s voice is the gold standard, BookFlix narrators include actors such as Streep, Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow&nbsp;and&nbsp;singers including Randy Travis and Cyndi Lauper.</p> <p>&ldquo;The&nbsp;<a href="http://ilabs.washington.edu/">University of Washington i-Labs</a>&nbsp;tells us that for young children to learn, the content needs to be meaningful to them,&rdquo; Feldman said. &ldquo;Bringing high-quality nonfiction and fiction together creates stronger and more successful learning opportunities for young readers as they prepare for kindergarten and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to BookFlix, Sno-Isle Libraries offers other online resources for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/kids/digital/">young readers</a>, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://sno-isle.lib.overdrive.com/kids">Overdrive</a>&nbsp;&ndash; Audiobooks, eBooks&nbsp;and&nbsp;videos&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://access-proxy.sno-isle.org/login?url=https://www.rbdigital.com/snoislewa/service/magazines/landing?q=%2Fchildren%2F&amp;p_num=1">RBdigital</a>&nbsp;- Magazines</li> <li><a href="https://www.hoopladigital.com/collections/771">Hoopla</a>&nbsp;- Streaming videos</li> <li><a href="http://sno-isle.beanstack.org/">Beanstack</a>&nbsp;- Books, activities&nbsp;and&nbsp;apps</li> <li><a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/freegal/">Freegal</a>&nbsp;- Music</li> <li><a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/kids/listen-to-stories/">Storytime</a>&nbsp;- Stories read by Sno-Isle Libraries staff</li> <li><a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/youtube/">YouTube</a>&nbsp;- Sno-Isle Libraries videos</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jim Hills, public information manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator, 360 -651-7105, <a href="mailto:jfeldman@sno-isle.org">jfeldman@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=377 Issues That Matter mental health forums continue in February http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=378 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20180130020000.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:394px; margin:5px; width:500px" />It&rsquo;s clear that the Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">Issues That Matter</a>&nbsp;events for 2017-18 are striking chords.</p> <p>The theme, &ldquo;Mental Health: Let&rsquo;s Talk,&rdquo; encompasses a breadth of subjects, from dealing with dementia to addiction to traumatic brain injury and more. Since this past November, the community events are drawing large and engaged audiences. The recent &ldquo;Care for Alzheimer&#39;s Caregivers&rdquo; program brought an overflow crowd to the Lynnwood Library.</p> <p>The series continues in February with these five forums:<br /> <br /> <strong>Mental Health Resources in Island County</strong><br /> 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/coupeville/">Coupeville Library</a>. Panelists: Charlene Ray, Island County Mental Health; Chris Garden, Coupeville Marshal &amp; North Sound Behavioral Health advisory board member; Rob May, EMS, Whidbey Health;&nbsp; Judy Heinemann, Compass Health. Host: Jackie Henderson, Director of Island County Human Services</p> <p><strong>Addiction/Substance Abuse</strong><br /> 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/rHW3Gyv1zHQ2" target="_blank">Mariner High School Little Theater</a>, hosted by the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/mariner/">Mariner Library.</a><br /> Panelists: Natalie Fryar, Director of Clinical Operations, Evergreen Recovery Centers; Sgt. Ian Huri, Snohomish County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, Office of Neighborhoods; Robert Smiley, The Hand Up Project, Founder. Moderator: Judy Hoff from The Hoff Foundation<br /> <br /> <strong>Caring for Someone During a Mental Health Emergency</strong><br /> 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/eqhK93UgSa62" target="_blank">Whidbey Island Center for the Arts</a>, Langley, hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/clinton/">Clinton</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/freeland/">Freeland</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/langley/">Langley&nbsp;</a>libraries. Sarri Gilman, author of &quot;Transform Your Boundaries,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/12684/12684_20180122094600.pdf" target="_blank">25 Mental Health Tips to Support Your Wellbeing</a>&nbsp;and a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries&nbsp;<a href="https://youtu.be/rtsHUeKnkC8">speaker</a>&nbsp;will be joined by Dr. Howard Aposhyan, Charlene Ray, LICSW, and others who will share ways to understand mental health challenges and how to find help and support.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Veterans and Mental Health</strong><br /> 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/MQh2A4QkKgn" target="_blank">Mill Creek City Council Chambers</a>, hosted by the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/">Mill Creek Library</a>. Panelists: Chuck Wright, veteran and traumatic stress specialist; Laurie Akers, a therapist specializing in helping transitioning veterans; Sam Powers, veteran and director of Student Veteran life at the University of Washington. Moderator: Andrew Ballard, educator and marketing executive.<br /> <br /> <strong>Helping Friends or Family with Mental Health Issues</strong><br /> 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/granitefalls/">Granite Falls Library</a>. &nbsp;Panelists: Stacey Alles, Chief Operating Officer, Compass Health; Susan Gregory, Crisis Services Assistant Program Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington; Shira Hasson-Schiff, Director of Prevention services, Cocoon House; Peggy Ray, Program Manager, Arlington/Granite Falls/Lake Stevens Community Resource Centers &ndash; Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Moderator: Dennis Smith, retired school psychologist and counselor, Granite Falls Community Coalition board member</p> <p>All five events will be live-streamed to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SnoIsleLibraries">Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook page</a>&nbsp;where videos from previous events in the series are also available. More information about the series along with resource lists are on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">Sno-Isle Libraries website</a>.</p> <p>Issues That Matter&nbsp;programs are intended to encourage&nbsp;community conversations on high-profile topics. These events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the&nbsp;<a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.&nbsp;</a></p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=378 Naol Debele joins Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=376 <p>&nbsp;</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:140px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20180123042704.jpg" style="float:left; height:180px; width:140px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Naol</em><em>&nbsp;Debele</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Naol&nbsp;Debele&nbsp;is the newest member of the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.</p> <p>Debele&nbsp;is a student at Edmonds Community College (EdCC) where he serves as a student trustee on the college Board of Trustees. He works as a teacher&rsquo;s assistant for mathematics in the college&rsquo;s Learning Support Center, is a member of the college Strategic Council committee, volunteers with the college foundation and participated on the winning team in the college Ethics Challenge.</p> <p>Debele&nbsp;expects to graduate from EdCC in 2018 with an Associate in Arts transfer degree. He has participated in several physics-related projects at the University of Washington and intends to transfer to a university and study physics.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very pleased to have&nbsp;Naol&nbsp;join the library district&rsquo;s Board of Trustees,&rdquo; Board Vice President Martin Munguia said at the board&rsquo;s Jan. 22, 2018 regular meeting. &ldquo;His life experience and perspective will be valuable additions to board discussions and decision making.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prior to attending EdCC,&nbsp;Debele&nbsp;attended the Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Miss. Before that, he attended the Andinet International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe I will bring a different perspective to the board,&rdquo;&nbsp;Debele&nbsp;said in his application. &ldquo;I have been using Sno-Isle Libraries for the past two years and understand what great impact it has had on me and my education.&rdquo;</p> <p>Debele&nbsp;said that his parents were both national politicians in Ethiopia.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; mission aligns with my beliefs and values in which I was raised and advocate for; to ensure equality, equity and affordable education in our community,&rdquo;&nbsp;Debele&nbsp;said. &ldquo;I am dedicated and passionate to be on the board that oversees the organization.&rdquo;</p> <p>Debele&nbsp;was appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners to finish the term of Sue Cohn, who resigned in 2017. The term ends on Dec. 31, 2019, and&nbsp;Debele&nbsp;would then be eligible for reappointment to a full seven-year term.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is directed by a seven-member&nbsp;Board of Trustees. Trustees are volunteers who may submit applications&nbsp;and are then appointed when positions are available by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners to represent residents throughout the library district.</p> <p>Debele&nbsp;joins board members Marti Anamosa, President; Martin Munguia, Vice President; Susan Kostick, Secretary; and members Kelli Smith, Rico Tessandore&nbsp;and&nbsp;Rose Olson. The executive director is Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=376 Lake Steven Rotarians hear about library bond measure http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=375 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:350px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20180112032843.jpg" style="float:left; height:396px; width:350px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sonia Gustafson,&nbsp;</em><em>managing</em><em>&nbsp;librarian at the Lake Stevens Library, speaks to the Lake Stevens Rotary on Friday, Jan. 12.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Whether it is a water project in Africa or funding scholarships for high-schoolers, Lake Stevens Rotarians are all about service to others.</p> <p>At their Jan. 12 breakfast meeting, members heard about another effort that, if approved by voters, is intended serve the community. Lake Stevens Library managing librarian Sonia Gustafson presented information about a bond measure on the upcoming Feb. 13 ballot that would build&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens/">a new, larger library</a>&nbsp;to serve the growing Lake Stevens area.</p> <p>&ldquo;Since I&rsquo;ve been at the library, customers regularly ask, &lsquo;Why isn&rsquo;t it bigger,&rsquo;&rdquo; Gustafson told the group gathered at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center. The current library is about 2,500 square feet, she said. A new library would be eight times larger, about 20,000 square&nbsp;feet,&nbsp;if the bond measure is approved.</p> <p>Along with more space, a new library would include more books and other materials, more computers &hellip; &ldquo;Really, more of everything,&rdquo; Gustafson said.&nbsp; And, the proposed library would have one thing the current library doesn&rsquo;t have, she said, &ldquo;If the ballot measure is approved, the new library would have a meeting room available to the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The proposed library would be built on the corner of 99th Avenue NE and Market Place. Sno-Isle Libraries purchased land in 2016, next to property already owned by the City of Lake Stevens. Gustafson said the location prompts another common question: &ldquo;Why not stay at the current spot?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The existing building is owned by the city and they have other plans for that area,&rdquo; she said. The city&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://lakestevensdowntown.com/">downtown subarea plan</a>&nbsp;calls for an expanded North Cove Park, including the area where the current library sits. Some other city-owned buildings at the location have already been removed.</p> <p>Another question that comes up, Gustafson told the Rotarians, is, &ldquo;Didn&rsquo;t we already vote on this?&rdquo;</p> <p>A year ago, there were two items on the ballot. The first measure established the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area, passing with 69 percent approval. The second measure was a bond to build the new library. While it received a 66 percent approval, the required turnout fell short by 749 voters and didn&rsquo;t pass.</p> <p>The Feb. 13 ballot includes only one measure, the bond that would build a new library if approved, she said. For more information, two in-person open-house events are scheduled and there is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/open-house/lake-stevens">an online version</a>. The open-house events are:</p> <p><strong>Saturday, Jan. 20</strong><br /> 10-11:30 a.m.<br /> Community Center<br /> 1808 Main St.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, Jan. 24</strong><br /> 6-7:30 p.m.<br /> Fire District Station 82<br /> 9811 Chapel Hill Road</p> <h3>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h3> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h3>For more information</h3> <ul> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Sonia Gustafson, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian, 425-334-1900, sgustafson@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=375 Sno-Isle Libraries opens Lakewood/Smokey Point Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=374 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20180109034632.jpg" style="float:left; height:334px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Cutting the ribbon was a community effort at the Jan. 6 grand opening for the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library.&nbsp; <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskr6nBz6">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>According to the plan, residents in the growing Lakewood-Smokey Point area have been underserved when comes to library services.</p> <p>According to the residents turning out for the Jan. 6 grand opening of the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library, the plan was right.</p> <p>But, no longer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Your day is here, and your library is open,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said in her remarks to the crowd.&nbsp;</p> <p>The library district&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan</a> calls for establishing a demonstration library to serve the area. This is the third time Sno-Isle Libraries has used the demonstration library idea. The approach includes leasing space, allowing both area residents and library officials to better understand community needs before considering a more permanent location. The Camano Library started as a demonstration library and the Mariner Library opened in 2017 as a demonstration project.</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory said the new library is an acknowledgment of community and economic development occurring in Lakewood-Smokey Point. &ldquo;This new library is an example of the excitement and growth sweeping through this area,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert echoed those sentiments.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have always believed the Stillaguamish Valley was the best place in the world to live. It is rapidly becoming one of the best places to visit, to shop, to eat, to receive medical attention, and to learn,&rdquo; Tolbert said. &ldquo;This new library is another vital element in our area&rsquo;s success.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think, judging by the size of the crowd, that it really validates the need we knew was here.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lakewood School Superintendent Michael Mack said he is excited that students will now have a community library. &ldquo;We have so desperately wanted and needed one of these,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Marti Anamosa said the new Lakewood/Smokey Point Library was a top priority in the capital facilities plan.</p> <p>&ldquo;Several years ago we started looking at population growth to look at where we might need to build new libraries and the Smokey Point and Lakewood area jumped out at us,&quot; Anamosa said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We realized a critical mass was forming here and there were a lot of people who needed better access to a library.&rdquo;</p> <p>Significant financial support for the library came from the community through the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.</p> <p>Foundation Executive Director Paul Pitkin said the Stillaguamish Tribe and The Mark and Vickie Fund at the Nysether Family Foundation each contributed&nbsp; $25,000 to help with library expenses. The donations went&nbsp;to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, which&nbsp;then directed the funds to needs at the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re so grateful for this support,&rdquo; Pitkin said. &ldquo;The tribe and&nbsp;Mark and Vickie were very generous.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation funds programs at libraries across Snohomish and Island counties. &ldquo;The foundation provides a way for people to help their community libraries through private donations and enable excellence beyond what is possible through public funds alone,&rdquo; Pitkin said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Other agencies joining the grand opening event with information for attendees included:</p> <ul> <li>Lakewood School District</li> <li>City of Arlington</li> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Snohomish County Auditor voter registration</li> <li>Providence Institute for a Healthier Community&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The new library is the <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/">23<sup>rd</sup> in the library district</a>. It includes free wi-fi, laptops for checkout and coffee-shop-like laptop bar, a children&rsquo;s&rsquo; area, a teen area with study carrels, other desks, a variety of upholstered seating and a community meeting room. Customers will have the same access to the entire 1.2 million-item collection and services that are available at any of the community libraries. The address&nbsp;3411 169th Place NE, Suites ABC, Arlington,&nbsp;near Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe&#39;s.</p> <p>Branch manager Jocelyn Redel said storytimes and other programming will start soon start. The library&rsquo;s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. More information is available at <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/lakewood-smokeypoint">sno-isle.org/lakewood-smokeypoint.</a></p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 23 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=374 New Lakewood/Smokey Point Library to open Jan. 6 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=373 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171226025935.JPG" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Lakewood/Smokey Point Library Manager Jocelyn Redel takes a moment before the shelves were&nbsp;filled. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2AwPXb">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The new year will see a new library serving the Lakewood-Smokey point area.</p> <p>The grand opening of the new facility named the Lakewood/Smokey Point Library is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Jan. 6.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Opening a new library is a big project and staff members across Sno-Isle Libraries have been working hard to get the library ready,&rdquo; said Jocelyn Redel, recently named as library manager.</p> <p>The library district leased space at <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/3411+169th+St,+Arlington,+WA+98223/@48.1503964,-122.1845761,3a,75y,138.05h,83.58t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1spaeulUNuZAyeEbd1-v3RjA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x5485504c20e44807:0xfbb2d8b0d3a20f14!8m2!3d48.150172!4d-122.1845244">3411 169th Place NE</a>, just off Smokey Point Boulevard, close to the Lowe&rsquo;s and Tractor Supply stores and near I-5 and Highway 531. Following Saturday&rsquo;s opening ceremony, the library will be open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. There also will be special grand-opening hours on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library&rsquo;s normal schedule will be:</p> <ul> <li>Tuesday: 11 a.m. -&nbsp;7 p.m.</li> <li>Wednesday: 10 a.m. -&nbsp;6 p.m.</li> <li>Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.</li> <li>Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.</li> <li>Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>As&nbsp;the 23<sup>rd</sup> and newest in the Sno-Isle Libraries system, library customers will be able to access all the same materials and services that are available in the district collection of&nbsp;more&nbsp;than 1.2 million items. As with all Sno-Isle Libraries facilities, the library will offer free wi-fi.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said the new library has been in the planning stages for a number of years. &ldquo;We said in the <a href="http://sno-isle.org/facplan">2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan</a> that the growing Lakewood-Smokey Point community deserves better library services,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Now, we&rsquo;re following through on that recommendation.&rdquo;</p> <p>The grand opening ceremonies are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Among those scheduled to offer welcome comments at the event are Woolf-Ivory, Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Marti Anamosa, Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert, Lakewood School District Superintendent Michael Mack and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Director Paul Pitkin. Along with a&nbsp;ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be live music by an ensemble from Lakewood High School.</p> <p>Other agencies joining the event with information for attendees include:</p> <ul> <li>Lakewood School District</li> <li>City of Arlington</li> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Snohomish County Auditor voter registration</li> <li>LiveHealthy 2020</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=373 Trustees vote to put levy on April 24 ballot http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=372 <p><a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/levy"><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171212083131.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; width:500px" /></a>Sno-Isle Libraries will ask voters to maintain funding with a ballot measure in April,&nbsp;2018.</p> <p>&ldquo;Going to the voters is not a decision we take lightly,&rdquo; Board of Trustees President Marti Anamosa said before a unanimous vote at the Dec. 11 regular meeting. &ldquo;Libraries are vital to our communities. Addressing the levy rate now enables the library to continue providing the resources that are so important to our communities and customers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The resolution passed by the trustees calls for asking the voters to consider restoring 9 cents to the library district&#39;s regular operating levy. The 2018 levy rate is expected to be 38 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. If voters approve the ballot measure scheduled for April 24, 2018, the levy rate would go to 47 cents in 2019.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries receives 98 percent of its funding from a property-tax levy across most of Snohomish and all of Island counties.</p> <p>&ldquo;The predictability of property-tax revenue helps in budgeting, but unfortunately costs often rise more rapidly than revenue,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. The library district&rsquo;s strategy, she said, is to do what most people do; budget carefully and put some away in savings.</p> <p>&ldquo;We last went to the voters in 2009,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Those were tough times and we promised that if our communities said &lsquo;yes,&rsquo; we wouldn&rsquo;t come back for at least five years and we&rsquo;ve stretched that five years to nine. We made good on our promise by using what was necessary to maintain services and reserved the rest until needed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory said the need to draw from reserves began three years ago and was used again to balance the 2018 budget. &ldquo;By the 2019 budget, there won&rsquo;t be enough in regular funding and the levy stabilization reserve to maintain current services.&rdquo;</p> <p>Board President Anamosa said the combination of the library district&rsquo;s history of &ldquo;careful, thoughtful and practical&rdquo; budgeting with recent community survey results made the decision to go to voters a reasonable choice.</p> <p>&ldquo;The results from&nbsp;phone, email and online surveys, as well as three open-house events, indicate to me that the community wants an opportunity to vote,&rdquo; Anamosa said.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation President Terry Lippincott thanked the trustees for bringing the levy question to the voters.</p> <p>&quot;The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation partners with Sno-Isle Libraries to bring strong programming to community libraries,&quot; Lippincott said. &quot;We&#39;re excited to be part of the community support that includes corporate partners, friends-of-the-library organizations and a huge group of dedicated library volunteers.&quot;</p> <p>Voter approval of a library operations levy means library services would continue at current levels. If voters do not approve the ballot measure in April, the next step would be budget cuts for 2019 and service reductions.</p> <p>&ldquo;We project that the 2019 budget would need to be cut by $2 million,&rdquo; said Woolf-Ivory, adding that additional reductions would be needed in 2020 and subsequent years.</p> <p>&ldquo;If cuts are necessary, the only way you get to $2 million is examining reductions in personnel and materials costs,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Such budget reductions would mean:</p> <ul> <li>Fewer open hours, fewer library services and&nbsp;fewer librarians would be hired as current staff members depart.</li> <li>Fewer new titles, a smaller collection and longer customer wait times for print and digital books, movies and music.</li> </ul> <p>Without additional revenue, budget reductions in 2019 would be followed by additional cuts in 2020 and beyond, reducing the library district&#39;s ability to meet requests and expectations of communities and customers each year.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries operates 22 community libraries, bookmobile, outreach and online services available to more than 743,000 people across Snohomish and Island counties. More than 476,000 library cardholders use a variety of services annually. Children and families attended 7,280 library programs, drawing 221,000 attendees in 2016.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=372 County Council puts new Lake Stevens Library on ballot http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=371 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171204021640.jpg" style="float:left; height:199px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171204021506.jpg" style="float:left; height:239px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>If voters approve a Feb. 13, 2018, bond measure, the current Lake Stevens Library (top) would be replaced with a new, larger building on property near the corner of&nbsp; 99th Avenue NE and Market Place (below).</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Voters will get a chance to decide on a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens">new library</a>&nbsp;for the Lake Stevens area.</p> <p>The final step to putting a library bond measure on the Feb. 13, 2018, ballot was passed unanimously Dec. 4 by the Snohomish County Council.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Lake Stevens community has told us for years that a new, larger library is needed,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The actions and support of the Friends of the Lake Stevens Library, the Lake Stevens Library Board, the City of Lake Stevens, the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and now the county council bring that opportunity to the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>County Council member Sam Low, previously a member of the Lake Stevens City Council, said he supports going to the voters. &ldquo;The citizens of Lake Stevens have told me they want to have a voice with regard to a library in our city,&rdquo; Low said.&nbsp; &ldquo;This vote will allow that voice.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Lake Stevens City Council on Oct. 24 unanimously passed a resolution supporting putting the bond measure on the Feb. 13 ballot. This past summer, both the Lake Stevens Library Board and the Friends of the Lake Stevens Library sent letters to the city council calling for a larger library for the community.</p> <p>The bond measure on the ballot will be for up to $17 million to build and furnish a new 20,000 square foot library. The location of the new building would be near 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in an area known as Chapel Hill.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan</a>&nbsp;identified the need in the Lake Stevens community as a priority,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Community members were clear that they felt the current library is too small for this rapidly growing area.&rdquo;</p> <p>The current library is about 2,500 square feet. It is in a city-owned building in an area&nbsp;<a href="http://lakestevensdowntown.com/">identified by the city</a>&nbsp;for redevelopment. The location of the proposed new library is included in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.lakestevenswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/814">a subarea plan</a>&nbsp;by the City of Lake Stevens. The new building would be owned and maintained by Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>The proposed site was purchased by the library district in 2016 and is adjacent to property owned by the City of Lake Stevens. Woolf-Ivory, Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer and others from the city and library district have been in discussions on how to collaboratively best use the parcels.</p> <p>This is the second time the library bond measure will go to voters. On the Feb. 14, 2017 ballot, the bond measure received a 66-percent &ldquo;Yes&rdquo; vote. While the approval rate was above the required 60 percent, voter turnout missed the needed threshold.</p> <p>Also on the 2017 ballot was a measure establishing the Lake Steven Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA). That measure passed with a 69 percent &ldquo;Yes&rdquo; vote and didn&rsquo;t have a voter-turnout requirement.</p> <p>The proposed bond would be for 20-years and repaid by a property-tax levy assessed within the LCFA boundaries, which mirror those of the Lake Stevens School District. The projected levy rate would be 21.1 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a $350,000 home would pay $73.85. When the bonds are paid off in 20 years, the levy would go away.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=371 Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees adopts budget for 2018 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=370 <p><img alt="" src="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171128015320.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:350px" />The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171128015552.pdf">2018 budget</a>&nbsp;for Sno-Isle Libraries is in place following unanimous action by the Board of Trustees at the Nov. 27 regular meeting.</p> <p>&ldquo;This budget focuses on the 2017-19 strategic priorities for the library district,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said in presenting the budget during the meeting at the district&rsquo;s Service Center in Marysville. &ldquo;The budget also continues to integrate elements of our 10-year capital facilities plan.&rdquo;</p> <p>On the revenue side, the budget is based on just more than $57 million in total revenue. Property-tax revenue accounts for 96.7 percent of the revenue. Property-tax revenue comes from a levy on properties in unincorporated Snohomish and Island counties as well as cities that have annexed to the library district.</p> <p>The estimated levy rate for 2018 will decrease to 38 cents for each $1,000 of assessed property value, well under the 50-cent cap allowed by law. The decline is due to a combination of the law limiting levy increases to not more than 1 percent a year and rising property values.</p> <p>To maintain current levels of service, the 2018 budget includes a transfer from reserves totaling $4.8 million.</p> <p>&ldquo;Using reserves in this manner was always part of the library district&rsquo;s long-term budget planning,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Voters approved a levy-rate increase in 2009. For the six years starting in 2010, funds were placed into the levy rate stabilization reserve account. Starting in 2016, we began using those savings to maintain service levels.&rdquo;</p> <p>On the expense side of the budget, the two biggest items are related to people and materials. Salaries and benefits account for 68 percent of the expenditures for 2018. New materials for the library district collection &ndash; books, music, movies, digital resources and more &ndash; add up to 13.4 percent of the operating budget.</p> <p>Among the other expenditures include professional and contract services at 4 percent of the budget and software and licensing fees at 2 percent.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=370 Books are this Pearl's oyster http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=369 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171106105536.jpg" style="height:360px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Nancy Pearl</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Nancy Pearl is a librarian, book reviewer,&nbsp;teacher&nbsp;and author.</p> <p>This Wednesday, Nov. 8,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nancypearl.com/">Pearl</a>&nbsp;will wear two of those hats when she takes the stage at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) not once, but twice in events hosted by the Friends of the Langley Library.</p> <p>At 11 a.m., Pearl the reviewer will share her list of favorite books of the year. Pearl and her reviews and lists are well-known from appearances on public radio and her books &ldquo;Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason,&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/246550121_more_book_lust">&ldquo;More Book Lust,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/244977121_book_lust_to_go">&ldquo;Book Lust to Go&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/137483121_book_crush">&ldquo;Book Crush,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;which included recommendations for children and teens.</p> <p>This is Pearl&rsquo;s 20th anniversary of her first book talks at WICA. In honor of the occasion, Pearl will include favorite lists and recommendations from years past.</p> <p>At 7:30 p.m., Pearl will be back on the WICA stage to talk about her own and very first novel,&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1590588121_george_amp_lizzie">&ldquo;George &amp; Lizzie.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;This benefit book reading and signing will include anecdotes about her own journey into fiction. Now on the receiving end of reviews, Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; reaction by&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/939481107_snoislelib_katc/1054171967">KatC</a>&nbsp;includes, &ldquo;This book surprised me and will stick with me. This story will appeal to anyone who is interested in human behavior, &hellip;. George &amp; Lizzie ticked off all the boxes for me.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="https://tickets.wicaonline.org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1280.html">Tickets are required</a>&nbsp;with proceeds to benefit the Friends of Langley Library and WICA.</p> <p>The Whidbey Island Center for the&nbsp;Arts,&nbsp;is at 565 Camano Ave, Langley.&nbsp;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=369 Community conversation in Arlington focuses on dementia http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=368 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171030084937.jpg" style="float:left; height:146px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in"><span style="color:rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">The Sno-Isle Libraries librarians have created resource lists related to various aspects of mental health that will be the focus of Issues That Matter events:</span></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1069998787_issues_that_matter_lets_talk_mental_health"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Let&#39;s Talk Mental Health</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1063561897_issues_that_matter_aging"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Age-related Mental Health</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1067345337_issues_that_matter_caregiving_and_self-care"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Caregiving and Self-care</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1067325537_issues_that_matter_depression_and_suicide"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Depression and Suicide</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1067364377_issues_that_matter_substance_abuse"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Substance Abuse</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1067360157_issues_that_matter_trauma"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Trauma</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/935708307_snoislelib_lisac/1067351237_issues_that_matter_youth_mental_health"><span style="color:rgb(183, 97, 11); font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:10.5pt">Issues That Matter: Youth Mental Health</span></a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Whether it is a mental illness or another health risk of aging, dementia can have devastating effects on those who have it and their families.</p> <p>As part of Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; ongoing&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">Issues That Matter</a>&nbsp;series, the Arlington Library is hosting &ldquo;Families and Dementia,&rdquo; 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.</p> <p>This community conversation will include a panel discussion with Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert as moderator.</p> <p>&ldquo;More families are trying to cope with the issues that arise when a loved one has dementia,&rdquo; Tolbert said. &ldquo;The library&rsquo;s Issues That Matter series is a good way for the community to talk, listen and learn more.&rdquo;</p> <p>Panelists will include Marilyn Enright, outreach social worker with the&nbsp;<a href="http://stillycenter.org/">Stillaguamish Senior Center</a>; Ruth Egger, of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sssc.org/index">Homage Senior Services</a>; Aime Fink, supervisor for the&nbsp;<a href="https://snohomishcountywa.gov/Directory.aspx?did=166">Long Term Care and Aging Administration</a>&nbsp;for Snohomish County; and Hazel Borden, Snohomish outreach coordinator for the Washington chapter of the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.alz.org/alzwa/index.asp">Alzheimer&rsquo;s Association</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;This information is of interest to a broad spectrum of people,&rdquo; Borden said. &ldquo;When I give a presentation, whether it is &lsquo;Healthy Living for the Brain&rsquo; or the 10 warning signs of dementia, people are interested in learning more.&rdquo;</p> <p>Borden said the Alzheimer&rsquo;s Association&rsquo;s helpline at 1-800-272-3900 is a good place to start. &ldquo;We also offer in-home care consultations at no-charge,&rdquo; Borden said.</p> <p>The Arlington event is the first in the 2017-18 Issues That Matter series focusing on aspects of mental health. Issues That Matter programs are intended to encourage conversations on topics of community interest. Building civic engagement to address community issues is a priority for Sno-Isle Libraries. Issues Tha Matter events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the&nbsp;<a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</a>.</p> <p>The current schedule of Issues That Matter events includes:</p> <p><strong>Families and Dementia</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/arlington/">Arlington Library,&nbsp;</a>6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, at&nbsp;<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/Cws6oshTy8T2">Stillaguamish Senior Center, Arlington</a><br /> Panelists: Marilyn Enright, Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, Homage, Hazel Borden, Alzheimers Associaton; Aime Fink, Snohomish County. Moderator: Mayor Barbara Tolbert.<br /> <br /> <strong>Aging and Mental Health</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/sultan/">Sultan Library</a>, 10 a.m. Nov. 20, at&nbsp;<a href="http://goo.gl/maps/zDRzY4QvANJ2" target="_blank">Sky Valley Senior Center</a><br /> Confirmed panelist: Carol Teichgrab, Mental Health Outreach Specialist, Homage Senior Services<br /> <br /> <strong>Living with Traumatic Brain Injuries</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/snohomish/">Snohomish Library</a>, 2 p.m. Dec. 3<br /> Featuring representatives of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and Delta Rehabilitation Center<br /> <br /> <strong>Self-care as an Accepted Practice</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/mountlaketerrace/">Mountlake Terrace Library</a>, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6<br /> Experts and audience members will explore self-care for optimal health and its role in the ability to support others. Panelists: Sarri Gilman, family therapist and author of&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/970789121_transform_your_boundaries">Transform Your Boundaries</a>; Amber Saldivar, mental health counselor, and Saranne Moreschi,&nbsp;Family-to-Family&nbsp;instructor with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nami.org/" target="_blank">National Alliance on Mental Illness</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Trauma Timeline: Breaking down barriers&nbsp;for&nbsp;community healing</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/darrington/">Darrington Library</a>, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, 2018<br /> <br /> <strong>Alzheimer&#39;s Disease: Treatment options, mental health of caregivers</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/lynnwood/">Lynnwood Library</a>&nbsp;7 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018<br /> Participating organizations: Northshore Senior Center, Homage Senior Services, Alzheimer&#39;s Association of Washington State<br /> <br /> <strong>Youth and Mental Health</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/lakestevens/">Lake Stevens Library</a>, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018<br /> <br /> <strong>Veterans and Mental Health</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/monroe/">Monroe Library</a>, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018<br /> <br /> <strong>Youth Mental Health</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/oakharbor/">Oak Harbor Library</a>, January 2018</p> <p><strong>Addiction/Substance Abuse</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/mariner/">Mariner Library,</a>&nbsp;6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018, at&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/rHW3Gyv1zHQ2" target="_blank">Mariner High School Little Theater</a></p> <p><strong>Self-care for Caregivers and Supportive Friends and Family</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/brier/">Brier Library</a>, 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2018<br /> <br /> <strong>Mental Health Resources in Island County</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/coupeville/">Coupeville Library</a>,&nbsp;February,&nbsp;2018<br /> Panelists: Charlene Ray, Island County Mental Health; Larry Cox, Compass Health<br /> <br /> <strong>Caring for Someone During a Mental Health Emergency</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/clinton/">Clinton</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/freeland/">Freeland</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/langley/">Langley&nbsp;</a>libraries. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2018, at&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/eqhK93UgSa62" target="_blank">Whidbey Island Center for the Arts</a>, Langley.<br /> An evening with Sarri Gilman, author of&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/970789121_transform_your_boundaries">Transform Your Boundaries</a>&nbsp;and &quot;Naming and Taming Overwhelm&quot; and a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries&nbsp;<a href="https://youtu.be/rtsHUeKnkC8">speaker</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Veterans and Mental Health</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/">Mill Creek Library</a>, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018, at&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/MQh2A4QkKgn" target="_blank">&nbsp;Mill Creek City Council Chambers</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Helping Friends or Family with Mental Health Issues</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/granitefalls/">Granite Falls Library</a>, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27, 2018<br /> <br /> <strong>Teen Depression and Suicide</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/edmonds/">Edmonds Library</a>, time and date TBA</p> <p><strong>Parenting a Troubled Teen</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/camanoisland/">Camano Island Library</a>, time and date TBA</p> <p><strong>Self-Care for Friends,&nbsp;Family&nbsp;and Caregivers</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/locations/stanwood/">Stanwood Library</a>, time and date TBA</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Kathy Bullene, Arlington Library Managing Librarian, 360-435-3033, kbullene@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=368 New Lake Stevens Library moves closer to ballot http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=367 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170825090017.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and members of the Lake Stevens Library Board, Kevin Stone, Abe Martinez, Debbie Ames, Janice Stepp, Board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates and Andy Powers (from left) gathered Aug. 23 at the Chapel Hill-area property proposed for a new Lake Stevens Library. The get-together was the day after&nbsp;</em><em>Charvet Bates presented a unanimous letter of support for the proposed project from the library board to the Lake Stevens City Council. The Friends of the Lake Stevens Library group has also presented a similar letter of support to the city council.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A bond measure for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library is one step away from being on the ballot in February.</p> <p>Three related actions this week by the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees, the Lake Stevens City Council and members of the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) governing body are paving the way for voters to weigh in on a new library.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Lake Stevens community is growing and deserves a library that can deliver the services that community members want and need,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The support of the community, the city council and Mayor John Spencer along with the LCFA is gratifying.&rdquo;</p> <p>On Monday, Oct. 23, the library-district trustees voted unanimously to request putting a bond measure on the Feb. 13, 2018, ballot. The proposed bond of not more than $17 million would pay for&nbsp;building, furnishing and equipping a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens">new 20,000-square-foot library</a>&nbsp;on property at 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in Lake Stevens.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the city council members voted unanimously to approve a companion resolution to the one passed the library-district trustees.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased with our council&rsquo;s support for a new library,&rdquo; Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer said. &ldquo;Our city and the surrounding community is one of the fastest growing in the region. We&rsquo;ve been working with the library district to bring a facility that meets our needs and I look forward to continuing that collaboration.&rdquo;</p> <p>Today, Oct. 25, both the library district&rsquo;s and city&rsquo;s resolutions went to three-member LCFA governing body and again was unanimously approved. The LCFA members are Snohomish County Council members Sam Low, Nate&nbsp;Nehring&nbsp;and Brian Sullivan. The next and final step before appearing on the Feb. 13 ballot is&nbsp;consideration&nbsp;by the full county council, expected in early December.</p> <p>If voters approve a bond measure in February, it would be the second half of a process that started earlier this year.</p> <p>On Valentine&rsquo;s Day 2017, voters passed a measure that created the LCFA with 69 percent &ldquo;yes&rdquo; vote. On that same ballot, a bond proposal received 66 percent&nbsp;approval,&nbsp;but fell short of the required voter turnout.</p> <p>The Lake Stevens Library has long been recognized as too small to serve the existing community as well as the projected growth for the area. The Sno-Isle Libraries&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">10-year capital facilities plan</a>&nbsp;published in 2016 recommends replacing the current library with a new, larger facility.</p> <p>The current library building is owned by the City of Lake Stevens on property identified for redevelopment in the&nbsp;<a href="http://lakestevensdowntown.com/">Lake Stevens Downtown Subarea Plan</a>. Library services are provided by Sno-Isle Libraries. In 2008, city residents approved joining the library district. Funding from the 2008 vote helps cover Lake Stevens Library operating costs, but not a new facility.</p> <p>If the bond measure is approved in February, a new Lake Stevens Library would be owned by Sno-Isle Libraries. What a new library would look like would be determined later with opportunities for public input if funding is approved by voters.</p> <p>The property purchased in 2016 by the library district is adjacent to land that was already owned by the City of Lake Stevens. The city is considering moving some services from downtown to the new location. City and library officials have been in discussions on how to utilize both properties to achieve library and city goals.&nbsp;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=367 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries reservations open Sunday, Oct. 15 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=366 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171013033228.jpg" style="float:right; height:250px; margin:5px; width:500px" />Reservations for <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a> open at 7 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15.</p> <p>The event is scheduled for 1-5:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.</p> <p>&ldquo;Based on the past two years, we suspect that reservations for seats at Kamiak may fill pretty quickly,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, communications director for Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;Live-stream video from Kamiak will also be shown nine community libraries and other venues and reservations for those sites will also open Oct. 15.&rdquo;</p> <p>New this year is an opportunity to reserve a space at the dress rehearsal starting at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. Admission is free at all sites and both dates, but reservations are required and <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">must be made online. </a></p> <p>There are 11 speakers scheduled for the event, including:</p> <ul> <li>Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut</li> <li>Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach</li> <li>Mark Perez, Cascadia College student</li> <li>Richard Yonck, futurist and author</li> <li>Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog</li> <li>Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association</li> <li>Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health</li> <li>Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student</li> <li>Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;I believe the mix of subjects and viewpoints will make for an interesting afternoon,&rdquo; Harvey said.</p> <p>The live-stream viewing events sites include eight community libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish; and also at Gencare in Granite Falls.</p> <p>For those who can&rsquo;t attend one of the viewing sites, live-stream video will be available on the Sno-Isle Libraries website. This year, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet.</p> <p>During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and be able to post comments to others on Glisser and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.</p> <p>Also new this year is an opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak</p> <p>&ldquo;Previous attendees told us they wanted a chance to talk with the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the &ldquo;IdeaLab.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEAM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other&nbsp;organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>OverDrive</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>About TEDx, x = independently organized event</h4> <p>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)</p> <h4>About TED</h4> <p>TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world&#39;s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=366 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 finalizes lineup of speakers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=365 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171005045426.jpg" style="float:left; height:166px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171005045915.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"> <p><em>The final three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Dorothy Metcalf-</em><em>Lindenburger</em><em>, former astronaut; Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach; Mark Perez, Jackson High School student.</em></p> </div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171005045953.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>There will be plenty of ideas worth sharing at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The final three speakers have been announced, filling out the lineup of presentations scheduled for the event scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.</p> <p>The three speakers announced this week are:</p> <ul> <li>Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut</li> <li>Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach</li> <li>Mark Perez, Jackson High School student</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;I think people will find the mix of subjects and viewpoints shared by all the speakers to be worth their Saturday afternoon,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said. &ldquo;Three amazing high-school students, a former astronaut, high profile leaders from the community, a gardener, a kite flyer and more will be stepping onto the TEDx red circle to share some amazing stories.&rdquo;</p> <p>The full list includes:</p> <ul> <li>Richard Yonck, futurist and author</li> <li>Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog</li> <li>Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill, executive director of the American Kitefliers Association</li> <li>Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health</li> <li>Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student</li> <li>Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate</li> </ul> <p>There will be three ways to view and participate in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;The speakers will be on stage for the audience at Kamiak High School,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;There will also be 10 community sites across Snohomish and Island counties where attendees can gather and view the livestream video of the speakers from Kamiak.&rdquo;</p> <p>The community sites include nine libraries; Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish, and the GenCare living facility in Granite Falls.</p> <p>Reservations for seats at Kamiak and the community viewing sites must be made online starting Oct. 15. When registration opens, a link will be available at <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>. Admission is free.</p> <p>And the third way to view and participate is online.</p> <p>This year, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet. During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. Participants may also use Glisser to post comments to others on the Glisser event and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.</p> <p>Also new this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak</p> <p>&ldquo;In the first two years of this event, attendees wanting to interact with the speakers was one of the most frequent requests,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. &ldquo;This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the &ldquo;IdeaLab.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>OverDrive</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>About TEDx, x = independently organized event</h4> <p>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)</p> <h4>About TED</h4> <p>TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world&#39;s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=365 Survey looks at Sno-Isle Libraries funding and services http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=364 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171004045955.jpg" style="float:right" />Sno-Isle Libraries is asking for advice as officials look ahead to budgets starting in 2019</p> <p>An&nbsp;<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sil102017-mr">online survey</a>, open through Oct. 15, is looking for comments from customers, stakeholders and the general public about library services and funding for those services.</p> <p>About 98 percent of the&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/about/budget">district&rsquo;s funding</a>&nbsp;comes from a property-tax levy in Island and most of Snohomish counties. The survey asks respondents whether they like the idea of increasing the levy rate or cutting at least $2 million from the 2019 library-district budget. The library operations levy was most recently on a ballot in 2009.</p> <p>The intention is to share survey data with the Board of Trustees at their Oct. 23 meeting. A decision about putting the levy on a future ballot could come as soon as the trustees&rsquo; Dec. 11 meeting.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=364 Donor helps Prime Time program come to Oak Harbor Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=361 <p><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hvldB31CQuI?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Learning how to read opens possibilities.</p> <p>Learning why to read opens minds.</p> <p>On Oct. 3, a group of Oak Harbor children and their families will begin learning more about both how and why to read. Prime Time Family Reading program is a collaboration between Oak Harbor Library, Humanities Washington, Oak Harbor Public Schools and the generosity of one local donor.</p> <p>The program is a series of six weekly evening sessions at the Oak Harbor Library. Each session, a skilled storyteller reads a story. Then, with the help of a scholar, the group discusses the ethical and cultural themes in the book. &ldquo;Children&rsquo;s books aren&rsquo;t always child&rsquo;s play,&rdquo; according to the Humanities Washington website. &ldquo;They can inspire important philosophical discussions on topics such as fairness, greed, courage, and compassion.&rdquo;</p> <p>School district staff invited 25 students and their families to participate.</p> <p>&ldquo;We focused on second- and third-graders,&rdquo; said Kari Chwirka, of Oak Harbor Elementary School. &ldquo;The families were recommended by their teachers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Research has shown that reading ability at third grade is critical for success later in school and life, according to Jane Lopez-Santillana, a librarian at the Oak Harbor Library. Humanities Washington says the program can inspire active thought and conversation in families through reading, boost long-term academic achievement and build connections with libraries.</p> <p>This is the first time the statewide program has come to Oak Harbor.</p> <p>&ldquo;The program is free to the families, but there are costs,&rdquo; Lopez-Santillana said.</p> <p>The program includes library staff, local educational professionals and a staff member from Humanities Washington. The project is funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund&nbsp;of the Whidbey Community Foundation.</p> <p>The George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund of the Whidbey Community Foundation contributed $29,350 to help fund the program.&nbsp; The Saul family contribution is made in honor of Betty Saul, George Saul&#39;s deceased mother, a longtime Ithaca, New York High School assistant librarian from 1970-89.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;My mother was very involved in early learning programs and would be extremely excited about the potential for this program to help youngsters read,&rdquo; George Saul said. &ldquo;In her eyes, being able to read constituted the keys to the magic kingdom. This program would certainly bring an enthusiastic smile to her face.&rdquo;</p> <p>Saul said he believes strongly that learning to read is a foundational building block in the life-long learning process. He urged others to join him in supporting the program.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our community has many retirees who want to make an impact on the community and help youth,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;An appealing aspect of the Oak Harbor Prime Time Family Reading Program is that anyone can step forward and help.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=361 Lynnwood Library to host 'Techtoberfest' on Oct. 7 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=362 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171003011624.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:500px" />&ldquo;TechtoberFest&rdquo; returns to Lynnwood Library on Oct. 7.</p> <p>&ldquo;Access to computers and connectivity is one of our core services,&rdquo; said Roxanna Garrison, assistant managing librarian at Lynnwood. &ldquo;This event lets us showcase the technology available at the library plus we bring in experts and professionals to talk about where technology can take you.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Techtoberfest switch will be flipped at 1 p.m. with a panel of graphics-industry experts discussing art and artists in the digital age. They&rsquo;ll talk about what they do, and the paths they took to get to where they are today. Panelist will include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.celestecaliri.com/">Celeste Caliri</a>, matte painter</li> <li><a href="https://www.behance.net/samsonm8166">Maggie Sampson</a>, graphic designer</li> <li><a href="https://www.artstation.com/darknavigator">Shawn Bruner</a>, gaming character artist</li> </ul> <p>From 2-4 p.m., participants can experience virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, learn about <a href="http://www.edcc.edu/workforce/entrepreneurship/makerspace/default.html">The Facility Maker Space</a> at Edmonds Community College, watch the <a href="https://hub.wsu.edu/everett-engineering-club/">WSU-Everett Engineering Club</a> robotics team in action and explore exotic locations with the iMac photo booth green screen.</p> <p>Other activities will include programming <a href="https://ozobot.com/">Ozobots</a>, painting with an airbrush and using iMacs to explore Adobe Creative Suite software. There will also be a contest to earn a USB flash drive and a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. This is the third year for the tech-focused event.</p> <p>Techtoberfest is supported by the <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/lynnwood/friends">Friends of the Lynwood Library</a>.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Roxanna Garrison, Lynnwood Library assistant managing librarian, 425-778-2148, rgarrison@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, public information manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=362 Prime time reading release http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=363 <p>Hi,</p> <p>I just sent a news release regarding the Prime Time Family Reading Program at Oak Harbor Library. The release included a link to a YouTube video that may not have transmitted with the release.</p> <p>Here is a link to the post on our website that does include the linked video:&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=998">www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=998</a></p> <p>Sorry, but I don&#39;t have any local photos of the program (which starts tonight at Oak Harbor Library, BTW).</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=363 Working-lunch webinars serve up help for busy business types http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=352 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:250px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171002085735.jpg" style="float:left; height:312px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171002085839.jpg" style="float:left; height:350px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Business Services Kassy Rodeheaver</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Business owners and potential entrepreneurs are busy people who barely have time for lunch, let alone step away in the middle of the day.</p> <p>To make taking a break more productive, Sno-Isle Libraries will offer a series of free webinars from noon-1 p.m., every Monday in November. The <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/profit">&ldquo;Plan for Profit&rdquo; sessions</a> will focus on resources and skills business owners and entrepreneurs can put to use. Presenters will include members of the Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services Team members.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know that business owners want training, but need flexibility,&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services. &ldquo;By hosting these trainings online and as a lunchtime series, we hope to make it easier for business people to participate.</p> <p>&ldquo;People can join the webinars by computer or their phone and learn how the library can help their business, all while eating lunch.&rdquo;</p> <p>The webinars will be interactive Rodeheaver said: &ldquo;Attendees will be able to ask us questions, participate in polls and give us their feedback on what&rsquo;s most useful for them in their businesses.&rdquo;</p> <p>For those who can&rsquo;t take a lunch break, the webinars will be recorded and available online for later viewing. Information about registering for the free webinars is available at <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/profit">sno-isle.org/profit</a>. The webinars are scheduled for:</p> <p><a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6712607933269208833"><strong>Plan for Profit: Write a Business Plan</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov.&nbsp; 6</strong> -&nbsp;Did you know that business owners who put their plan in writing have a higher success rate? Learn why it&#39;s important to write a business plan, the basic components of a plan, how to find sample business plans that match your business concept, then find resources to guide you through the process.</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScx9yGhAE2yu8q8VBANzN1DyESzQBOR3SYP7I3lnAebBgq69Q/viewformhttps:/attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8212092204416278785"><strong>Plan for Profit: Find Your Customers</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov. 13</strong> -&nbsp;Entrepreneurs, come learn how to do strategic market research for your business by discovering your B2C (business to consumer) customers. This class will cover how to identify the names, addresses, and phone numbers of potential new customers based on their interests, incomes&nbsp;and buying potential. Note: If you are operating a B2B business, attend &quot;Find Your Competitors&quot; to learn how to find your business customers.</p> <p><a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6310988221480025857"><strong>Plan for Profit: Understand Your Competitors</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov. 20</strong> - This class will cover how to find information about your competitors and understand where you fit in the market. You will learn how to quickly analyze your competitors or B2B (business to business) customers using built-in data visualization tools.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/606790066299670787"><strong>Plan for Profit: Market Potential &amp; Your Market Share</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov. 27</strong> - Entrepreneurs will learn how to maximize their market share by looking at industry trends, finding customers and competitors, and determining your market potential.</p> <p>Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails in the days leading up to the event.</p> <p>&ldquo;These webinars will expose business people to the array of market research tools that they can access for free with their library cards,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;And for those who don&rsquo;t yet have a card, those are also free with online registration available.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org">KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills,&nbsp;Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=352 Sno-Isle Libraries lunchtime business webinars http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=360 <p>Hi,</p> <p>I sent a news release earlier today, but we&rsquo;re pretty excited about these live webinars coming in November and I wanted to make sure you saw&nbsp;the information that may be of interest to your members and constituents:</p> <p><a href="//sno-isle.org/news/?nid=997">www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=997</a></p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=360 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries media credentials http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=358 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017</a> is scheduled for&nbsp;1-5 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.</p> <p>Seating is limited and while free, reservations are required. If you or someone&nbsp;from your organization would like to attend the event for the purpose of providing coverage for your organization, please let me know <strong>no later than Wednesday, Oct. 4</strong>. Because seating is limited, we ask that you not request media credentials if you are not planning coverage for your organization. In-theater credentials will be limited to one per organization.</p> <p>Also, please be aware that guidelines&nbsp;by TEDx and TED&nbsp;restrict media photos and film/video inside the theater at the Performing Arts Center. There will be live-stream video accessible through <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a> and we will have Sno-Isle Libraries photographers who will post photos both during and immediately after the event. Individual speaker videos will be posted&nbsp;in the weeks following the event.</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=358 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 announces three more speakers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=359 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170928042807.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170928042905.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"><em>The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog;&nbsp;and singing teacher Ruth Goddard.</em></div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170928042946.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Could the future be full of gardeners and singing?</p> <p>Talks by three of the speakers at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a>&nbsp;may help answer that question.</p> <p>Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard, will join nine other presenters as they share their stories from 1-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.</p> <p>Over the past two weeks, the first six speakers were revealed. They are:</p> <ul> <li>Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association</li> <li>Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health</li> <li>Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student</li> <li>Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;There will be&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/2017">12 speakers</a>&nbsp;at this year&rsquo;s event,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. The final three speakers will be announced the week of Oct. 2. &ldquo;All of these speakers come right from our communities. I think people will find their &lsquo;ideas worth spreading&rsquo; very exciting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nine community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties will host events to view the livesteam video from Kamiak. The libraries will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish. There will also be a viewing site at Gencare in Granite Falls</p> <p>While admission to Kamiak and the viewing sites is free, reservations are required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online. When registration opens, a link will be available at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>.</p> <p>This is the third year of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. New to the event is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers, both in person and online</p> <p>&ldquo;There will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said. In addition to the live videostream of the event, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.</p> <p>During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They&rsquo;ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November&rsquo;s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>OverDrive</li> </ul> <h4>About TEDx, x = independently organized event</h4> <p>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)</p> <h4>About TED</h4> <p>TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world&#39;s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=359 Register to vote at Sno-Isle Libraries on Sept. 26 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=356 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170925124004.jpg" style="float:right; height:393px; width:500px" />On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Sno-Isle Libraries locations across Snohomish and Island counties are helping residents register in time to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.</p> <p>In Snohomish County, the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and partners from The American Association of University Women will be at 12 community libraries to help eligible residents get registered to vote.</p> <p>Participating Sno-Isle Libraries locations in Snohomish County are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/arlington/">Arlington Library</a>: 10 a.m.-noon, 4-6 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/edmonds/">Edmonds Library</a>: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/granitefalls/">Granite Falls Library</a>: 1-4 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/lakestevens/">Lake Stevens Library</a>: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/lynnwood/">Lynnwood Library</a>: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/mariner/">Mariner Library</a>: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/marysville/">Marysville Library</a>: 1-5 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/">Mill Creek Library</a>: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5-7 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/monroe/">Monroe Library</a>: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/mountlaketerrace/">Mountlake Terrace Library</a>: 2-6 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/mukilteo/">Mukilteo Library</a>: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/snohomish/">Snohomish Library</a>: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>In Island County, the Oak Harbor Library is partnering with the Island County Auditor&rsquo;s Office:</p> <ul> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/oakharbor/">Oak Harbor Library:</a>&nbsp;10 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>The libraries in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Clinton will have voter information and registration information available.&nbsp;</p> <p>Residents may also register online at&nbsp;<a href="https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/#/login">MyVote.WA.Gov</a>. To vote in Washington, you must be:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>A citizen of the United States&nbsp;</li> <li>A legal resident of Washington state and not claiming the right to vote in any other state</li> <li>At least 18 years old by election day (Nov. 7, 2017)&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/voters/Pages/felons_and_voting_rights.aspx" target="_blank">Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>Not disqualified from voting due to a court order</li> </ul> <p>Registered voters who have recently changed addresses may also update their voter information to be ready to vote in November.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.lwvsnoho.org/">League of Women Voters of Snohomish County</a></li> <li><a href="https://snohomishcountywa.gov/224/Elections-Voter-Registration">Snohomish County elections</a></li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/elections">Sno-Isle Libraries election information</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/">Washington Secretary of State</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/">National Voter Registration Day</a></li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li><span style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family:open sans,arial,sans-serif">Susan Hempstead, Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013, shempstead@sno-isle.org</span></li> <li>Jim Hills,&nbsp;Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=356 Veterans resources event coming to Monroe Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=357 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170925022912.jpg" style="float:left; height:398px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>The Monroe Library is at&nbsp;1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Many of the more than 54,000 veterans in Snohomish County don&rsquo;t realize just how many benefits are available to them.</p> <p>To help make those connections, there will be a Veteran Resource and Service Event hosted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/monroe/">Monroe Library</a>, 1070 Village Way, from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 7. Presenting information at the event will be:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://snohomishcountywa.gov/598/Veterans-Assistance-Program">Snohomish County Veterans Assistance Program</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.dva.wa.gov/">Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs</a></li> <li><a href="http://washington.americaserves.org/">WAServes</a></li> </ul> <p>The event will include a panel discussion at 1 p.m. and coffee hour at 2 p.m. Agency representatives will be available to share information, answer questions and assist veterans and their family members connect to valuable programs, services and benefits.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Philip Spirito, Monroe Library Managing Librarian, 360-794-7851,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:pspirito@sno-isle.org">pspirito@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=357 Calling all writers to 'Write Now' series http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=355 <p><a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/write-now-2017/"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170922125910.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; margin-left:5px; margin-right:5px; width:500px" /></a><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/write-now-2017/">&ldquo;Write Now,&rdquo;</a> Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; series aimed at aspiring authors, is in full swing this fall.</p> <p>The free classes feature local experts sharing their knowledge on how to write, revise and then get published that book you&rsquo;ve been meaning to write. Or, already wrote and put up on a shelf.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have 35 classes scheduled between now and Dec. 4,&rdquo; said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Participants in our 2016 series said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.&rdquo;</p> <p>That first round attracted more than 200 attendees. Comments included: &ldquo;It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,&rdquo; and &ldquo;&hellip; it was relieving to discover I&rsquo;m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, the classes range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. &ldquo;We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,&rdquo; Parker said.</p> <p>Upcoming classes include Edmonds Community College writing instructor <a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/search?q=%22Laughtland%2C+Amanda%22&amp;search_category=author&amp;t=author">Amanda Laughtland</a> on <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=91837&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=9/1/2017&amp;kw=write+now&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;noheader=&amp;lad=&amp;pub=1&amp;nopub=&amp;page=&amp;pgdisp=">&ldquo;Looking for Poems in Visual Art and Found Text.&rdquo;</a> Laughtland published <a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/754911121_postcards_to_box_464">&ldquo;Postcards to Box 464&rdquo;</a> and a number of other books of poems and writing prompts. Her class will be from 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mountlake Terrace Library.</p> <p>On October 14, <a href="http://bethjusino.com/">Beth Jusino</a> will present <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=89731&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=info&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=10/1/2017&amp;kw=write+now&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;noheader=&amp;lad=&amp;pub=1&amp;nopub=&amp;page=&amp;pgdisp=">&ldquo;You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today&rsquo;s Publishing Choices.&rdquo;</a> The class will take a look at a modern writer&rsquo;s publishing options, from &ldquo;Big 5&rdquo; traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models. &nbsp;</p> <p>Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Authors-Guide-Marketing-Attracts-Readers/dp/0990335100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498505440&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=jusino">The Author&#39;s Guide to Marketing</a>. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers&rsquo; conferences across the country. Her class will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Darrington Library. Jusino will also present Oct. 22 at Marysville Library, Oct. 26 at Arlington Library, Nov. 5 at Mountlake Terrace Library, Nov. 18 at Mariner Library and Dec. 2 at Monroe Library</p> <p>The full lineup of fall classes is available on <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL&amp;kw=write+now">Sno-Isle Libraries events and classes calendar</a>. Due to space limitations, some events require registration as indicated in the event listing.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services, 360-651-7049, JParker@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=355 Three more speakers announced for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=354 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170921015541.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170921015614.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"><em>The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, a Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, a mental-health advocate.</em></div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170921015649.jpg" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A CEO, a high<del>-</del>school student and a mental<del>-</del>health advocate.</p> <p>In day-to-day living, their paths might not cross, but on Nov. 4 these three will share a stage and forge a common bond as speakers at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017</a>.</p> <p>Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, an advocate for mental-health awareness, will join nine other presenters as they each share their stories from 1-5 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited about the &lsquo;ideas worth spreading&rsquo; from these and other members of our communities,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. This past week, the first group of speakers getting ready for November was revealed. They are Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek; and Nic O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.</p> <p>&ldquo;There will be 12 speakers at this year&rsquo;s event,&rdquo; Harvey said, adding that the remaining six will be announced in the coming weeks.</p> <p>With Kamiak as the main venue, nine community libraries will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties. The community library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.</p> <p>Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however, reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">online</a>.</p> <p>New this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Kamiak, attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers in a separate post-event session,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;In addition, we&rsquo;re teaming up with Glisser.com to bring that interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the event will again be&nbsp;livestreamed at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>, participants watching through Glisser will see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They&rsquo;ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November&rsquo;s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Overdrive</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> </li> </ul> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=354 All new TEDxSnoIsleLibraries getting ready for Nov. 4 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=353 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170915125302.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170915125330.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"><em>The first three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Kathy Coffey,&nbsp;Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County;&nbsp;Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School; and&nbsp;</em><em>Nic</em><em>&nbsp;O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.</em></div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170915125352.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The 2017 edition of&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries</a>&nbsp;is taking shape with a fresh lineup of ideas worth spreading from area speakers, a new full afternoon event schedule and new ways to participate and engage.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s event will feature 12 speakers taking the stage at Kamiak High School, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. &ldquo;Audience members can join us there and also at nine community libraries, which will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties.&rdquo;</p> <p>The community-library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.</p> <p>Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and can be made&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">online</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;People want to interact with the speakers; it&rsquo;s one of the most frequent requests we get,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;So, we&rsquo;re trying some new things this year to enhance the audience experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Audience members at Kamiak will have the opportunity to interact with speakers during a question-and-answer session after the main program. And this year, organizers are teaming up with Glisser.com to bring interactivity to the event&rsquo;s online experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;People will be able to see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. &ldquo;More importantly, anyone participating through Glisser will be able to post comments and submit questions to the speakers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speakers can then respond to those questions following the main event, he said</p> <p>&ldquo;We continue to uncover great ideas for our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November&rsquo;s event fascinating and worth their afternoon.&rdquo;</p> <p>Event organizers will reveal three speakers each week over the next month. Here are the first three:</p> <ul> <li>Kathy Coffey &ndash; Coffey lives her values as a member of Lynnwood&rsquo;s Human Services Commission and Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County. Coffey says one of her favorite TED talks is &ldquo;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_redefines_the_dictionary">The Joy of Lexicography</a>&rdquo; by Erin McKean.</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh &ndash; A student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek and a student representative on the Everett City Council, Parikh believes education isn&rsquo;t confined to the classroom. His favorite TED talk is &quot;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do">Why we do what we do</a>&quot; by Tony Robbins.</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill &ndash; O&rsquo;Neill is taking kite flying and herself to new heights as Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association. O&rsquo;Neill categorizes TED talks with favorites in each group, but says she finds herself returning to re-watch&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79zra755WgA&amp;t=9s" target="_blank">Saying YES! to your Weirdness</a>&nbsp;by JP Sears.</li> </ul> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030,&nbsp;KHarvey@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> </li> </ul> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=353 New app delivers digital magazines at Sno-Isle Libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=351 <p><a href="https://www.rbdigital.com/snoislewa/service/magazines/landing?"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170712044603.jpg" style="float:right; height:400px; margin:5px; width:400px" /></a>Real news, at your fingertips, no charge.</p> <p>Popular magazines to read online have been available to Sno-Isle Libraries customers for some time. Now, there&rsquo;s a new app to make getting the latest on everything from healthy recipes to global economic analysis easier and faster.</p> <p>The new app is called RBdigital and is available at no charge to Sno-Isle Libraries customers through Android and iOS app stores. The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rbdigital.com/snoislewa/service/magazines/landing?">RBdigital</a>&nbsp;service is also available at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/">sno-isle libraries.org</a>. The new app consolidates two existing apps from the same vendor, Recorded Books. Sno-Isle Libraries customers have been using the soon-to-be retired Zinio app. Customers are being prompted to make the switch and can use their Zinio login. The change is scheduled to become permanent on Sept. 8.</p> <p>Recorded Books supplies an extensive collection digital magazines to Sno-Isle Libraries customers including complete, downloadable, full-color version digital editions and many with interactive features. Among the titles available are The New Yorker, Newsweek, bon app&eacute;tit and Vanity Fair.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong><br /> Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=351 Enlist a little help to get 'Beyond Bestsellers' http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=349 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628122847.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:500px" />Grisham, Koontz, Rowling, Steel &hellip;</p> <p>Been there, read that.</p> <p>For readers who may even have the t-shirt, too, Sno-Isle Libraries has just the thing to break out of the bestsellers rut.</p> <p>&ldquo;Readers are always looking for something new without having to wait in line,&rdquo; said Michelle Callihan, Managing Librarian at the Granite Falls Library. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s good to get outside your comfort zone now and then, but sometimes we don&rsquo;t know where to start.&rdquo;</p> <p>To get the pages turning, Sno-Isle Libraries is enlisting its customers for help. The idea is to share favorite under-the-radar books as part of &ldquo;Beyond Bestsellers,&rdquo; the new community reading program that launches July 1 and runs through November.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re inviting library customers to read along with us for the next five months as we discover new books,&rdquo; Callihan said. &ldquo;On the first of each month, we&rsquo;ll explore a different theme, post reading suggestions on our&nbsp;<a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/">&lsquo;Bibliofiles&rsquo; blog</a>&nbsp;and encourage customers to share their favorite titles.&rdquo;</p> <p>July&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Mysteries,&rdquo; followed by &ldquo;True Stories&rdquo; in August, &ldquo;Westerns&rdquo; in September, &ldquo;Horror&rdquo; in October (&ldquo;Of course,&rdquo; says Callihan) and finishing up with Graphic Novels in November.</p> <p>On the 15<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of each month, Callihan and other library staff members will post comments, follow up with readers and share more information about what makes&nbsp;each theme unique.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each month, we will ask participants to create a list using the new catalog with 5-10 books they would suggest for each theme,&rdquo; Callihan said. &ldquo;Lists completed during the month may be featured on the blog on the last day of the month. Customers can vote for favorite lists by clicking the heart icon at the top of any list.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ability to create and share lists is a feature of the&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/howto">Sno-Isle Libraries online catalog</a>&nbsp;launched this past winter. There are&nbsp;<a href="http://help.bibliocommons.com/030lists/005creating-lists/" target="_blank">instructions</a>&nbsp;on how to create lists. Participants should also be aware of all&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/privacy">privacy settings</a>&nbsp;in the catalog and that shared lists will be viewable by others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Readers should start a list title with &lsquo;Beyond Bestsellers&rsquo; and then a subtitle,&rdquo; Callihan said. &ldquo;For example, if I create a list of cozy mysteries, I&nbsp;might title it &lsquo;Beyond Bestsellers: Cozy Mysteries.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/2sAWnEH">Registration to participate</a>&nbsp;in &ldquo;Beyond Bestsellers,&rdquo; is free and online. Use the library&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="//askus.sno-isle.org/">Ask Us, Tell Us</a>&nbsp;feature for questions and comments.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=349 Sno-Isle Libraries to exhibit at Seattle Small Business Expo http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=350 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628125454.jpg" style="float:left; height:652px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Seattle Small Business Expo drew thousands of attendees in 2016.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628125957.jpg" style="float:left; height:104px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628010111.jpg" style="float:left; height:111px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing its business support services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the region.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/event-view/seattle/">Seattle Small Business Expo</a>&nbsp;on July 13,&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Attendance is free, but&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-expo-2017-seattle-registration-27940328274?aff=SILPartner">registration is recommended.</a></p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be talking about our free&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?kw=business%20pros&amp;lib=all">Business Pros classes</a>&nbsp;and demonstrating some of the free resources available through the library such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atozdatabases.com/">AtoZdatabases</a>&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll also be answering on-the-fly market-research questions.&rdquo;</p> <p>And,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/getacard">registering people</a>&nbsp;for library cards.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even if someone doesn&rsquo;t live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, they are likely eligible for our card,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. The library district includes most of Snohomish and Island counties, but state residents who live in any area that financially supports a public library of its own are eligible for a free Sno-Isle Libraries card.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year, we ended up being one of the most popular booths at the Expo,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;Small-business owners were just blown away by the free resources they could access with their library cards. We regularly were 2-3 people deep and had people waiting to talk to us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries identifies support for entrepreneurs and small-business owners as a strategic priority. The idea is relatively&nbsp;new,&nbsp;but catching on. Rodeheaver presented the library district&rsquo;s efforts at the&nbsp;<a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP66293">2017 South by Southwest</a>&nbsp;conference in Austin, Texas. Along with Jay Lyman from Seattle Public Library, Rodeheaver spoke about how to use library resources for market analysis.</p> <p>The Seattle Small Business Expo is a day-long conference and trade show. The event includes free business-critical workshops and programs and more than 100 booths, demos and brand exhibits. The headliner is Bill Walsh,&nbsp;founder&nbsp;and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation, &ldquo;The 7 Keys to Build a 7-Figure Business.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are expected from across the Seattle metropolitan area.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <h4>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</h4> </li> <li> <h4>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</h4> </li> </ul> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=350 New classes at Sno-Isle Libraries have the write stuff http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=348 <p><a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/06/20/write-now-2017/"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170627084028.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></a></p> <p>Summer is a great time to read a good book.</p> <p>How about writing one?</p> <p>For the second year in a row, local writing and publishing experts are teaching dozens of classes on how to write, revise and publish that book that&rsquo;s bottled up inside your head.</p> <p>&ldquo;In 2016, we presented 31 classes in our first &lsquo;<a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/06/20/write-now-2017/">Write Now</a>,&rsquo; series,&rdquo; said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries, which is sponsoring the classes. &ldquo;The participants said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.&rdquo;</p> <p>That first round attracted more than 200 attendees and brought comments such as, &ldquo;It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,&rdquo; and &ldquo;&hellip; it was relieving to discover I&rsquo;m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>And those attendees said they wanted more. More classes and more often.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year,&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL&amp;kw=write+now">we&rsquo;ve lined up 46 classes</a>&nbsp;that will run from July 11 to Dec. 4,&rdquo; Parker said. All the classes are free and subjects range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. &ldquo;We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.camillegriep.com/">Camille Griep</a>&nbsp;is scheduled to kick-off the series with &ldquo;Breaking the Rules of Writing 101&rdquo; at 6 p.m., July 11 at the&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/granitefalls/">Granite Falls Library</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;I start by talking about all things you hear from agents; what authors should do and shouldn&rsquo;t ever do,&rdquo; said Griep, a&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/search?q=%22Griep%2C+Camille%22&amp;search_category=author&amp;t=author">published&nbsp;author</a>&nbsp;and editor of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.easystreetmag.com/">Easy Street</a>,&rdquo; a literary magazine. &ldquo;Then we discuss why authors break the rules, why it works and doesn&rsquo;t drive readers crazy. We use real world examples.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some attendees will come with their manuscript and a problem, Griep said, adding, &ldquo;It can become a collaborative brainstorming session.&rdquo;</p> <p>Building a supportive community around writers is key to good writing, she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a myth that writers sit around in the basement with a whiskey bottle,&rdquo; Griep said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve learned that having a writing community around you is really important. It becomes harder to put down your project and say nobody cares. Accountability is good.&rdquo;</p> <p>A number of the classes are focused on what it takes to get published with tips coming from the likes of&nbsp;<a href="http://bethjusino.com/">Beth Jusino</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.terrypersun.com/">Terry Persun</a>.</p> <p>Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Authors-Guide-Marketing-Attracts-Readers/dp/0990335100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498505440&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=jusino">The Author&#39;s Guide to Marketing</a>. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers&rsquo; conferences across the country.</p> <p>Jusino&rsquo;s class, &ldquo;You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today&rsquo;s Publishing&nbsp;Choices ,&rdquo; will take a look at a modern writer&rsquo;s publishing options, from &ldquo;Big 5&rdquo; traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models. &nbsp;Jusino is also presenting a second class, &ldquo;Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers,&rdquo; where attendees will walk through a 46-point checklist of things to look for in their own work, from&nbsp;first&nbsp;draft to final layout.</p> <p>Persun&nbsp;will teach &ldquo;Get Published, Stay Published.&rdquo; A prolific author and presence on Amazon,&nbsp;Persun&rsquo;s&nbsp;class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. &ldquo;Writing, like any other art, requires skill and creativity,&rdquo;&nbsp;Persun&nbsp;says and attendees will hear the five specific things that can help writers get into the game and stay there.</p> <p>Parker said she is excited about the opportunities for writers in the range of subjects and the expertise of presenters in this year&rsquo;s &ldquo;Write Now&rdquo; series.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know that writers almost always start out as big readers and that readers often want to be writers,&rdquo; Parker said. &ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re struggling with page one or you have a full manuscript in your hands, be it fiction, children&rsquo;s, nonfiction, or if you just want to write your family&rsquo;s history, there&rsquo;s a session for you.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to space limitations, some events require registration and are underlined in the&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/WriteNowSIL17">online events calendar.</a></p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=348 Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=347 <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:700px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170623122314.jpg" style="float:left; height:104px; width:250px" /></td> <td> <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170623124723.jpg" style="float:right; height:142px; width:250px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>For more information, contact:</strong><br /> Jim Hills, Public Information Manager<br /> 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></p> <h3 style="margin-left:0.75in; text-align:center"><strong>Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications</strong></h3> <p><strong>Marysville, Wash., June 23, 2017</strong> - The Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking a Snohomish County resident to fill one (1) library trustee position to complete a partial term expiring December 31, 2019.</p> <p>The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Sno-lsle Libraries, an intercounty rural library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The Board sets library policies, reviews and approves the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the Library District. The Board is established under the laws of the State of Washington. Trustees represent the Library District to the community and advocate for the Library District at the local and state level.</p> <p>Applicants must be a resident of Snohomish County and be committed to the principle and philosophy of a tax-supported public library. Additionally, Trustees are expected to support the mission of the Library District &quot;to be a community doorway to reading, resources, and lifelong learning, and to be a center for people, ideas and culture.&quot;</p> <p>Applications are due no later than Friday, July 28, 2017, to Jessica Hanaumi, Sno-lsle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98271. Applications will be evaluated and the selected candidate must be approved by the Snohomish County Council.</p> <p>For additional information about the Board of Trustees, to request an application, or to request any assistance in completing the nomination form because of a disability, please contact Jessica Hanaumi at 360-651-7002.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries </strong></p> <p><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries</a> serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=347 Business experts offer the secrets to your success http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=346 <p><a href="https://www.meetup.com/Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries/"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170607114045.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:145px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></a>While imitation may be sincerely flattering, it can also be actually profitable.</p> <p>For the up-and-coming businessperson, the trick can be in finding someone worth imitating. To get over that hump, Sno-Isle Libraries has put together a list of successful people who are sharing their secrets. For free.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s called&nbsp;&lsquo;Business Pros: Expert Help to Start or Grow Your Business,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. &ldquo;We are partnering with business owners who have expertise on a range of topics to present workshops, classes and lectures at our community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to listing all the&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?kw=business%20pros&amp;lib=all">Business Pros classes</a>&nbsp;on the Sno-Isle Libraries website, Rodeheaver also launched a page on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.meetup.com/">Meetup.com</a>&nbsp;for the Business Pros series.</p> <p>&ldquo;Meetup is a great place to find resources and support,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. There are 58 upcoming events listed on the<a href="http://www.meetup.com/Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries/">&nbsp;&ldquo;Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;Meetup page which already has 144 followers.</p> <p>The goal, Rodeheaver said, is to help would-be entrepreneurs, as well as current business owners, develop new skills to help them launch or grow a business.</p> <p>&ldquo;Strengthening the local economy is a strategic priority for Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;One way we can do that is by inviting those who have business knowledge to share it with the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is the third time Rodeheaver has put together such a spectrum of business-related classes. &ldquo;Just like a good business, we listened to our customers and made adjustments,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited about the high-level of expertise available.&rdquo;</p> <p>While classes will run through December, Rodeheaver said there is a strong lineup this month. &ldquo;We have everything from the essentials of starting a business to social-media marketing to how to unclutter your desk,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said.</p> <p>Business Pros classes for June are:</p> <p><strong>Business start-up essentials</strong></p> <p>Do you have an exciting idea for a new business or want to expand on an existing one, but don&#39;t have any idea where to start?&nbsp; Taking that first step can be the most rewarding and the most terrifying all at the same time!</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 8</li> <li>5:30 p.m.</li> <li>Mariner Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Purge paper, conquer piles, create files</strong></p> <p>Are you feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed by paper piles on your desk? Are you wasting time looking for important documents? Learn how to organize&nbsp;your office embracing the 5S philosophy, including appropriate office tools, creating a paper flow, scanning documents and creating simple paper file systems.</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 8</li> <li>6 p.m.</li> <li>Brier Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Social media marketing for creative professionals</strong></p> <p>Creative professionals need to become an expert in reaching their audiences, but social media can appear overwhelming. This class will help you cut through the online maze to choose where and how to promote your business.</p> <ul> <li>Friday, June 9</li> <li>8 a.m.</li> <li>Arlington Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Turning shares into sales: An intro to social media marketing</strong></p> <p>Learn how to successfully market your small business on social media in just one hour! Get an introduction to the top social media platforms, who uses them, for what, and which one will drive the most customers to you.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Saturday, June 10</li> <li>10 a.m.</li> <li>Langley Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Are you ready to start a business?</strong></p> <p>We will talk about what it takes to start a business, discussing resources, character qualities, support systems, and things to consider when choosing what product or service to provide or franchise to purchase.</p> <ul> <li>Saturday, June 17</li> <li>11 a.m.</li> <li>Stanwood Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Create your own website</strong></p> <p>Do you have an exciting idea for a new business or want to expand on an existing one, but don&#39;t have any idea where to start?&nbsp; Taking that first step can be the most rewarding and the most terrifying all at the same time!</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 22</li> <li>5:30 p.m.</li> <li>Mariner Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Financing your business: Where&#39;s the money?</strong></p> <p>One of the keys to a successful business is your ability to obtain and secure appropriate financing in a timely manner. This workshop will cover the loan program eligibility requirements and credit criteria to accommodate a wide range of financing needs.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Tuesday, June 27</li> <li>5 p.m.</li> <li>Granite Falls Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Get clear on your priorities for your business &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Working harder does not always equal more success. We will work through five key strategies to help you become more focused and productive.</p> <ul> <li>Wednesday, June 28</li> <li>5:30 p.m.</li> <li>Mountlake Terrace Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Essential step-by-steps to successful internet marketing &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Do not miss out on the powerful business results that an effective Internet marketing strategy can afford. From establishing your initial keyword strategy to leveraging social media to promote content online all the way through to analyzing and refining your strategies.</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 29</li> <li>5 p.m.</li> <li>Mariner Library</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:krodeheaver@sno-isle.org?subject=Business%20Pros%20question">krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=346 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 is coming Nov. 4 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=343 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170601104427.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><em>Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, welcomes a speaker to the stage at the 2016 event.&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/info">Speaker nominations for 2017</a>&nbsp;are open June 3-11.&nbsp;<a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskLBx1Xw">Photo gallery</a></em></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</h3> <ul> <li>Kamiak High School, Mukilteo</li> <li>Saturday, Nov. 4</li> <li>1-5 p.m.</li> <li>Free</li> <li>Seat reservations TBA</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=966">Speaker nominations June 3-11</a></li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Changes are in store for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in 2017.</p> <p>In 2015, Sno-Isle Libraries crossed its organizational fingers and launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. In 2016, the tremendous success and support from the inaugural effort propelled even greater community interest. The reserved seating was snapped up in the first 30 hours of availability.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s up for 2017?</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to try some new things,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;The event will be at Kamiak High School in the Mukilteo School District and the program will be a bit shorter, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, a Saturday afternoon.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registration for the free event will open this fall. Speaker nominations are accepted June 3-11.</p> <p>The two previous TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events were all-day Friday affairs at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA).</p> <p>Moving to a Saturday will allow attendance by those who couldn&rsquo;t come on a work day, Harvey said. An afternoon schedule means attendees will have time for other activities that day.</p> <p>The 2017 event also will feature more interaction between attendees and the speakers.</p> <p>&ldquo;TEDx is a powerful format to share ideas. Audience members get energized and want to ask questions of the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to use the classrooms at Kamiak to create spaces for audience members and the speakers to continue sharing ideas.&rdquo;</p> <p>The popular IdeaLab will be back, with space for interactive, informational and display opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was always envisioned as an event that not only represents the vibrancy of the entire library&nbsp;district,&nbsp;but would also physically move to different locations in Snohomish and Island counties,&rdquo; Harvey said of the venue change.</p> <p>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events in 2015 and 2016 were terrific successes, Harvey said.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;re thankful for the wonderful support provided by ECA, the City of Edmonds and the entire Edmonds community,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The audience and experience built with the help of ECA leadership and staff is invaluable and allows TEDxSnoIsleLibraries to continue to meet its goals and those of the library district.</p> <p>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries aligns with Sno-Isle Libraries<ins>&rsquo;</ins>&nbsp;priorities of building civic engagement and addressing community issues, he said.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory has noted that Sno-Isle Libraries is all about ideas and that TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is, in essence, a library without walls.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director, 360-651-7030, kharvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=343 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 speaker nominations open June 3-11 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=344 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170601103420.jpg" style="float:left; height:574px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://youtu.be/LUO3jqMlWkE?list=PLlaIcE1oC886LMmdvMH53eagxEaOMhmIJ">Harshu</a><a href="https://youtu.be/LUO3jqMlWkE?list=PLlaIcE1oC886LMmdvMH53eagxEaOMhmIJ">&nbsp;Musunari</a>&nbsp;stands on the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries stage in 2016.<br /> <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskLBx1Xw">Photo gallery</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Speak up at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/info">Online nominations</a></li> <li>Accepted June 3-11</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Alone on a stage, standing on a red rug under blinding lights, exposing your ideas to an audience of hundreds and video cameras sending your words and image around the globe.</p> <p>If that doesn&rsquo;t sound like a nightmare, you might be interested in applying to be a speaker at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a>. Or, interested in nominating someone you know.&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/info">Online nominations</a>&nbsp;may be submitted June 3-11.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our theme this year is &lsquo;Sharing Our Future,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <p>The event is scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, but successful candidates shouldn&rsquo;t expect to just show up at noon, check out the green room and go on stage.&nbsp; Harvey stressed that being a TEDx speaker requires more commitment, but also brings more personal value, than most public speaking engagements.</p> <p>&ldquo;We typically think of the audience as being impacted by TEDx talks, but the experience is also transformational for the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said.</p> <p>Applications are carefully reviewed and initial interviews scheduled with potential speakers. Even after being selected, a speaker may be counseled on taking a different approach to the subject. And then comes the coaching.</p> <p>&ldquo;We assign a coach to each speaker candidate,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;The speaker and the coach work in regular sessions over the months leading up to the event to hone the presentation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jeff Ericson spoke at the 2015 event about the future of social enterprise, something he knows about as president of Camano Island Coffee Co. and the work he does with small coffee growers in poor countries.</p> <p>&ldquo;My advice for anyone that&rsquo;s going to do a TEDx&nbsp;is to just jump&nbsp;in and embrace the whole experience,&rdquo; Ericson said following his experience. &ldquo;The process&nbsp;before&nbsp;the speech is really where all the lessons and the learning came from.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online&nbsp;services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director, 360-651-7030, kharvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=344 'Explore Summer: Build a Better World' is underway http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=345 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170601061318.jpg" style="float:right; height:262px; margin:5px; width:500px" />Summer is time for activities and summer at Sno-Isle Libraries is chock full of opportunities for kids and teens to build, create, read and have fun.</p> <p>For 2017, the Explore Summer theme is &ldquo;Build a Better World&rdquo; and all 22 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties have lined up a summer&rsquo;s worth of activities for<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/summerkids">&nbsp;children</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/summerteens">tweens/teens</a>, said Leslie Moore, children&#39;s and outreach services manager for Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries is the perfect place to help your imagination take off,&rdquo; Moore said. &ldquo;Join us at any of the community libraries or online for books, movies, music, activities and a whole lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>Books and reading are central to Explore Summer: Build a Better World. Studies show that students who take part in summer reading significantly improve their reading skills and are more ready when they return to school in the fall.</p> <p>Part of Explore Summer is a reading challenge that allows participants to earn free books. The challenge has four steps:</p> <ol> <li>Register at&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.beanstack.org/reader365">sno-isle.org/beanstack.org</a></li> <li>Track 10 hours of reading on a&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/3936/3936_20170518120743.pdf">printable reading log</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.beanstack.org">online</a></li> <li>Win! Show the completed log, either paper or online, to a library staff member and then choose a free book.</li> <li>Keep reading to &ldquo;Build a Better World.&rdquo; For every additional 10 hours logged, participants earn a vote for something new a Sno-Isle Libraries community library of their choice.</li> </ol> <p>&ldquo;In addition to great books and the reading challenge, we have fun, free programs for kids and teens all summer long to keep them engaged in the joy of learning,&rdquo; Moore said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re all listed on the&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?ag=Preschool%2C+School%2DAge&amp;et=&amp;kw=explore+summer&amp;df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL">Explore Summer calendar</a>&nbsp;online.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are a few of those programs:</p> <p><strong>Reptiles</strong></p> <p>Isaac Peterson and The Reptile Man, Scott Petersen, will bring&nbsp;some of the reptiles such as snakes, alligators and tortoises from the Reptile Zoo in Monroe.</p> <p><strong>Bridges</strong></p> <p>Build a bridge using K&#39;nex and learn how to get from here to there.</p> <p><strong>Wired Up</strong></p> <p>Staff members from the Pacific Science Center will help participants explore electricity.</p> <p><strong>Physics</strong></p> <p>From Prof. Fickelstein&#39;s Physics Phactory exploring Isaac Newton&#39;s three Laws of Motion utilizing physical comedy, mime, music, magic and sound effects to building roller coasters and creating cardboard cars powered by balloons.</p> <p><strong>Minecraft</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is all about the Minecraft video game, from introductory sessions to bring-it-on tournaments.</p> <p>And, for those who can&rsquo;t make it to a community library, there is&nbsp;<a href="file://server1/Staff/JHills/My%20Documents/Explore%20Summer%20-%20DIY">Explore Summer &ndash; DIY</a>. Print out one of these do-it-yourself activities such as making a paper house, a drum, or story quilt.</p> <p>Besides the reading challenge and activities, Sno-Isle Libraries staff members have developed reading categories and lists as jumping-off points for young readers.&nbsp; &ldquo;We also want children and teens to just enjoy reading and have the fun of exploring and learning,&rdquo; Moore said.</p> <p>The Explore Summer&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/kids/explore-summer/book-list">booklist categories for children</a>&nbsp;includes:</p> <ul> <li>Global Citizens: Learn more about the many cultures and people of the world</li> <li>How We Live: Does your school or home look different from other kids in your neighborhood or around the globe?</li> <li>Makers &amp; Tinkerers:&nbsp; Are you a maker? Do you love to tinker? Check out one of these books and get to work!</li> <li>STEM: Science activities, experiments and fiction</li> <li>Young Writers &amp; Cartoonists: Learn from authors, illustrators and comic book artists how to create a story or cartoon this summer.</li> <li>The Stories We Tell: Folktales and fairy tales from around the world</li> </ul> <p><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/teens/explore-summer/book-list">Booklist categories for teens</a>&nbsp;include:</p> <ul> <li>Build a Better World with Graphic Novels</li> <li>Inspirational Nonfiction</li> <li>Build a Better World with Teen Fiction</li> <li>The Everett Public Schools 2017 Summer Reading Adventure</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <h4>Leslie Moore, Sno-Isle Libraries Children&#39;s and Outreach Services Manager, 360-651-7055, lmoore@sno-isle.org</h4> </li> <li> <h4>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</h4> </li> </ul> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=345