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. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:23:15 GMT Oak Harbor Library holiday closure extended one day http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=321 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161209025703.jpg" style="float:left; height:313px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><em>The Oak Harbor Library will be closed Dec. 25-27, one day longer than previously scheduled, to accommodate work to replace HVAC equipment serving the building that includes a meeting room and Skagit College classrooms and library.</em></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Oak Harbor Library customers may want to stock up on books, movies and music: The library&rsquo;s coming holiday closure will be one day longer than anticipated.</p> <p>Tuesday, Dec. 27, has been added to the previously scheduled Dec. 25-26 closure to accommodate an HVAC-equipment replacement project. The library will be open until 3 p.m., Dec. 24.</p> <p>Skagit Valley College and the City of Oak Harbor are collaborating to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in Hayes Hall, the building that houses the Oak Harbor Library, the library meeting room, the college library and several classrooms. Johansen Mechanical, Inc. is scheduled to replace all 16 HVAC units that serve the building from Dec. 27-30. The new equipment will be more efficient and replace units that are beyond their operational life.</p> <p>The Oak Harbor Library will remain closed on Tuesday, Dec. 27 to allow the library parking area to be used for the project. The book drop will also be closed on Dec. 27. Library customers may keep materials an extra day or return them to the Coupeville Library.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Dec. 28, the Oak Harbor Library will resume regular hours although it may be chilly; heat will be restored to the library sometime that day. There will be limited access to the parking area on Dec. 28 and the meeting room will remain closed until the project is complete.</p> <p>During construction, library customers may consider accessing library materials <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/">online</a> or visiting other Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries. The nearest is the Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St., Coupeville, WA 98239.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Mary Campbell, Oak Harbor Managing Librarian, 360-675-6020, mcampbell@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=321 Voters will see new Lake Stevens Library on Feb. 14 ballot http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=320 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161207014902.jpg" style="float:left; height:239px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>If voters approve two related measures on the Feb. 14 election ballot, work will start on a new Lake Stevens Library near this corner at 99th Avenue NE and Market Place.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A new Lake Stevens Library will be on the ballot in February.</p> <p>&ldquo;There will be two questions for voters,&rdquo; said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;First, create a Library Capital Facilities Area; second, build a new, larger library.&rdquo;</p> <p>Both questions will be on the ballot for the Feb 14, 2017 mail-only election. Ballots will be mailed Jan. 26. With the approval of both measures, work on a new library would start as soon as possible, Woolf-Ivory said</p> <p>The two Feb. 14 ballot measures would:</p> <ol> <li>Create a Library Capital Facilities Area and define the boundaries as the mirroring those of the Lake Stevens School District.</li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens/faq">Approve funding</a> to build a new library.</li> </ol> <p>Voters living within the proposed Library Capital Facilities Area (LCFA) will see both measures on their ballot. Both measures must pass for a new library to move forward. By state law, an LCFA can only fund library construction and once a library is paid for, the LCFA is dissolved.</p> <p>If approved, a new library would be built near the corner of 99<sup>th</sup> Avenue NE and Market Place where Sno-Isle Libraries <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=298">purchased land</a>&nbsp;earlier this fall. The current Lake Stevens Library is in a building owned by the City of Lake Stevens in the downtown area. The city plans to <a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/news/demolition-time-lake-stevens-readies-for-new-city-hall/">demolish some city-owned buildings</a> in that area as part of the <a href="http://www.lakestevenswa.gov/index.aspx?NID=363">downtown subarea plan</a>. Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer has said he supports a new, larger library in the proposed location.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">10-year capital facilities plan</a> recommends replacing the current Lake Stevens Library. The plan, approved in June by the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees, says the facility is too small to meet existing and future community needs. In public comments gathered for the plan, community members said that a new larger library should offer more books and other materials, group study spaces, a children&rsquo;s area, a meeting room, computers, space for programs, quiet reading areas and community gathering space.</p> <p>In 2008, voters in the City of Lake Stevens approved joining the Sno-Isle Library District. Residents outside the then-city limits were already part of the library district. Funding from the 2008 vote helps cover Lake Stevens Library operating costs, but not a new facility and the current building remains owned by the city.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=320 Apprenticeship classes can lead to careers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=318 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Workforce Snohomish logo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161205025843.jpg" style="float:left; height:250px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161205025959.jpg" style="float:left; height:104px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Most of the time when the word &ldquo;career&rdquo; is mentioned, the word &ldquo;college&rdquo; is close by.</p> <p><a href="mailto:bill.gable@workforcesnohomish.org">Bill Gable</a> is offering another word: &ldquo;Apprenticeship.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;My role is to go out and promote apprenticeships,&rdquo; said Gable, an Education and Employment Navigator with <a href="http://www.workforcesnohomish.org/">Workforce Snohomish</a>. &ldquo;I talk to people, analyze their situation and help the person qualify. I connect them with partners and help them address barriers like tools or application fees or union dues.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our flyer asks if you are interested in a career instead of job.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the past month, Gable has been presenting information about apprenticeships and career opportunities at Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries. There are two free scheduled events remaining, including:</p> <ul> <li>Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Darrington Library</li> <li>Dec. 14, 6-7 p.m., at the Lynnwood Library</li> </ul> <p>Gable says there are hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities out there. Part of his job is to match interests, skills and abilities skills of applicants with industries and openings. Gable said he likes to present everything to everyone and let them choose their path.</p> <p>&ldquo;The grant I&rsquo;m working on now for advanced manufacturing and maritime careers has 13 sponsors, but there are apprenticeships for just about anything you&rsquo;d like to do,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;My presentation at these workshops is to a general overview on how to get into an apprenticeship, what that means, what are the requirements and things like required documents, the application process, the selection process and timeline.</p> <p>&ldquo;It helps you find out if an apprenticeship program is right for you.&rdquo;</p> <p>Workforce Snohomish represents a broad cross section of the local community members interested in workforce development issues. Workforce Snohomish oversees the implementation, local planning and management of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in Snohomish County.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries hosts classes and programs such those provided by Workforce Snohomish as part of its strategic focus to build economically sound communities through workforce readiness.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</li> </ul> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian &ndash; Business, 36-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=318 Science programs for kids at 19 libraries during winter break http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=319 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161205031814.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Science programs for school-age children will be provided by Imagine Children&#39;s Museum at 19 Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries in December and January.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Schools may take a winter break, but science marches on at Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>The Imagine Children&rsquo;s Museum is providing programs for school-age children at 19 community libraries from Dec. 19-30 and at Darrington Library on Jan. 11.</p> <p>There will be seven subject areas, including: Creature Features, a look at wild mammals of the Pacific Northwest; Fossilology, examining fossils and how to learn their origins; I Can&rsquo;t Believe My Eyes, the science behind optical illusions; Rockin&rsquo; Rollercoasters, engineer your own roller-coaster model and learn about kinetic energy; Solids, Liquids and Chemical Creations, all about the properties of matter and experimenting with non-Newtonian substances; Topsy Turvy, the physics behind and the use of tops; Tree Treasures, exploring the anatomy and environmental significance of trees.</p> <p>Space may be limited and registration is suggested at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/events">sno-isle.org/events</a>.</p> <p>Imagine Children&rsquo;s Museum is a community-based organization that promotes learning and growing through play for children ages 1-12.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries values literacy and learning and hosts classes and programs such those provided by Imagine Children&rsquo;s Museum as part its strategic focus to build literate communities and coordinate programs addressing community needs and interests.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Imagine Children&rsquo;s Museum science programs include:</p> <p><strong>Creature Features</strong></p> <p>Investigate Pacific Northwest wild mammals and their habitats. Discover the unique features that help animals thrive in their environment.</p> <ul> <li>Marysville Library &ndash; Thursday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-noon</li> </ul> <p><strong>Fossilology</strong></p> <p>Examine how fossils form, decipher different types of fossils, and use clues to investigate their origins.</p> <ul> <li>Arlington Library &ndash; Monday, Dec. 19, 10-11 a.m.</li> <li>Oak Harbor &ndash; Wednesday, Dec. 21, 10-11 a.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>I Can&#39;t Believe My Eyes</strong></p> <p>Learn the science behind optical illusions and experience the tricks our brains can play on us.</p> <ul> <li>Camano Island Library &ndash; Monday Dec. 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m.</li> <li>Lynnwood Library &ndash; Thursday Dec. 22, 10-11 a.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Rockin&#39; Rollercoasters</strong></p> <p>Learn about potential and kinetic energy as you engineer a rollercoaster model!</p> <ul> <li>Mukilteo Library &ndash; Thursday, Dec. 22, 2-3 p.m.</li> <li>Coupeville &ndash; Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2-3pm</li> <li>Snohomish Library &ndash; Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2-3 p.m.</li> <li>Stanwood Library &ndash; Thursday, 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.</li> <li>Edmonds Library &ndash; Friday, Dec. 30, 2-3 p.m.</li> <li>Darrington Library &ndash; Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1-2 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Solids, Liquids and Chemical Creations</strong></p> <p>Investigate the properties of matter and experiment with non-Newtonian substances.</p> <ul> <li>Granite Falls Library &ndash; Monday, Dec. 19, 2-3 p.m.</li> <li>Lake Stevens Library &ndash; Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10-11 a.m.</li> <li>Brier Library &ndash; Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2-3 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Topsy Turvy</strong></p> <p>Learn the cultural, historical and scientific significance of tops, and use them to test balance, motion, gravity and energy.</p> <ul> <li>Mountlake Terrace Library &ndash; Wednesday Dec. 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m.</li> <li>Langley Library &ndash; Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2-3 p.m.</li> <li>Sultan Library &ndash; Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10-11 a.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tree Treasures</strong></p> <p>Explore the cultural and environmental significance of trees and their many surprising by-products, investigate the anatomy of a tree, and create your own treasure.</p> <ul> <li>Monroe Library &ndash; Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2-3 p.m.</li> <li>Freeland Library &ndash; Thursday, Dec. 29, 2-3 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dawn Rutherford, Sno-Isle Libraries Teen Services Coordinator, 360-651-7069, drutherford@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=319 Stained glass at Camano Island Library a window on craftsmanship http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=317 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161202123649.jpg" style="float:left; height:375px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>A Goldfinch Brothers employee sandwiches one of 12 panes of stained glass between two layers of clear glass to create an insulated window for the Camano Island Library. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sno-isle/albums/72157675649123752">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>When great care is taken to create art, great care is called for when that art needs a bit of repair and the stained-glass window at the Camano Island Library is getting great care.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The window has leaked since we opened and with the heavy rain, it was getting worse,&rdquo; said library branch manager David Menard.</p> <p>Jeanne Crisp, Director of Facilities &amp; Special Projects for Sno-Isle Libraries, knew the leak had to be fixed, but she also wanted to save the window if at all possible and started looking for help. Little did Crisp know that her Request for Proposal would tap into a small group of local businesses and craftsmen with the skills and commitment to preserve the art.</p> <p>The window is by Camano Island resident and artist Jack Archibald, commissioned for the former Islanders Restaurant by then-owner and Camano Island Coffee Roasters entrepreneur Jeff Ericson. When the restaurant closed, the library bought and renovated the building and kept the window.</p> <p>First, Crisp brought in Archibald.</p> <p>&ldquo;Getting that window out was a fairly major undertaking,&rdquo; Archibald said. &ldquo;I told them they could just smash it up.&rdquo;</p> <p>There would be no smashing.</p> <p>Titled &ldquo;Frozen Explosion,&rdquo; the window, actually a 12-window mural, uses &ldquo;dichroic glasses and flashed mouth-blown Fremont glasses (to) change radically depending on the viewer&rsquo;s position,&rdquo; according to <a href="http://archibaldglass.com/home/">Archibald&rsquo;s website</a>. &ldquo;When you look at it from one side, it is cold and blue and the other side is amber and warm,&rdquo; Archibald said. &ldquo;I wanted it to look a certain way during the day and a certain way at night.&rdquo;</p> <p>When Crisp opened the bids for the work that included removal, restoration and re-installation, the clear winner was Cobra Construction Co., Inc. of Everett. Which turns out to be fitting because libraries and stained glass are both labors of love for owner Jack Walkley.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you like stained glass, you&rsquo;re drawn to them,&rdquo; Walkley said. &ldquo;We get involved in churches and special projects that most people don&rsquo;t want anything to do with.&rdquo;</p> <p>And Walkley&rsquo;s mother was a librarian.&nbsp; &ldquo;My mother started out with the bookmobile,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;She was always reading.&rdquo;</p> <p>When Walkley gets a stained-glass project, he knows who to call: Stan Price at Covenant Glass and Eddie Perez at Goldfinch Brothers, both in Everett.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are a few of us old guys who do it,&rdquo; Walkley said. &ldquo;Stan won do it for everybody, but we go back 40 years. And then, we call Eddie.&rdquo;</p> <p>Price makes his party of the project sound simple: &ldquo;Walkley brought me the windows to clean them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Windex?</p> <p>&ldquo;No, no, no ammonia,&rdquo; Price says in quick response. &ldquo;We use a spray cleaner with no ammonia. Then we clean each and every piece of glass on both sides. Those windows have some really nice glass in them.&rdquo;</p> <p>And then on to Goldfinch to be sandwiched into specially made insulated windows.</p> <p>&ldquo;The work is time-consuming,&rdquo; said retail sales manager Brandi Hoskins. &ldquo;We work a lot with Covenant Art Glass. We do this all by hand so the art can be displayed safely and last a long time.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Walkley says it&rsquo;s all about experience and good people.</p> <p>&ldquo;You learn a few things along the way,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We have good people, and Jack Archibald is good-people, too.&rdquo;</p> <p>Library branch manager Menard said getting the artwork out turned out to be pretty noisy and fully expects putting it back in will be noisy, too.</p> <p>&ldquo;They had to build a platform up by the window,&rdquo; Menard said. &ldquo;The workers did the very best they could, but it involved a lot of hammering. What was a little funny is that when they weren&rsquo;t banging away, the workers spoke to each other in whispers because they were in a library.&rdquo;</p> <p>The timetable to put the windows back is weather dependent, needing two consecutive dry days.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the reinstallation happens, customers should expect it to be noisy again,&rdquo; Menard said. Maybe noisy in the short run, but drier in the long run.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=317 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries reaches the world http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=316 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="TEDx photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161118061733.jpg" style="float:left; height:253px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Harshu Musunuri, a junior at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, on stage during TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, Nov. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sno-isle/albums/72157675182584540">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>Livestream viewing</h3> <p>The video of the livestream will be <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">available for viewing t</a>hrough Nov. 20. The individual speaker videos will be posted later this fall.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries</a> has quickly become the locally focused event with a global reach.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a library, we&rsquo;re passionate about information, whether that information is in a book, or on a DVD, or online or even live on a stage,&rdquo; said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;Our purpose for this event has always been to share ideas that come&nbsp;from our communities, with our communities.&quot;</p> <p>The second iteration of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries took place Friday, Nov. 18. Standing on the round red spot made famous by TED talks, <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/2016/speakers">17 presenters and two special guests</a> went on&nbsp;stage at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) to share personal stories and insights under the theme of &ldquo;Transformations.&rdquo;</p> <p>While more than 800 people filled ECA&rsquo;s seats, the information from the event went well-beyond those walls by streaming the live video online.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had more than 1,400 connections to the livestream,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries communications director and TEDxSnoIsleLIbraries licensee. &ldquo;We hosted the livestream in 13 of our libraries&nbsp;and four additional community sites, but others in 140 cities across 19 countries - Algeria to United Arab Emirates - also saw these inspiring, transformational messages online.&rdquo;</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory said those numbers support her feeling that, &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is truly a library without walls.&rdquo;</p> <p>The day got off to a rousing start with a guest appearance by 2015 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries alumnus, rap musician Xola Malik. This year, Malik brought his son, Mattius, on stage to help get the audience on their feet and bouncing to his rhythms.</p> <p>In the afternoon, special guest Bridget Foley, an author and actor, invited the audience on an emotional journey with the presentation of a story she wrote for Humanities Washington.</p> <p>Between presentations and during breaks, attendees at ECA could go to the IdeaLab, an area that included interactive opportunities provided by the some of the <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=314">34 creative and innovative organizations</a> that provided event support.</p> <p>Among the 17 presenters were two high-school students, Radhika Dalal, a senior at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo; and Harshu Musunuri, a junior at Jackson High School in Mill Creek.</p> <p>Both of the young women are&nbsp;science-focused. Dalal is an intern at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, while Musunuri interned at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is a student researcher at a University of Washington chemical engineering lab. Both presentations focused on the humanity of science and the hope of building a better world, and, both received standing ovations.</p> <p>One attendee, a retired teacher from Everett, summed up the experience of many in the audience.</p> <p>&ldquo;What wonderful day,&rdquo; Linda Smith said. &ldquo;I had to go before my heart exploded from joy. Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to attend. Professional, expertly executed and more than anything, a beacon for all things good about humanity.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=316 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries this Friday, Nov. 18 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=315 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting the second TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 18, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). The 2015 inaugural event was a tremendous success and reservations to attend this year&rsquo;s free event at ECA were filled in 24 hours.</p> <p>We think this Friday&rsquo;s event will again be a significant experience and we invite you to consider it in your news coverage planning. In addition to a day-long series of &ldquo;Ideas Worth Sharing,&rdquo; the event includes an IdeaLab of interactive opportunities made possible by event partners and a one-day-only public art installation.</p> <p>Below are some informational links and the working event schedule for the day (<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161116043814.docx">also linked here</a>). Please keep in mind a few things:</p> <ul> <li>This is a live event with 17 presenters and many moving parts.</li> <li>TED and TEDx events are designed to accommodate schedule adjustments that can occur at the last minute.</li> <li>TED and TEDx events come with some news coverage guidelines, including limited video access during the presentations in the auditorium.</li> <li>There will be public access to the speakers in the IdeaLab at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions.</li> <li>If you are interested in speaking with any of the speakers individually, I can provide contact information.</li> </ul> <p>If you are planning on attending, it would be helpful if you could let me know. Displaying your media identification at the door&nbsp;for admission will also be helpful. I will be onsite and available at 425-876-0927.</p> <p>I will also post a news-style story with images at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/">http://www.sno-isle.org/news/</a> on Friday evening and distribute to our normal news-release list.</p> <p>Hope to see you on Friday,</p> <p>Jim Hills</p> <p>Public Information Manager</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries</p> <p>7312 35th Ave. NE</p> <p>Marysville, WA 98271-7417</p> <p>jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>360-651-7050 office, 425-876-0927 cell</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TEDx event links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/events">Event website</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/2016/speakers">Speaker list and information</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>TEDx 2016 video links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/4kHgMM6fgVk?list=PLlaIcE1oC887CbkvNSbgKF8CaTDLhAVOE">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Partners: WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and Everett Community College</a></li> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/gx2wfrfGWRQ">Anna Rohrbough on Transformations from TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2015&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="https://youtu.be/XZSWrlT8e1Q">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 Artist Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>TEDx 2015 speaker video links</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/2015/videos">http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/2015/videos</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Previous TEDx news release links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=908">Partners join TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in serving community</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=905">Foundation supports TEDx at Future of Flight event</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=903">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries announces speakers for 2016 event</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=893">Sno-Isle Libraries garners &#39;Top Innovator&#39; award for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=889">Registration opens Oct. 10 for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=844">Call to artist for TEDxSnoIsleLIbraries 2016</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=843">TEDx Salon set for May 10 at Edmonds CC</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=837">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 is coming in November</a><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:668px"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="height:58px; width:97px"> <ul> <li>&nbsp;</li> </ul> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Program Theme: Transformation (butterfly emergence)</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Detail</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:174px"> <p>Video or Talk Subject</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:157px"> <p>1-sentence abstract</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p><strong>9:00 a.m.</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session 1</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Ken Harvey</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>Welcome</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>tone-setting, introduction of special guest</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Surprise Guest TEDx Performance</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Xola Malik</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>Words Matter + I Fall, I Rise</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Ken Harvey</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>tone-setting, introduction of Radhika Dalal</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:77px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Radhika Dalal</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:174px"> <p>How Technology is Changing The Dream</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:157px"> <p>how&nbsp;the Internet and social media&nbsp;are evolving the concepts of &quot;community&quot; and the American Dream.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Ken Harvey</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduction of Rilee Louangphakdy</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Rilee Louangphakdy</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>Every Story is Real</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>Once upon a time is happening all around us</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Ken Harvey</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduction of Ivette Bayo Urban</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Ivette Bayo Urban</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>We Are Our Stories</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>How is Technology&nbsp; Rewriting Our Values?</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:154px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:154px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:154px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Ken Harvey</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:154px; width:174px"> <p>Let audience know about IdeaLab and opportunities to connect with the morning&#39;s speakers in the break just before lunch and introduction of Karla Hawley</p> </td> <td style="height:154px; width:157px"> <p>IdeaLab and connect with one another opportunity, please take your things with you as you leave and take the opportunity to find new seats for session 2 so you can make even more connections during the day.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:58px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Karla Hawley</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:174px"> <p><strong>Trauma and Music Therapy:&nbsp; Let the healing begin.</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:157px"> <p>Through aloneness and despair our best loved music will be our greatest strength</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>10:05 a.m.</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>IdeaLab and BREAK 1 </em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p><strong>10:30 a.m.</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session 2 </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Video</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Video</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p><em>The Girl Effect</em></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Tonya Drake</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Dawn Shaw</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:58px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Dawn Shaw</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:174px"> <p>Beauty Is an Inside Job</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:157px"> <p>The impression you leave is based on the choices you make.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Tonya Drake</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Jeff Lynass</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:97px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Jeff Lynass</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:174px"> <p>Robotic Competition, The Genius is in the Game</p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:157px"> <p>The talk will explore a competitive robotics revolution that&#39;s bringing STEM to life and changing kids&rsquo; lives all over the world.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Tonya Drake</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Betty Smith</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:77px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Betty Smith</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:174px"> <p>What do Dark Matter and Women Have in Common? More than you Might Imagine</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:157px"> <p>Dark Matter and Women may just have more in common than you may have ever dreamed of or imagined&hellip;..</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk video</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Ashley Graham</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Tonya Drake</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Harshu Musunuri</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:58px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Harshu Musunuri</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:174px"> <p>Channeling Your Inner Renaissance.</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:157px"> <p>How Daring to Think Differently Leads to Innovation</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Tonya Drake</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:58px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Library without Walls + Partner Acknowledgement &amp; Recognitions</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:174px"> <p>Acknowledges the TEDxSIL 2016 partners, teams.</p> </td> <td style="height:58px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>11:15 a.m.</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Session Host Viewing Site Shout Out #1</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>5-7 viewing sites</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>Tonya acknowledges some viewing sites + introduces Ed Castro</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Ed Castro</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>Music as safe zone</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Tonya Drake</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>Speaker Q&amp;A announcement, lunch break instructions.</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px">&nbsp;</td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:59px; width:97px"> <p>11:45 a.m.</p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Break 2/IdeaLab/TEDx Speaker Q&amp;A/Site Engagement</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:91px"> <p><strong>the morning speakers + IdeaLab</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:174px"> <p>Speaker Q &amp; A for 15 minutes based on attendee interest</p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>12 noon - 1:15 p.m.</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Lunch Break</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p><strong>1:15 p.m.</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session 3 </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Martin Munguia</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Video</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Flash Mob</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>Sound of Music flash mob-Antwerp</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:78px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Martin Munguia</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:174px"> <p>welcome back from lunch, if there are any extra seats around you let us know so we can invite others in, introduces Seconde Nimenya</p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:59px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Seconde Nimenya</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:174px"> <p>We Are Not All That Different: Race and Culture Identity in our Global Society</p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:157px"> <p>This talk is about acceptance of one another in all our differences.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Martin Munguia</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Matt Poischbeg</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:136px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:136px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:136px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Mattias Poischbeg</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:136px; width:174px"> <p>Career Path Choices Are Critical for Young People</p> </td> <td style="height:136px; width:157px"> <p>The most comprehensive method for preparing tomorrow&rsquo;s workforce for career opportunities, success and marketplace needs may not be through the academic route.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Video</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Micah Bournes</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>Is Justice Worth It?</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Martin Munguia</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>introduces surprise guest Bridget Foley</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:59px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Surprise Guest</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Bridget Foley</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:174px"> <p>A reading from &quot;Principles of Flight&quot;</p> </td> <td style="height:59px; width:157px"> <p>A journey of metamorphosis for those who wonder what it might take to fly.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Martin Munguia</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>introduces Andre Feriante</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:78px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk/Performance</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Andre Feriante</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:174px"> <p>The power of music to heal, transform and inspire</p> </td> <td style="height:78px; width:157px"> <p>a sound journey deep into the intersections of silence, the self and the collective imagination.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:21px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:21px; width:149px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:21px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:21px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:21px; width:157px">&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>2:15 p.m.</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>IdeaLab/Site Engagement</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>IdeaLab</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>2:30</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Break 3</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p><strong>2:45 p.m.</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session 4 </strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:77px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:174px"> <p>welcome back from the break, if there are any extra seats around you let us know so we can invite others in, and intro Rachel</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:77px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Rachel Maxwell</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:174px"> <p>Creating Value Together</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:157px"> <p>We can connect with each other and build&nbsp;<em>real</em> value in a world where more money isn&#39;t always better.&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>intro Andrew</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:97px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:91px"> <p><strong><em>Andrew Ballard</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:174px"> <p>The Formula for Breakthrough Growth</p> </td> <td style="height:97px; width:157px"> <p>Life-changing success doesn&rsquo;t happen by chance; personal and professional breakthroughs can be achieved with a simple formula.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Viewing Site Shout Out #2</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>5-7 viewing sites</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk Video - TEDxIronwoodStatePrison</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sean Stephenson</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>The prison of your mind</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>intro Kevin</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:193px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:193px; width:149px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:193px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Kevin Bowcutt</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:193px; width:174px"> <p>Routine Hypersonic Flight &ndash; The Final Frontier of Aeronautics</p> </td> <td style="height:193px; width:157px"> <p>Hypersonic flight powered by ramjets and scramjets will further shrink our planet by reducing international flight time to a couple hours, and will help us realize our dreams of exploring, industrializing, and even colonizing space by dramatically reducing the cost of space travel.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>intro Rob Hoyt</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>TEDx Talk</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Rob Hoyt</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>The Future of Space: &nbsp;Off-World Manufacturing</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>How We&rsquo;re Colonizing the Cosmos</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:19px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:174px"> <p>intro Darcy Ottey</p> </td> <td style="height:19px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:77px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>TEDx Talk</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Darcy Ottey</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:174px"> <p>Rites of Passage: Tying the Threads of the Past to the Threads of the Future</p> </td> <td style="height:77px; width:157px"> <p>Meaningful, community-recognized rites of passage for young people could be the key to our survival as a species.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:39px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Session Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Sarri Gilman</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:174px"> <p>intro Kendra Trachta for Wrap-Up &amp; Adjourning</p> </td> <td style="height:39px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:20px; width:97px"> <p><strong>4:30</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:149px"> <p><strong><em>Wrap-Up</em></strong></p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:91px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:174px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:20px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="height:117px; width:97px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td style="height:117px; width:149px"> <p><strong>Wrap-Up Host</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:117px; width:91px"> <p><strong>Kendra Trachta</strong></p> </td> <td style="height:117px; width:174px"> <p>bring all speakers and speaker coaches on Session for final audience acknowledgement, invite all to the IdeaLab for final speaker Q&amp;A and the After Party celebration, thank everyone for coming and adjourn</p> </td> <td style="height:117px; width:157px"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=315 Partners join TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in serving community http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=314 <p><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4kHgMM6fgVk?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>When Sno-Isle Libraries officials considered getting into TEDx, a key criteria was that the effort must be community-focused.</p> <p>&ldquo;The TEDx model allows us to both serve and partner with our communities,&rdquo; said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. &ldquo;These events are significant undertakings and we knew we&rsquo;d need help. We are honored by the response from the creative and innovative organizations who have joined us.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in 2015, 22 businesses and agencies joined Sno-Isle Libraries and the <a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</a> to bring forth 23 innovative and interesting community members with, as the TED mantra says, &ldquo;Ideas Worth Spreading.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;What we&rsquo;ve found is that there are a lot of people who want to create connected communities and TEDxSnoIsleLibraries provides a venue for&nbsp;engagement,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and TEDxSnoIsleLibraries licensee.</p> <p>For the 2016 event, 12 more partners joined the original group bringing the total to 34 business and agencies contributing more than $120,000 in financial and in-kind support.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSno-IsleLibraries</a> brings together people to honor and celebrate the talent, achievements and resources we have in our community,&rdquo; said Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath. &ldquo;We share those same goals of connecting our community and celebrating the local spirit.&rdquo;</p> <p>Paul Pitre, Chancellor for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Chancellor, said, &ldquo;Partnering with Sno-Isle Libraries makes sense for us. The TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event and WSU are both focused on the people and ideas that come from the communities we serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>That a library district would provide the catalyst for such an event is innovative. Sno-Isle Libraries received a 2016 Innovator award from the Urban Libraries Council, an organization for the nation&rsquo;s largest public library systems.</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory said TEDxSnoIsleLibraries may be innovative, but not out of step with the library district and values, purpose, core services and strategic focus.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s critical to the purpose and values of the library district to make this event free for everyone, ensuring free and equal access to information and ideas,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Because at its essence, TEDx is a library without walls providing ideas worth spreading.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 partners</strong></p> <p>Organizations that partner with TEDxSnoIsleLibraries help transform communities and the marketplace through the power of ideas. The partners are innovating examples for their industry as well as our community. Their contributions cover the cost of staging a world-class event with free admission:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation provides a way for people to help their community libraries through private donations, enabling excellence beyond what is possible through public funds alone.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/">The Daily Herald</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Daily Herald, with its website, HeraldNet.com, has been the leading news and information source in Everett and Snohomish County for more than a century.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.andersonhunterlaw.com/">Anderson Hunter</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Everett-based law firm of Anderson Hunter emphasizes efficient, comprehensive, and cost effective service for clients in a number of practice areas.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.alaskaair.com/">Alaska Airlines</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Seattle-based Alaska Airlines along with its sister airline Horizon Air, is part of the Alaska Air Group and has the highest customer satisfaction for nine consecutive years.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/index">Edmonds Center for the Arts</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Edmonds Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that presents an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world. Host of the mainstage TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.uwsc.org/">United Way of Snohomish County</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">United Way of Snohomish County transform lives by bringing people, resources, and strategy together to solve our community&#39;s toughest challenges. They are working with other organization to determine solutions to break the cycle of poverty.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.communitytransit.org/">Community Transit</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Community Transit is at the forefront of helping Snohomish County residents think transit first and a public transportation leader for the Puget Sound region.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://crosscut.com/">Crosscut.com</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Pacific Northwest&rsquo;s reader-supported, independent, non-profit electronic journal provides readers with the facts and analysis to intelligently participate in civic discourse on politics, culture and technology.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.coastalbank.com/">Coastal Community Bank</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Coastal has a strong commitment to customer engagement and the longevity of their valued relationships.They prosper when you prosper.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.edmondswa.gov/">City of Edmonds</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">A vibrant, urban city with a compact, walkable downtown area, Edmonds also preserves many characteristics of its historic origins along with access to a waterfront community.&nbsp; The City has a strong commitment to community engagement, sustainability, diversity and economic development.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.edcc.edu/">Edmonds Community College</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Edmonds Community College strengthens our diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service and lifelong learning.&nbsp; Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.everettclinic.com/">The Everett Clinic</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Everett Clinic, part of DaVita, makes lives better together through health and healing with providers and staff doing what is right for each patient.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.economicalliancesc.org/">Economic Alliance Snohomish County</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.edmondsdowntown.org/">Edmonds Downton Alliance</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The downtown Edmonds business improvement district is focused and funded to ensure downtown stays lively, attractive and prosperous.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.everettcc.edu/">Everett Community College</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Everett Community College educates more than 19,000 students every year at several locations in Snohomish County, with most students and faculty at the main campus in north Everett. Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.firstwa.org/">First Washington</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">FIRST Washington inspires all young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.heritagebanknw.com/">Heritage Bank</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Heritage Bank directs decision-making in four fundamental areas: customers, communities, employees and shareholders. The community bank focuses on building lasting relationships to help customers reach financial goals.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://iii.com/">Innovative</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Innovative is driven by the same mission as their customers: to provide the best service possible to library patrons.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.futureofflight.org/">Institute of Flight</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">In addition to operating and managing the Future of Flight, the Institute embraces the important role of stewardship of an active and healthy culture of philanthropy.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://iscoedc.com/">Island County Economic Development Council</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The ICEDC fosters economic balance that preserves the county&rsquo;s rural character while providing business, employment, and quality of life opportunities for its residents.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.kser.org/">KSER.org 90.7</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">KSER enriches our community through local, independent public radio and other services dedicated to arts, education, ideas and civic engagement.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.leadershipsc.org/">Leadership Snohomish County</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Leadership Snohomish County is the place to go for leadership development in our region, convening public, private and nonprofit leadership.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.overdrive.com/">OverDrive</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">OverDrive is an early leader in the digital content industry, working closely with libraries to deliver through the internet.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.paccopy.com/">Pacific Copy and Printing</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">With a winning formula of quick service and reasonable prices, small enough to cater to individual customers as well as some of the largest corporations in the Northwest.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://snohomishcountyarts.org/">Snohomish County Arts Commission</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Snohomish County Arts Commission cultivates and enhances a vibrant community of artists and arts organizations by connecting citizens with a range of cultural opportunities to celebrate, appreciate and participate in the diverse arts and culture of the County.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.snopud.com/">Snohomish County PUD</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly owned utility in Washington, serving more than 337,000 electric customers and about 20,000 water customers in Snohomish County and Camano Island. Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.snohd.org/">Snohomish Health District</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Snohomish Health District is an independent special purpose district responsible for public health in Snohomish County and is an essential community partner.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.starbucks.com/">Starbucks</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">The Starbucks mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit &ndash; one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.uwb.edu/">University of Washington Bothell</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">With more than 5,000 students and 45 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the University of Washington Bothell is the fastest-growing four-year public university in the state of Washington.&nbsp; They are committed to helping students succeed. Community viewing site for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.washingtonenergy.com/">Washington Energy Services</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Family-owned and providing tailored comfort and energy saving solutions while committed to exceeding your expectations.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://everett.wsu.edu/">Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">WSU North Puget Sound at Everett aligns with the economic development and vitality of the region and the state of Washington to prepare graduates for leadership in a rapidly changing and globally connected world.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.whidbeycoffee.com/">Whidbey Coffee</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Known for their dedication to excellence in the way they source, roast and develop our coffees to bring customers the best possible experience.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/">Whole Foods Market</a></li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">Whole Foods Market offers a place for tour community to shop where value is inseparable from values.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Susan Hempstead, Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013, <a href="mailto:shempstead@sno-isle.org">shempstead@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></li> </ul> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=314 Sno-Isle Libraries ComicCon comes to Snohomish Library Nov. 13 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=313 <p><img alt="Sno-Isle ComicCon poster" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161108032320.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:646px; margin-left:5px; margin-right:5px; width:500px" />What do the Evergreen Community Orchestra and Oculus Rift have in common?</p> <p>They&rsquo;ll both be part of&nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries ComicCon from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Snohomish Library.</p> <p>&ldquo;This comic-con is aimed at teens, but everyone is welcome,&rdquo; said Grant Perrigo, Teen Librarian at the Snohomish Library. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re really excited to be able to stage this event using the main library and the community room before we open for normal business hours.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the uninitiated, ComicCon stands for comic book conference, but the events have become so much more. Perhaps the largest - and original - is in San Diego, but Seattle&rsquo;s Emerald City Comicon draws tens of thousands over four days.</p> <p>&ldquo;We thought the Seattle and Bellingham comic-cons are great, but that there is room for a free event, closer to home and welcoming to teens,&rdquo; Perrigo said. Sunday&rsquo;s event in Snohomish is co-sponsored by the Monroe and Lake Stevens libraries, he said.</p> <p>A unique feature of the Snohomish event will be live music provided by the Evergreen Community Orchestra, a volunteer community group with support from the Snohomish County Music Project.</p> <p>&ldquo;They will be playing music by John Williams from &lsquo;Star Wars, &lsquo;Star Trek&rsquo; and other sci-fi and fantasy-theme music,&rdquo; Perrigo said. &ldquo;The orchestra will be providing the musical score for our event.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;There will also be an opportunity to experience virtual reality games with the use of two Oculus Rift equipment stations. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got three games loaded that will be great for all attendees,&rdquo; Perrigo said. Other video games will be available and a board-game area will be set up for attendees to play.</p> <p>A big part of comic-cons is dressing the part of a favorite character.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s certainly not required, but we are encouraging people to come in costume,&rdquo; Perrigo said, adding that there will be a costume contest, with a twist.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone will get a ticket which they can then give to the person wearing the costume they like best,&rdquo; Perrigo said. &ldquo;Of course, that person can keep them or use those tickets to vote for their favorite costume. We&rsquo;ll have prizes for the winners.&rdquo;</p> <p>There will be a photo booth as well as booths exhibiting a variety of materials, much of it from the Sno-Isle Libraries collection. &ldquo;We want people to know that we have a lot of the things that they like,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And, they can check it out for no charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Attendees will get a Sno-Isle ComicCon badge and a map of the booths. Those who get stamps from the booths can then enter raffles during the event for prizes.</p> <p>In the community room, T. Andrew Wahl, a comic book historian and instructor at Everett Community College, will give a presentation. There will also be a panel discussion on cosplay in the community room.</p> <p>This event is co-sponsored by the Lake Stevens and Monroe Library with support from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, and the Snohomish Friends of the Library.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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, 08 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=313 Sno-Isle Libraries to open new library near Mariner High School http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=312 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2"><img alt="Mariner Library location photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20161103124915.jpg" style="float:left; height:217px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"><em>The new Mariner Library will be just off 128th Street SW near the Albertson&#39;s store in leased space that had been used by a yoga studio.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A new public library is coming soon to the area near Mariner High School.</p> <p>&ldquo;This has been a long time coming,&rdquo; said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. &ldquo;If not for the recession, this library would have opened years ago. Now, we&rsquo;re moving as quickly as possible to give this community the library service it deserves.&rdquo;</p> <p>The library district has leased space at<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/AWVvuZwNqvD2">&nbsp;520 128th St. SW, Suite A9-10, Everett, WA&nbsp; 98204.</a></p> <p>&ldquo;The location is in a high-traffic shopping area, across the street from a transit center,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s also close to five elementary schools, a middle school</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:250px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20161103125539.jpg" style="float:left; height:375px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory with books that are destined for shelves at the new Mariner Library.&nbsp;</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>and Mariner High School.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new Mariner Library will open with the full support of Mukilteo School District officials.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Mukilteo School District has been tremendously helpful in their enthusiasm to locate a demonstration library for this underserved community,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>A survey of local school-district families showed 99 percent would like a library in this area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very pleased to support Sno-Isle Libraries to increase public library services in the Mukilteo School District,&rdquo; said Andy Muntz, manager of communications and public relations for the school district. &ldquo;With programs from early literacy to workforce readiness, the library district is a strong partner in serving our community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory said the new facility will be open and serving customers in the first quarter of 2017. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d really like to open the doors in January. However, there is a lot of preparation that goes into opening a library so we&rsquo;ll have to wait a bit before we can announce the opening date,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan</a>&nbsp;adopted by the library district in June identifies the 128<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Street/Mariner community as an &ldquo;area of opportunity.&rdquo; The area outlined in the plan is south of the Everett city limits, east of Paine Field and Mukilteo, west of Mill Creek and north of Lynnwood.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are 30,000 people living there,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>The capital facilities plan calls for a library demonstration project that moves beyond current weekly library bookmobile services.</p> <p>&ldquo;It will be a full-service library,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve signed a five-year lease and during that time, we&rsquo;ll find out more about where and how a permanent facility should serve this community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Usage of the bookmobile service at the Mariner-area stop has been consistently strong over the past decade. The capital facilities plan noted that area residents have limited access to other libraries in south Snohomish County.</p> <p>Community-leader comments in the capital facilities plan highlight the area as needing a library. Other public comments in the plan include:</p> <ul> <li>The library should focus on meeting the needs of students from nearby schools.</li> <li>The library should provide ample parking and be located with nearby public transit service.</li> <li>Library space should be available for classes and programs such as English as Second Language, study areas and community meetings.</li> <li>Area residents highly value access to technology and the internet.</li> <li>Siting considerations should include repurposing or renovating an existing structure.</li> </ul> <p>At least for now, the existing library district budget and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation will shoulder half of the cost of the new library&rsquo;s lease over the next five years.</p> <p>&ldquo;We deeply appreciate the Foundation and its donors for this tremendous commitment to the Mariner community,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Their generous support will make it very convenient for thousands of children and other residents to walk through the doors of a Sno-Isle library early next year.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=312 UPDATE - TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speakers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=311 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>On Monday, Oct. 31, we sent you information regarding the lineup of speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016, scheduled for Nov. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts and 17 livestream viewing sites.</p> <p>While the lineup remains the same, we&#39;ve made a few edits and updates to the information about the speakers. The latest information is <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=310">posted here</a>.</p> <p>Thanks for your support,</p> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager</p> <p>360-651-7050</p> <p>jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=311 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries announces speakers for 2016 event http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=310 <p><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/2016/speakers" target="_blank"><img alt="TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speakers graphic" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161031015028.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:261px; margin-left:10px; margin-right:10px; width:500px" /></a>The speaker lineup for <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016</a> is set.</p> <p>&ldquo;Through the nomination and review process, we&rsquo;ve got what I believe will be an exciting, thought-provoking and transformational program,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and TEDxSnoIsleLibraries licensee. &ldquo;The audience will experience a line-up of individuals who will stand on a TEDx red circle on the Edmonds Center for the Arts stage and share ideas they hope to implant in your mind or heart.&rdquo;</p> <p>The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 18. Along with the live event at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 13 community libraries will host <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/events">livestream viewing</a> along with four partner sites including Snohomish PUD auditorium, Everett; Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College and University of Washington Bothell. To ensure seating, registration is required for the Sno-Isle Libraries sites. Registration is not required for the four partner sites.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve heard some frustrations that we are just now announcing the speaker lineup, even though registration opened 20 days ago,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;This is something that sets TED and locally organized TEDx events, such as TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, apart from other conferences.</p> <p>&ldquo;TED and TEDx is&nbsp;about coming to hear something, not see someone,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;It is the promise of delivering and connecting with a day of ideas, not about speaker names, credentials or personalities.&rdquo;</p> <p>Still, Harvey said he&rsquo;s pretty excited about who will be delivering those ideas.</p> <p>&ldquo;The speakers range in age from 16 to 64,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;They also range from a CEO to high-school students, from a horse trainer to a robotics team coach along with other backgrounds that serve as launching points for the ideas they will bring forth.&rdquo;</p> <p>Harvey also pointed out that the day is intended to be transformational for the&nbsp;speakers as well as those who hear and see them.</p> <p>&ldquo;The speakers are chosen by a team of Sno-Isle Libraries staff members, starting from&nbsp;a list of nominations that we solicit from the public,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;But that&rsquo;s just the beginning. Once chosen, the speakers go through a substantial orientation and training to help hone the presentation of their messages.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many of the speakers from the 2015 event said this was one of the most valuable and transformational things they&rsquo;d ever been involved in,&rdquo; Harvey said.</p> <p>The speakers for TEDx SnoIsle Libraries 2016 are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.andreferiante.com/">Andre Feriante</a>, flamenco guitarist, poet</p> <p>Andre&#39;s career path was set at 13, when he first heard the flamenco guitar. He mastered the art and has blended it with classical and Brazilian styles. He has studied with Andres Segovia in Madrid, given a private performance at Carnegie Hall, and performed the National Anthem at a Seattle Sounders game. This concert performer has also released 14 albums. Andre is artistic director of Leavenworth&#39;s Guitar Euphoria Festival.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mktg-solutions.com/">Andrew Ballard</a>, growth Strategist</p> <p>Andrew loves helping clients understand why listening to the voice of the customer is just as important as delivering great goods, products or services. He and his wife, Sandra Ballard, launched Marketing Solutions, a research-based growth strategies company, in 1997 and have clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Andrew is author of &quot;Your Opinion Doesn&#39;t Matter.&quot;</p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/betty-smith-158a5517">Betty Smith</a>, aerospace engineer, advocate</p> <p>Betty is a lifelong learner with an insatiable curiosity for the sciences and neurosciences. Now a senior systems engineer in aerospace for Boeing, Betty has 38 years of management and leadership in a range of projects, including weapons design and ways to improve soldier survival on the battlefield.</p> <p><a href="http://www.darcyottey.com/">Darcy Ottey</a>, bridge-builder, gift-unleasher</p> <p>Darcy spent her college years studying anthropology and sociology to develop an understanding of culture and social change theory. She has dedicated her life to helping young people open the door to deeper self-discovery and claim their gifts, skills and strengths. Darcy&nbsp; was executive director of Journeys, an organization based in suburban Seattle, and more recently helped struggling Hawaiian teens through a gardening-based therapeutic program.</p> <p><a href="http://www.facinguptoit.com/">Dawn Shaw</a>, author, speaker</p> <p>Dawn is a public speaker and the author of a memoir, a web series and a blog in which she shares her unique experiences with adversity and advice on overcoming it. Her latest book is &quot;Facial Shift.&quot; Dawn knows all about Icelandic horses, having spent years breeding, training and selling the beautiful animals. She owns Lone Cedar Icelandic Horses in Grapeview, Wash.</p> <p><a href="https://edcastrotpt.com/">Ed Castro</a>, musician, educator</p> <p>Ed often heard the phrase &quot;innovation through imitation&quot; as a young musician, and the concept has defined his career. A founding member of the Mosaic Brass Quintet, he is both a freelance musician and a teacher at Soundview School. Ed is also a lecturer and affiliated artist at Pacific Lutheran University, where he performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet.</p> <p><a href="http://bayourban.com/">Ivette Bayo Urban</a>, doctoral candidate, educator</p> <p>Ivette is interested in how we teach with, and about, technology &mdash;especially as it relates to information equity, interdisciplinary learning, diversity and inclusion. She advocates for the role libraries play in supporting literacy and providing access to information for all. A doctoral candidate at the University of Washington, Ivette is a former middle school teacher from Miami.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://vikingcoltrobotics.wixsite.com/club">Jeff Lynass</a>, adviser, educator</strong></p> <p>Jeff excels at helping kids to reach their potential and find their passion for learning. He has taught and coached children from middle to senior high school for 21 years at Lake Stevens School District. He advises two robotics clubs and has been an event partner for the Western Washington State VEX Robotics competition for three years.</p> <p><a href="http://scmusicproject.org/">Karla Hawley</a>, music therapist, overcomer</p> <p>Karla seeks solitude in wilderness and playfulness in people&#39;s smiles.&nbsp; She uses music therapy to build communities within assisted living and memory care facilities, and to treat people who have suffered from trauma. Karla directs music therapy services for the Snohomish County Music Project, working with families and intimate community circles of youth who are at risk, in legal trouble or on the streets.</p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-bowcutt-8593622">Kevin Bowcutt</a>, hypersonics scientist</p> <p>Kevin has been on the leading edge of aerospace science for the last three decades, whether leading classes of advanced engineering students or scientists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and member of the National Academy of Engineering. Highlights of his 30-year career include leading the team that designed reusable space launch vehicles with the National Aerospace Plane program and investigating the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Kevin is now at Boeing Research &amp; Technology.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sealectplastics.com/">Matt Poischbeg</a>, mixed martial arts fighter, VP</p> <p>Matt believes that much of his success in life stems from life and technical skills acquired as an at-risk teenager in Germany. When he came to the Pacific Northwest as a young man, he parlayed those skills to move up from his mail room internship at Sea-Dog Corporation and now serves as vice president and general manager for sister company Sea-Lect Plastics.</p> <p><a href="https://www.communitysourcedcapital.com/">Rachel Maxwell</a>, CEO, adviser, crowdfunder</p> <p>Rachel&rsquo;s driving motivation is to put some love into finance. She co-founded Community Sourced Capital, which Entrepreneur Magazine listed among its Brilliant 100 companies to watch in 2015. Prior to cofounding the company, Rachel was Deputy Director of Renewable Energy &amp; International Law, an organization bringing together select international leaders to create clean energy and climate policy solutions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/20410">Radhika Dalal</a>, student, TEDxYouth organizer</p> <p>Radhika is a senior at Kamiak High School. As a first-generation American, she takes pride in her Indian heritage. She is an intern at the Institute for Systems Biology and aims to pursue a career in science. Radhika is also a licensee for TEDxYouth@KHS, an upcoming school event that will focus on Kairos, or &ldquo;topics of the age.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.everettcc.edu/">Rilee Louangphakdy</a>, college student, storyteller</p> <p>Rilee is committed to helping and motivating others to emerge from their teen years transformed by their experiences. He has shared his stories of personal loss and gain in a commencement speech, at the 2015 YMCA Minority Achievers Program banquet, and to students at the Marysville Getchell High School International School of Communications. Rilee is a Marysville Getchell 2015 graduate and Everett Community College sophomore.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tethers.com/">Robert Hoyt</a>, aerospace technologist, CEO</p> <p>Rob loves overcoming the big technical hurdles that we face on our way to becoming a spacefaring civilization. He co-founded Tethers Unlimited Inc. in 1994, and built it into a research and development firm for space and defense. He is now building a spin-off, Firmamentum, to commercialize in-space manufacturing. Rob has won more grants from NASA&#39;s Innovative Advanced Concepts program than any other researcher.</p> <p><a href="http://www.secondenimenya.com/about-the-author">Seconde Nimenya</a>, author, diversity Leader</p> <p>Seconde travels the world sharing a message of tolerance and peace, working to bridge the gaps between multicultural communities, and urging others to use the adversity in life to become better people. She advocates for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and education system. Seconde is author of &ldquo;Evolving Through Adversity.&rdquo; Her second book, &ldquo;A Hand To Hold,&rdquo; is a novel of love and redemption.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/EverettPublicSchools/">Sriharshita &quot;Harshu&quot; Musunuri</a>, student, inventor, scientist</p> <p>Harshu conducts research in thermoelectrics and has earned national recognition for her studies and invention. She was an intern&nbsp;at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is curriculum director of the non-profit Girls Rock in Science and Math. She is a 2016 Davidson Fellow Laureate, junior at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and student researcher&nbsp;in a University of Washington chemical engineering lab.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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, 31 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=310 Sno-Isle Libraries asks February vote on new Lake Stevens Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=309 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:450px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="photo of Mayor John Spencer and Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Susan Cohn" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161026024728.jpg" style="float:left; height:300px; width:450px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mayor John Spencer (left) and Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Chair Susan Cohn on Sept. 27, at 99th Avenue NE and Market Place, the proposed site for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A new, larger Lake Stevens Library could go to voters in February.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees on Monday, Oct. 24, approved a resolution asking the Snohomish County Council to put two measures on the Feb. 14, 2017 ballot. If both measures are approved by voters, the library district would move ahead with building a <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens">new and much larger library</a> to serve the rapidly growing Lake Stevens-area population.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been working with the community on a new library since prior to 2001,&rdquo; said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to be at the point to take this next step.&rdquo;</p> <p>In June, the library district finished a <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">10-year capital facilities plan</a> that identified the current Lake Stevens Library, about 2,500 square feet, as too small to serve the community. With projected population growth in the City of Lake Stevens and surrounding areas, a larger facility in the neighborhood of 20,000 square feet is a top priority of the capital facilities plan.</p> <p>The Lake Stevens <a href="http://www.ci.lake-stevens.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=152">downtown subarea plan</a> process envisions the city-owned library building and at least some other city facilities moving out of downtown. In September, the library district agreed to buy property near 99<sup>th</sup> Avenue NE and Market Place, adjacent to a city-owned parcel. An agreement between city and library district calls on both parties to work together in developing the properties.</p> <p>&ldquo;The city and library district have worked closely to move this project forward,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We would not be at this point without the full support of Mayor (John) Spencer.&rdquo;</p> <p>The mayor said he sees a new library as a key resource for the community.</p> <p>&ldquo;The City is very excited at the prospect of a new library in Lake Stevens. It is an unmet need that is truly overdue. I look forward to working with the community on the election to fund our library&rdquo; Mayor Spencer said.</p> <p>The resolution passed Monday is a joint request to the county from the library district and the city. If approved by the county council, two library measures would go on the Feb. 14 ballot:</p> <ol> <li>Create a Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area with boundaries that mirror the Lake Stevens School District lines.</li> <li>Authorize building a new library and issue $17 million in bonds that would be paid back over 20 years by a property tax.</li> </ol> <p>If approved, the bond would mean a levy of about 24.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That&rsquo;s about $86 a year for a $350,000 home.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both measures have to pass to move forward,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The first measure requires a simple majority, 50 percent plus one. The second measure would need 60 percent approval and the voter turnout must be at least 40 percent of those who vote in Nov. 8 General Election.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=309 Pre-event for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries to take flight http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=308 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <h3><img alt="TEDx event graphic" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161025055002.jpg" style="float:left; height:155px; width:400px" /></h3> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3><span style="color:#FF0000">x</span>Clusive tickets</h3> <p><strong>Day/Date:</strong> Friday, Nov. 4</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 6:30-8:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Place:</strong> Future of Flight,&nbsp;8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA &nbsp;98036</p> <p><strong>Tickets:</strong> <a href="http://bpt.me/2696441">Online at BrownPaperTickets</a>, <a href="http://bpt.me/2696441">http://bpt.me/2696441</a>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Talk about a hot ticket.</p> <p>Just 24 hours after registration opened, every seat at the Edmonds Center for the Arts was reserved for <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016</a>.</p> <p>Now, there&rsquo;s a chance to get a pre-event glimpse thanks to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.</p> <p>&ldquo;The response to event registration was just overwhelming,&rdquo; Foundation Executive Director Paul Pitkin said. &ldquo;The foundation had been planning a small, private event prior to the TEDx for our donors. However, after speaking with library officials, we decided to significantly expand the program and invite the public.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pitkin&rsquo;s vision will take off at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at the Future of Flight, in Mukilteo. <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2696441">Tickets are available online</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re calling it, &lsquo;Ideas Worth Celebrating: A TEDxSnoIsleLibraries xClusive,&rsquo;&rdquo; Pitkin said. He added that attendees will be able to:</p> <ul> <li>Meet the 2016 speakers and learn the topics they will be discussing before anyone else.</li> <li>Hear follow up talks from 2015 speakers about their personal and professional transformations.</li> <li>Find out how the speakers develop their talks</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll also have a TEDxSalon-style panel discussion with speakers from both 2015 and 2016,&rdquo; Pitkin said. The two-hour event will include appetizers and beverages along with live music from past and present TEDxSnoIsleLibraries presenters.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is not a re-creation of the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event on Nov. 18,&rdquo; Pitkin said. &ldquo;This is a peek behind the curtain of TEDx, meet the speakers and see how it&#39;s done.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Paul Pitkin, Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Executive Director, 360-651-7092, ppitkin@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=308 Sno-Isle Libraries business librarian headed in the right direction http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=307 <p>In March of 2016, Kassy Rodeheaver was attending her first SXSW conference.</p> <p>In March of 2017, Rodeheaver will be presenting at the iconically cool, global gathering in Austin, Texas.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5" style="width:300px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Photo Kassy Rodeheaver" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161020060002.jpg" style="float:left; height:419px; width:300px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Kassy Rodeheaver, Sno-Isle Libraries&#39;<br /> Lead Librarian for Business</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t be more excited or honored,&rdquo; said Rodeheaver, who is Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; Lead Librarian for Business. Rodeheaver and Jay Lyman from the Seattle Public Library received notice this week that SXSW (pronounced &ldquo;south by southwest&rdquo;) wants their presentation on how public libraries can help entrepreneurs for the event&rsquo;s Interactive Festival in the &ldquo;Startup Village.&rdquo;</p> <p>According the <a href="https://www.sxsw.com/">SXSW website</a>, the Startup Village &ldquo;brings together startups, entrepreneurs, investors and innovative tastemakers. Topics range from B2B, B2C, Bootstrapping, Business Strategy, Future of Money, Startups and anything in-between.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rodeheaver is familiar with the needs of entrepreneurs because she is one in the world of public libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Kassy is in a position that perhaps only a few libraries across the country have,&rdquo; said Sno-Isle Libraries Deputy Director Kendra Trachta. &ldquo;Our strategic focus says &lsquo;We will build economically sound communities (through) entrepreneur and small business support and workforce readiness.&rsquo; The position of Lead Librarian for Business is dedicated to those outcomes.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rodeheaver started two years ago with those marching orders, but she was going to have to draw her own roadmap.</p> <p>&ldquo;I started learning about the market I wanted to serve, reaching out to potential partners, shaking hands, saying &lsquo;hello&rsquo; and building a network,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &rdquo;Many of the same things entrepreneurs do, or should do.&rdquo;</p> <p>In collaboration with business experts and other agencies, Rodeheaver launched a series of business classes this fall that cover a range of skills needed for startup businesses. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re offering &lsquo;Steps to Starting a New Business&rsquo; and subjects such as &lsquo;SEO and Getting Your Business to Rank on Google,&rsquo;&rdquo; Rodeheaver said.</p> <p>The no-charge classes introduce attendees to the free resources available through Sno-Isle Libraries, which is also the subject of the SXSW conference presentation.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our presentation is called &lsquo;Validate Market Share Without Breaking the Bank,&rsquo;&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;Entrepreneurs may have a great idea, but it takes finding a market to make it a great business.&rdquo;</p> <p>The trick is that regardless of need, market research can be financially out of reach for a startup business. Rodeheaver is introducing local startups to what she says is a forgotten secret to business success: market research help from the public library.</p> <p>&ldquo;This region ranks near the top in the U.S. for entrepreneurship and business startups,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;Library customers can access amazing market research databases and other resources related to business as a part of our regular services.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next March, Rodeheaver and Lyman will be letting that little secret out of the bag at SXSW.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business, 360-651-7017,&nbsp;KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=307 Kiwanis help third-graders learn how to look it up http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=306 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161014031618.jpg" style="float:left; height:267px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Jack LaPoint at Mill Creek Elementary on Oct. 11. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskFjoTNU">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>No matter what the question, Jack LaPoint has the answer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Look it up,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;If you know how to look things up, you can be the smartest person in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a message LaPoint has been bringing to third-graders for 10 years as part of an annual dictionary giveaway sponsored by the Silver Lake Kiwanis and supported by Sno-Isle Libraries. On Oct. 11, LaPoint and fellow Kiwanian Jill Fraley brought dictionaries and the message to students at Mill Creek Elementary.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yes, we&rsquo;re Jack and Jill and, no, we didn&rsquo;t plan it that way,&rdquo; LaPoint says to giggles from the crowd. LaPoint uses humor, but the core of his message is serious. It&rsquo;s clear his squirmy-but-attentive audience sitting cross-legged on the lunchroom floor is listening when he taps his head and calls it the greatest super-computer in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;And you&rsquo;ve got one, too,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;Yours is the newer model, but mine is still pretty good.&rdquo;</p> <p>Then come the books.</p> <p>LaPoint, Fraley and the teachers hand out brand-new copies of &ldquo;A Student&rsquo;s Dictionary,&rdquo; purchased by the Kiwanis from the <a href="https://www.dictionaryproject.org/">TheDictionaryProject.org</a>. With each dictionary, there is also a &ldquo;Why Get a Library Card for a Child&rdquo; and Homework Help brochures from Darlene Weber, Mill Creek Library Managing Librarian. He also provides Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; Homework Help posters for use in the students&rsquo; classrooms. LaPoint is also a Mill Creek Library Ambassador.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a dictionary and it&rsquo;s yours to keep forever and ever,&rdquo; LaPoint tells the new owners, some with noses buried in the smell of the new, previously unopened book. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a sticker inside where you can write your name and make this book yours.&rdquo;</p> <p>LaPoint introduces the students to their new books, shows them how to find information and pointing out it is more than just a dictionary.</p> <p>&ldquo;This book includes the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, maps and information about all 50 states,&rdquo; he says. LaPoint urges the students to look up at least one thing a day, then go home and quiz their parents.</p> <p>This year, LaPoint will visit more than 20 schools in the area, including all the Everett School District elementaries and about 10 private schools. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll hand out 2,000 dictionaries,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Despite the obvious enjoyment that both LaPoint and the students get from the program, this will likely be its final year, he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our Kiwanis club has voted to disband; we&rsquo;re down to just nine members,&rdquo; LaPoint said. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t want to, but that was the vote. I think I&rsquo;ll go try to start a club in Mill Creek.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=306 Earthquake expert coming to five libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=303 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:350px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Sandi Doughton photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161010111943.jpg" style="float:left; height:491px; width:350px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>As part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shakeout.org/washington/">Great Washington Shakeout</a>, Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton will speak at five Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries on how to be safe during big earthquakes.</p> <p>Doughton is author of &ldquo;Full-Rip 9.0: The next big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.&rdquo; Along with her presentation, &ldquo;Shake, Rattle &amp; Rebound,&rdquo; Doughton will lead discussions of the earthquake risks in the region, the potential impact of a major quake on people and economy, and ways to better prepare for those impacts, both individually and collectively.</p> <p>Doughton is scheduled to speak at:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/edmonds/">Edmonds Library</a>, 2 p.m., Oct. 15</li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/monroe/">Monroe Library</a>, 11 a.m., Oct. 22</li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/">Mill Creek Library</a>, 7 p.m., Oct. 27</li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/camanoisland/">Camano Island Library</a>, 11 a.m., Nov 5</li> <li><a href="http://www.stanwoodcamanoresources.org/">Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center</a>, 2 p.m. Nov. 5</li> </ul> <p>All events are free and open to the public.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is participating in The Great Washington Shakeout, part of an annual national earthquake awareness campaign billed as &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s largest earthquake drill.&rdquo; At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, customers visiting many of its community libraries may take part in a drill called &ldquo;Drop, Cover and Hold On!&rdquo;</p> <p>Displays of disaster-preparedness books, posters and other literature are available now in the libraries. Information also library district&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/earthquake">sno-isle.org/earthquakes</a>. It features books on the subject, quick links to other online resources, and a news feed of earthquake stories.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries </strong></p> <p><a href="http://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><strong>For more information</strong></p> <p>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager<br /> 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=303 Challenge prompts Island County teens to get down to business http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=304 <table align="right" border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Student entrepreneur Challenge logo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161010115022.jpg" style="height:446px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Teens in Island County have a chance to build real businesses and earn cash prizes in the second annual <a href="http://iscoedc.com/?page_id=1579">Student Entrepreneur Challenge</a>.</p> <p>The challenge is a hands-on business learning opportunity organized by the <a href="http://iscoedc.com/?page_id=1798">Island County Economic Development Council Foundation</a> and supported by Sno-Isle Libraries and the <a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</a>. Teens form teams and then choose a product or service, do research,<br /> write a business plan, market the goods or services and actually run their business for one week in November.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really impressive how motivated these students are to successfully manage their own businesses,&rdquo; said Sno-Isle Libraries&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/business/">Lead Librarian for Business</a> Kassy Rodeheaver, who along with others will teach team members how to use free business research tools available through Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year during the competition, the student-run businesses sold over $3,000 in product and services in one week. I know some small business owners who would love to have those sales numbers,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said.</p> <p>In 2015, teams launched businesses selling items such as candy and candles and providing services including baking, catering, landscaping and taking portraits of high-school seniors who couldn&rsquo;t afford professional photographs. The 2015 winning team from Oak Harbor made more than $1,000 during the challenge week by selling breakfast items and conducting a raffle at Oak Harbor High School.</p> <p>Teams are assigned mentors from local businesses to advise them during the challenge. Challenge sponsors include US Bank, Whidbey Coffee, Whidbey Island Bank, Brandman University, The Star Store, The Goose Community Grocer, Puget Sound Energy, Valentine Medical, Spoiled Dog Winery and Greater Freeland Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p>To enter, Whidbey and Camano island teens can form teams with three to five members in grades 9-12 as well as home-schooled students. Then, complete and submit the <a href="http://iscoedc.com/?page_id=1579">online application</a> before the 4 p.m., Oct. 19<sup>, </sup>deadline. Teams are required to attend one of four training meetings scheduled for:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/langley/">Langley Library</a>, 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24</li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/oakharbor/">Oak Harbor Library</a>, 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25</li> <li><a href="http://iscoedc.com/">Island County Economic Development Council</a> office, 180 NW Coveland Street, Coupeville, 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26</li> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/stanwood/">Stanwood Library</a>, 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25</li> </ul> <p>Teams will do market research and write business plans by Nov. 13. From Nov. 14-20, the teams will operate their businesses and then submit their business plans, bibliography and financial reports by 4 p.m., Nov. 21.</p> <p>Challenge officials and sponsors will announce winners and celebrate all of the young entrepreneurs at an awards event in December. &nbsp;Cash awards include a grand prize of $250 per winning team member, $100 for the business that officials believe has the greatest chance of continuing outside the challenge and $500 for the team that makes the best use of Sno-Isle Libraries resources in their business.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries </strong></p> <p><a href="http://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><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Sno-Isle Libraries&nbsp;Lead Librarian for Business, 360-651-7017, <a href="mailto:krodeheaver@sno-isle.org">krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager,&nbsp;360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=304 Humanities Washington honors Sno-Isle Libraries with 2016 award http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=305 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:350px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161010014034.jpg" style="float:left; height:277px; width:350px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is the recipient of the 2016 Humanities Washington Award.</p> <p>&ldquo;We treasure our partnership with <a href="https://www.humanities.org/">Humanities Washington</a> and are thrilled to be honored with this award,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. The award was presented Oct. 7, at &ldquo;Wildest Dreams&rdquo; the 18<sup>th</sup> annual Seattle Bedtime Stories Fundraiser for Humanities Washington.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries was honored for its ongoing participation with Humanities Washington&rsquo;s programming and support of authors and the arts in Washington.</p> <p>&ldquo;Part of our mission is to be a center for people, ideas and culture,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Our work with Humanities Washington helps us bring a cultural richness of experiences to the communities we serve that might not otherwise be available.&rdquo;</p> <p>Upcoming <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?lib=ALL">Sno-Isle Libraries events</a> supported by the Humanities Washington speakers bureau include scholar Lance Rhoades&rsquo; multi-media exploration of Mary Shelley&rsquo;s &ldquo;Frankenstein.&rdquo; The seasonally appropriate event debuted Oct 8 at the Sultan Library and can be seen again Oct. 20 at the <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=78847&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=info&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=10/1/2016&amp;kw=humanities&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;">Oak Harbor Library</a> and Oct. 25 at the <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=81033&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=info&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=10/1/2016&amp;kw=humanities&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;">Freeland Library</a>.&nbsp; On Nov. 13, T. Andrew Wahl, an Everett Community College journalism instructor and Humanities Washington comic book historian, will present as part of <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=81774&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=info&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=11/1/2016&amp;kw=humanities&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;">Sno-Isle ComiCon</a> at the Snohomish Library.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is only the third organization honored by Humanities Washington in the past 20 years. Previous organizations receiving the award are the Northwest Museum of Arts &amp; Culture in Spokane in 2009 and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center in 1996.</p> <p>The Humanities Washington award event at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel featured current Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who spoke Sept. 30 at the Edmonds Library. Marshall along with National Book Award-winner Charles Johnson, &ldquo;Hugo and Rose&rdquo; author Bridget Foley and original music by the Bushwick Book Club. Several authors also debuted original short stories based on the evening&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Wildest Dreams.&rdquo; Emcee for the evening was Garth Stein, author of &ldquo;The Art of Racing in the Rain.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">Sno-Isle Libraries</a>&nbsp;serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager,&nbsp;360-651-7050,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=305 Sno-Isle Libraries garners 'Top Innovator' award for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=302 <p>Sno-Isle Libraries has been recognized by a leading library organization for its inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event, held in November 2015.</p> <p>Library district executive director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory accepted the Top Innovator award from the Urban Libraries Council on Oct. 6, at the council&rsquo;s annual forum in Kansas City, Missouri.&nbsp;</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:420px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="TEDxSnoIsleLibraries Transformations logo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161007030524.jpg" style="float:right; height:208px; margin:10px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&ldquo;We launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries as an opportunity to bring people together, to share ideas and transform our communities in that process,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re humbled to receive this award and energized to know that our work is not only meeting the needs of our communities, but seen as valuable by our peers, the best and biggest libraries in North America.&rdquo;</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory also noted that the award is timely.</p> <p>&ldquo;On Monday (Oct. 10), registration opens for <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries</a> 2016, which is scheduled for Nov. 18,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The 2015 event was a powerful day and I&rsquo;m sure this year&rsquo;s lineup of speakers and experiences will be just as transformational.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.urbanlibraries.org/2016-innovations-pages-522.php" target="_blank">Urban Libraries Council</a> serves as a forum for library leadership to produce&nbsp;innovative&nbsp;ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. Member libraries are based in the United States and Canada, and include the largest systems, such as those in New York and Los Angeles.</p> <p>&quot;Today&#39;s public libraries are thought leaders, educational institutions&nbsp;and technology centers that play a critical role in building and strengthening the fabric of their communities,&quot; said Susan Benton, Urban Libraries Council president and CEO.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries was one of 10&nbsp;libraries honored for their innovative work in specific areas. The Sno-Isle Libraries award is in the &ldquo;Positioning the Library&rdquo; category. Other top award winners include:</p> <ul> <li>Race and Social Equity - St. Paul (Minnesota) Public Library</li> <li>Civic and Community Engagement - King County (Washington) Library System</li> <li>Health, Safety and Sustainability - San Francisco (California) Public Library</li> <li>Organizational Change and Strategic Management - Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Libraries</li> <li>Learning: Birth through Teens - San Mateo (California) County Libraries</li> <li>Learning: Adults - Queens (New York) Library</li> <li>Collections - Public Library of Cincinnati &amp; Hamilton County (Ohio)</li> <li>Customer Experience - Wichita (Kansas) Public Library</li> <li>Workforce and Economic Development -&nbsp;Rochester (New York) Public Library</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries</a>&nbsp;serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information, contact: </strong><br /> Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=302 Speaker to explore women's changing political influence (rescheduled for Oct. 29) http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=300 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:270px"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161004045003.jpg" style="height:375px; margin-left:15px; margin-right:15px; width:250px" /></p> <p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:12px">Jeanne Kohl-Welles</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="color:#FF0000"><em><span style="font-size:12px">(Update: Due to weather conditions on Oct. 15, this program has been rescheduled for Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.)</span></em></span></p> <p>LANGLEY, Wash. &nbsp;&mdash; &nbsp;What motivated women in Washington state to buck social norms and pursue political leadership roles?</p> <p>Jeanne Kohl-Welles will answer that question and more in her Oct. 15 presentation at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/langley/">Langley Library</a>, 104 Second St. Her talk, &ldquo;Women as Political Change Agents,&rdquo; will start at 10 a.m. It is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Kohl-Welles will engage with the audience to examine the development and influence of women&rsquo;s leadership roles from the late 1800s to the present. She will include a parallel examination of male leadership roles and discuss what is needed to increase representation of women in politics today.</p> <p>Kohl-Welles is a member of the King County Council. Before being elected to that position in 2015, she served in the Washington state Senate for 21 years. Since 1985, she has taught women&rsquo;s studies, sociology and education courses as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington. So co-founded Win With Women, which supports the election of women to the Washington state Legislature.</p> <p>Her Langley talk is supported by Humanities Washington and Friends of the Langley Library.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the sponsors</strong></p> <p>Humanities Washington, <a href="http://www.humanities.org/" target="_blank">humanities.org</a>, sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries, <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/">sno-isle.org</a>,&nbsp;serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For more information, contact: </strong><br /> Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager,&nbsp;360-221-4383, <a href="mailto:vwelfare@sno-isle.org">vwelfare@sno-isle.org</a></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=300 Sno-Isle Libraries hosts Indie Author Day events, fall classes for writers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=301 <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will join almost 300 libraries across the U.S. and Canada on Saturday, Oct. 8, to celebrate the inaugural Indie Author Day with free public events. Sno-Isle Libraries will feature three classes aimed at aspiring and published authors.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" style="width:240px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Indie Author Day" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20161005034657.jpg" style="height:135px; width:200px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The classes are part of the library district&rsquo;s Write Now series of 32 fall classes covering all aspects of writing and publishing for aspiring and established authors, whether their interest is in traditional or independent publishing. &nbsp;</p> <p>This Saturday&rsquo;s classes and presenters will be:</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Make Writing a Business: Nitty-Gritty of Being an Author Entrepreneur&quot;&nbsp;by Maya Sullivan, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/stanwood/">Stanwood Library</a>, 9701 271st St NW, Stanwood, WA.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>&quot;Self-Publishing 101: Basics &amp; Best Practices&quot;&nbsp;by Joy Burke, 1 - 2:30 p.m., <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/lakestevens/">Lake Stevens Library</a>, 1804 Main St., Lake Stevens, WA &nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>&quot;Poems from Postcards (and Other Found Texts)&quot; by Amanda Laughtland, 2 - 3:30 p.m., <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/brier/">Brier Library</a>, 23303 Brier Rd, Brier, WA.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The full list of fall classes is available online at <a href="http://bit.ly/SILwritenow">bit.ly/SILwritenow</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know that throughout our communities there is a real interest in learning about writing and publishing. With our Write Now series and Indie Author Day, we hope to address that interest and connect writers with library resources and each other to create an environment that facilitates their publishing dreams,&rdquo; said Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle&rsquo;s lead librarian for Readers&rsquo; Services.</p> <p>Parker encourages writers to watch a live streaming presentation featuring publishing industry leaders that will be posted at <a href="http://www.indieauthorday.com/" target="_blank">indieauthorday.com</a>&nbsp;at 11 a.m. Saturday. Library customers can watch the event from their personal devices or from one of Sno-Isle&rsquo;s 600 free public computers.</p> <p>The Indie Author Day website&nbsp;helps libraries and authors stay connected throughout the year.</p> <p>For more information about the events, contact Jackie Parker, lead librarian for Readers&rsquo; Services, <a href="mailto:jparker@sno-isle.org">jparker@sno-isle.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries</a>&nbsp;serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information, contact: </strong><br /> Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Readers&rsquo; Services,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jparker@sno-isle.org">jparker@sno-isle.org</a>, 360-651-7049<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=301 Grant helps bring award-winning author to Mariner High School http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=299 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Matt de la Pena photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160929025609.jpg" style="height:400px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="Last Stop on Market Street book cover photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160929025710.jpg" style="height:491px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On the basketball court and in life, Matt de la Pe&ntilde;a knows something about taking the shot.</p> <p>As a teenager, de la Pe&ntilde;a says he dreamed of finger rolls in pickup games at San Diego&rsquo;s Balboa Park. His persistence in pursuing that dream paid off, taking him 500 miles north and a world away to the University of the Pacific on a full-ride basketball scholarship.</p> <p>A 6-foot-1 guard, de la Pe&ntilde;a made an impact on the court, but what he found in the college&nbsp;classroom made an impact on his life. That&rsquo;s where he was introduced to books like&nbsp;&ldquo;The Color Purple,&rdquo;&nbsp;&ldquo;Their Eyes Were Watching God&rdquo; and&nbsp;Junot D&iacute;az&rsquo;s&nbsp;&ldquo;Drown.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;When I finally fell for literature, I fell hard,&rdquo; de la Pe&ntilde;a said.</p> <p>The self-described &ldquo;half-Mexican hoop-head&rdquo; earned a master&rsquo;s degree in creative writing at San Diego State University and went from reading books to writing them.</p> <p>In six young adult novels, de la Pe&ntilde;a writes about what he knows in &ldquo;Ball Don&rsquo;t Lie,&rdquo; &ldquo;Mexican WhiteBoy,&rdquo; &ldquo;We Were Here,&rdquo; &ldquo;I Will Save You,&rdquo; &ldquo;The Living&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Hunted.&rdquo; And this year, de la Pe&ntilde;a received the Newbery Medal for his 2015 picture book, &ldquo;Last Stop on Market Street.&rdquo;</p> <p>De la Pe&ntilde;a&rsquo;s stories, both in his books and his life, struck a chord with Mariner High School librarian Stephanie Wilson. Wilson was looking for a way to connect students with good role models and decided to try to get de la Pe&ntilde;a to the school.</p> <p>&ldquo;There was an article he wrote on NPR a few years ago called <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/11/11/243960103/a-reluctant-reader-turns-ya-author-for-tough-teens">&lsquo;Sometimes the Tough Teen is Quietly Writing Stories,&rsquo;</a>&rdquo; Wilson said. &ldquo;I sent it to the English department and our principal. The principal said, &lsquo;Get him here.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Wilson&rsquo;s own persistence&nbsp;will pay off when the author arrives for a full day of events with students and faculty. However, getting to this point wasn&rsquo;t easy.</p> <p>&ldquo;I started applying for grants and got $1,500 from the <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/friends">Friends of the Mill Creek Library</a>,&rdquo; Wilson said.</p> <p>Sue Ramsey, secretary of the Friends group, said the request was a bit unusual. &ldquo;We have a professional development grant fund,&rdquo; Ramsey said, adding that normally those requests are for teacher training opportunities. &ldquo;This was for a whole school. We just thought this one was special.&rdquo;</p> <p>Still, more was&nbsp;needed.&nbsp;Some came from school-supporter funds and some came from Wilson&#39;s&nbsp;own library budget. In the middle of all that, she went on leave for a year.</p> <p>&ldquo;And then, he wins the Newbery,&rdquo; Wilson said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure our students and maybe some of our staff understand the magnitude of him coming.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wilson is going to wring everything she can out of the visit.</p> <p>&ldquo;We will have two assemblies on that day, two book signings at lunch and he will work with staff after school in a seminar and Q&amp;A format,&rdquo; Wilson said. While those events aren&#39;t open to the public,&nbsp;de la Pe&ntilde;a will be at <a href="http://www2.bookstore.washington.edu/_events/events_cal.taf?evmonth=10&amp;evyear=2016&amp;eventid=2016060812400700&amp;pre=20161001&amp;pst=20161012">University Book Store</a> in Mill Creek from 7-8 p.m., Oct. 4,&nbsp;where he is scheduled for a free and open reading and book signing.</p> <p>For his part, de la Pe&ntilde;a says he still can&rsquo;t quite believe what has happened in his life.</p> <p>&ldquo;Growing up, I never could&rsquo;ve imagined anything like this,&rdquo; de la Pe&ntilde;a said in his <a href="https://youtu.be/w1_7_cw4MkQ">comments accepting the Newbery Medal</a> earlier this year. &ldquo;Me and books? Reading? Nah, man, I was a working-class kid.</p> <p>&ldquo;Over the past 10 years, I&rsquo;ve visited hundreds of schools and met tens of thousands of young people. And so many of them are just like that old version of me. Self-defined nonreaders who spend all day reading the world. My mission as an author is to help a few of them translate those skills to the written word.</p> <p>&ldquo;But what if I can nudge a few of these kids toward the magic of books at a younger age? What if I can write a story that offers that tough, hoodied kid in the back of the auditorium a secret place to feel?&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=299 State's poet laureate coming to Edmonds LIbrary http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=297 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160927010347.jpg" style="height:400px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><em>Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall&nbsp;</em></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>Write on Tod</h3> <p><a href="http://todmarshall.com/index.html">Tod Marshall</a>&nbsp;is the author of three books of poetry, most recently&nbsp;<em>Bugle</em>, which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015.&nbsp; His work has been published in many journals, including&nbsp;<em>Narrative, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, The Colorado Review, Poetry Northwest, Volt, The Canary, The Kenyon Review</em>&nbsp;and elsewhere.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Tod Marshall, Washington&rsquo;s Poet Laureate, is coming to the Edmonds Library.</p> <p>Marshall will read from his work and answer questions from 5-5:45 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the library, 650 Main St., Edmonds. <a href="http://www.edmondsbookshop.com/">The Edmonds Bookshop</a> will be at the library with&nbsp;copies of Marshall&#39;s books available for sale.</p> <p>Marshall is in town to participate as a presenter at the sold-out <a href="http://www.writeonthesound.com/">2016 Write on the Sound</a> writer&rsquo;s conference presented by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission&nbsp;that runs through Sunday, Oct. 2. His presentation at the library on Friday is funded by the Friends of the Edmonds Library.</p> <p>Marshall will also available to sign books at the conference Book Signing Reception from 5:15-6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Edmonds Plaza Room, directly above the library. The reception is free and open to the public.</p> <p>An English professor at Gonzaga University, Marshall&rsquo;s two-year appointment as the state&rsquo;s poet laureate began this year in February. The role includes building awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations across the state.</p> <p>And Marshall is taking the statewide part of that mission to heart. He is presenting at the conference on Saturday morning, zipping north to Bellingham for a Poetry Camp, then heading back south for sessions in Edmonds later Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>&ldquo;The previous three laureates have all traveled a great deal and so I think that (a lot of travel) is an expectation,&rdquo; Marshall said. &ldquo;Outreach in the arts - in the humanities generally - is something that I&rsquo;m passionate about, and so although the long hours on the road can get exhausting, I&rsquo;m always enthused by the encounters with people.&rdquo;</p> <p>To get to those encounters and help the miles go by, Marshall said he is getting plenty of podcasts, talk radio, sporting events and &rsquo;70s/&rsquo;80s rock.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am continually reminded of how important the arts, the humanities, are to people,&rdquo; said Marshall, who is attending his first Write on the Sound conference. &ldquo;Poetry doesn&rsquo;t just thrive at universities or in schools; from my many encounters with very young students and with old enthusiasts, I know that there is a powerful appetite for art, for philosophy, for history, for poetry - it&rsquo;s great to encounter that.&rdquo;</p> <p>Marshall said the poet-laureate duties are an extension of outreach he&rsquo;s been doing since his undergraduate days at Siena Heights University in Michigan. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always felt that education is both continual and for everyone,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Whatever the setting, Marshall said he tries to take the same respectful approach.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whether folks are enrolling in a class or taking time out of their evenings to hear me talk, that gesture is a profound one; I want to make whatever happens worth their time, their attention,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>During his talks in Edmonds, Marshall said he&rsquo;ll be talking about blurring of lines between different modes of writing.&nbsp; &ldquo;Poetry, fiction and non-fiction all share so many qualities; I&rsquo;ll try to help writers see how they can work on all those modes of writing,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>And modes of presentation. Marshall said he believes poetry needs to be both read and heard.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that it needs both forms to thrive.&nbsp; They are two different flowers - think radiant, exuberant sunflower and tiny, quiet orchid,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You know what, though?&nbsp; Both of them have the opportunity to achieve a similar sort of beauty - sometimes in the hush after a spoken line, there is a hushed echo of how &lsquo;page&rsquo; poems function; sometimes in the raucous music of a Hopkins or June Jordan, there is a brash energy that unfolds in the mind.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We need all of our poetries.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Richard Suico, Managing Librarian Edmonds Library, 425-771-1933, <a href="mailto:kharvey@sno-isle.org" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">rsuico@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Frances Chapin, Edmonds Arts and Culture Manager, 425-771-0228,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:shempstead@sno-isle.org" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov</a></li> </ul> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=297 Sno-Isle Libraries buys land for new Lake Stevens Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=298 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Sno-Isle and Lake Stevens city officials photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160927031809.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sno-Isle Libraries and City of Lake Stevens officials gather at the site earmarked for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library and new city facilities. From left are: Sonia Gustafson, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian; Kendra Trachta, Sno-Isle Libraries Deputy Director; Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees President Sue Cohn; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory; Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer; Lake Stevens City Council member Sam Low, Lake Stevens City Council member Kim Daughtry and Lake Stevens City Administrator Mary Swenson. &nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/gp/sno-isle/J4N194">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is buying land for a new library to serve the Lake Stevens community.</p> <p>A purchase and sale agreement for property on the northwest corner of 99<sup>th</sup> Avenue NE and Market Place in Lake Stevens was unanimously approved by the library district&rsquo;s Board of Trustees at the Sept. 26 regular meeting.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m thankful for the leadership and vision of our trustees,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Their commitment to the Lake Stevens community brings us one step closer to the new, larger library the community deserves.&quot;</p> <p>The land is adjacent to property purchased earlier this year by the City of Lake Stevens. The library district and city are working together to site the new library as well as new city facilities. The purchase price of the library district&rsquo;s parcel is $850,000, plus closing costs.</p> <p>The <a href="http://sno-isle.org/facplan">Sno-Isle Libraries 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan</a> calls for replacing the Lake Stevens Library with a new, larger building. Community input strongly indicates&nbsp;the current library is too small to serve the growing Lake Stevens community.&nbsp; Building and opening a larger library, however, would require voter approval for funding.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will work with the City and County to place two ballot measures before voters for consideration. The first measure would ask whether a Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) should be formed to raise necessary tax funds to construct and furnish a new Lake Stevens Library. A Lake Stevens library capital facility area would mirror the boundaries of the Lake Stevens School District.</p> <p>This potential measure requires a simple majority approval to pass. A second potential ballot measure would ask voters whether library bonds should be issued for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library. For passage of this measure, 40 percent of those who voted in the previous general election must vote on this bond-issue question. In addition, passage of the bond measure requires approval by 60 percent or more of those voting.</p> <p>Both library measures&nbsp;need to be approved for work to proceed on a new Lake Stevens Library. The first possible date for the measures to be on a ballot is Feb. 14, 2017.</p> <p>Normally, the full price of the land would be included in the setting the bond amount, but not in this case. The trustees pledged half of the land cost, $425,000 plus closing costs, from library district reserves toward the purchase as part of the&nbsp;motion approved on Monday night.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; commitment to pay half of the land purchase demonstrates our support for this project,&rdquo; Board of Trustees President Sue Cohn said.</p> <p>The site and building in which the current library operates are owned by the city. The City of Lake Stevens has long envisioned other uses for the property and is currently moving through a <a href="http://www.lakestevenswa.gov/index.aspx?nid=363">planning process for the downtown area</a>. City officials have said the library and at least some city services must move from the downtown area.</p> <p>&ldquo;The current Lake Stevens Library serves the community as well as it can, but it is just too small to meet the needs of this growing area,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Community members told us they want a new, larger library and we&rsquo;re working to help make their vision a reality.&rdquo;</p> <p>Board Vice-President Marti Anamosa added her support, saying, &ldquo;This is a great partnership between the City of Lake Stevens and Sno-Isle Libraries.&rdquo;</p> <p>Beginning next week, the four-member committee called for in an interlocal agreement approved in August will start work on a joint site development plan. The committee includes two representatives from the city and two from the library district.</p> <h3>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h3> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 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> </ul> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=298 'Screenagers' film looks at screen-time issues and impacts http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=283 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="line-height:22.4px; width:250px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Screenagers movie poster" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20160825050056.png" style="height:350px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="Delaney Ruston photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20160825050204.jpg" style="float:left; font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,trebuchet ms; height:349px; line-height:22.4px; width:250px" /> <div>&nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><em>Delaney Ruston</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Screen time.</p> <p>Delaney Ruston is well-versed on the level of chaos that can erupt when a parent utters those two simple words to a child staring at a computer, smartphone or game console.</p> <p>The filmmaker and physician examines the impacts of screen time on children, teenagers and their families in her 2016 documentary, <a href="http://www.screenagersmovie.com/">&ldquo;Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;The film will is scheduled for showing at both the Monroe and Coupeville libraries:</p> <ul> <li>Monroe Library,&nbsp;6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and again at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8</li> <li><span style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family:calibri,arial,helevetica; font-size:medium">Coupeville&nbsp;Library,&nbsp;6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and again at 2&nbsp;p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8</span></li> </ul> <p>Ruston uses her own experience to probe the corners of family life and explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. A former University of Washington faculty member, Ruston saw her own children turning toward a screen-based world and learned that the average U.S. young person spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Ruston decided to look into the possible impacts of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time.</p> <p>One review says &ldquo;Screenagers&rdquo; is sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible use of technology, especially if parents and children watch the documentary together.</p> <p>Ruston&rsquo;s previous documentaries include &ldquo;Hidden Pictures: A Personal Story into Global Mental Health&rdquo; that explores personal mental health stories in five countries, and &ldquo;Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia&rdquo; depicting her journey to reconnect with her father after hiding from him for 10 years.</p> <p>Ruston has been a family physician in California and Washington. She completed a Fulbright Fellowship producing short films on mental health in India. She has been a keynote speaker on mental health topics at the World Health Organization and the United Nations.</p> <p>Ruston is currently the filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Phil Spirito, Monroe Library Managing Librarian, 360-7647851, pspirito@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Leslie Franzen, Coupeville&nbsp;Library Branch Manager, 360-678-4911, lfranzen@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=283 'Screenagers' film looks at screen-time issues and impacts http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=284 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="line-height:22.4px; width:250px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Screenagers movie poster" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20160825050056.png" style="height:350px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="Delaney Ruston photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20160825050204.jpg" style="float:left; font-family:sans-serif,arial,verdana,trebuchet ms; height:349px; line-height:22.4px; width:250px" /> <div>&nbsp;</div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><em>Delaney Ruston</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Screen time.</p> <p>Delaney Ruston is well-versed on the level of chaos that can erupt when a parent utters those two simple words to a child staring at a computer, smartphone or game console.</p> <p>The filmmaker and physician examines the impacts of screen time on children, teenagers and their families in her 2016 documentary,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.screenagersmovie.com/">&ldquo;Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;The film will show at the Coupeville&nbsp;Library at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and again at 2&nbsp;p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8</p> <p>Ruston uses her own experience to probe the corners of family life and explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. A former University of Washington faculty member, Ruston saw her own children turning toward a screen-based world and learned that the average U.S. young person spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Ruston decided to look into the possible impacts of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time.</p> <p>One review says &ldquo;Screenagers&rdquo; is sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible use of technology, especially if parents and children watch the documentary together.</p> <p>Ruston&rsquo;s previous documentaries include &ldquo;Hidden Pictures: A Personal Story into Global Mental Health&rdquo; that explores personal mental health stories in five countries, and &ldquo;Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia&rdquo; depicting her journey to reconnect with her father after hiding from him for 10 years.</p> <p>Ruston has been a family physician in California and Washington. She completed a Fulbright Fellowship producing short films on mental health in India. She has been a keynote speaker on mental health topics at the World Health Organization and the United Nations.</p> <p>Ruston is currently the filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Leslie Franzen, Coupeville&nbsp;Library Branch Manager, 360-678-4911, lfranzen@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=284 Registration opens Oct. 10 for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=295 <p>Registration to see and hear the region&rsquo;s most fascinating thinkers, innovators and performers live onstage will open Oct. 10.</p> <p>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 will take place on Friday, Nov. 18 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Admission is&nbsp;free, but online registration is required at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <p><img alt="TEDx logo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160926123715.jpg" style="float:left; height:92px; width:500px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/videos">Watch the&nbsp;2105 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker&nbsp;videos! &nbsp;</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&ldquo;This&nbsp;event&nbsp;quickly became a very hot item&nbsp;in 2015, our inaugural year,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and TEDx organizer. &ldquo;We encourage early registration.&rdquo;</p> <p>The event at Edmonds Center for the Arts will start at 9 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. with morning and afternoon breaks and a pause for lunch.</p> <p>And who will be presenting that day?</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be making that announcement in the coming weeks,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;Our 2016 TEDx speakers are preparing a fascinating line-up of ideas for the audience.&rdquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the speakers, the IdeaLab will again be part of the experience at Edmonds Center for the Arts.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year will include a new opportunity for TEDx attendees to interact with presenters and event sponsors and other organizations through idea and innovation spaces within the IdeaLab,&rdquo; Harvey said. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet Edmonds artist Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks who was selected through the Snohomish County Arts Commission to serve as the 2016 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event artist. &ldquo;She is creating an interactive art installation which will be a centerpiece of the IdeaLab.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registration options will be available for full-day, half-day morning and half-day afternoon at Edmonds Center for the Arts, as well as 16 community viewing sites where the event will be livestreamed.</p> <p>Viewing sites include 13 Sno-Isle Libraries facilities at Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish and Stanwood.</p> <p>Additional public viewing sites will be at the Snohomish Public Utilities District auditorium in Everett, the University of Washington Bothell and Edmonds Community College. No registration is required for those locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s TEDxSnoIsleLibraries received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, speakers and partners.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a powerful day,&rdquo; said Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, Executive Director of Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;The 2016 event reinforces Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; role in transforming communities, convening people for public discourse and programs that address community needs and interests.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 2015 event drew more than 700 attendees for the live event at Edmonds Center for the Arts and thousands more viewed the livestream at the public viewing sites or their own devices.</p> <p>In 2015, <a href="http://sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers">speakers and performers</a> took the stage with subjects ranging from innovation strategies to preparing for a NASA mission to Mars. Attendees and viewers also reflected a broad cross-section with an age range from 14 to over 80 and a geographic draw from British Columbia, California, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was clear as we prepared for last year&rsquo;s event that we have a deep well of ideas and innovations in our region,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;We barely scratched the surface then on ideas which were submitted. Inspiring nominations of amazing people doing innovative work came to us from the speaker nomination process that we hosted last spring.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a key partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s critical to the purpose and values of the library district to make this event free for everyone, ensuring free and equal access to information and ideas,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our support of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was completely validated by our results in 2015.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other organizations that have chosen to become partners for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 include:</p> <ul> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>Edmonds Center for the Arts</li> <li>Alaska Airlines</li> <li>United Way of Snohomish County</li> <li>The Everett Clinic</li> <li>Economic Alliance Snohomish County</li> <li>Institute of Flight</li> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Snohomish County Arts Commission</li> <li>Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound</li> <li>University of Washington Bothell</li> <li>Coastal Community Bank</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Crosscut</li> <li>Starbucks</li> <li>Island County Economic Development Council</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>City of Edmonds</li> <li>Heritage Bank</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Anderson Hunter</li> <li>OverDrive</li> <li>Innovative-Polaris</li> <li>First Washington</li> <li>Pacific Copy &amp; Printing</li> <li>Snohomish County Public Utility District</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>ED! Edmonds Downtown Alliance</li> </ul> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries </strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director,&nbsp;360-651-7030, <a href="mailto:kharvey@sno-isle.org">kharvey@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></li> <li>Susan Hempstead, Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013, <a href="mailto:shempstead@sno-isle.org">shempstead@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=295 Road trips are reading trips for Lake Stevens siblings http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=296 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160926010701.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Saho (left) and Shogo Yamashita settle in with their books during a recent visit to the Lake Stevens Library. Both children were gold-medal winners in the Sno-Isle Libraries Explore Summer reading program, even continuing their reading logs while in summer school in Japan. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskE3DWvS">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>Reading-log jam</h3> <ul> <li>107,870 &ndash; Hours of reading logged this summer by all participants</li> <li>4,217&nbsp; - Bronze medal winners (10 hours of reading)</li> <li>1,965 - Silver medal winners (25 hours of reading)</li> <li>1,449 - Gold medal winners (50 hours of reading)</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Saho and Shogo Yamashita are used to reading on the road.</p> <p>The Lake Stevens brother and sister know that the trip to Kent for Shogo&rsquo;s gymnastics lessons will take a good 90 minutes - each way - so they grab at least one book a piece for ride. &ldquo;We read the whole way there and back,&rdquo; said Saho, 11, and a sixth-grader at North Lake Middle School.</p> <p>However, reading on the road took on a whole new meaning this summer when the family took a trip to Kobe, Japan that included a month-long summer-school stint. &ldquo;The school is for Japanese children born abroad and whose parents want them to have a Japanese language and cultural experience,&rdquo; said Hiroko Yamashita, the kids&rsquo; mom.</p> <p>On this trip, the children did two languages and two cultures at the same time. &ldquo;We took our books from the library and reading logs with us to Japan,&rdquo; Saho said. &ldquo;We went to school in Japanese and then read in English.&rdquo;</p> <p>The reading logs were part of Sno-Isle Libraries Explore Summer program, which receives funding support from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Participants who logged 10 hours of reading over the summer received bronze medals while 25 hours brought a silver medal. Readers who racked up 50 hours were gold-medal winners.</p> <p>&ldquo;Saho and Shogo easily surpassed the gold-medal mark,&rdquo; said Yoko Cailotto, a staff member at the Lake Stevens Library.</p> <p>Finding the Lake Stevens Library turned out to be a stroke of luck for the family that has been in Lake Stevens for less than a year after moving from Chicago.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had to leave behind most of our books,&rdquo; Hiroko Yamashita said. &ldquo;We were very excited to find the library here. (Saho and Shogo) like to read; they would rather read than do anything else.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ironically, it wasn&rsquo;t books that first made them aware of the library.</p> <p>&ldquo;Saho saw a flyer for a Minecraft class I was teaching,&rdquo; Cailotto said of the popular virtual-world video game. &ldquo;Then, she got here and saw this is a library.&rdquo;</p> <p>That discovery turned into regular visits and, this past summer, the Explore Summer reading challenge.</p> <p>&ldquo;The reading logs helped me find more books and made me want to read more,&rdquo; Saho said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m still reading more than before, even though the logs are over.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shogo increased his reading pace, too, and both children are generally reading two to three books at a time. &ldquo;I just pick the one that interests me most at the time,&rdquo; Shogo said.</p> <p>In school, both Saho and Shogo gravitate toward math as a favorite subject. Saho, says she likes graphing equations while 8-year-old Shogo, a third-grader at Sunnycrest Elementary, says he likes &ldquo;times-ing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Saho said she does see differences between Chicago, Lake Stevens and Japan.</p> <p>&ldquo;School is very different,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;In PE in Japan, they run a lot and there&rsquo;s lots of testing. There are pools and everyone must take swimming lessons. Here, there are a lot of games.&rdquo;</p> <p>She said the weather is different, too. &ldquo;Chicago has lots of snow and wind and the summer is short and hot,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Here, it is rainy and the summer is not hot.</p> <p>The one thing that is the same no matter where they are is reading. While Saho finds it easier to read English and Shogo says reading Japanese goes a bit better for him, reading is the constant.</p> <p>&ldquo;We read as soon as we get up,&rdquo; Shogo said. &ldquo;If I&rsquo;m bored, I read.&rdquo;</p> <h3>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h3> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h3>For more information</h3> <ul> <li>Sonia Gustafson, Managing Librarian Lake Stevens Library, 425-334-1900, sgustafson@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=296 Voter registration coming to libraries on Sept. 27 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=294 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160920051244.jpg" style="float:right; height:127px; width:500px" />Sno-Isle Libraries will be doing its part on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 27, to help eligible residents get registered to vote in time for the Nov. 8 election.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to building connected communities through civic engagement,&rdquo; said Susan Hempstead, Strategic Relations Manager for the library district. &ldquo;Our libraries are partnering with the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County to help ensure that everyone has a voice in the electoral process.&nbsp; The choices we all make by voting matter to our communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County is a local branch of the national organization. It is nonpartisan and dedicated to enabling voter registration, organizing candidate and issue forums and encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very pleased to again be working with Sno-Isle Libraries to help more people become in knowledgeable about and involved with their government,&rdquo; said Jody Trautwein, League Voter Service Chair.</p> <p>On Sept. 27, League volunteers will assist with&nbsp;voter registration at eight libraries across the district.</p> <ul> <li>Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds&nbsp;</li> <li>Lynnwood Library, 19200 44<sup>th</sup> Ave W, Lynnwood</li> <li>Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., Marysville</li> <li>Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Mill Creek&nbsp;</li> <li>Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe&nbsp;</li> <li>Mountlake Terrace Library, 2330 58<sup>th</sup> Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace</li> <li>Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Point Blvd, Mukilteo</li> <li>Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave., Snohomish</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;National Voter Registration Day and this year&rsquo;s partnership between the Sno-Isle Libraries and the Snohomish County League of Women Voters put the spotlight on the importance of registering to vote,&rdquo; said Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel. &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s society represents, in part, the choices of yesterday&rsquo;s voters.&nbsp; Be part of shaping the future; register to vote today!&rdquo;</p> <p>To register 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. 8, 2016)&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="http://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> <p><strong>About the League of Women Voters</strong></p> <p>The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Susan Hempstead, Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:shempstead@sno-isle.org">shempstead@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=294 Sound Transit 3 forum coming to Lynnwood Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=293 <p>The Lynnwood Library will host a League of Women Voters forum on one of the defining issues for this region, transportation.</p> <p>At 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, advocates and opponents of the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) proposal will share their views of the project that will be on this November&rsquo;s ballot.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Sno-Isle Libraries and League of Women Voters logos" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160916025928.jpg" style="float:left; height:127px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Speakers will include Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff, who will outline the proposal; Shefali Ranganathan, Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition, speaking in favor of the measure; and Maggie Fimia, People for Smarter Transit &ndash; No on ST3, speaking in opposition. There will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.</p> <p>The forum will be in Lynnwood Library meeting room at 19200 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The event will be <a href="http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2016091093">live-streamed</a> by TVW.org.</p> <p>According to League officials, because the ST3 proposal is so complex, it is sponsoring a forum in each sub-area of the Sound Transit district, which includes the Snohomish Sub-Area.</p> <p>The League of Women Voters has not taken any position on ST3 and encourages voters to attend these forums to obtain substantial background for their voting choices. Sno-Isle Libraries doesn&rsquo;t take positions on such issues. As part of its strategic plan, Sno-Isle Libraries supports convening people for public discourse, coordinating programs that address community needs and interests, and helps to build civic engagement.</p> <p><strong>About the League of Women Voters</strong></p> <p>The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Cynthia Stewart, Vice President League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund, 206-310-8965, <a href="mailto:stewdahl@comcast.net">stewdahl@comcast.net</a></li> <li>Susan Hempstead, Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013, <a href="mailto:shempstead@sno-isle.org">shempstead@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></li> <li>Michael Delury, Lynnwood Managing Librarian, 425-778-2148, <a href="mailto:mdelury@sno-isle.org">mdelury@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=293 Library and colleges offer help to displaced students http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=288 <p><em>(<a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/news/local-colleges-reaching-out-to-help-former-itt-tech-students/">An article</a>&nbsp;published Sept. 14, 2016 by Daily Herald writer Kari Bray contributed to this story)&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The sudden closure of ITT Technical Institute campuses across the nation has hundreds of now-former students in this region looking for options.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="business class photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160914113012.jpg" style="float:left; height:286px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sean Callaghan teaches a class in how to start a home-based business on Sept. 12, 2016 at Coupeville Library. The class is part of a <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/business-events">business class series</a> hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Everett Community College is hosting an information session aimed at ex-ITT Tech students from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at Gray Wolf Hall, Room 166, 2000 Tower St., in Everett. Parking is free for the session and <a href="http://www.everettcc.edu/">more information</a> is available online or by calling 425-388-9219.&nbsp;Edmonds Community College <a href="http://www.edcc.edu/itt/">launched a webpage</a> for stranded ITT students.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries also has classes and resources that may help displaced students gain the skills and knowledge they need to continue their education or find a new path to employment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/elearning">eLearning</a> page features several learning tools, including Microsoft Imagine Academy, Lynda.com and LearningExpress that can be accessed with a no-charge Sno-Isle Libraries card,&rdquo; said Lead Librarian for Business Kassy Rodeheaver. &ldquo;We also have online access to funding databases for <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/grantseekers/">individual grantseekers</a>, including students searching for scholarship information.&rdquo;</p> <p>For those looking to add skills to start a business, this fall&nbsp;Rodeheaver launched a series of classes aimed at helping entrepreneurs move from the idea stage to being in business.</p> <p>The classes are scheduled at 11 libraries in five areas, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=11&amp;ln=13&amp;ln=15">South</a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=11">Lynnwood</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=13">Mill Creek</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=15">Mountlake Terrace</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=8">East</a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=8">Granite Falls</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=19&amp;ln=2">North</a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=19">Stanwood</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=2">Camano Island</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4">North Whidbey</a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4">Oak Harbor</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=4">Coupeville</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7&amp;ln=10&amp;ln=3">South Whidbey</a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=3">Clinton</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=10">Langley</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7">Freeland</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Registration for these classes is required and available through the&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7&amp;ln=10&amp;ln=3&amp;ln=11&amp;ln=13&amp;ln=15&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4&amp;ln=2&amp;ln=19&amp;ln=8">class listings in the online calendar.</a></p> <p>&ldquo;Some areas have more or fewer classes based on the classes each library chose to host,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;However, anyone can attend any of the sessions. They are all free and open to the public.&rdquo;</p> <p>ITT Tech is a for-profit college that last week announced the nationwide closures due to sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal agency in August decided that it would no longer allow ITT to enroll new students who receive federal financial aid. The Washington Student Achievement Council also barred the school from receiving state aid.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian - Business, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@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> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=288 'Read and Rock' hits right note for early literacy http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=289 <p>The ABC song is more than just a fun way to learn the alphabet, it&rsquo;s an early introduction to the critical life-long skill of reading.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Getting ready to read starts well-before a child gets to school,&rdquo; said Joy Feldman, early&nbsp;learning&nbsp;coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;Singing, talking, playing as well as reading and writing can all help lay the foundation for strong reading skills.&rdquo;</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Read and Rock graphic" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160914021307.jpg" style="float:left; height:146px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>Ready to Read and Rock?</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?ag=Preschool%2C+School-Age&amp;et=Family+Program&amp;kw=Rock&amp;dt=dr&amp;ds=2016-9-1&amp;de=2016-10-31&amp;df=list&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL">Checkout the online calender</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To help young children get ready to read, Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting a&nbsp;series this fall that uses&nbsp;singing, music and movement. Feldman said the series called &ldquo;Every Child Ready to Read and Rock!&rdquo; features entertaining and engaging performers, many of whom&nbsp;also happen to be recognized experts in early literacy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart are &lsquo;The Chancy and Narly Show,&rsquo; but Nancy is also a national advocate for communities singing together and she has a strong early literacy background,&rdquo; Feldman said.</p> <p>Another performer in the series is Charlie Hope, winner of the Juno Award and three International Independent Music Awards. Also on the list is Christine Roberts, founder of Seattle-based Nurturing Pathways which focuses on the role movement plays in early childhood education. Ray Soriano, an early childhood educator and teaching musician, will use his West African drums and instruments to explore rhythms and Ian Dobson&rsquo;s Steel Drum Party uses singing and dancing to engage and prepare young minds for reading.</p> <p>&ldquo;Parents and caregivers can bring children to these programs for a fun, entertaining experiences, but also know that they are providing an important learning opportunity,&rdquo; Feldman said.</p> <p>Supporting early literacy is part of the strategic plan of Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our &lsquo;Ready Readers&rsquo; program includes the five practices of reading readiness, talking, singing, reading, writing and playing,&rdquo; Feldman said. &ldquo;In addition to in-library programs, we have <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/kids/learning">videos and resources for parents</a> to help their children.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries also offers a series of <a href="http://sno-isle.org/kids/stars">STARS classes</a> aimed at early childhood educators, parents and caregivers. The free classes are led by Sno-Isle Libraries staff who are state-approved trainers and have an expertise in early literacy and early learning. The classes meet the ongoing professional development requirements outlined by the state Department of Early Learning.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know that these kinds of early literacy experiences can help prepare children for success as readers,&rdquo; Feldman said.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Joy Feldman, Sno-Isle Libraries Early Learning Coordinator, 360-651-7105, jfeldman@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=289 Ready to Rock and Read events in south Snohomish County http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=290 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>Earlier this afternoon, I sent a new release regarding a Sno-Isle Libraries program called &quot;Ready to Rock and Read.&quot; The release includes a link to our online calendar, but I thought I&#39;d send along&nbsp;a list (see below)&nbsp;of program events and dates in your area. Thanks for your consideration of our news and for all&nbsp;the important work you do for our communities.</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><strong><u>Ready to Rock and Read - South Snohomish County</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Brier Library </strong></p> <p>Thursday, Oct. 6 2 p.m. Charlie Hope&rsquo;s music is full of melody, cheer and sing-able songs for the whole family.</p> <p><strong>Edmonds Library </strong></p> <p>Friday, Sept. 23 10 a.m. Come prepared to jump, dance and wiggle. Christine Roberts, founder of Nurturing Pathways will introduce children and caregivers to the joy of creative dance.</p> <p><strong>Lynnwood Library </strong></p> <p>Friday, Oct. 7 10 a.m. Come prepared to jump, dance and wiggle. Christine Roberts, founder of Nurturing Pathways will introduce children and caregivers to the joy of creative dance.</p> <p><strong>Mill Creek Library</strong></p> <p>Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. Ray Soriano will share a variety of West African drums and instruments and lead lively rhythm activities and drum beats to participate in.</p> <p><strong>Mountlake Terrace Library </strong></p> <p>Thursday, Oct. 13 10:30 a.m. Charlie Hope&rsquo;s music is full of melody, cheer and sing-able songs for the whole family.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mukilteo Library </strong></p> <p>Saturday, Oct. 22 10 a.m. Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart present: The Chancy and Narly Show</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=290 Ready to Rock and Read events on Whidbey Island http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=291 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>Earlier this afternoon, I sent a new release regarding a Sno-Isle Libraries program called &quot;Ready to Rock and Read.&quot; The release includes a link to our online calendar, but I thought I&#39;d send along&nbsp;a list (see below)&nbsp;of program events and dates in your area. Thanks for your consideration of our news and for all&nbsp;the important work you do for our communities.</p> <p>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</p> <p><strong><u>Ready to Rock and Read &ndash; Whidbey Island</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Oak Harbor Library </strong></p> <p>Thursday, Sept. 15 10:30 a.m., Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart present: The Chancy and Narly Show</p> <p><strong>Clinton Community Hall</strong></p> <p>Saturday, Oct. 29 1 p.m. Ray Soriano will share a variety of West African drums and instruments and lead lively rhythm activities and drum beats to participate in.</p> <p><strong>Langley Library</strong></p> <p>Wednesday, Sept. 21 10 a.m. Join Ian Dobson&rsquo;s Steel Drum Party for a rhythmical journey that uses music, dance, and movement.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=291 Ready to Rock and Read events in your area http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=292 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p>Earlier this afternoon, I sent a new release regarding a Sno-Isle Libraries program called &quot;Ready to Rock and Read.&quot; The release includes a link to our online calendar, but I thought I&#39;d send along&nbsp;a list (see below)&nbsp;of program events and dates in your area. Thanks for your consideration of our news and for all&nbsp;the important work you do for our communities.</p> <p>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" style="color: rgb(72, 94, 52); font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none;">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p><strong><u>North &amp; East Snohomish County/Camano Island</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Arlington Library </strong></p> <p>Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. Join Ian Dobson&rsquo;s Steel Drum Party for a rhythmical journey that uses music, dance, and movement.</p> <p><strong>Camano Island Library </strong></p> <p>Monday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart present: The Chancy and Narly Show.</p> <p><strong>Granite Falls Library </strong></p> <p>Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., Charlie Hope&rsquo;s music is full of melody, cheer and sing-able songs for the whole family.</p> <p><strong>Lake Stevens Library </strong></p> <p>Monday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m. Come prepared to jump, dance and wiggle. Christine Roberts, founder of Nurturing Pathways will introduce children and caregivers to the joy of creative dance.</p> <p><strong>Snohomish Library </strong></p> <p>Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart present: The Chancy and Narly Show</p> <p><strong>Monroe Library </strong></p> <p>Thursday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. Join Ian Dobson&rsquo;s Steel Drum Party for a rhythmical journey that uses music, dance, and movement</p> <p><strong>Granite Falls Library </strong></p> <p>Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., Charlie Hope&rsquo;s music is full of melody, cheer and sing-able songs for the whole family.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=292 Business resources take entrepreneur's 3D printing idea to next dimension http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=287 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Sam Hightower photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160907010946.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Samuel Hightower holds two of the containers he makes using the 3D printers at &quot;3D Buildtower,&quot; his kiosk-based business at the Everett Mall.</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>Looking for a little help?</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/business/">Sno-Isle Libraries business resources</a></li> <li><a href="http://snocomakers.com/">SnoCoMAKERSPACE</a></li> <li><a href="http://snohomishscore.org/">SCORE Snohomish County</a></li> </ul> <h3>Read more</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/life/kiosk-at-the-everett-mall-specializes-in-3d-printing/">Herald newspaper story from Sept. 13</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Some people like to say they are &ldquo;serial entrepreneurs.&rdquo; They get an idea, create a business and then move on to the next idea.</p> <p>Samuel Hightower&rsquo;s brain is just too full of ideas to wait for one project to finish before starting another; call him a &ldquo;simultaneous entrepreneur.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I just like doing things I&rsquo;ve never done before,&rdquo; the 27-year-old said, standing in the middle of the Everett Mall next to his kiosk, <a href="http://www.3dbuildtower.com/">&ldquo;3D Buildtower,&rdquo;</a> an on-demand, 3D-printing service which opened for business in late May. &ldquo;I always wanted to make my own business, I just wasn&rsquo;t sure what or how.&rdquo;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s when he bumped into Kassy Rodeheaver, lead librarian for business at Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;I met Kassy at a SnoCo Makers meeting,&rdquo; Hightower said of the maker-space group headquartered on Casino Road in Everett. &ldquo;Kassy showed me the market research and databases available at Sno-Isle Libraries. It helped form my business.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rodeheaver says that visit to SnoCo Makers was a first for her, too. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d heard about them and wanted to check them out,&rdquo; said Rodeheaver, who has a focus on helping entrepreneurs.</p> <p>For Hightower, that meant showing him just what was available for free through the library.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have market research that can identify trends in an industry,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;There are databases, company profiles, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses and thousands of periodicals and news reports.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rodeheaver also referred Hightower to SCORE, the business mentoring service that now offers their services in four Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every part of that web is important in terms of the business-support ecosystem,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;And, they&rsquo;re all available to everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>That ecosystem helped Hightower launch his business.</p> <p>&ldquo;I now have two Leapfrog printers here and a scanner with two more printers at home,&rdquo; he said. The printers use various kinds of plastic materials to print objects, anything from keyrings and business-card holders to cosplay masks and an arm.</p> <p>An arm?</p> <p>&ldquo;A clothing manufacturer came by and wanted an arm to use as a model for some clothing,&rdquo; Hightower said. &ldquo;So, I used the handheld scanner, scanned the person&rsquo;s arm and printed it in plastic, exactly the same size and shape as the real one.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hightower&rsquo;s kiosk also has a sign, &ldquo;3D artists wanted.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;My training is in graphic design and art,&rdquo; said Hightower, who came to the region from Minnesota in 2009, a two-year degree in hand. Once here, he enrolled at the Seattle Art Institute earned a Bachelor&rsquo;s in Fine Arts degree.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to bridge the gap between technology and art. Once I found what 3D printing can do, I felt so free to create,&rdquo; he said. And he&rsquo;s trying to bring that freedom, and business, to others, too. An artist can bring their file to Hightower and he&rsquo;ll print and display it for sale in the mall.</p> <p>&ldquo;The artist gets most of the money, as they should. I keep enough for the material and small fee,&rdquo; said Hightower, who also sells the printers he uses from The Netherlands-based company.</p> <p>After doing the market research with Rodeheaver&rsquo;s help, Hightower found that his mall-based business may be just one of a kind.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s one at Mall of America (in Minnesota), but they scan your whole body and then print you in miniature,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;My model is like a sign shop of 3D printing, which I did that, too, worked at a sign shop in Minnesota.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hightower brings all of his experiences together to make this business work, including the customer interaction: He was a member of the crew that opened the Microsoft store at University Village in Seattle.</p> <p>&ldquo;That was my first exposure to retail and I learned a lot there,&rdquo; he said, adding that just getting the job was an education. &ldquo;They had a job fair for all the finalists. There must have been 150 of us and all the other people were from Microsoft, watching us interact.&rdquo;</p> <p>It was while at the Microsoft store that Hightower says his interest in 3D printing began: &ldquo;I became the local expert on 3D.&rdquo;</p> <p>The start-a-business bug bit in 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;I jumped off the cliff,&rdquo; Hightower said. &ldquo;I let Microsoft go in August 2015. I was doing freelance web and design work and had this 3D idea. A buddy said, &lsquo;Try the mall.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Hightower said he started talking to officials at Everett and Alderwood malls this past January and met Rodeheaver about the same time.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had lots of help: Kassy, Kelly Gruol at SnoCo Makers; I got the (printers) from Kelly. And, I couldn&rsquo;t do all this without the support of my grandparents,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;As you would imagine, its 24-7 running a business.&rdquo;</p> <p>Yes, 24-7, but somehow Hightower finds time for other interests.</p> <p>Hightower and his roommate are both halves of the duo, &ldquo;Wombo Buxom.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We started playing music together and that became the group which became DJ&rsquo;ing at clubs,&rdquo; he said. According to their website, Wombo Buxom is &ldquo;an audio visual design duo &hellip; (to) produce and DJ (electronic dance music) that will send you &hellip; to a place filled with hiphop and house drenched dance music.&rdquo;</p> <p>The duo perform at The Crocodile in Seattle and other venues in the area. The two worlds do overlap a bit, he said: &ldquo;We wore the masks I printed, lit up with LED lights. It was a big hit.&rdquo;</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s next?</p> <p>&ldquo;I like the technical aspect, the business side and the creative side. And, I&rsquo;m interested in gaming,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m definitely juggling, but I have a high level of interest in creating whatever I can.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian - Business, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=287 Snohomish Library shows off new floors and layout http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=286 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="children at library photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160906122627.jpg" style="float:left; height:600px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Children play in the children&#39;s area at the Snohomish Library on Sept. 6, 2016.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Snohomish Library doors reopened at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 after being closed since Aug. 6 for a flooring project.</p> <p>&ldquo;Customers have been coming in waves all morning,&rdquo; Managing Librarian Jude Anderson said on Sept. 6. &ldquo;People are saying they really like the new carpet and flooring.&rdquo;</p> <p>Those sentiments were echoed by customer Alicia Percival, who was there with her two children and two of their friends and liked the new look. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been waiting for this day,&rdquo; said the Lake Stevens-area resident. &ldquo;This is our favorite library.&rdquo;</p> <p>The library was closed for a month for the project that replaced most of the flooring throughout the building. Some things got rearranged, during the closure, too.</p> <p>Some material displays and furniture were moved, based on customer patterns. The media area was expanded and there is better browsing of reference and non-fiction materials, Anderson said. There are more quiet study areas now and power outlets have been added to more carrels.</p> <p>The flooring work is part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jude Anderson, managing Librarian, Snohomish Library, 360-651-4020, janderson@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Chy Ross, District Manager, Community Libraries, 360-651-7015, cross@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=286 Snohomish Library about to open with new carpet and layout http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=285 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Workers at Snohomish Library photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160830041914.jpg" style="float:left; height:281px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><em>Workers install shelving at the Snohomish Library, getting it ready for the Sept. 6 re-opening after being closed a month for new carpeting and flooring.</em></p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/JaDq2QIHHL4"><em>See time-lapse video of the&nbsp;project!</em></a></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>Snohomish Library hours</h3> <p>Starting Sept. 6</p> <ul> <li>Mon-Thu:&nbsp;9&nbsp;a.m.-8&nbsp;p.m.</li> <li>Fri-Sat: 10&nbsp;a.m.-6&nbsp;p.m.</li> <li>Sun: 1-5&nbsp;p.m.</li> </ul> <p><em>Note: All Snohomish Library services, including the meeting room mini-library,&nbsp;will be closed Sept. 2-5.</em></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Snohomish Library will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 6, following an extensive replacement of the flooring.</p> <p>And Managing Librarian Jude Anderson says customers should be ready to be floored, too.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be open and celebrating all day on Sept. 6, so come on over to the library,&rdquo; Anderson said, Tuesday, Aug. 30. &ldquo;The new carpeting looks just great, but we also took this month-long closure as an opportunity to rearrange some of our materials and services to give customers a better experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>While some of the shelving remained in place, other material displays and furniture have been moved. The adjustments are in response to the customer usage levels and patterns library staff were seeing.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have better browsing of reference and non-fiction materials,&rdquo; Anderson said. Also, media materials such as CDs, DVDs and audiobooks get new, more accessible shelving and are now grouped with the appropriate age areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;Teen audiobooks are near the teen section; children&rsquo;s music CDs are in the children&rsquo;s section,&rdquo; Anderson said.</p> <p>The library also addressed&nbsp;carrels and study areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;We added quiet study areas to supplement the space available for groups,&rdquo; Anderson said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve also added power access to study carrels for electronic devices.&rdquo;</p> <p>And, special attention was given to special collections.</p> <p>&ldquo;The international collection gets a high profile location and the classics collections is expanded to better meet high demand,&rdquo; Anderson said.</p> <p>While the library was closed, staff operated a mini-library out of the meeting room.</p> <p>&ldquo;That went very well,&rdquo; Anderson said. &ldquo;The mini-library was well-used and customers said they really appreciated the effort to keep some library services available.&rdquo;</p> <p>The flooring project that enabled all these changes went smoothly, said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;The work went well and was actually ahead of schedule,&rdquo; Rush said. &ldquo;After 13 years of use in a public space, it was time to replace the carpet,&rdquo; Rush said. The staff work area also had its hard floor replaced with hard tiles that are easy to replace but also more resistant to wear.</p> <p>The flooring work is just part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jude Anderson, managing Librarian, Snohomish Library, 360-651-4020, janderson@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Chy Ross, District Manager, Community Libraries, 360-651-7015, cross@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=285 Sno-Isle Libraries, City of Lake Stevens set stage for new library and civic facilities http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=282 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:350px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160824124635.jpg" style="float:left; height:146px; width:350px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160824124758.jpg" style="float:left; height:249px; width:350px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries and the City of Lake Stevens will work together on a project that could result in a new library and civic facilities.</p> <p>In separate meetings on Aug. 22 and 23, the library district Board of Trustees and the City Council passed an interlocal agreement that calls for both entities to jointly develop a site for a new, larger library as well as civic facilities for the city.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very pleased this interlocal agreement is in place,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Lake Stevens-area residents <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/lake-stevens-capital-facilities-project">deserve a new, larger library</a>. Sno-Isle Libraries, the City of Lake Stevens and the community have been working toward this for a long time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer agreed that the time has come for expanded facilities to serve residents.</p> <p>The mayor said the new site will place the library and civic facilities, including a new police station, closer to the center of the city&rsquo;s population making services more easily available.&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great working together to develop these library and civic facilities,&rdquo; Spencer said.</p> <p>During this past Legislative session, lawmakers included funding to help remove some current city buildings that Spencer has called &ldquo;totally inadequate.&rdquo; The city is working on a <a href="http://www.lakestevenswa.gov/index.aspx?nid=363">Downtown Lake Stevens Subarea Plan</a> focused on redeveloping city-owned property in the area and has established a citizens advisory committee for the subarea plan.</p> <p>The <a href="http://sno-isle.org/facplan">Sno-Isle Libraries 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan</a> calls for replacing the Lake Stevens Library with a new, larger building. According to the plan&nbsp;approved this past month by the Board of Trustees, &ldquo;The Lake Stevens Library is too small to meet existing and future community needs. Public comments collected for this plan indicate strong interest in building a new library within the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The current library building is owned by the city and the city&rsquo;s redevelopment plans preclude expanding the library at the current site.</p> <p>The city has already purchased property in the Frontier Village area for potential civic-facilities use. With the interlocal agreement now in hand, library-district officials are working to finalize the purchase of property.</p> <p>Once the library-district purchase is final, the interlocal agreement says the city and library district will work together to develop the site. A four-member committee, two from the city and two from the library district, would work out the details and supervise the process.</p> <p>Both Woolf-Ivory and Spencer said they&rsquo;re pleased with the agreement and the opportunity to bring increased service to residents.</p> <p>&ldquo;The current Lake Stevens Library is well-used and beloved, but it just isn&rsquo;t meeting the needs of this growing community,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries is here to serve community members and they&rsquo;ve told us they want a new library.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lake Stevens is one of the fastest growing cities in Snohomish County through annexations and an influx of families looking for affordable housing and good schools. Spencer has indicated the city will continue to grow. &ldquo;We have areas that haven&rsquo;t been annexed that we&rsquo;re looking to annex and we&rsquo;ve been growing a lot organically in the city,&rdquo; the mayor told The Daily Herald newspaper in February.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in&nbsp;Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>About the City of Lake Stevens</strong><br /> With about 30,000&nbsp;residents, the City of Lake Stevens is dedicated to improving, and diversifying the Lake Stevens economic and business climate. Our goal is to support a lively, active city where people can live, work and play.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries&nbsp;Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Mary Swenson, Interim City Administrator, 425-377-3230, mswenson@lakestevenswa.gov</li> </ul> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=282 Lake Stevens Library at back-to-school event http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=281 <p>Lake Stevens Library staff will be at a &ldquo;Back to School Fair&rdquo; scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Lake Stevens Boys &amp; Girls Club, 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Stevens.</p> <p>&ldquo;Children&rsquo;s Librarian Monica Jackson will be there with information about the library and our programs for the coming school year,&rdquo; Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson said. &ldquo;Lake Stevens students at Sunnyside Elementary won last year&rsquo;s Third-Grade Reading Challenge and we&rsquo;re looking forward to this coming school year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The event is sponsored by the Lake Stevens Family Center.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=281 The Oak Harbor Library Board has an opening http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=280 <p>There is an opening on the Oak Harbor Library Board.</p> <table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:128px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Susan Norman photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160811054923.jpg" style="float:left; height:179px; line-height:22.4px; width:128px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Susan Norman</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Susan Norman, current president of the five-member board, is leaving the board on Dec. 31, 2016 due to term limits. Members the city board are appointed by the mayor with city council confirmation for a term of five years.&nbsp; Each member may serve two terms. The other current board members are Pat Morse, Marshall Goldberg, Margaret Grunwald and Anne Sullivan. Mary Anderson, Oak Harbor Senior Services Administrator, serves as city staff liaison.</p> <p>Board duties include providing advice and recommendations to the mayor and city council regarding general supervision and provision of library facilities and programs in accordance with the contract with Sno-Isle Libraries. In addition, the board members serve as liaison to share community needs, provide a forum for discussion, recommend programs, services and strategic focus, and to encourage best use of library facilities and resources.</p> <p>The board meets quarterly at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October in the Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277</p> <p>Application and information packets are available at the library and the <a href="http://www.oakharbor.org/page.cfm?pageId=1506">City of Oak Harbor website</a>. Applicants must live in Oak Harbor in order to qualify. Applications may be submitted by email to the Oak Harbor City Clerk at <a href="mailto:athompson@oakharbor.org">athompson@oakharbor.org</a> or by mail to: City of Oak Harbor, Attn: City Clerk, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.</p> <p>Applications must be received by 6 p.m., Sept. 30, 2016.</p> <p>For more information, contact Oak Harbor Library Managing Librarian Mary Campbell, 360-675-5115 or <a href="mailto:mcampbell@sno-isle.org">mcampbell@sno-isle.org</a>.</p> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=280 Classes can help cultivate your business http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=279 <p>Whether your business is sketched on a napkin or already pulling in customers, Sno-Isle Libraries has classes that can help take it to the next level.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7&amp;ln=10&amp;ln=3&amp;ln=11&amp;ln=13&amp;ln=15&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4&amp;ln=2&amp;ln=19&amp;ln=8"><img alt="Business classes graphic" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160810103322.jpg" style="float:left; height:117px; width:400px" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=79198&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=9/1/2016&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=Business&amp;Lib=11&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;noheader=&amp;lad=&amp;pub=1&amp;nopub=&amp;page=&amp;pgdisp="><img alt="Business class poster" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160810103433.jpg" style="float:left; height:518px; width:400px" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>The first in a series of 40 business-related classes at Sno-Isle Libraries is Saturday morning, Aug. 13, at the Lynnwood Library.&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7&amp;ln=10&amp;ln=3&amp;ln=11&amp;ln=13&amp;ln=15&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4&amp;ln=2&amp;ln=19&amp;ln=8">See the full calendar of classes</a>&nbsp;</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re committed to helping start and grow businesses,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Lead Librarian for Business&nbsp;Kassy Rodeheaver. Rodeheaver and community-library staff members have lined up 40 classes that start&nbsp;Aug.&nbsp;13 and run&nbsp;through December at 11 libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got everything from &lsquo;Steps to Starting a New Business&rsquo; to more advanced subjects such as &lsquo;SEO and Getting Your Business to Rank on Google,&rsquo;&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;And, lots more in-between.&rdquo;</p> <p>Teaching the classes are 10 local and regional experts in a variety of business-support areas. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited about the expertise of our presenters,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said, adding that many have advanced business degrees and years of experience managing their own businesses.&nbsp;</p> <p>The list includes <a href="http://snohomishscore.org/">Jack Stiegler</a>, who heads the Snohomish County branch of SCORE; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayasullivanauthor">Maya Sullivan</a>, author of &ldquo;Dare to Be Your Own Boss;&rdquo; and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-sagvold-simpson-2818891">Jean Simpson</a>, of GROWashington and the Girandola Academy. Also, two presenters from the 2015 <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx">SnoIsleLibrariesTEDx</a>, <a href="http://www.annarohrbough.com/">Anna Rohrbough</a> and <a href="http://superchargemarketing.com/">Matt Cail</a>, will teach classes this fall.</p> <p>Other presenters include <a href="http://bhale.esourcecoach.com/">Bob Hale</a>, a franchising coach; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-wines-23363b25">Jane Wines</a>, a senior benefits adviser with the&nbsp;U. S. Department of Labor&rsquo;s Employee Benefits Security Administration; <a href="http://www.improv-ableresults.com/about.asp">Sandy Bjorgen</a>, a presentation and speaking coach; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/robinackerbush">Robin Bush</a>, on organizational structures, and <a href="http://www.blockbeta.com/">Robbin&nbsp; Block</a>, on creative marketing strategies.</p> <p>The classes are scheduled at 11 libraries in five areas, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=11&amp;ln=13&amp;ln=15"><strong>South</strong></a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=11">Lynnwood</a>, <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=13">Mill Creek</a> and <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=15">Mountlake Terrace</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=8"><strong>East</strong></a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=8">Granite Falls</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=19&amp;ln=2"><strong>North</strong></a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=19">Stanwood</a> and <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=2">Camano Island</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4"><strong>North Whidbey</strong></a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4">Oak Harbor</a> and <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=4">Coupeville</a></li> </ul> </li> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7&amp;ln=10&amp;ln=3"><strong>South Whidbey</strong></a> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"> <li><a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=3">Clinton</a>, <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=10">Langley</a> and <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7">Freeland</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Registration for these classes is required and available through the <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?et=business&amp;ln=7&amp;ln=10&amp;ln=3&amp;ln=11&amp;ln=13&amp;ln=15&amp;ln=17&amp;ln=4&amp;ln=2&amp;ln=19&amp;ln=8">class listings in the online calendar.</a></p> <p>&ldquo;Some areas have more or fewer classes based on the classes each library chose to host,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;However, anyone can attend any of the sessions. They are all free and open to the public.&rdquo;</p> <p>So why does Sno-Isle Libraries offer business classes? It&rsquo;s a question Rodeheaver says she often hears.</p> <p>&ldquo;This region ranks near the top in the U.S. for <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2015/the-top-20-startup-ecosystems-in-the-world-new-report-ranks-seattle-no-8/">entrepreneurship and business startups</a>. Our strategic focus says &lsquo;We will build economically sound communities (through) entrepreneur and small-business support,&rsquo;&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;Library customers can access amazing market research databases and other resources related to business as a part of our regular services. These business-focused programs are an extension of our service.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rodeheaver added that these classes are just some of the ongoing business-support programs at Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got programs going on all the time in our libraries and we&rsquo;re adding new resources and new offerings; just check for the latest at our website, <a href="http://sno-isle.org/business/">sno-isle.org/business</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745&nbsp;residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business, 360-651-717, <a href="mailto:KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org">KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=279 Music series coming to Edmonds Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=278 <p><img alt="library and art logos" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160809115911.jpg" style="float:right; height:375px; margin:5px; width:350px" /></p> <p>A new music series is coming to the Edmonds Library in partnership with the City of Edmonds Arts Commission.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to bring entertaining and informative musical performances to the library,&rdquo; said Edmonds Library Managing Librarian Richard Suico. The series will be in the Plaza Room above the library. Three of the scheduled five events will coincide with Art Walk Edmonds on the third Thursday of the month.</p> <ul> <li>On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., world flute artist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos will present a tribute to the tradition of song and story in the Zuni, Navajo and Salish cultures. The event will include a showing of &quot;Remembering the Songs,&quot;&nbsp;- a 30-minute film offering a glimpse of the music-makers of the Din&eacute;, Zuni, and Salish communities. Stroutsos will play his traditional American Indian made flutes and answer questions following the presentation.</li> <li>On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., The Hot Club of Troy will present a musical performance and education about the jazz and life of the Belgian-born French jazz guitar genius Django Reinhardt. The Langley-based Hot Club of Troy features Troy Chapman, guitar; Keith Bowers, guitar,&nbsp;and Kristi O&#39;Donnell, bass.</li> <li>On Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Bryan Stratton will guide listeners through the lives and music of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and other influential singer-songwriters of the &rsquo;60s. Library regulars may recognize Stratton, a Sno-Isle Libraries staff member, who uses his music-education degree to perform and inform at many libraries and other venues in the area.</li> <li>On Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., the DownTown Mountain Boys will preview <a href="http://wintergrass.com/">Wintergrass 2017</a> with a 45-minute performance. After performing, the band will stay for a jam session and audience members are encouraged bring an instrument to join in or just stay and listen. The DownTown Mountain Boys include Paul Elliott, violin; Don Share, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Dave Keenan, banjo, lead and harmony vocals; Terry Enyeart, bass, lead and harmony vocals; and Tom Moran, mandolin.</li> </ul> <p>Suico said the March, 2017, event is still in the planning stages.</p> <p>The City of Edmonds Arts Commission and the library are collaborating on the series, based on the intersecting values that build on and foster the power of community and cultural experiences. &ldquo;The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is excited to be a partner with the library on this program,&rdquo; said Frances Chapin, Edmonds Arts &amp; Culture Manager.</p> <p>&ldquo;Over the years, Sno-Isle Libraries has developed relationships with many local performers. We&rsquo;re so happy to be able to bring some of our friends to Edmonds for this series,&rdquo; Suico said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re also thankful to the Friends of Edmonds Library. They gladly fund many of these events and we appreciate seeing their hard volunteer work expressed&nbsp;in high quality programs for community.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Richard Suico, Managing Llibrarian Edmonds Llibrary, 425-771-1933, rsuico@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Frances White Chapin, Edmonds Arts &amp; Culture Manager, 425-771-228, frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=278 Project floors Snohomish Library in August http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=277 <p><img alt="library customers photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160808025044.jpg" style="float:left; height:529px; width:850px" /></p> <p><em>Snohomish Library customers use the &quot;mini-library&quot; that is&nbsp;open&nbsp;Aug. 8-31 while flooring is replaced in the main library. The&nbsp;full&nbsp;library will re-open Sept. 6. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskFUG1EU">Photo gallery</a></em></p> <p>The main area of the Snohomish Library building will be closed through Sept. 5 for a carpeting and flooring project.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:350px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Terminator flooring machine photo" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160808013453.jpg" style="float:left; height:294px; width:350px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>A worker operates the &quot;Terminator,&quot; a machine that removes old flooring, as part of the work at the Snohomish Library.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>During the closure, a &ldquo;mini-library&rdquo; is open in the building&rsquo;s meeting room from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Available services include picking up materials on hold, returning materials, checkout materials, wi-fi, accepting Explore Summer logs and handing out prizes. No public computers and no public restrooms will be available during the project.</p> <p>The full&nbsp;library will re-open&nbsp;on Sept. 6.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a standard replacement and update cycle of carpeting for us. After 13 years of use in a public space we would expect to be replacing the carpet,&rdquo; said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. Most of the carpet and flooring in the 23,000-square-foot library is original to when it was built in 2003.</p> <p>Flooring in the public areas of the library were a combination of carpet tiles and rolled carpet. The new material will be all carpet tiles to make it easier to replace damaged or worn areas. The staff work area was a hard flooring material that had been put down in one piece. Rush said the replacement material will also be tiles and much more resistant to wear.</p> <p>The flooring work is just part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jude Anderson, managing Librarian, Snohomish Library, 360-651-4020, <a href="mailto:janderson@sno-isle.org">janderson@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Chy Ross, District Manager, Community Libraries, 360-651-7015, <a href="mailto:cross@sno-isle.org">cross@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=277 Volunteers helping libraries and cities http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=276 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="Painting the Stanwood Library" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160805041150.jpg" style="float:left; height:600px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sheri Lieurance, a Grove Church member from Camano Island, braces the roller handle against her head to reach the top of the wall with a new coat of paint for the Stanwood Library, Aug. 4, 2016. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskFQUuit">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Fresh paint is going on at the Stanwood and Arlington libraries, courtesy of members of The Grove Church in Marysville and volunteer programs in both cities.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re just excited&nbsp;for the help in getting the library painted,&rdquo; Stanwood Managing Librarian Charles Pratt said. &ldquo;The city owns the building and they arranged to provide the materials with the church members volunteering the labor.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the Arlington Library, Managing Librarian Kathy Bullene said the work includes new paint in both restrooms as well as general cleanup of the landscaping around the library.</p> <p>The volunteer effort has been going on for about five years, said Duane Palmer, a Stanwood-area resident and church member who was overseeing the crew at the Stanwood Library on Thursday, Aug. 4.</p> <p>&ldquo;Overall, there are about 300 members working in crews out doing projects,&rdquo; Palmer said on Thursday, Aug. 4. &ldquo;We have 10 people here today. We started on Tuesday and we&rsquo;ll be finished Friday.&rdquo;</p> <p>Palmer said other community projects include painting restrooms at the Arlington Library as well as non-library projects in Lake Stevens, Marysville, Everett and Tulalip. Previous-year projects in the Stanwood area include painting the Triangle Bridge and at Church Creek Park, he said.</p> <p>Longtime Stanwood Library staff member Almira Jones said this is the first time in her memory that the library hasn&rsquo;t been painted white, but the change seems to be just fine with customers. &ldquo;People are saying they like the new color,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;And, it matches with the neighboring buildings.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=276 Lynnwood Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=271 <p>A new library in Lynnwood could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district&rsquo;s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.</p> <p>&ldquo;We call it the &lsquo;Capital Facilities Plan,&rsquo; but really it&rsquo;s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>The plan puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.</p> <p>A potential new Lynnwood Library is listed as an area of opportunity category.</p> <p>&ldquo;While the existing library meets today&rsquo;s needs, tomorrow is a different story,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood&rsquo;s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be prepared to support the city&rsquo;s vision for itself,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Other areas of opportunity include a new library in the greater Mill Creek area and two library demonstration projects, one in the 128<sup>th</sup> Street/ Mariner High School area and the other in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>According to the plan, the current Mill Creek Library is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base. That library is slated for renovation because site restrictions may preclude an expanded facility. However, significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library. Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area, according to the plan.</p> <p>As for the 128th Street/Mariner demonstration project, Woolf-Ivory said, &ldquo;There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood. The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on&nbsp;hold.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Lakewood/Smokey Point area, identified for a second demonstration project, has significant growth now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan.</p> <p>Demonstration projects could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes. &ldquo;The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,&rdquo; said Woolf-Ivory, adding that 128<sup>th</sup> Street Mariner could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year with Lakewood Smokey point in the fourth quarter.</p> <p>Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the &ldquo;maintain&rdquo; category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.</p> <p>One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library &ldquo;is significantly undersized&rdquo; for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.</p> <p>The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;These communities told us they want new libraries and we&rsquo;re working with them to determine the best way forward &ldquo;,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn&rsquo;t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community&#39;s sense of urgency for an improved library.&rdquo;</p> <p>That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lake Stevens&rsquo; efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community&rsquo;s urgency for a larger library. &ldquo;The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.</p> <p>&ldquo;Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. &ldquo;In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.&rdquo;</p> <p>Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/12675/12675_20160420023603.pdf">the future of libraries</a>. &ldquo;We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.</p> <p>This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, <a href="http://enviroissues.com/" target="_blank">EnviroIssues</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. &ldquo;Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was very helpful and we did make some changes,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that&rsquo;s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.</p> <p>Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=271 Mill Creek Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=272 <p>Mill Creek-area residents could be getting a renovated library and another brand-new facility according to a plan unanimously approved by Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.</p> <p>&ldquo;We call it the &lsquo;Capital Facilities Plan,&rsquo; but really it&rsquo;s more of a statement of capital facilities needs across the district,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to the plan, there could be as many as seven new facilities across the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade. The plan puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.</p> <p>Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the &ldquo;maintain&rdquo; category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.</p> <p>The Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library &ldquo;is significantly undersized&rdquo; for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.</p> <p>The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;These communities told us they want new libraries and we&rsquo;re working with them to determine the best way forward,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.&rdquo;</p> <p>The &ldquo;Greater Mill Creek Area&rdquo; appears in the plan&rsquo;s &ldquo;Areas of Opportunity&rdquo; category.</p> <p>&ldquo;The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>According to the plan, &ldquo;The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.&rdquo; Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.</p> <p>Also listed as areas of opportunity are two &ldquo;library demonstration projects,&rdquo; one in the 128<sup>th</sup> Street/Mariner High School area and a second in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area. Such projects could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. &ldquo;The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on&nbsp;hold.&rdquo;</p> <p>Woolf-Ivory says a location in the 128<sup>th</sup> Street/Mariner area could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year.</p> <p>A second demonstration project is slated for the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025. &ldquo;The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Using the demonstration-project model, I&rsquo;m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.&rdquo;</p> <p>Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. &ldquo;While the existing library meets today&rsquo;s needs, tomorrow is a different story,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood&rsquo;s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be prepared to support the city&rsquo;s vision for itself,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn&rsquo;t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community&#39;s sense of urgency for an improved library.&rdquo;</p> <p>That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lake Stevens&rsquo; efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community&rsquo;s urgency for a larger library. &ldquo;The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128<sup>th</sup> Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district&rsquo;s existing budget and won&rsquo;t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for costs, that too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.</p> <p>&ldquo;Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. &ldquo;In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.&rdquo;</p> <p>Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/12675/12675_20160420023603.pdf">the future of libraries</a>. &ldquo;We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.</p> <p>This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, <a href="http://enviroissues.com/" target="_blank">EnviroIssues</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. &ldquo;Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was very helpful and we did make some changes,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that&rsquo;s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.</p> <p>Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=272 Lake Stevens Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=270 <p>A new Lake Stevens Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district&rsquo;s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.</p> <p>&ldquo;We call it the &lsquo;Capital Facilities Plan,&rsquo; but really it&rsquo;s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Lake Stevens Library is one of three, along with Arlington and Stanwood, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.</p> <p>The current Lake Stevens Library can&rsquo;t support requested community events and library programs. In an attempt to accommodate some events and programs, library staff are forced to book space in other public facilities.</p> <p>The area&rsquo;s population is expected to approach 50,000 people by 2025, according to forecasts. The fastest growing areas are projected to be on the west side of the lake. While public comments indicate a strong interest in a new, larger library, expanding at the current location is not possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;These communities told us they want new libraries and we&rsquo;re working with them to determine the best way forward,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.</p> <p>Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the &ldquo;maintain&rdquo; category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.</p> <p>One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library &ldquo;is significantly undersized&rdquo; for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.</p> <p>The replace category includes Lake Stevens, Arlington and Stanwood.</p> <p>The plan also has &ldquo;Areas of Opportunity&rdquo; category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.</p> <p>&ldquo;The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as &ldquo;128th Street/Mariner.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. &ldquo;The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on&nbsp;hold.&rdquo;</p> <p>The plan calls for a &ldquo;library demonstration project&rdquo; for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.</p> <p>The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. &ldquo;The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Using the demonstration-project model, I&rsquo;m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.&rdquo;</p> <p>The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.</p> <p>According to the plan, &ldquo;The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.&rdquo; Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.</p> <p>Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. &ldquo;While the existing library meets today&rsquo;s needs, tomorrow is a different story,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood&rsquo;s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be prepared to support the city&rsquo;s vision for itself,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn&rsquo;t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community&#39;s sense of urgency for an improved library.&rdquo;</p> <p>That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lake Stevens&rsquo; efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community&rsquo;s urgency for a larger library. &ldquo;The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128<sup>th</sup> Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district&rsquo;s existing budget and won&rsquo;t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.</p> <p>&ldquo;Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. &ldquo;In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.&rdquo;</p> <p>Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/12675/12675_20160420023603.pdf">the future of libraries</a>. &ldquo;We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.</p> <p>This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, <a href="http://enviroissues.com/" target="_blank">EnviroIssues</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. &ldquo;Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.</p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.</p> <p>Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=270 New 10-Year Plan for Library Buildings http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=268 <p>A new Lake Stevens Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district&rsquo;s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016 meeting.</p> <p>&ldquo;We call it the &lsquo;Capital facilities Plan,&rsquo; but really it&rsquo;s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Lake Stevens Library is one of three, along with Arlington and Stanwood, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.</p> <p>The current Lake Stevens Library can&rsquo;t support requested community events and library programs. In an attempt to accommodate some events and programs, forcing library staff to book space in other public facilities.</p> <p>The area&rsquo;s population is expected to approach 50,000 people by 2025, according to forecasts. The fastest growing areas are projected to be on the west side of the lake. While public comments indicate a strong interest in a new, larger library, expanding at the current location is not possible</p> <p>&ldquo;These communities told us they want new libraries and we&rsquo;re working with them to determine the best way forward,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.</p> <p>Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the &ldquo;maintain&rdquo; category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.</p> <p>One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library &ldquo;is significantly undersized&rdquo; for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.</p> <p>The replace category includes Lake Stevens, Arlington and Stanwood.</p> <p>The plan also has &ldquo;Areas of Opportunity&rdquo; category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.</p> <p>&ldquo;The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as &ldquo;128th Street/Mariner.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. &ldquo;The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn&nbsp;put things on&nbsp; hold.&rdquo;</p> <p>The plan calls for a &ldquo;library demonstration project&rdquo; for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.</p> <p>The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. &ldquo;The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Using the demonstration-project model, I&rsquo;m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.&rdquo;</p> <p>The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.</p> <p>According to the plan, &ldquo;The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.&rdquo; Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.</p> <p>Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. &ldquo;While the existing library meets today&rsquo;s needs, tomorrow is a different story,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood&rsquo;s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be prepared to support the city&rsquo;s vision for itself,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn&rsquo;t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community&#39;s sense of urgency for an improved library.&rdquo;</p> <p>That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lake Stevens deserves a new library. We were so close when the economy nosedived,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Still, while there is considerable support for a new, larger library, Lake Stevens-area voters must approve the funding. &ldquo;The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128<sup>th</sup> Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district&rsquo;s existing budget and won&rsquo;t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.&rdquo;</p> <p>As for costs, that too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.</p> <p>&ldquo;Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can effect project cost,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. &ldquo;In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.&rdquo;</p> <p>Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/12675/12675_20160420023603.pdf">the future of libraries</a>. &ldquo;We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.</p> <p>This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, <a href="http://enviroissues.com/">Enviroissues</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. &ldquo;Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.</p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.</p> <p>Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=268