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. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:23:29 GMT TEDxSnoIsleLibraries reservations open Sunday, Oct. 15 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=366 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171013033228.jpg" style="float:right; height:250px; margin:5px; width:500px" />Reservations for <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a> open at 7 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15.</p> <p>The event is scheduled for 1-5:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.</p> <p>&ldquo;Based on the past two years, we suspect that reservations for seats at Kamiak may fill pretty quickly,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, communications director for Sno-Isle Libraries. &ldquo;Live-stream video from Kamiak will also be shown nine community libraries and other venues and reservations for those sites will also open Oct. 15.&rdquo;</p> <p>New this year is an opportunity to reserve a space at the dress rehearsal starting at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. Admission is free at all sites and both dates, but reservations are required and <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">must be made online. </a></p> <p>There are 11 speakers scheduled for the event, including:</p> <ul> <li>Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut</li> <li>Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach</li> <li>Mark Perez, Cascadia College student</li> <li>Richard Yonck, futurist and author</li> <li>Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog</li> <li>Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association</li> <li>Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health</li> <li>Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student</li> <li>Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;I believe the mix of subjects and viewpoints will make for an interesting afternoon,&rdquo; Harvey said.</p> <p>The live-stream viewing events sites include eight community libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish; and also at Gencare in Granite Falls.</p> <p>For those who can&rsquo;t attend one of the viewing sites, live-stream video will be available on the Sno-Isle Libraries website. This year, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet.</p> <p>During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and be able to post comments to others on Glisser and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.</p> <p>Also new this year is an opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak</p> <p>&ldquo;Previous attendees told us they wanted a chance to talk with the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the &ldquo;IdeaLab.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEAM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other&nbsp;organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>OverDrive</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>About TEDx, x = independently organized event</h4> <p>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)</p> <h4>About TED</h4> <p>TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world&#39;s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=366 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 finalizes lineup of speakers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=365 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171005045426.jpg" style="float:left; height:166px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171005045915.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"> <p><em>The final three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Dorothy Metcalf-</em><em>Lindenburger</em><em>, former astronaut; Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach; Mark Perez, Jackson High School student.</em></p> </div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171005045953.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>There will be plenty of ideas worth sharing at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The final three speakers have been announced, filling out the lineup of presentations scheduled for the event scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.</p> <p>The three speakers announced this week are:</p> <ul> <li>Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut</li> <li>Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach</li> <li>Mark Perez, Jackson High School student</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;I think people will find the mix of subjects and viewpoints shared by all the speakers to be worth their Saturday afternoon,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said. &ldquo;Three amazing high-school students, a former astronaut, high profile leaders from the community, a gardener, a kite flyer and more will be stepping onto the TEDx red circle to share some amazing stories.&rdquo;</p> <p>The full list includes:</p> <ul> <li>Richard Yonck, futurist and author</li> <li>Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog</li> <li>Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill, executive director of the American Kitefliers Association</li> <li>Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health</li> <li>Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student</li> <li>Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate</li> </ul> <p>There will be three ways to view and participate in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;The speakers will be on stage for the audience at Kamiak High School,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;There will also be 10 community sites across Snohomish and Island counties where attendees can gather and view the livestream video of the speakers from Kamiak.&rdquo;</p> <p>The community sites include nine libraries; Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish, and the GenCare living facility in Granite Falls.</p> <p>Reservations for seats at Kamiak and the community viewing sites must be made online starting Oct. 15. When registration opens, a link will be available at <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>. Admission is free.</p> <p>And the third way to view and participate is online.</p> <p>This year, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet. During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. Participants may also use Glisser to post comments to others on the Glisser event and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.</p> <p>Also new this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak</p> <p>&ldquo;In the first two years of this event, attendees wanting to interact with the speakers was one of the most frequent requests,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. &ldquo;This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the &ldquo;IdeaLab.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>OverDrive</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>About TEDx, x = independently organized event</h4> <p>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)</p> <h4>About TED</h4> <p>TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world&#39;s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=365 Survey looks at Sno-Isle Libraries funding and services http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=364 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20171004045955.jpg" style="float:right" />Sno-Isle Libraries is asking for advice as officials look ahead to budgets starting in 2019</p> <p>An&nbsp;<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sil102017-mr">online survey</a>, open through Oct. 15, is looking for comments from customers, stakeholders and the general public about library services and funding for those services.</p> <p>About 98 percent of the&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/about/budget">district&rsquo;s funding</a>&nbsp;comes from a property-tax levy in Island and most of Snohomish counties. The survey asks respondents whether they like the idea of increasing the levy rate or cutting at least $2 million from the 2019 library-district budget. The library operations levy was most recently on a ballot in 2009.</p> <p>The intention is to share survey data with the Board of Trustees at their Oct. 23 meeting. A decision about putting the levy on a future ballot could come as soon as the trustees&rsquo; Dec. 11 meeting.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=364 Donor helps Prime Time program come to Oak Harbor Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=361 <p><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hvldB31CQuI?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Learning how to read opens possibilities.</p> <p>Learning why to read opens minds.</p> <p>On Oct. 3, a group of Oak Harbor children and their families will begin learning more about both how and why to read. Prime Time Family Reading program is a collaboration between Oak Harbor Library, Humanities Washington, Oak Harbor Public Schools and the generosity of one local donor.</p> <p>The program is a series of six weekly evening sessions at the Oak Harbor Library. Each session, a skilled storyteller reads a story. Then, with the help of a scholar, the group discusses the ethical and cultural themes in the book. &ldquo;Children&rsquo;s books aren&rsquo;t always child&rsquo;s play,&rdquo; according to the Humanities Washington website. &ldquo;They can inspire important philosophical discussions on topics such as fairness, greed, courage, and compassion.&rdquo;</p> <p>School district staff invited 25 students and their families to participate.</p> <p>&ldquo;We focused on second- and third-graders,&rdquo; said Kari Chwirka, of Oak Harbor Elementary School. &ldquo;The families were recommended by their teachers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Research has shown that reading ability at third grade is critical for success later in school and life, according to Jane Lopez-Santillana, a librarian at the Oak Harbor Library. Humanities Washington says the program can inspire active thought and conversation in families through reading, boost long-term academic achievement and build connections with libraries.</p> <p>This is the first time the statewide program has come to Oak Harbor.</p> <p>&ldquo;The program is free to the families, but there are costs,&rdquo; Lopez-Santillana said.</p> <p>The program includes library staff, local educational professionals and a staff member from Humanities Washington. The project is funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund&nbsp;of the Whidbey Community Foundation.</p> <p>The George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund of the Whidbey Community Foundation contributed $29,350 to help fund the program.&nbsp; The Saul family contribution is made in honor of Betty Saul, George Saul&#39;s deceased mother, a longtime Ithaca, New York High School assistant librarian from 1970-89.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;My mother was very involved in early learning programs and would be extremely excited about the potential for this program to help youngsters read,&rdquo; George Saul said. &ldquo;In her eyes, being able to read constituted the keys to the magic kingdom. This program would certainly bring an enthusiastic smile to her face.&rdquo;</p> <p>Saul said he believes strongly that learning to read is a foundational building block in the life-long learning process. He urged others to join him in supporting the program.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our community has many retirees who want to make an impact on the community and help youth,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;An appealing aspect of the Oak Harbor Prime Time Family Reading Program is that anyone can step forward and help.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=361 Lynnwood Library to host 'Techtoberfest' on Oct. 7 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=362 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171003011624.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:500px" />&ldquo;TechtoberFest&rdquo; returns to Lynnwood Library on Oct. 7.</p> <p>&ldquo;Access to computers and connectivity is one of our core services,&rdquo; said Roxanna Garrison, assistant managing librarian at Lynnwood. &ldquo;This event lets us showcase the technology available at the library plus we bring in experts and professionals to talk about where technology can take you.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Techtoberfest switch will be flipped at 1 p.m. with a panel of graphics-industry experts discussing art and artists in the digital age. They&rsquo;ll talk about what they do, and the paths they took to get to where they are today. Panelist will include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.celestecaliri.com/">Celeste Caliri</a>, matte painter</li> <li><a href="https://www.behance.net/samsonm8166">Maggie Sampson</a>, graphic designer</li> <li><a href="https://www.artstation.com/darknavigator">Shawn Bruner</a>, gaming character artist</li> </ul> <p>From 2-4 p.m., participants can experience virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, learn about <a href="http://www.edcc.edu/workforce/entrepreneurship/makerspace/default.html">The Facility Maker Space</a> at Edmonds Community College, watch the <a href="https://hub.wsu.edu/everett-engineering-club/">WSU-Everett Engineering Club</a> robotics team in action and explore exotic locations with the iMac photo booth green screen.</p> <p>Other activities will include programming <a href="https://ozobot.com/">Ozobots</a>, painting with an airbrush and using iMacs to explore Adobe Creative Suite software. There will also be a contest to earn a USB flash drive and a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. This is the third year for the tech-focused event.</p> <p>Techtoberfest is supported by the <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/lynnwood/friends">Friends of the Lynwood Library</a>.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Roxanna Garrison, Lynnwood Library assistant managing librarian, 425-778-2148, rgarrison@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, public information manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=362 Prime time reading release http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=363 <p>Hi,</p> <p>I just sent a news release regarding the Prime Time Family Reading Program at Oak Harbor Library. The release included a link to a YouTube video that may not have transmitted with the release.</p> <p>Here is a link to the post on our website that does include the linked video:&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=998">www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=998</a></p> <p>Sorry, but I don&#39;t have any local photos of the program (which starts tonight at Oak Harbor Library, BTW).</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=363 Working-lunch webinars serve up help for busy business types http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=352 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:250px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171002085735.jpg" style="float:left; height:312px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20171002085839.jpg" style="float:left; height:350px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Business Services Kassy Rodeheaver</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Business owners and potential entrepreneurs are busy people who barely have time for lunch, let alone step away in the middle of the day.</p> <p>To make taking a break more productive, Sno-Isle Libraries will offer a series of free webinars from noon-1 p.m., every Monday in November. The <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/profit">&ldquo;Plan for Profit&rdquo; sessions</a> will focus on resources and skills business owners and entrepreneurs can put to use. Presenters will include members of the Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services Team members.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know that business owners want training, but need flexibility,&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services. &ldquo;By hosting these trainings online and as a lunchtime series, we hope to make it easier for business people to participate.</p> <p>&ldquo;People can join the webinars by computer or their phone and learn how the library can help their business, all while eating lunch.&rdquo;</p> <p>The webinars will be interactive Rodeheaver said: &ldquo;Attendees will be able to ask us questions, participate in polls and give us their feedback on what&rsquo;s most useful for them in their businesses.&rdquo;</p> <p>For those who can&rsquo;t take a lunch break, the webinars will be recorded and available online for later viewing. Information about registering for the free webinars is available at <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/profit">sno-isle.org/profit</a>. The webinars are scheduled for:</p> <p><a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6712607933269208833"><strong>Plan for Profit: Write a Business Plan</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov.&nbsp; 6</strong> -&nbsp;Did you know that business owners who put their plan in writing have a higher success rate? Learn why it&#39;s important to write a business plan, the basic components of a plan, how to find sample business plans that match your business concept, then find resources to guide you through the process.</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScx9yGhAE2yu8q8VBANzN1DyESzQBOR3SYP7I3lnAebBgq69Q/viewformhttps:/attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8212092204416278785"><strong>Plan for Profit: Find Your Customers</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov. 13</strong> -&nbsp;Entrepreneurs, come learn how to do strategic market research for your business by discovering your B2C (business to consumer) customers. This class will cover how to identify the names, addresses, and phone numbers of potential new customers based on their interests, incomes&nbsp;and buying potential. Note: If you are operating a B2B business, attend &quot;Find Your Competitors&quot; to learn how to find your business customers.</p> <p><a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6310988221480025857"><strong>Plan for Profit: Understand Your Competitors</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov. 20</strong> - This class will cover how to find information about your competitors and understand where you fit in the market. You will learn how to quickly analyze your competitors or B2B (business to business) customers using built-in data visualization tools.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/606790066299670787"><strong>Plan for Profit: Market Potential &amp; Your Market Share</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Nov. 27</strong> - Entrepreneurs will learn how to maximize their market share by looking at industry trends, finding customers and competitors, and determining your market potential.</p> <p>Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails in the days leading up to the event.</p> <p>&ldquo;These webinars will expose business people to the array of market research tools that they can access for free with their library cards,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;And for those who don&rsquo;t yet have a card, those are also free with online registration available.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org">KRodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills,&nbsp;Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=352 Sno-Isle Libraries lunchtime business webinars http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=360 <p>Hi,</p> <p>I sent a news release earlier today, but we&rsquo;re pretty excited about these live webinars coming in November and I wanted to make sure you saw&nbsp;the information that may be of interest to your members and constituents:</p> <p><a href="//sno-isle.org/news/?nid=997">www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=997</a></p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=360 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries media credentials http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=358 <p>Dear media representative,</p> <p><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017</a> is scheduled for&nbsp;1-5 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.</p> <p>Seating is limited and while free, reservations are required. If you or someone&nbsp;from your organization would like to attend the event for the purpose of providing coverage for your organization, please let me know <strong>no later than Wednesday, Oct. 4</strong>. Because seating is limited, we ask that you not request media credentials if you are not planning coverage for your organization. In-theater credentials will be limited to one per organization.</p> <p>Also, please be aware that guidelines&nbsp;by TEDx and TED&nbsp;restrict media photos and film/video inside the theater at the Performing Arts Center. There will be live-stream video accessible through <a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a> and we will have Sno-Isle Libraries photographers who will post photos both during and immediately after the event. Individual speaker videos will be posted&nbsp;in the weeks following the event.</p> <p>Jim Hills<br /> Public Information Manager<br /> Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 7312 35<sup>th</sup> Ave. NE<br /> Marysville, WA 98271-7417<br /> <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a><br /> 360-651-7050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=358 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 announces three more speakers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=359 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170928042807.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170928042905.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"><em>The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog;&nbsp;and singing teacher Ruth Goddard.</em></div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170928042946.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Could the future be full of gardeners and singing?</p> <p>Talks by three of the speakers at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a>&nbsp;may help answer that question.</p> <p>Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard, will join nine other presenters as they share their stories from 1-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.</p> <p>Over the past two weeks, the first six speakers were revealed. They are:</p> <ul> <li>Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association</li> <li>Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health</li> <li>Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student</li> <li>Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;There will be&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/2017">12 speakers</a>&nbsp;at this year&rsquo;s event,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. The final three speakers will be announced the week of Oct. 2. &ldquo;All of these speakers come right from our communities. I think people will find their &lsquo;ideas worth spreading&rsquo; very exciting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Nine community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties will host events to view the livesteam video from Kamiak. The libraries will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish. There will also be a viewing site at Gencare in Granite Falls</p> <p>While admission to Kamiak and the viewing sites is free, reservations are required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online. When registration opens, a link will be available at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>.</p> <p>This is the third year of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. New to the event is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers, both in person and online</p> <p>&ldquo;There will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said. In addition to the live videostream of the event, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.</p> <p>During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They&rsquo;ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November&rsquo;s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.&rdquo;</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>OverDrive</li> </ul> <h4>About TEDx, x = independently organized event</h4> <p>In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)</p> <h4>About TED</h4> <p>TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world&#39;s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=359 Register to vote at Sno-Isle Libraries on Sept. 26 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=356 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170925124004.jpg" style="float:right; height:393px; width:500px" />On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Sno-Isle Libraries locations across Snohomish and Island counties are helping residents register in time to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.</p> <p>In Snohomish County, the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and partners from The American Association of University Women will be at 12 community libraries to help eligible residents get registered to vote.</p> <p>Participating Sno-Isle Libraries locations in Snohomish County are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/arlington/">Arlington Library</a>: 10 a.m.-noon, 4-6 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/edmonds/">Edmonds Library</a>: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/granitefalls/">Granite Falls Library</a>: 1-4 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/lakestevens/">Lake Stevens Library</a>: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/lynnwood/">Lynnwood Library</a>: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/mariner/">Mariner Library</a>: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/marysville/">Marysville Library</a>: 1-5 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/">Mill Creek Library</a>: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 5-7 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/monroe/">Monroe Library</a>: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/mountlaketerrace/">Mountlake Terrace Library</a>: 2-6 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/mukilteo/">Mukilteo Library</a>: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/snohomish/">Snohomish Library</a>: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>In Island County, the Oak Harbor Library is partnering with the Island County Auditor&rsquo;s Office:</p> <ul> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/oakharbor/">Oak Harbor Library:</a>&nbsp;10 a.m.-1 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>The libraries in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Clinton will have voter information and registration information available.&nbsp;</p> <p>Residents may also register online at&nbsp;<a href="https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/#/login">MyVote.WA.Gov</a>. To vote in Washington, you must be:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>A citizen of the United States&nbsp;</li> <li>A legal resident of Washington state and not claiming the right to vote in any other state</li> <li>At least 18 years old by election day (Nov. 7, 2017)&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/voters/Pages/felons_and_voting_rights.aspx" target="_blank">Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>Not disqualified from voting due to a court order</li> </ul> <p>Registered voters who have recently changed addresses may also update their voter information to be ready to vote in November.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.lwvsnoho.org/">League of Women Voters of Snohomish County</a></li> <li><a href="https://snohomishcountywa.gov/224/Elections-Voter-Registration">Snohomish County elections</a></li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/elections">Sno-Isle Libraries election information</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/">Washington Secretary of State</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/">National Voter Registration Day</a></li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li><span style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255); font-family:open sans,arial,sans-serif">Susan Hempstead, Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013, shempstead@sno-isle.org</span></li> <li>Jim Hills,&nbsp;Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=356 Veterans resources event coming to Monroe Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=357 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170925022912.jpg" style="float:left; height:398px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>The Monroe Library is at&nbsp;1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Many of the more than 54,000 veterans in Snohomish County don&rsquo;t realize just how many benefits are available to them.</p> <p>To help make those connections, there will be a Veteran Resource and Service Event hosted by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/locations/monroe/">Monroe Library</a>, 1070 Village Way, from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 7. Presenting information at the event will be:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://snohomishcountywa.gov/598/Veterans-Assistance-Program">Snohomish County Veterans Assistance Program</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.dva.wa.gov/">Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs</a></li> <li><a href="http://washington.americaserves.org/">WAServes</a></li> </ul> <p>The event will include a panel discussion at 1 p.m. and coffee hour at 2 p.m. Agency representatives will be available to share information, answer questions and assist veterans and their family members connect to valuable programs, services and benefits.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Philip Spirito, Monroe Library Managing Librarian, 360-794-7851,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:pspirito@sno-isle.org">pspirito@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></li> </ul> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=357 Calling all writers to 'Write Now' series http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=355 <p><a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/write-now-2017/"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170922125910.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; margin-left:5px; margin-right:5px; width:500px" /></a><a href="https://blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/write-now-2017/">&ldquo;Write Now,&rdquo;</a> Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; series aimed at aspiring authors, is in full swing this fall.</p> <p>The free classes feature local experts sharing their knowledge on how to write, revise and then get published that book you&rsquo;ve been meaning to write. Or, already wrote and put up on a shelf.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have 35 classes scheduled between now and Dec. 4,&rdquo; said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Participants in our 2016 series said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.&rdquo;</p> <p>That first round attracted more than 200 attendees. Comments included: &ldquo;It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,&rdquo; and &ldquo;&hellip; it was relieving to discover I&rsquo;m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, the classes range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. &ldquo;We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,&rdquo; Parker said.</p> <p>Upcoming classes include Edmonds Community College writing instructor <a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/search?q=%22Laughtland%2C+Amanda%22&amp;search_category=author&amp;t=author">Amanda Laughtland</a> on <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=91837&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=9/1/2017&amp;kw=write+now&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;noheader=&amp;lad=&amp;pub=1&amp;nopub=&amp;page=&amp;pgdisp=">&ldquo;Looking for Poems in Visual Art and Found Text.&rdquo;</a> Laughtland published <a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/754911121_postcards_to_box_464">&ldquo;Postcards to Box 464&rdquo;</a> and a number of other books of poems and writing prompts. Her class will be from 2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mountlake Terrace Library.</p> <p>On October 14, <a href="http://bethjusino.com/">Beth Jusino</a> will present <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=89731&amp;rts=&amp;disptype=info&amp;ret=eventcalendar.asp&amp;pointer=&amp;returnToSearch=&amp;num=0&amp;ad=&amp;dt=mo&amp;mo=10/1/2017&amp;kw=write+now&amp;df=calendar&amp;EventType=ALL&amp;Lib=ALL&amp;AgeGroup=ALL&amp;LangType=0&amp;WindowMode=&amp;noheader=&amp;lad=&amp;pub=1&amp;nopub=&amp;page=&amp;pgdisp=">&ldquo;You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today&rsquo;s Publishing Choices.&rdquo;</a> The class will take a look at a modern writer&rsquo;s publishing options, from &ldquo;Big 5&rdquo; traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models. &nbsp;</p> <p>Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Authors-Guide-Marketing-Attracts-Readers/dp/0990335100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498505440&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=jusino">The Author&#39;s Guide to Marketing</a>. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers&rsquo; conferences across the country. Her class will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Darrington Library. Jusino will also present Oct. 22 at Marysville Library, Oct. 26 at Arlington Library, Nov. 5 at Mountlake Terrace Library, Nov. 18 at Mariner Library and Dec. 2 at Monroe Library</p> <p>The full lineup of fall classes is available on <a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL&amp;kw=write+now">Sno-Isle Libraries events and classes calendar</a>. Due to space limitations, some events require registration as indicated in the event listing.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services, 360-651-7049, JParker@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=355 Three more speakers announced for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=354 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170921015541.jpg" style="float:left; height:167px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170921015614.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"><em>The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, a Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, a mental-health advocate.</em></div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170921015649.jpg" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>A CEO, a high<del>-</del>school student and a mental<del>-</del>health advocate.</p> <p>In day-to-day living, their paths might not cross, but on Nov. 4 these three will share a stage and forge a common bond as speakers at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017</a>.</p> <p>Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health; Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student; and Bill Bernat, an advocate for mental-health awareness, will join nine other presenters as they each share their stories from 1-5 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited about the &lsquo;ideas worth spreading&rsquo; from these and other members of our communities,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. This past week, the first group of speakers getting ready for November was revealed. They are Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek; and Nic O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.</p> <p>&ldquo;There will be 12 speakers at this year&rsquo;s event,&rdquo; Harvey said, adding that the remaining six will be announced in the coming weeks.</p> <p>With Kamiak as the main venue, nine community libraries will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties. The community library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.</p> <p>Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however, reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">online</a>.</p> <p>New this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Kamiak, attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers in a separate post-event session,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;In addition, we&rsquo;re teaming up with Glisser.com to bring that interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the event will again be&nbsp;livestreamed at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">sno-isle.org/tedx</a>, participants watching through Glisser will see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They&rsquo;ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November&rsquo;s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.</p> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> <li>Overdrive</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> </li> </ul> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=354 All new TEDxSnoIsleLibraries getting ready for Nov. 4 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=353 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170915125302.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170915125330.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div style="max-width: 250px;"><em>The first three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Kathy Coffey,&nbsp;Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County;&nbsp;Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School; and&nbsp;</em><em>Nic</em><em>&nbsp;O&#39;Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.</em></div> </td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170915125352.jpg" style="height:167px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The 2017 edition of&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries</a>&nbsp;is taking shape with a fresh lineup of ideas worth spreading from area speakers, a new full afternoon event schedule and new ways to participate and engage.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s event will feature 12 speakers taking the stage at Kamiak High School, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. &ldquo;Audience members can join us there and also at nine community libraries, which will also provide convenient live-stream viewing sites across Snohomish and Island counties.&rdquo;</p> <p>The community-library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.</p> <p>Admission to Kamiak and the community library sites is free, thanks to event partners, however reservations will be required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and can be made&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/tedx/">online</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;People want to interact with the speakers; it&rsquo;s one of the most frequent requests we get,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;So, we&rsquo;re trying some new things this year to enhance the audience experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Audience members at Kamiak will have the opportunity to interact with speakers during a question-and-answer session after the main program. And this year, organizers are teaming up with Glisser.com to bring interactivity to the event&rsquo;s online experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;People will be able to see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using,&rdquo; said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. &ldquo;More importantly, anyone participating through Glisser will be able to post comments and submit questions to the speakers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Speakers can then respond to those questions following the main event, he said</p> <p>&ldquo;We continue to uncover great ideas for our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November&rsquo;s event fascinating and worth their afternoon.&rdquo;</p> <p>Event organizers will reveal three speakers each week over the next month. Here are the first three:</p> <ul> <li>Kathy Coffey &ndash; Coffey lives her values as a member of Lynnwood&rsquo;s Human Services Commission and Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County. Coffey says one of her favorite TED talks is &ldquo;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_redefines_the_dictionary">The Joy of Lexicography</a>&rdquo; by Erin McKean.</li> <li>Dhruvik Parikh &ndash; A student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek and a student representative on the Everett City Council, Parikh believes education isn&rsquo;t confined to the classroom. His favorite TED talk is &quot;<a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_asks_why_we_do_what_we_do">Why we do what we do</a>&quot; by Tony Robbins.</li> <li>Nic O&#39;Neill &ndash; O&rsquo;Neill is taking kite flying and herself to new heights as Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association. O&rsquo;Neill categorizes TED talks with favorites in each group, but says she finds herself returning to re-watch&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79zra755WgA&amp;t=9s" target="_blank">Saying YES! to your Weirdness</a>&nbsp;by JP Sears.</li> </ul> <p>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,&rdquo; said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. &ldquo;Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.</p> <p>Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:</p> <ul> <li>Community Transit</li> <li>Whole Foods Market</li> <li>Edmonds Community College</li> <li>Everett Community College</li> <li>Snohomish Health District</li> <li>Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett</li> <li>The Daily Herald</li> <li>KSER</li> <li>Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <p>Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030,&nbsp;KHarvey@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> </li> </ul> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=353 New app delivers digital magazines at Sno-Isle Libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=351 <p><a href="https://www.rbdigital.com/snoislewa/service/magazines/landing?"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170712044603.jpg" style="float:right; height:400px; margin:5px; width:400px" /></a>Real news, at your fingertips, no charge.</p> <p>Popular magazines to read online have been available to Sno-Isle Libraries customers for some time. Now, there&rsquo;s a new app to make getting the latest on everything from healthy recipes to global economic analysis easier and faster.</p> <p>The new app is called RBdigital and is available at no charge to Sno-Isle Libraries customers through Android and iOS app stores. The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rbdigital.com/snoislewa/service/magazines/landing?">RBdigital</a>&nbsp;service is also available at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/">sno-isle libraries.org</a>. The new app consolidates two existing apps from the same vendor, Recorded Books. Sno-Isle Libraries customers have been using the soon-to-be retired Zinio app. Customers are being prompted to make the switch and can use their Zinio login. The change is scheduled to become permanent on Sept. 8.</p> <p>Recorded Books supplies an extensive collection digital magazines to Sno-Isle Libraries customers including complete, downloadable, full-color version digital editions and many with interactive features. Among the titles available are The New Yorker, Newsweek, bon app&eacute;tit and Vanity Fair.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries</strong><br /> Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong><br /> Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=351 Enlist a little help to get 'Beyond Bestsellers' http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=349 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628122847.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:500px" />Grisham, Koontz, Rowling, Steel &hellip;</p> <p>Been there, read that.</p> <p>For readers who may even have the t-shirt, too, Sno-Isle Libraries has just the thing to break out of the bestsellers rut.</p> <p>&ldquo;Readers are always looking for something new without having to wait in line,&rdquo; said Michelle Callihan, Managing Librarian at the Granite Falls Library. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s good to get outside your comfort zone now and then, but sometimes we don&rsquo;t know where to start.&rdquo;</p> <p>To get the pages turning, Sno-Isle Libraries is enlisting its customers for help. The idea is to share favorite under-the-radar books as part of &ldquo;Beyond Bestsellers,&rdquo; the new community reading program that launches July 1 and runs through November.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re inviting library customers to read along with us for the next five months as we discover new books,&rdquo; Callihan said. &ldquo;On the first of each month, we&rsquo;ll explore a different theme, post reading suggestions on our&nbsp;<a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/">&lsquo;Bibliofiles&rsquo; blog</a>&nbsp;and encourage customers to share their favorite titles.&rdquo;</p> <p>July&rsquo;s theme is &ldquo;Mysteries,&rdquo; followed by &ldquo;True Stories&rdquo; in August, &ldquo;Westerns&rdquo; in September, &ldquo;Horror&rdquo; in October (&ldquo;Of course,&rdquo; says Callihan) and finishing up with Graphic Novels in November.</p> <p>On the 15<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of each month, Callihan and other library staff members will post comments, follow up with readers and share more information about what makes&nbsp;each theme unique.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each month, we will ask participants to create a list using the new catalog with 5-10 books they would suggest for each theme,&rdquo; Callihan said. &ldquo;Lists completed during the month may be featured on the blog on the last day of the month. Customers can vote for favorite lists by clicking the heart icon at the top of any list.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ability to create and share lists is a feature of the&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/howto">Sno-Isle Libraries online catalog</a>&nbsp;launched this past winter. There are&nbsp;<a href="http://help.bibliocommons.com/030lists/005creating-lists/" target="_blank">instructions</a>&nbsp;on how to create lists. Participants should also be aware of all&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/privacy">privacy settings</a>&nbsp;in the catalog and that shared lists will be viewable by others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Readers should start a list title with &lsquo;Beyond Bestsellers&rsquo; and then a subtitle,&rdquo; Callihan said. &ldquo;For example, if I create a list of cozy mysteries, I&nbsp;might title it &lsquo;Beyond Bestsellers: Cozy Mysteries.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/2sAWnEH">Registration to participate</a>&nbsp;in &ldquo;Beyond Bestsellers,&rdquo; is free and online. Use the library&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="//askus.sno-isle.org/">Ask Us, Tell Us</a>&nbsp;feature for questions and comments.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=349 Sno-Isle Libraries to exhibit at Seattle Small Business Expo http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=350 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628125454.jpg" style="float:left; height:652px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Seattle Small Business Expo drew thousands of attendees in 2016.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628125957.jpg" style="float:left; height:104px; width:250px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170628010111.jpg" style="float:left; height:111px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing its business support services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the region.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/event-view/seattle/">Seattle Small Business Expo</a>&nbsp;on July 13,&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Attendance is free, but&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-expo-2017-seattle-registration-27940328274?aff=SILPartner">registration is recommended.</a></p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be talking about our free&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?kw=business%20pros&amp;lib=all">Business Pros classes</a>&nbsp;and demonstrating some of the free resources available through the library such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.atozdatabases.com/">AtoZdatabases</a>&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll also be answering on-the-fly market-research questions.&rdquo;</p> <p>And,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sno-isle.org/getacard">registering people</a>&nbsp;for library cards.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even if someone doesn&rsquo;t live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, they are likely eligible for our card,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. The library district includes most of Snohomish and Island counties, but state residents who live in any area that financially supports a public library of its own are eligible for a free Sno-Isle Libraries card.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year, we ended up being one of the most popular booths at the Expo,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;Small-business owners were just blown away by the free resources they could access with their library cards. We regularly were 2-3 people deep and had people waiting to talk to us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries identifies support for entrepreneurs and small-business owners as a strategic priority. The idea is relatively&nbsp;new,&nbsp;but catching on. Rodeheaver presented the library district&rsquo;s efforts at the&nbsp;<a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/PP66293">2017 South by Southwest</a>&nbsp;conference in Austin, Texas. Along with Jay Lyman from Seattle Public Library, Rodeheaver spoke about how to use library resources for market analysis.</p> <p>The Seattle Small Business Expo is a day-long conference and trade show. The event includes free business-critical workshops and programs and more than 100 booths, demos and brand exhibits. The headliner is Bill Walsh,&nbsp;founder&nbsp;and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation, &ldquo;The 7 Keys to Build a 7-Figure Business.&rdquo;</p> <p>Thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are expected from across the Seattle metropolitan area.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <h4>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</h4> </li> <li> <h4>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</h4> </li> </ul> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=350 New classes at Sno-Isle Libraries have the write stuff http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=348 <p><a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/06/20/write-now-2017/"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170627084028.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></a></p> <p>Summer is a great time to read a good book.</p> <p>How about writing one?</p> <p>For the second year in a row, local writing and publishing experts are teaching dozens of classes on how to write, revise and publish that book that&rsquo;s bottled up inside your head.</p> <p>&ldquo;In 2016, we presented 31 classes in our first &lsquo;<a href="//blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/06/20/write-now-2017/">Write Now</a>,&rsquo; series,&rdquo; said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries, which is sponsoring the classes. &ldquo;The participants said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.&rdquo;</p> <p>That first round attracted more than 200 attendees and brought comments such as, &ldquo;It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,&rdquo; and &ldquo;&hellip; it was relieving to discover I&rsquo;m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>And those attendees said they wanted more. More classes and more often.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year,&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL&amp;kw=write+now">we&rsquo;ve lined up 46 classes</a>&nbsp;that will run from July 11 to Dec. 4,&rdquo; Parker said. All the classes are free and subjects range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. &ldquo;We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.camillegriep.com/">Camille Griep</a>&nbsp;is scheduled to kick-off the series with &ldquo;Breaking the Rules of Writing 101&rdquo; at 6 p.m., July 11 at the&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/locations/granitefalls/">Granite Falls Library</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;I start by talking about all things you hear from agents; what authors should do and shouldn&rsquo;t ever do,&rdquo; said Griep, a&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/search?q=%22Griep%2C+Camille%22&amp;search_category=author&amp;t=author">published&nbsp;author</a>&nbsp;and editor of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.easystreetmag.com/">Easy Street</a>,&rdquo; a literary magazine. &ldquo;Then we discuss why authors break the rules, why it works and doesn&rsquo;t drive readers crazy. We use real world examples.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some attendees will come with their manuscript and a problem, Griep said, adding, &ldquo;It can become a collaborative brainstorming session.&rdquo;</p> <p>Building a supportive community around writers is key to good writing, she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a myth that writers sit around in the basement with a whiskey bottle,&rdquo; Griep said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve learned that having a writing community around you is really important. It becomes harder to put down your project and say nobody cares. Accountability is good.&rdquo;</p> <p>A number of the classes are focused on what it takes to get published with tips coming from the likes of&nbsp;<a href="http://bethjusino.com/">Beth Jusino</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.terrypersun.com/">Terry Persun</a>.</p> <p>Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Authors-Guide-Marketing-Attracts-Readers/dp/0990335100/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1498505440&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=jusino">The Author&#39;s Guide to Marketing</a>. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers&rsquo; conferences across the country.</p> <p>Jusino&rsquo;s class, &ldquo;You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today&rsquo;s Publishing&nbsp;Choices ,&rdquo; will take a look at a modern writer&rsquo;s publishing options, from &ldquo;Big 5&rdquo; traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models. &nbsp;Jusino is also presenting a second class, &ldquo;Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers,&rdquo; where attendees will walk through a 46-point checklist of things to look for in their own work, from&nbsp;first&nbsp;draft to final layout.</p> <p>Persun&nbsp;will teach &ldquo;Get Published, Stay Published.&rdquo; A prolific author and presence on Amazon,&nbsp;Persun&rsquo;s&nbsp;class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. &ldquo;Writing, like any other art, requires skill and creativity,&rdquo;&nbsp;Persun&nbsp;says and attendees will hear the five specific things that can help writers get into the game and stay there.</p> <p>Parker said she is excited about the opportunities for writers in the range of subjects and the expertise of presenters in this year&rsquo;s &ldquo;Write Now&rdquo; series.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know that writers almost always start out as big readers and that readers often want to be writers,&rdquo; Parker said. &ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re struggling with page one or you have a full manuscript in your hands, be it fiction, children&rsquo;s, nonfiction, or if you just want to write your family&rsquo;s history, there&rsquo;s a session for you.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to space limitations, some events require registration and are underlined in the&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/WriteNowSIL17">online events calendar.</a></p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Reader&rsquo;s Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=348 Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=347 <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:700px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170623122314.jpg" style="float:left; height:104px; width:250px" /></td> <td> <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170623124723.jpg" style="float:right; height:142px; width:250px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>For more information, contact:</strong><br /> Jim Hills, Public Information Manager<br /> 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></p> <h3 style="margin-left:0.75in; text-align:center"><strong>Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications</strong></h3> <p><strong>Marysville, Wash., June 23, 2017</strong> - The Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking a Snohomish County resident to fill one (1) library trustee position to complete a partial term expiring December 31, 2019.</p> <p>The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Sno-lsle Libraries, an intercounty rural library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The Board sets library policies, reviews and approves the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the Library District. The Board is established under the laws of the State of Washington. Trustees represent the Library District to the community and advocate for the Library District at the local and state level.</p> <p>Applicants must be a resident of Snohomish County and be committed to the principle and philosophy of a tax-supported public library. Additionally, Trustees are expected to support the mission of the Library District &quot;to be a community doorway to reading, resources, and lifelong learning, and to be a center for people, ideas and culture.&quot;</p> <p>Applications are due no later than Friday, July 28, 2017, to Jessica Hanaumi, Sno-lsle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98271. Applications will be evaluated and the selected candidate must be approved by the Snohomish County Council.</p> <p>For additional information about the Board of Trustees, to request an application, or to request any assistance in completing the nomination form because of a disability, please contact Jessica Hanaumi at 360-651-7002.</p> <p><strong>About Sno-Isle Libraries </strong></p> <p><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries</a> serves 728,745 residents in Washington&rsquo;s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=347 Business experts offer the secrets to your success http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=346 <p><a href="https://www.meetup.com/Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries/"><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170607114045.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:145px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></a>While imitation may be sincerely flattering, it can also be actually profitable.</p> <p>For the up-and-coming businessperson, the trick can be in finding someone worth imitating. To get over that hump, Sno-Isle Libraries has put together a list of successful people who are sharing their secrets. For free.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s called&nbsp;&lsquo;Business Pros: Expert Help to Start or Grow Your Business,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. &ldquo;We are partnering with business owners who have expertise on a range of topics to present workshops, classes and lectures at our community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to listing all the&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?kw=business%20pros&amp;lib=all">Business Pros classes</a>&nbsp;on the Sno-Isle Libraries website, Rodeheaver also launched a page on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.meetup.com/">Meetup.com</a>&nbsp;for the Business Pros series.</p> <p>&ldquo;Meetup is a great place to find resources and support,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. There are 58 upcoming events listed on the<a href="http://www.meetup.com/Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries/">&nbsp;&ldquo;Entrepreneurs-at-Sno-Isle-Libraries&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;Meetup page which already has 144 followers.</p> <p>The goal, Rodeheaver said, is to help would-be entrepreneurs, as well as current business owners, develop new skills to help them launch or grow a business.</p> <p>&ldquo;Strengthening the local economy is a strategic priority for Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;One way we can do that is by inviting those who have business knowledge to share it with the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is the third time Rodeheaver has put together such a spectrum of business-related classes. &ldquo;Just like a good business, we listened to our customers and made adjustments,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited about the high-level of expertise available.&rdquo;</p> <p>While classes will run through December, Rodeheaver said there is a strong lineup this month. &ldquo;We have everything from the essentials of starting a business to social-media marketing to how to unclutter your desk,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said.</p> <p>Business Pros classes for June are:</p> <p><strong>Business start-up essentials</strong></p> <p>Do you have an exciting idea for a new business or want to expand on an existing one, but don&#39;t have any idea where to start?&nbsp; Taking that first step can be the most rewarding and the most terrifying all at the same time!</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 8</li> <li>5:30 p.m.</li> <li>Mariner Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Purge paper, conquer piles, create files</strong></p> <p>Are you feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed by paper piles on your desk? Are you wasting time looking for important documents? Learn how to organize&nbsp;your office embracing the 5S philosophy, including appropriate office tools, creating a paper flow, scanning documents and creating simple paper file systems.</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 8</li> <li>6 p.m.</li> <li>Brier Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Social media marketing for creative professionals</strong></p> <p>Creative professionals need to become an expert in reaching their audiences, but social media can appear overwhelming. This class will help you cut through the online maze to choose where and how to promote your business.</p> <ul> <li>Friday, June 9</li> <li>8 a.m.</li> <li>Arlington Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Turning shares into sales: An intro to social media marketing</strong></p> <p>Learn how to successfully market your small business on social media in just one hour! Get an introduction to the top social media platforms, who uses them, for what, and which one will drive the most customers to you.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Saturday, June 10</li> <li>10 a.m.</li> <li>Langley Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Are you ready to start a business?</strong></p> <p>We will talk about what it takes to start a business, discussing resources, character qualities, support systems, and things to consider when choosing what product or service to provide or franchise to purchase.</p> <ul> <li>Saturday, June 17</li> <li>11 a.m.</li> <li>Stanwood Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Create your own website</strong></p> <p>Do you have an exciting idea for a new business or want to expand on an existing one, but don&#39;t have any idea where to start?&nbsp; Taking that first step can be the most rewarding and the most terrifying all at the same time!</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 22</li> <li>5:30 p.m.</li> <li>Mariner Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Financing your business: Where&#39;s the money?</strong></p> <p>One of the keys to a successful business is your ability to obtain and secure appropriate financing in a timely manner. This workshop will cover the loan program eligibility requirements and credit criteria to accommodate a wide range of financing needs.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Tuesday, June 27</li> <li>5 p.m.</li> <li>Granite Falls Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Get clear on your priorities for your business &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Working harder does not always equal more success. We will work through five key strategies to help you become more focused and productive.</p> <ul> <li>Wednesday, June 28</li> <li>5:30 p.m.</li> <li>Mountlake Terrace Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Essential step-by-steps to successful internet marketing &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Do not miss out on the powerful business results that an effective Internet marketing strategy can afford. From establishing your initial keyword strategy to leveraging social media to promote content online all the way through to analyzing and refining your strategies.</p> <ul> <li>Thursday, June 29</li> <li>5 p.m.</li> <li>Mariner Library</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:krodeheaver@sno-isle.org?subject=Business%20Pros%20question">krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=346 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 is coming Nov. 4 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=343 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170601104427.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><em>Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries, welcomes a speaker to the stage at the 2016 event.&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/info">Speaker nominations for 2017</a>&nbsp;are open June 3-11.&nbsp;<a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskLBx1Xw">Photo gallery</a></em></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</h3> <ul> <li>Kamiak High School, Mukilteo</li> <li>Saturday, Nov. 4</li> <li>1-5 p.m.</li> <li>Free</li> <li>Seat reservations TBA</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/news/?nid=966">Speaker nominations June 3-11</a></li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Changes are in store for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries in 2017.</p> <p>In 2015, Sno-Isle Libraries crossed its organizational fingers and launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. In 2016, the tremendous success and support from the inaugural effort propelled even greater community interest. The reserved seating was snapped up in the first 30 hours of availability.</p> <p>So what&rsquo;s up for 2017?</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to try some new things,&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. &ldquo;The event will be at Kamiak High School in the Mukilteo School District and the program will be a bit shorter, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, a Saturday afternoon.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registration for the free event will open this fall. Speaker nominations are accepted June 3-11.</p> <p>The two previous TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events were all-day Friday affairs at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA).</p> <p>Moving to a Saturday will allow attendance by those who couldn&rsquo;t come on a work day, Harvey said. An afternoon schedule means attendees will have time for other activities that day.</p> <p>The 2017 event also will feature more interaction between attendees and the speakers.</p> <p>&ldquo;TEDx is a powerful format to share ideas. Audience members get energized and want to ask questions of the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to use the classrooms at Kamiak to create spaces for audience members and the speakers to continue sharing ideas.&rdquo;</p> <p>The popular IdeaLab will be back, with space for interactive, informational and display opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;TEDxSnoIsleLibraries was always envisioned as an event that not only represents the vibrancy of the entire library&nbsp;district,&nbsp;but would also physically move to different locations in Snohomish and Island counties,&rdquo; Harvey said of the venue change.</p> <p>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events in 2015 and 2016 were terrific successes, Harvey said.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;re thankful for the wonderful support provided by ECA, the City of Edmonds and the entire Edmonds community,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The audience and experience built with the help of ECA leadership and staff is invaluable and allows TEDxSnoIsleLibraries to continue to meet its goals and those of the library district.</p> <p>TEDxSnoIsleLibraries aligns with Sno-Isle Libraries<ins>&rsquo;</ins>&nbsp;priorities of building civic engagement and addressing community issues, he said.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory has noted that Sno-Isle Libraries is all about ideas and that TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is, in essence, a library without walls.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director, 360-651-7030, kharvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=343 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 speaker nominations open June 3-11 http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=344 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170601103420.jpg" style="float:left; height:574px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><a href="https://youtu.be/LUO3jqMlWkE?list=PLlaIcE1oC886LMmdvMH53eagxEaOMhmIJ">Harshu</a><a href="https://youtu.be/LUO3jqMlWkE?list=PLlaIcE1oC886LMmdvMH53eagxEaOMhmIJ">&nbsp;Musunari</a>&nbsp;stands on the TEDxSnoIsleLibraries stage in 2016.<br /> <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskLBx1Xw">Photo gallery</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Speak up at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/info">Online nominations</a></li> <li>Accepted June 3-11</li> <li><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">sno-isle.org/tedx</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Alone on a stage, standing on a red rug under blinding lights, exposing your ideas to an audience of hundreds and video cameras sending your words and image around the globe.</p> <p>If that doesn&rsquo;t sound like a nightmare, you might be interested in applying to be a speaker at&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx">TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017</a>. Or, interested in nominating someone you know.&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/tedx/speakers/info">Online nominations</a>&nbsp;may be submitted June 3-11.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our theme this year is &lsquo;Sharing Our Future,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director and licensee for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.</p> <p>The event is scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, but successful candidates shouldn&rsquo;t expect to just show up at noon, check out the green room and go on stage.&nbsp; Harvey stressed that being a TEDx speaker requires more commitment, but also brings more personal value, than most public speaking engagements.</p> <p>&ldquo;We typically think of the audience as being impacted by TEDx talks, but the experience is also transformational for the speakers,&rdquo; Harvey said.</p> <p>Applications are carefully reviewed and initial interviews scheduled with potential speakers. Even after being selected, a speaker may be counseled on taking a different approach to the subject. And then comes the coaching.</p> <p>&ldquo;We assign a coach to each speaker candidate,&rdquo; Harvey said. &ldquo;The speaker and the coach work in regular sessions over the months leading up to the event to hone the presentation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jeff Ericson spoke at the 2015 event about the future of social enterprise, something he knows about as president of Camano Island Coffee Co. and the work he does with small coffee growers in poor countries.</p> <p>&ldquo;My advice for anyone that&rsquo;s going to do a TEDx&nbsp;is to just jump&nbsp;in and embrace the whole experience,&rdquo; Ericson said following his experience. &ldquo;The process&nbsp;before&nbsp;the speech is really where all the lessons and the learning came from.&rdquo;</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online&nbsp;services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director, 360-651-7030, kharvey@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=344 'Explore Summer: Build a Better World' is underway http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=345 <p><img alt="" src="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170601061318.jpg" style="float:right; height:262px; margin:5px; width:500px" />Summer is time for activities and summer at Sno-Isle Libraries is chock full of opportunities for kids and teens to build, create, read and have fun.</p> <p>For 2017, the Explore Summer theme is &ldquo;Build a Better World&rdquo; and all 22 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties have lined up a summer&rsquo;s worth of activities for<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/summerkids">&nbsp;children</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/summerteens">tweens/teens</a>, said Leslie Moore, children&#39;s and outreach services manager for Sno-Isle Libraries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sno-Isle Libraries is the perfect place to help your imagination take off,&rdquo; Moore said. &ldquo;Join us at any of the community libraries or online for books, movies, music, activities and a whole lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>Books and reading are central to Explore Summer: Build a Better World. Studies show that students who take part in summer reading significantly improve their reading skills and are more ready when they return to school in the fall.</p> <p>Part of Explore Summer is a reading challenge that allows participants to earn free books. The challenge has four steps:</p> <ol> <li>Register at&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.beanstack.org/reader365">sno-isle.org/beanstack.org</a></li> <li>Track 10 hours of reading on a&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/assets/3936/3936_20170518120743.pdf">printable reading log</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.beanstack.org">online</a></li> <li>Win! Show the completed log, either paper or online, to a library staff member and then choose a free book.</li> <li>Keep reading to &ldquo;Build a Better World.&rdquo; For every additional 10 hours logged, participants earn a vote for something new a Sno-Isle Libraries community library of their choice.</li> </ol> <p>&ldquo;In addition to great books and the reading challenge, we have fun, free programs for kids and teens all summer long to keep them engaged in the joy of learning,&rdquo; Moore said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re all listed on the&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?ag=Preschool%2C+School%2DAge&amp;et=&amp;kw=explore+summer&amp;df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL">Explore Summer calendar</a>&nbsp;online.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are a few of those programs:</p> <p><strong>Reptiles</strong></p> <p>Isaac Peterson and The Reptile Man, Scott Petersen, will bring&nbsp;some of the reptiles such as snakes, alligators and tortoises from the Reptile Zoo in Monroe.</p> <p><strong>Bridges</strong></p> <p>Build a bridge using K&#39;nex and learn how to get from here to there.</p> <p><strong>Wired Up</strong></p> <p>Staff members from the Pacific Science Center will help participants explore electricity.</p> <p><strong>Physics</strong></p> <p>From Prof. Fickelstein&#39;s Physics Phactory exploring Isaac Newton&#39;s three Laws of Motion utilizing physical comedy, mime, music, magic and sound effects to building roller coasters and creating cardboard cars powered by balloons.</p> <p><strong>Minecraft</strong></p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries is all about the Minecraft video game, from introductory sessions to bring-it-on tournaments.</p> <p>And, for those who can&rsquo;t make it to a community library, there is&nbsp;<a href="file://server1/Staff/JHills/My%20Documents/Explore%20Summer%20-%20DIY">Explore Summer &ndash; DIY</a>. Print out one of these do-it-yourself activities such as making a paper house, a drum, or story quilt.</p> <p>Besides the reading challenge and activities, Sno-Isle Libraries staff members have developed reading categories and lists as jumping-off points for young readers.&nbsp; &ldquo;We also want children and teens to just enjoy reading and have the fun of exploring and learning,&rdquo; Moore said.</p> <p>The Explore Summer&nbsp;<a href="//www.sno-isle.org/kids/explore-summer/book-list">booklist categories for children</a>&nbsp;includes:</p> <ul> <li>Global Citizens: Learn more about the many cultures and people of the world</li> <li>How We Live: Does your school or home look different from other kids in your neighborhood or around the globe?</li> <li>Makers &amp; Tinkerers:&nbsp; Are you a maker? Do you love to tinker? Check out one of these books and get to work!</li> <li>STEM: Science activities, experiments and fiction</li> <li>Young Writers &amp; Cartoonists: Learn from authors, illustrators and comic book artists how to create a story or cartoon this summer.</li> <li>The Stories We Tell: Folktales and fairy tales from around the world</li> </ul> <p><a href="//www.sno-isle.org/teens/explore-summer/book-list">Booklist categories for teens</a>&nbsp;include:</p> <ul> <li>Build a Better World with Graphic Novels</li> <li>Inspirational Nonfiction</li> <li>Build a Better World with Teen Fiction</li> <li>The Everett Public Schools 2017 Summer Reading Adventure</li> </ul> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li> <h4>Leslie Moore, Sno-Isle Libraries Children&#39;s and Outreach Services Manager, 360-651-7055, lmoore@sno-isle.org</h4> </li> <li> <h4>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</h4> </li> </ul> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=345 School officials honor Sno-Isle Libraries, Lake Stevens Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=342 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170522122015.jpg" style="float:left; height:335px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook, school district Food and Nutrition Manager Mollie Langum, Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory at the Washington Association of School Administrators Region 109 recognition event on May 11. Langum received the group&#39;s Student Achievement Leadership Award.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries and the Lake Stevens Library have been honored by the Washington Association of School Administrators Region 109.</p> <p>The Community Leadership Award was presented to Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and Lake Stevens Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson at a May 11 luncheon in Everett to honor educators and community leaders.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is an honor to be recognized by public school officials who are so dedicated to students and our communities,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries was cited as an integral partner of Lake Stevens School District, supporting early learning programs as well as private child-care centers and preschools in the community. The Lake Stevens Library hosts community programs that engage participants in a variety of activities focused on literacy, education,&nbsp;economics&nbsp;and civics.</p> <p>&ldquo;We appreciate Sno-Isle&rsquo;s efforts to expand our local library facility and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come,&rdquo; said Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Amy Beth Cook.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lake Stevens Library is one of 22 community libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries library district that serve nearly 750,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and includes online options and Library on Wheels.</p> <p>Each year the school administrators group hosts a regional event to honor educators and community leaders. Region 109 includes administrators from Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Snohomish, South Whidbey, Stanwood-Camano and Sultan school districts.</p> <h4>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h4> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online&nbsp;services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <h4>For more information</h4> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a></p> Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=342 'The 100 Year Miracle' spawns Whidbey Reads programs http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=341 <p>&nbsp;</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170517111041.jpg" style="float:left; height:266px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><em>ABOVE: Tattoo expert Krysteen Lomonaco of Mehndi Madness presents the history,&nbsp;</em><em>tradition</em><em>&nbsp;and art of tattooing, followed by the application of henna tattoos for program participants in April at Coupeville Library.&nbsp;<a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskVaCrjq">Photo gallery</a></em></p> <p><em>BELOW:&nbsp;Ashley Ream is&nbsp;</em><em>author</em><em>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1071659121">&ldquo;The 100 Year Miracle&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;and interviewed recently by Langley Library staff member Kaley Costello&nbsp;for a post on Sno-Isle Libraries&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/05/10/whidbey-reads-interview-ashley-ream/">&ldquo;BiblioFiles&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;blog.</em></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170517110945.jpg" style="float:left; height:400px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><a href="http://sno-isle.org/whidbeyreads">&ldquo;Whidbey Reads&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;is about bringing a community together around a book.</p> <p>The common experience of reading, discussing and perhaps meeting the author becomes a thread in the fabric of a community. That thread can become a whole closet full of experiences when the book resonates with daily life in that community as does&nbsp;<a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1071659121">&ldquo;The 100 Year Miracle&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;by Seattle-based author&nbsp;<a href="http://ahream.com/">Ashley Ream</a>.</p> <p>Whidbey Reads usually includes several book-group meetings and perhaps a few additional programs before culminating with a meet-the-author event. This year, Sno-Isle Libraries staff members were inspired to create&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?ag=&amp;et=&amp;kw=whidbey+reads&amp;df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL">an extensive series of events</a>&nbsp;exploring the rich images and themes used by Ream to weave her story.</p> <p>Jane Lopez-Santillana,&nbsp;assistant&nbsp;managing librarian at Oak Harbor Library, said the book&rsquo;s themes include ecology, respect for native traditions and lore, chronic illness, alternative medicines and the potential for discovery of cures in nature. All of that and, mystery, personal intrigue and tragedy.</p> <p>Some of the&nbsp;<a href="http://host5.evanced.info/sno_isle/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?ag=&amp;et=&amp;kw=whidbey+reads&amp;df=calendar&amp;cn=0&amp;private=0&amp;ln=ALL">Whidbey Reads events</a>&nbsp;include:</p> <ul> <li>A demonstration henna tattoos and the history of tattoos</li> <li>Blending therapeutic herbal tea</li> <li>Traditional Native American foods</li> <li>Native American stories</li> <li>Bioluminescence in nature</li> <li>Understanding microbes</li> <li>The underwater world of the Salish Sea</li> <li>Alternative pain management</li> <li>Multiple book discussion meetings</li> </ul> <p>And, there will be two opportunities to meet author Ream:</p> <ul> <li>4 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 Highway 525, Freeland.</li> <li>2 p.m., Thursday, June 8, Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor.</li> </ul> <p>Both events are free and books sales and signing will be available. The Oak Harbor Library event will be streamed live to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SnoIsleLibraries">Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook</a>&nbsp;page.</p> <p><span style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255); color:rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family:open sans,arial,sans-serif">Whidbey Reads 2017 is a collaborative effort between Sno-Isle Libraries, Whidbey Island Friends of the Library groups and volunteers from each community on Whidbey Island.&nbsp; Other partners include Skagit Valley College, Best Western Plus Oak Harbor Hotel &amp; Conference Center, The Book Rack, and Moonraker Books.</span></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>Jane Lopez-Santillana, Oak Harbor Library Assistant Managing Librarian, 360 675-5115, jLopez-Santillana@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> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=341 Library volunteers earn President's Volunteer Service Award http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=340 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20160325034715.jpg " style="float:right; height:234px; margin:5px; width:350px" />Thirty-six members of Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; extensive&nbsp;volunteer corps are about to receive a national honor.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nearly 700 people give their time and talent toward the mission of Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Volunteers&nbsp;at each of the 22 community libraries help us better serve our customers and their communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>On April 22, a select group of dedicated individuals will receive The President&rsquo;s Volunteer Service Award. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thankful for our volunteers and these awards are well-earned recognition of their efforts,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said.</p> <p>The award&nbsp;is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and&nbsp;honors those who achieve the required number of hours of volunteer service over a year or cumulative hours over a lifetime. The award recognizes milestones of service achievement and includes bronze, silver and gold levels for annual service. The President&rsquo;s Lifetime Achievement Award is for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.</p> <p>Congressman Rick Larsen said he supports the volunteers, their efforts and the award program.</p> <p>&ldquo;I commend the volunteers receiving the President&rsquo;s Volunteer Service Award,&rdquo; Larsen said. &ldquo;I hope their exceptional service encourages more folks to get involved with their local libraries and give back to their communities.&rdquo;</p> <p>The award includes categories for school-age children, teens, young adults and adults. Honorees receive a commemorative pin, certificate and letter signed by the President of the United States.</p> <p>In addition, five of the presidential award recipients were also nominated for the Governor&rsquo;s Volunteer Service Award. Another five volunteers were also nominated for the governor&rsquo;s award.</p> <p>The 2017 award recipients, nominees and the location they work are:</p> <p><strong>Gold</strong></p> <ul> <li>Linda Patterson*, Mountlake Terrace Library</li> </ul> <p><strong>Silver</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kristen&nbsp; Macaluso, Lynnwood Library</li> <li>Hedy Shiu*, Lynnwood Library</li> <li>Anthony Le, Mountlake Terrace Library</li> <li>David Benjamin Ochoa, Mountlake Terrace Library</li> <li>Andrea Vernon*, Service Center</li> </ul> <p><strong>Bronze</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dan Clark, Camano Island Library</li> <li>Helen Kinsella, Coupeville Library</li> <li>Kelly Smith, Edmonds Library</li> <li>Shirley Vanderbilt, Edmonds Library</li> <li>Gail Lajo,&nbsp;Freeland Library</li> <li>Bryan Beecken, Lynnwood Library</li> <li>Bonnie&nbsp; Gerken*, Lynnwood Library</li> <li>Jean Minsky, Lynnwood Library</li> <li>Trish Motyl-Hruby, Mill Creek Library</li> <li>Chris Cannon, Mountlake Terrace Library</li> <li>Kevin Kleinecke,&nbsp;Mountlake Terrace Library</li> <li>Linda McCann, Mountlake Terrace Library</li> <li>Richard McGee, Mountlake Terrace Library</li> <li>Elizabeth Coxen, Monroe Library</li> <li>Bonnie&nbsp; Drake,&nbsp;Monroe Library</li> <li>Michael Gantala, Monroe Library</li> <li>Amber Helman,&nbsp;Monroe Library</li> <li>Deborah Kyle, Monroe Library</li> <li>Randi Grossman, Mukilteo Library</li> <li>Huey-Jong (Amy) Liaw, Mukilteo Library</li> <li>David Wachob, Mukilteo Library</li> <li>Lillian VanWey, Oak Harbor Library</li> <li>Frances Ball, Service Center</li> <li>Jeffrey DePue, Service Center</li> <li>Denise&nbsp; Nordland, Service Center</li> <li>Lyric Crane*, Snohomish Library</li> <li>Laura Lewis, Stanwood Library</li> <li>Shirley Snavely, Stanwood Library</li> <li>Samantha Sommers, Stanwood Library</li> <li>Teri Towle, Stanwood Library</li> </ul> <p>*<em>Governor&rsquo;s Service Award nominee</em></p> <p><strong>Governor&rsquo;s Service Award nominees</strong></p> <ul> <li>George Winters, Darrington Library</li> <li>Bridget Wisniewski, Darrington Library</li> <li>Sue Norman, &nbsp;Oak Harbor Library</li> <li>Zach Furney, Service Center</li> <li>Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, Edmonds Library</li> </ul> <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>Christine Stansfield,&nbsp;Volunteer &amp; Community Engagement Coordinator, 360-651-7003, cstansfield@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, 12 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=340 Mt. Pilchuck students on top in reading challenge http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=339 <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_20170331065422.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Members of the Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Bookworms before winning the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge on March 30 at Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskRX2a9A">Photo gallery &nbsp;</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School Bookworms are champions of the 2017 Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge.</p> <p>Think of it as March madness, except for third-graders and they&rsquo;ve got books instead of basketballs.</p> <p>More than 1,300 students on 194 teams from 50 schools across two counties read the same six book titles. Starting in early March, the teams began facing off in book knowledge quiz bowls, first at their schools and then school districts.</p> <p>The top seven teams met March 30 on stage at Rosehill Community Center. After three, six-question rounds, two teams were left standing with perfect scores, the Bookworms from Mt. Pilchuck in the Lake Stevens School District and the Diamond Dolphins from Discovery Elementary in the Mukilteo School District.</p> <p>One overtime question later, the champions were crowned.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is&nbsp;fun for the students, but there is more to this event,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Deputy Director Kendra Trachta told the crowd of more than 250 parents, family members, teachers and other supporters. &ldquo;We know that reading proficiency at the third-grade level is a strong indicator of success throughout their school careers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The reading challenge program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills, she added.</p> <p>Judges for the finals included Mukilteo School District Superintendent Marci Larsen and Trudy Rosemarin from the Northwest Literacy Foundation. Four members of the Kamiak High School cheerleading squad also greeted the teams as they arrived.</p> <p>Guest judges at semifinal events included:</p> <ul> <li>Arlington Education Foundation Sherri Ballew</li> <li>Edmonds School District Superintendent Kris McDuffy</li> <li>Lake Stevens City Council member Gary Petershagen</li> <li>Lynnwood City Council member Shannon Sessions</li> <li>Oak Harbor School District Superintendent Lance Gibbon</li> <li>Snohomish County Council member Stephanie Wright</li> <li>Snohomish School Board Vice President Shaunna Ballas</li> </ul> <p>The six books used for this year&rsquo;s challenge were:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/175930121_alvin_ho">&ldquo;Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things&rdquo;</a> by Lenore Look</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1717121_bunnicula">&ldquo;Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery&rdquo;</a> by Deborah &amp; James Howe</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/155627121_to_catch_a_mermaid">&ldquo;To Catch a Mermaid&rdquo;</a> by Suzanne Selfors</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1329276121_my_homework_ate_my_homework">&ldquo;My Homework Ate My Homework&rdquo;</a> by Patrick Jennings</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/300042121_the_trouble_with_chickens">&ldquo;The Trouble With Chickens: a J.J. Tully Mystery&rdquo;</a> by Doreen Cronin</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/75482121_the_world_according_to_humphrey">&ldquo;The World According to Humphrey&rdquo;</a> by Betty Birney</li> </ul> <p>Joining Mt. Pilchuck and Discovery elementary schools in the finals were the Reading Rock Stars from Cedarhome Elementary, Stanwood-Camano School District;&nbsp; the Reading Raccoons from&nbsp; South Whidbey Elementary, South Whidbey School District; the Super Eight from Beverly Elementary, Edmonds School District; and the Book Bashers from Seattle Hill Elementary, Snohomish School District.</p> <p>All participating schools for 2017 were:</p> <p><strong>Arlington School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Presidents Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Coupeville School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Coupeville Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Darrington School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Darrington Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Edmonds School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Beverly Elementary</li> <li>Brier Elementary</li> <li>Cedar Valley Community School</li> <li>Cedar Way Elementary</li> <li>College Place Elementary</li> <li>Edmonds Elementary</li> <li>Hilltop Elementary</li> <li>Lynndale Elementary</li> <li>Lynnwood Elementary</li> <li>Maplewood K-8</li> <li>Sherwood Elementary</li> <li>Spruce Elementary</li> <li>Terrace Park Elementary</li> <li>Westgate Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Everett School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Forest View Elementary</li> <li>James Monroe Elementary</li> <li>Silver Firs Elementary</li> <li>Silver Lake Elementary</li> <li>Granite Falls School District</li> <li>Monte Cristo Elementary</li> <li>Lake Stevens School District</li> <li>Glenwood Elementary</li> <li>Highland Elementary</li> <li>Hillcrest Elementary</li> <li>Mt. Pilchuck Elementary</li> <li>Skyline Elementary</li> <li>Sunnycrest Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marysville School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Grove Elementary</li> <li>Pinewood Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Monroe School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Chain Lake Elementary</li> <li>Frank Wagner Elementary</li> <li>Sky Valley Educational Center</li> </ul> <p><strong>Mukilteo School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Discovery Elementary</li> <li>Fairmount Elementary</li> <li>Odyssey Elementary</li> <li>Picnic Point Elementary</li> <li>Serene Lake Elementary</li> <li>Oak Harbor School District</li> <li>Broad View Elementary</li> <li>Crescent Harbor Elementary</li> <li>Oak Harbor Elementary</li> <li>Olympic View Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Snohomish School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Emerson Elementary</li> <li>Machias Elementary</li> <li>Riverview Elementary</li> <li>Seattle Hill Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>South Whidbey School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>South Whidbey Elementary</li> </ul> <p><strong>Stanwood-Camano School District</strong></p> <ul> <li>Cedarhome Elementary</li> <li>Elger Bay Elementary</li> <li>Stanwood Elementary</li> <li>Utsalady Elementary</li> </ul> <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, <a href="mailto:jfeldman@sno-isle.org">jfeldman@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=339 Now 30 years of clean state audits for Sno-Isle Libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=338 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170330044213.jpg" style="float:right; height:146px; width:350px" />The streak is alive.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries recently received clean audit reports from the Washington State Auditor&rsquo;s Office. The audits extend the library district&rsquo;s record of state audits with no findings to 30 years in a row.</p> <p>&ldquo;We take seriously the responsibility of being accountable for the public funds entrusted to Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;I want to note the leadership of Gary Sitzman, our administrative services director. Results like this show a commitment throughout the organization.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Auditor&rsquo;s Office issued two reports, an <a href="http://portal.sao.wa.gov/ReportSearch/Home/ViewReportFile?arn=1018513&amp;isFinding=false&amp;sp=false">accountability audit</a> for the period Jan. 1, 2014- Dec. 31, 2015 and a <a href="http://portal.sao.wa.gov/ReportSearch/Home/ViewReportFile?arn=1018512&amp;isFinding=false&amp;sp=false">financial statements audit</a> for the period Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015.</p> <p>Accountability audits focus on internal controls that ensure compliance and safeguarding of public resources. Financial statements audits look at the processes in place that allow the library district to accurately monitor finances.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are committed to this high level of accountability for the public&rsquo;s resources,&rdquo; Sitzman said. &ldquo;The current audit results and 30-year milestone reflect the continued efforts of dedicated staff focused on serving the public.&rdquo;&nbsp;</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, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=338 Voices raise awareness at climate-action lectures http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=337 <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_20170328092032.jpg" style="float:left; height:334px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p>Xiuhtezcatl Martinez speaks March 24 at Coupeville High School as part of the Trudy Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskUdPxKA">Photo gallery from both Coupeville and Langley events</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SnoIsleLibraries/videos/10155077524655979/">Facebook Live stream from the March 24 event at Coupeville HS</a></li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The voice of experience and the voice of youth came together to speak about climate change at the&nbsp;<a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/events/">2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series</a>.</p> <p>And the voices were in agreement.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yes, people are impacting the climate,&rdquo; said 16-year-old <a href="http://www.earthguardians.org/xiuhtezcatl/">Xiuhtezcatl (shoe-TEZ-caht) Martinez</a>, youth director of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.earthguardians.org/">Earth Guardians</a>, an organization of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe. &ldquo;But this is not about saving the climate, this is about saving the people.&rdquo;</p> <p>Martinez, from Boulder, Colo., spoke to packed houses on March 24 at Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center and March 25 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. He was joined by KC Golden, senior policy adviser at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.climatesolutions.org/">Climate Solutions</a>&nbsp;in Seattle and Board Chair at&nbsp;<a href="https://350.org/">350.org</a>, a global climate advocacy group.</p> <p>Golden said 350.org is named for the target level of carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) in the atmosphere generally accepted by scientists as needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. The current CO<sub>2</sub> level is above 400.</p> <p>During his remarks, Golden showed an image of the globe at the current CO<sub>2</sub> level labeled &ldquo;Earth&rdquo; and another with higher levels labeled &ldquo;Toast.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;People ask, &lsquo;Couldn&rsquo;t we consider a more reasonable number than 350?&rsquo;&rdquo; Golden said. &ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t a matter of what is reasonable. It is what it is. You don&rsquo;t negotiate with physics.&rdquo;</p> <p>Golden warned against cynicism, calling it capitulation: &ldquo;The ability to turn the corner on climate change is now within our reach.&rdquo;</p> <p>Martinez said he comes from a family of activists and started his <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sus-1rZG8c">own efforts at age 6</a>. The idea behind the Earth Guardians is that young people can make a difference by raising their voices and letting adults know that they are concerned about the environment. The group supports local youth-led &ldquo;crews&rdquo; across the U.S. and world that organize to make a difference in their own area. There is a <a href="http://www.earthguardians.org/eg-whidbey-island">Whidbey Island Earth Guardian crew</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Audience questions ranged from how to deal with the climate impact of naval air operations to the best ways to use purchasing power to combat the problem.</p> <p>&ldquo;We can&rsquo;t say we are anti-military because we are pro-climate,&rdquo; Martinez replied. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s not going to get people on your side.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Golden argued for making wise transportation choices. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t feel guilty about pumping gas, but feel great and empowered when you do it less often,&rdquo; he said. Golden also reminded people of the power of divesting from companies that are heavy carbon polluters.</p> <p>Martinez urged the audiences to consider making personal choices such as supporting local and organic agriculture and cutting meat and dairy from their diets.</p> <p>The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series is sponsored by Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund. Sundberg was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to supporting the arts and promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members, friends and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the memorial fund to underwrite a lecture series in Sundberg&rsquo;s name that reflects her many areas of interest and promote lifelong learning. Oak Harbor&rsquo;s Marshall Goldberg chairs the lecture series planning committee.</p> <p><em>The&nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation&nbsp;appreciates the funding support for the 2017 lecture series provided by Whidbey Sun and Wind, Coupeville; Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey, the Tulalip Tribes and Humanities Washington.</em></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>About the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</h4> <p><span style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255); color:rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family:open sans,arial,sans-serif">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.</span></p> <h4>For more information</h4> <ul> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Paul Pitkin, Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Executive Director, 360-651-7092, ppitkin@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=337 Front-line climate activists to speak at Sundberg lectures http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=336 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170307044953.jpg" style="float:left; height:252px; width:200px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170307044836.jpg" style="float:left; height:253px; width:199px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>KC Golden&nbsp;</em></td> <td><em>Xiuhtezcatl Martinez</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>KC Golden has seen more than a few tours of duty in the war over climate change.</p> <p>He is a senior policy advisor at Seattle-based <a href="https://www.climatesolutions.org/">Climate Solutions</a>, a leading voice for a clean energy economy. As board chair at <a href="https://350.org/">350.org</a>, he helps direct a global grassroots climate advocacy group. But those are just his current involvements in a career&rsquo;s worth of work as a climate advocate that earned him the 2012 <a href="http://www.heinzawards.net/">Heinz Award</a> for Public Policy.</p> <p>Golden will share his perspective as part of the 2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, scheduled for Friday, March 24, at the Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center, and again Saturday, March 25, at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Admission is free, but seating may be limited so early arrival is suggested for the 7 p.m. events.</p> <p>While Golden brings plenty of experience, this is no retrospective. The lectures are titled &ldquo;Climate Action: What Now? Reports from the Front Lines,&rdquo; and with all the activity in Washington, D.C., Golden says he has never been busier.</p> <p>&ldquo;At Climate Solutions, we advance the clean energy revolution in Washington and Oregon,&rdquo; Golden said recently. &ldquo;If D.C. just does nothing, we&rsquo;ll be lucky.&rdquo;</p> <p>Golden says the ability to displace oil with electricity is getting closer all the time. &ldquo;The Northwest is a good place to do that,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not too far from de-carbonizing our power supplies. Let&rsquo;s not close the door by taking steps backward, like exporting coal by rail.&rdquo;</p> <p>At <a href="https://350.org/">350.org</a>, Golden is trying to show others how to engage in the conversation. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a citizens movement that we help and empower,&rdquo; he said. The name comes from the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) target level of 350 parts per million that many climate scientists say is needed.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are many 350.org groups across the U.S. and around the world,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good way of seeding the conversation. What&rsquo;s our role here? How can we begin to disconnect from the commercial cycle that is killing us?&rdquo;</p> <p>Golden will be joined at the lectures by Xiuhtezcatl ( &ldquo;shoo TEZ caht&rdquo;) Martinez, a 16-year-old climate activist from Boulder, Colo. While Golden said he had not met Martinez, he was looking forward to the opportunity:&shy;&shy; &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve heard a lot about him.&rdquo;</p> <p>Martinez is youth director of <a href="http://www.earthguardians.org/">Earth Guardians</a>, an organization of activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up to address climate change and other important issues. He just finished a visit to Australia where forwarded the Earth Guardians&rsquo; message. He has addressed the United Nations General Assembly, is participating in a federal lawsuit alleging failure to adequately protect against climate change and has received several awards for his activism.</p> <p>Golden said that part of the message he will bring is about taking action.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a combination of very local and then a little bigger,&rdquo; Golden said, adding that he likes to think of climate activism as navigating the art of the possible. &ldquo;Do your part and then advocate at the level you can.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong><em>Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series</em></strong></p> <p><em>Trudy Sundberg was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to support the arts and promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members, friends and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund to underwrite a lecture series in Sundberg&rsquo;s name that reflects her many areas of interest and promote lifelong learning.</em></p> <p><em>The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation appreciates the funding support for the 2017 lecture series provided by Whidbey Sun and Wind, Coupeville; Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey, the Tulalip Tribes and Humanities Washington.</em></p> <p><strong><em>For more information</em></strong></p> <p><em>Marshall F. Goldberg, 360-675-5888, </em><a href="mailto:mfgold@comcast.net"><em>mfgold@comcast.ne</em></a></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=336 Forums on homelessness spark community conversations http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=335 <p>The homeless are not forgotten.</p> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:560px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3_9MCjVFo04?list=PLlaIcE1oC8845C0VR3FFF6U2pp3nG6MLf?ecver=1" width="560"></iframe></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Jan. 10, Langley</strong><br /> <strong><a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskLKhJG9" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Photos from the forum</a>&nbsp;- <a href="https://youtu.be/3_9MCjVFo04" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Video from the forum</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="https://soundcloud.com/snoislelibraries/homelessness-here-langley-wa" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Audio from the forum</a></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Jan. 26, Lake Stevens<br /> <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskTqBGMD" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Photos from the forum</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/snoislelibraries/homelessness-here-lake-stevens-wa" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Audio from the forum</a></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Feb. 22, Arlington<br /> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sno-isle/albums/72157677397358094" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Photos from the forum</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SnoIsleLibraries/videos/vb.14152425978/10154983533640979/?type=2&amp;theater" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Facebook live event video</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/snoislelibraries/homelessness-here-arlington-wa" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Audio from the forum</a></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace</strong><br /> <strong><a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskQ6ryHj" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Photos from the forum</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/SnoIsleLibraries/videos/vb.14152425978/10154999824110979/?type=3&amp;theater" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Facebook live event video</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/snoislelibraries/homelessness-here-forum-in-mountlake-terrace?in=snoislelibraries/sets/issues-that-matter-1" style="box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; color: rgb(183, 97, 11); text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal;">Audio recording of forum</a></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Homelessness Resources</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter&nbsp;</a></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>If there is one takeaway from the four-part series &ldquo;Homelessness Here&rdquo; hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries, it is that communities are aware and yearning to help those who are homeless.</p> <p>The second lesson: While every community is doing something, more is needed.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was surprised at the crowd,&rdquo; said Elizabeth Kohl, director of social services for Housing Hope. &ldquo;It was wonderful to see so many people and so engaged.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kohl was a panelist at the Mountlake Terrace Library event on Feb. 28, the final forum of the series. An overflow crowd of more than 100 people came to Mountlake Terrace, spilling out to the entryway where some watched the proceedings via Facebook Live on phones and laptop computers.</p> <p>The community response was similar for the other forums.</p> <p>On Jan. 10, more than 200 people filled Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley with some standing in the wings. On Jan. 26 at the Lake Stevens School District offices, a full<del>-</del> house of more than 100 came to hear Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer moderate the panel discussion. On Feb. 22, Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert took on the moderator role at Weston High School where again more than 100 community members and local officials gathered to share their concerns.</p> <p><strong>Many homeless students</strong></p> <p>At the Langley event, panelists spoke about the need and efforts on Whidbey Island.</p> <p>&ldquo;We push aside thoughts of homelessness because it&#39;s too hard,&rdquo; said Faith Wilder, president of the South Whidbey Homeless Coalition. &ldquo;We started the coalition with a goal of making homelessness brief and rare on the island.&rdquo;</p> <p>Vivian Rogers-Decker is the Student Support Specialist and Homeless Liaison for the Oak Harbor School District. &ldquo;I have 212 homeless students,&rdquo; Rogers-Decker told the crowd. She saw the need to do more and in 2012 founded SPIN Caf&eacute; as a way of delivering services outside the school setting. Since then, the effort has become a multi-purpose agency serving all of Whidbey Island.</p> <p>Rogers-Decker said there are many triggers of homelessness, including disabilities, catastrophic illness, domestic violence, abuse, neglect, death, financial hardship as well as drug use.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope everyone in this room makes a commitment to do something to help,&rdquo; Rogers-Decker said.</p> <p>In Lake Stevens, panelist Julio Cortes, of Cocoon House, spoke about the invisibility of some homelessness. &ldquo;Youth homeless are harder to see and identify,&rdquo; Cortes said. &ldquo;When they are couch surfing, moving from friend to friend, you don&rsquo;t see them.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Making connections</strong></p> <p>The Lake Stevens event prompted subsequent action that resulted in a couple getting help.</p> <p>Paul Ryan, a Lake Stevens Library Board member and sergeant with the Monroe Police, said he saw a neighbor at the Lake Stevens forum and connected on Facebook the next day. &ldquo;As a result, I was put in touch with a woman and her fianc&eacute; living in their vehicle in Monroe,&rdquo; Ryan said. &ldquo;I was able to meet with the woman and put her in touch with some vital resources.</p> <p>&ldquo;I took a lot away from the forum, but the opportunity to help the friend of a friend was the most rewarding.&rdquo;</p> <p>Arlington Mayor Tolbert noted in her opening remarks on Feb. 22 that while resources are available, the need is greater. &ldquo;There are 156 students who are homeless in Arlington School District,&rdquo; Tolbert said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s not acceptable!&rdquo;</p> <p>In the audience that evening was Snohomish County District Court Judge Kristen Olbrechts. &ldquo;I get kids in the courtroom who don&#39;t have life skills,&rdquo; Olbrechts said. &ldquo;There are resources for them, but they can&#39;t follow up on phone calls.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Hearing from those without homes</strong></p> <p>The forums drew those who want to help, but the homeless came, too.</p> <p>One tearful woman told the Arlington audience that she had walked around all night at a local casino just to stay warm. &ldquo;It is scary,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>A young man at the Mountlake Terrace event recounted how he lives in his vehicle.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m living in my RV with no stable place to park,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I have a full-time job, but lost my rental house when the owner decided to sell. The state only requires a 20-days&rsquo; notice to renters. I don&rsquo;t have the money for first, last and deposit; how many of us are one or two paychecks from being homeless?&rdquo;</p> <p>And on Whidbey Island, one young man asked about the brutal impact of some rules.</p> <p>&ldquo;You ask us homeless to suffer thru temps as low as freezing before getting shelter,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Why?&rdquo;</p> <p>Wilder of the homeless coalition responded.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&#39;re working for year-round shelter in Oak Harbor,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;The (United Nations) says shelter is a basic human right. We see you, we hear you.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Calls to action</strong></p> <p>Wilder outlined what audience members could do: &ldquo;We need a manifesto regarding basic human dignity for everyone. We need to show up at port, transit, city meetings.&rdquo;</p> <p>That call to action was reinforced at the final forum</p> <p>&ldquo;We need champions for homeless at every level of government,&rdquo; Kristen Cane, Director of Development and Policy for Housing Authority of Snohomish County, told the audience at Mountlake Terrace.</p> <p>&ldquo;Here&rsquo;s what you can do: Contact local, state, national officials to call attention to homelessness. Then, go volunteer in your community with nonprofit, churches, the groups that are out there doing the work.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Other suggestions from audience members and panelists</strong></p> <ul> <li>Real estate agencies should talk with buyers, sellers, about not evicting renters quickly</li> <li>Think about long-term solutions as well as short-term help</li> <li>Give socks and cold weather gear those who are homeless, but don&rsquo;t over-give because they have no place to store extras</li> <li>Vote for initiatives that would help local government cope, and have money to match federal funds</li> <li>Support the &ldquo;housing first&rdquo; approach, which helps stabilize people needing help with addiction and other problems</li> <li>Spread the word about calling 211, a centralized number for social service resources</li> <li>Serve as a mentor to youth at Cocoon House and other agencies helping the homeless</li> </ul> <p><em>Issues That Matter events are sponsored by the <a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</a>, which relies on contributions.&nbsp;</em></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, 10 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=335 Climate action the focus of Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=334 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170307044836.jpg" style="float:left; height:253px; width:199px" /></td> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170307044953.jpg" style="float:left; height:252px; width:200px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Xiuhtezcatl Martinez</em></td> <td><em>KC Golden</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Two nationally recognized leaders on climate change are coming to Whidbey Island for the&nbsp;<a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/events/">2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series</a>.</p> <p>Speaking on &ldquo;Climate Action: What Now? Reports from the Front&nbsp;Lines,&rdquo; will be&nbsp;<a href="https://www.climatesolutions.org/member/kc-golden">KC Golden</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.earthguardians.org/xiuhtezcatl/">Xiuhtezcatl Martinez</a>, two different generations speaking about their experiences in the world of climate-change activism.</p> <p>The lecture series honors the memory of Trudy Sundberg, a beloved Whidbey Island teacher and civic activist who passed away in 2013. The lectures are scheduled for:</p> <ul> <li>Friday, March 24, 7 p.m., Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center, 501 S. Main St., Coupeville</li> <li>Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave, Langley</li> </ul> <p>Admission is free and seating is&nbsp;first&nbsp;come, first served. There will be Q&amp;A time following the presentations. In addition to the two public presentations, Martinez will also make a special appearance on Friday, March, 24 at South Whidbey High School.</p> <p>Golden is senior policy adviser at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.climatesolutions.org/">Climate Solutions</a>&nbsp;in Seattle and Board Chair at&nbsp;<a href="https://350.org/">350.org</a>, a global climate advocacy group. He has been a leader in the national climate movement for decades and served as a policy advisor to a number of Pacific Northwest governors and mayors. In 2012, Golden received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate.</p> <p>Martinez, 16, is youth director of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.earthguardians.org/">Earth Guardians</a>, an organization of activists,&nbsp;artists&nbsp;and musicians from across the globe. The organization is&nbsp;stepping up to address climate change and other important issues. Martinez is a hip-hop artist and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly. He is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the then-Obama administration for its failure to adequately protect their future against climate change. In 2015, the Boulder, Colo., teen received the&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.peacefirst.org/prize/2013-12-09-14-50-21/2015-prize-winner/item/498-xiuhtezcatl">Peace First Prize</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nick.com/halo-awards/">Nickelodeon Halo Award</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;These two climate leaders bring messages that speak to both young people and adults about the current state of climate action &ndash; or inaction,&rdquo; said Oak Harbor&rsquo;s Marshall Goldberg, who chairs the lecture series planning committee. &ldquo;Both of our speakers are on the front lines of climate action and will have a lot to say about what&rsquo;s working &ndash; and what the future holds.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sundberg was known for her commitment as an Oak Harbor High School educator and community leader whose causes ranged from progressive politics to founding the Save Our Kids Crusade to supporting the arts and promoting the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family members,&nbsp;friends&nbsp;and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation joined together to establish the Trudy Sundberg Memorial Fund to underwrite a lecture series in Sundberg&rsquo;s name that reflects her many areas of interest and promote lifelong learning.</p> <p><em>The</em><em>&nbsp;Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation</em><em>&nbsp;appreciates the funding support for the 2017 lecture series provided by Whidbey Sun and Wind, Coupeville; Windermere Real Estate South Whidbey, the Tulalip&nbsp;Tribes&nbsp;and Humanities Washington.</em></p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Marshall F. Goldberg, 360-675-5888, <a href="mailto:mfgold@comcast.net">mfgold@comcast.net</a></li> </ul> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=334 'Prose Bowl 2017' pits 16 top titles in playoff http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=332 <p><a href="http://blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/03/01/prose-bowl-2017/?"><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170301112712.jpg" style="float:right; height:190px; margin:5px; width:500px" /></a>March Madness? Forget it.</p> <p>Readers can get in the game with <a href="http://blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/2017/03/01/prose-bowl-2017/">Prose Bowl 2017</a>, a playoff series that pits 16 top books against each other in bracket competition starting March 1.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sixteen of our recent, popular titles will battle against each other in a bracket-style competition where participants will choose the winner,&rdquo; said Jocelyn Redel, Teen Services Librarian at Lynnwood Library. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t worry if you haven&rsquo;t read all of the contenders,&rdquo; Redel said. &ldquo;Of course, you can check out the books through <a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/">our catalog</a>, but everyone gets to play.&rdquo;</p> <p>The contest details and entry forms are at <a href="http://blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles/">The Biblio Files</a>. &nbsp;The page also lists all the books along with links to the variety of reviews, summaries and other information.&rdquo;</p> <p>As with that other bracket-thing in March, just getting to the Prose Bowl&rsquo;s version of the big dance is a feat in itself. And, up to a committee.</p> <p>&ldquo;We pulled the top 300 titles for past 18 months or so, looking for a&nbsp;variety of genres so everyone could have something they can root for,&rdquo; Redel said. &ldquo;Then, we got together and whittled it down to 16.&rdquo;</p> <p>Here are the Prose Bowl rules:</p> <p>Every week in March, participants can go online, see the matchups and then vote for their favorites. Participants will have one week to vote on each bracket, after which the poll will close for that week. At the end of the poll, participants can click to form that asks for an email address that will serve as an entry for consideration for the prizes.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re still working on the prizes,&rdquo; Redel said, adding that they could be advance copies of hot new books, perhaps a custom poster of the winner with their favorite book or other items and opportunities. &ldquo;That, and the inherent satisfaction of being named a Sno-Isle Libraries Prose Bowl 2017 champion.&rdquo;</p> <p>The schedule is:</p> <ul> <li>March 1-7: Eight brackets (16 titles)</li> <li>March 8-14: Four brackets (8 titles)</li> <li>March 15-21: Two brackets (4 titles)</li> <li>March 22-28: One bracket (2 titles)</li> <li>March 29: Winner posted!</li> </ul> <p>And, <a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/700233957_sil_suggests/786952747_sil_prose_bowl_2017">here&rsquo;s the list of the contenders</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/996797121_my_name_is_lucy_barton">&ldquo;My Name is Lucy Barton&rdquo;</a> by Elizabeth Strout</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1403253121_the_summer_before_the_war">&ldquo;The Summer Before the War&rdquo;</a> by Helen Simonson</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1037254121_til_death_do_us_part">&ldquo;&lsquo;Til Death Do Us Part&rdquo;</a> by Amanda Quick</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1032902121_millers_valley">&ldquo;Miller&rsquo;s Valley&rdquo;</a> by Anna Quindlen</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1356315121_where_it_hurts">&ldquo;Where It Hurts&rdquo;</a> by Reed Coleman</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1413598121_private_paris">&ldquo;Private Paris&rdquo;</a> by James Patterson</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1072628121_vinegar_girl">&ldquo;Vinegar Girl&rdquo;</a> by Anne Tyler</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/966619121_fates_and_furies">&ldquo;Fates and Furies&rdquo;</a> by Lauren Groff</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1353950121_the_japanese_lover">&ldquo;The Japanese Lover&rdquo;</a> by &nbsp;Isabel Allende</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/971794121_the_aeronauts_windlass">&ldquo;The Aeronaut&rsquo;s Windlass&rdquo;</a> by Jim Butcher</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/969037121_this_is_your_life,_harriet_chance">&ldquo;This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!&rdquo;</a> by Jonathan Evison</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/978950121_welcome_to_night_vale">&ldquo;Welcome to Night Vale&rdquo;</a> by Joseph Fink</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1339130121_house_of_the_rising_sun">&ldquo;House of the Rising Sun&rdquo;</a> by James Burke</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/984382121_dear_mr_you">&ldquo;Dear Mr. You&rdquo;</a> by Mary-Louise Parker</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/996555121_when_breath_becomes_air">&ldquo;When Breath Becomes Air&rdquo;</a> by Paul Kalanithi</li> <li><a href="https://sno-isle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1449470121_the_underground_railroad">&ldquo;The Underground Railroad&rdquo;</a> by Colson Whitehead</li> </ul> <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>Jocelyn Redel, Teen Librarian, Lynnwood Library,&nbsp;425-778-2148 ext. 3039, jredel@sno-isle.org</p> </li> <li> <p>Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian Readers&#39; Services, 360-651-7049,&nbsp;jparker@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> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=332 Lake Stevens vote encouraging, next steps under review http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=333 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:500px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20170301114521.jpg" style="float:left; height:333px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>The existing Lake Stevens Library (above) is one of the smallest facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system and serves the growing Lake Stevens community. A new, larger library is identified as a priority in the library district&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan</a>.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries officials are reviewing the results of the Feb. 14&nbsp;<a href="http://www.snoco.org/elections/results/ecurrent.htm">Lake Stevens Library election&nbsp;</a>and speaking with community members before deciding on next steps.</p> <p>&ldquo;The response from the Lake Stevens community is encouraging,&rdquo; Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;The Library Capital Facility Area ballot measure passed with flying colors. The approval rate for the bond measure is exciting and it came very&nbsp;close&nbsp;to getting the required voter turnout.&quot;</p> <p>The review and discussions began Monday, Feb. 27 with Woolf-Ivory presenting the election results to the Board of Trustees.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m meeting with Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer on Thursday to discuss the results,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory told the trustees. In the coming weeks, she and other library officials will also touch base with members of the Lake Stevens Library Board and the Friends of Lake Stevens Library group.</p> <p>&ldquo;A solid foundation of community support for a new library is in place,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;It is clear that the Lake Stevens community values library service&nbsp;and the need for a new building&nbsp;continues&nbsp;to be critical.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Feb. 14 election included two measures that needed to pass before the library district could move ahead with a proposed new, larger library to serve the Lake Stevens community. Proposition 1 passed with a 69 percent approval, establishing the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area. Proposition 2 received a 66 percent&nbsp;approval,&nbsp;but failed to pass because it was 749 votes shy of the 8,464 ballots cast required for validation.</p> <p>If a decision is made to go back to the voters, the earliest that could happen is Aug. 1, Woolf-Ivory said.&nbsp; The deadline for submitting material to the Snohomish County Auditor&rsquo;s Office for that election is May 12.</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, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=333 'Bears vs Babies' on play date at Arlington Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=331 <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_20170217013902.jpg" style="float:left; height:751px; width:500px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Matthew Inman (standing) talks with players of &quot;Bears vs Babies&quot; during a Feb. 15 playtest at Arlington Library. <a href="https://flic.kr/s/aHskUuENDw">Photo gallery</a></em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>What do bears and babies have in common?</p> <p>Perhaps not a lot now, but that may change this summer and on Feb. 15, dozens of people at the Arlington Library got a sneak peek at what&rsquo;s coming.</p> <p>Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal website and Exploding Kittens card game is putting the finishing touches on his latest game, Bears vs Babies, due to go on sale this June. As part of the game launch process, Inman and collaborator Elan Lee, organized 45 &ldquo;playtest&rdquo; sessions across the globe. One of those sessions was at the library and, in this case, included Inman himself joining the players.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been to about four of these,&rdquo; Inman said. &ldquo;At this point, the game itself is pretty locked down, but we&rsquo;re still working on the instructions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Inman saw some work to do.</p> <p>&ldquo;Did you all get a bear to start the game?&rdquo; he asked the players at a table while leafing through the instructions that had been distributed. Hearing a unanimous &ldquo;no,&rdquo; Inman sat down&nbsp;to get their game back on track. While advertised as being for players age 7 and up, instructions can be a bit cryptic at first. One player at Arlington read aloud: &ldquo;Choose a baby army and discard half, rounding up.&rdquo;</p> <p>Inman said some playtest session are conducted with observers not being able to interact with players. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s nothing more frustrating,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is nice, being able to help.&rdquo;</p> <p>That Arlington Library became a playtest site is largely thanks to the work of Abby Bormann, Arlington&rsquo;s Teen Librarian. &ldquo;I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign,&rdquo; Bormann said. &ldquo;Then a few weeks ago, I got an email about the playtests.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bormann and some&nbsp;teens who frequent the library quickly put together a short video to make their case as a playtest location. &ldquo;We heard back right away,&rdquo; Bormann said. &ldquo;This whole thing came together in just a couple of weeks.&rdquo;</p> <p>Those efforts resulted in an afternoon of participants ranging in age from 8 to 67 getting to play what is likely to be one of the hottest games of the summer before its release. &ldquo;It was great,&rdquo; said a 66-year-old Stanwood resident. &ldquo;I was playing with 14- and 15-year-olds, but during the game, there was no age.&rdquo;</p> <p>Inman and co-creator Lee, who is a veteran game designer and currently Chief Design Officer for Xbox Entertainment Studios, funded the game through Kickstarter. The campaign broke records for the online crowdfunding site. When Bears vs Babies was listed on Oct. 18, the goal was $10,000. In the first week, it received $1.4 million from backers and topped out at $3.2 million in less than a month.</p> <p>Joining Inman at Arlington for the playtest were several family members, including his mom.</p> <p>&ldquo;I work for him,&rdquo; said Ann Inman, who lives near Rockport. &ldquo;I handle the merchandise, the warehouse is at my house.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mom says she&rsquo;s proud of her son and his success, but when Matthew is with family, he&rsquo;s just one of the family. &ldquo;He works hard, but all the kids work hard and are successes,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>And, it&rsquo;s not like success guarantees recognition.</p> <p>Inman recounted a recent experience in Seattle when the woman behind the counter pointed at his sweatshirt with a cartoon from The Oatmeal and said, &ldquo;Oh, the Belch.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s Blerch,&rdquo; Inman said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Oh, well, I&rsquo;m not much of a fan,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I created it,&rdquo; he said and unzipped the sweatshirt to show his Exploding Kittens t-shirt. &ldquo;She turned a little red.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>(If you missed the playtest at Arlington Library, the only other one in Washington is 2-6 p.m., Feb. 26, at the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/254249035009470/">Raygun Lounge</a> in Seattle.)</em></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>Abby Bormann, Arlington Library Teen Librarian, 360-435-3033, abormann@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=331 Forum on homelessness comes to Arlington http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=330 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170216033726.jpg" style="float:right; height:334px; width:500px" />Less than a month ago, volunteers were gathering at the Stillaguamish Senior Center in Arlington to go count homeless people and while the numbers still being tabulated, there is no doubt that homelessness is on the rise.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Weston High School Commons, Sno-Isle Libraries will host <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">&ldquo;Homelessness Here,&rdquo;</a> a public discussion exploring the causes and prevention of homelessness. The free event be from 6:30-8 p.m. and moderated by Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert. The event address is 4407 172nd Street NE, Arlington.</p> <p>The event will include a panel discussion followed by audience questions and comments. Panelists will include Kristen Cane, Housing Authority of Snohomish County director of Development and Policy; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center; Nicolas Quijano, Cocoon House Advocate Supervisor, and Lynda Plummer, assistant director of social services for Housing Hope.</p> <p>While Snohomish County officials tabulating the numbers from the Jan. 24 <a href="http://snohomishcountywa.gov/2857/Point-In-Time">Point in Time Count</a>, there is no doubt that homelessness is on the rise</p> <p>Over the past three years, the number of unsheltered individuals in Snohomish County has increased by 33 percent, according to a 2016 Snohomish County Human Services survey. Two-thirds of those said &ldquo;out of doors&rdquo; when asked where they stayed the previous night. The numbers from the Jan. 24 <a href="http://snohomishcountywa.gov/2857/Point-In-Time">Point in Time Count</a> will be available later this spring.</p> <p>The Arlington forum is the third of four as part of Sno-Isle Libraries&rsquo; ongoing <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">Issues That Matter</a> series.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;When we ask residents in our communities what issues concern them most, homelessness is always high on the list,&rdquo; said Sonia Gustafson, leader of the library district&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">Issues That Matter</a> team and manager of Lake Stevens Library. A strategic priority for the library district is &ldquo;Building civic engagement to address community issues.&rdquo;</p> <p>The final forum in the &ldquo;Homelessness Here&rdquo; series will be Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. &nbsp;</p> <p>Issues That Matter&nbsp;programs are meant to encourage&nbsp;community conversations on high-profile topics. Details, along with links to library and community resources, can be found at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter</a>.&nbsp; Funding is provided by the <a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.</a><br /> &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</strong></p> <ul> <li>Charles Pratt, <a href="mailto:cpratt@sno-isle.org">cpratt@sno-isle.org</a> or <strong>360-629-5320</strong></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <ins><a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a> </ins></li> </ul> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=330 Footsteps in Cuba, today and yesterday http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=328 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:450px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170207123901.jpg" style="float:left; height:338px; width:450px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Alex Wells in Cuba next to a sign pointing to &ldquo;Fidel&rsquo;s House.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170207124013.jpg" style="float:left; height:327px; width:450px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Sumner Welles (left) shakes hands with Cuba&rsquo;s Col. Fulgencio </em><em>Batisa</em><em> as U.S. Gen. Malin Craig looks on.</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The door to Cuba is swinging open and Alex Welles has seen what&rsquo;s on the other side.</p> <p>Twice &hellip; in the past two years.</p> <p>Welles will share his recent personal experiences along with the perspective gained from his grandfather, Sumner Welles, a diplomat who served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt&rsquo;s special envoy to Cuba. Welles will make two presentations of, &ldquo;Cuba: Following in my Grandfather&rsquo;s Footsteps:&rdquo;</p> <ul> <li>Sunday, Feb. 12, 2-3 p.m., Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St, Coupeville.</li> <li>Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Langley Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 301 Anthes Ave, Langley.</li> </ul> <p>Both events are free and open to the public.</p> <p>In addition to speaking about Cuba, Welles will show photos and videos from his visits, including a walk through Havana&#39;s Old City. Other sites he visited include the Bay of Pigs, which became politically famous in 1961, and San Juan Hill in Santiago, where Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charged the Spanish troops in 1898.</p> <p>Welles is a former Wall Street broker and international banking specialist. He is co-owner of Welles &amp; Rinning Commercial Real Estate Services in Bellevue. He earned a Bachelor&rsquo;s degree from Hobart College in Geneva, NY and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix. He lives in Seattle with his wife, King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles.</p> <p>Funding for these events is&nbsp;by the Friends of the Clinton, Coupeville, Freeland and Langley libraries.</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>Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager,360-221-4383 ext. 6320, vwelfare@sno-isle.org</li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=328 Sasquatch (information) coming to Whidbey Island http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=329 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:250px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170207012454.jpg" style="float:left; height:343px; width:250px" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <h3><strong>Sasquatch (info) sightings</strong></h3> <p><strong>Thursday, Feb. 23</strong></p> <ul> <li>4 p.m.</li> <li>Oak Harbor Library<br /> 1000 SE Regatta Drive<br /> Oak Harbor</li> </ul> <strong>Friday, Feb. 24</strong> <ul> <li>6:30 p.m.</li> <li>Langley Library<br /> 104 Second St.<br /> Langley&nbsp;</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>It is quite possible there won&rsquo;t be a Sasquatch sighting Feb. 23 or Feb. 24 on Whidbey Island.</p> <p>If, however, those joining the exploration on either day by author David George Gordon of the exceptionally elusive creature should spot a hairy, ape-like being loping across the road on the way home from either the Oak Harbor or Langley library, they will be well-prepared to make a positive ID.</p> <p>Gordon is author of &ldquo;The Sasquatch Seeker&rsquo;s Field Manual: Using Citizen Science to Uncover North America&rsquo;s Most Elusive Creature.&rdquo; His approach to answering real-or-myth question focuses on evaluating the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon and the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method.</p> <p>Aside from various footprint casts and eyewitness accounts, some recounted by the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being&rsquo;s existence. In his presentation, Gordon explains how to be an effective &ldquo;citizen scientist&rdquo; by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch&rsquo;s status.</p> <p>He encourages attendees at his talks to share their tales and experiences related to mysterious creature.</p> <p>Gordon has spoken at the American Museum of Natural History, The Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Yale University, the Smithsonian Institution, and Ripley&rsquo;s Believe It or Not! Museums in San Francisco, Hollywood, and Times Square.&nbsp; He has been interviewed by National Geographic, Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>Gordon is also well-known as &quot;The Bug Chef&quot; and getting TV host James Corden and Edmonds-raised actor Anna Faris to eat various cooked bugs on Corden&#39;s &quot;The Late Late Show.&quot;</p> <p>Gordon&rsquo;s presentations are free and supported by Humanities Washington, the Friends of the Langley Library and Friends of the Oak Harbor 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> <ul> <li>Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager, 360-221-4383, <a href="mailto:vwelfare@sno-isle.org">vwelfare@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Mary Campbell, Oak Harbor Library Manager, 360-675-5115, <a href="mailto:mcampbell@sno-isle.org">mcampbell@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=329 There's a new way to discover Sno-Isle Libraries http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=326 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170201103019.jpg" style="float:right; height:283px; width:400px" />Sno-Isle Libraries offers an online catalog, making it easy for customers to find, reserve and receive library materials.</p> <p>Starting Feb. 1, customers begin transitioning to a new online catalog that will provide a better and broader experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;This new catalog brings a new level of service and opportunities to our customers and communities,&rdquo; Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;Our mission is to be a &lsquo;community doorway&rsquo; and often that doorway is online. It is important that the online experience is as welcoming, professional and safe as it is at our community libraries.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new catalog is powered by software from BiblioCommons, a firm that focuses on serving public libraries. Sno-Isle Libraries joins Seattle, King County and hundreds of other libraries across the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand as customers.</p> <p>&ldquo;We like to think of it as a &lsquo;discovery layer&rsquo; to the more than a million items available through Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; said Jeanne Crisp, Director of Facilities &amp; Special Projects, who is overseeing the transition.</p> <p>At its core, the new catalog provides better search results of all those items. The new catalog offers more. Besides helping customers get the things they&rsquo;re looking for and discover new items, the BiblioCommons tool lets customers choose to share those experiences.</p> <p>Customers can read reviews, lists and comments from library staff and other customers. Sno-Isle Libraries customers will also have the choice to write and share their own reviews and other online activities.</p> <p>A key component of the new catalog experience is choice &ndash; your choice, your decision.</p> <p>&ldquo;Protecting privacy is important for all of us,&rdquo; said Crisp, adding that privacy-related policies and statements from Sno-Isle Libraries and the companies we work with are available at <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/privacy">sno-isle.org/privacy</a>. &ldquo;The customer decides whether they want to make comments, reviews and recommendations and if they do, whether or not to share those activities.&rdquo;</p> <p>The move to the new catalog has been in process for more than a year. In late December, a group of high volume library users got an early look at the catalog.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a number of customers tell us they like the new search and were enthusiastic about the sharing features,&rdquo; Crisp said. &quot;We also received some great ideas from customers during this beta phase.&quot;</p> <p>With the launch happening on Feb. 1, there will be a one-month transition period to help customers get used to the new software. During the month, customers will be able to use either the new catalog or what is now being called the &ldquo;classic catalog.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We all deal with change differently, so we&rsquo;ve built in a transition period to let customers choose whether to test the water one toe at a time or jump in with both feet,&rdquo; Crisp said.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to be a library customer to look at the catalog.</p> <p>&ldquo;Just go to <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/">sno-isle.org</a>, click on the green &ldquo;Discover your new catalog!&rdquo; and have fun discovering what we offer,&rdquo; Crisp said. &ldquo;And if you live in our service area and don&rsquo;t have a card, you can get a card online and use your library immediately.&rdquo;</p> <h5>About Sno-Isle Libraries</h5> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.</p> <h5>For more information</h5> <p>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=326 Sno-Isle Libraries sets opening for new Mariner Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=327 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170201042958.jpg" style="float:right; height:210px; width:500px" />The new Mariner Library is scheduled to open Feb. 11.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased that this day is finally coming,&rdquo; said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. &ldquo;Our Library on Wheels service has been doing a great job in Mariner area and the community needs and deserves more.&rdquo;</p> <p>The library district&nbsp;leased space along 128th Street near I-5. The address is&nbsp;520 128th St SW, Suite A9-10, Everett, WA&nbsp; 98204. The space is in the shopping area that includes Albertson&rsquo;s. It is across Fourth Avenue W. from the Community Transit Mariner Park &amp; Ride Transit Center, and close to Mariner High School, Voyager Middle School and five elementary schools.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Mukilteo School District has been very supportive of this effort to bring increased library services to the students and families they serve,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said, adding that a survey of local school-district families showed 99 percent wanted a public library in the area.</p> <p>In addition to books, CDs, DVDs and other materials available in the new location, customers at the library will have access to everything in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection including eBooks, audiobooks, other electronic resources and research databases. Materials can be delivered to the Mariner Library or downloaded from the Sno-Isle website.</p> <p>Library officials are also using the Mariner Library to try a few new things.</p> <p>&ldquo;Access to public computers and free Wi-Fi is a normal service for us,&rdquo; said Sandra Beck, who was&nbsp;recently appointed Mariner Branch Manager Librarian. &ldquo;At Mariner, instead of hard-wired desktop computers, we&rsquo;re going to have all laptops with wireless connections to the Internet.</p> <p>The library will feature a &ldquo;laptop bar&rdquo; at the front windows where customers can sit on stools and use the computers for a coffee-shop-like&nbsp;experience.The library will have a dedicated children&rsquo;s area and flexible study spaces for customers and students.</p> <p>Another key feature will be a public meeting room that can be scheduled for use.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of our core purposes is to provide space to &lsquo;think, meet, work and create,&rsquo;&rdquo; Beck said. &ldquo;Free public meeting spaces are an important resource for a community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Beck said she&rsquo;s excited about the opportunity to open a new library.</p> <p>&ldquo;I went out on the Bookmobile to meet some of our customers in the area,&rdquo; Beck said. &ldquo;The nearby schools are talking about being able to walk to the library. It&rsquo;s personally fulfilling for me to be able to bring library services to this community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Those services will include programs such as kindergarten readiness, school support, digital literacy and language learning.</p> <p>For the grand opening on Feb. 11, officials from the library district, school district, Community Transit and Snohomish Health District&nbsp;will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. Also attending will be some of the now-former Bookmobile customers who will get to help cut the ribbon on their new community library.</p> <p>The doors to the library will officially open at 10 a.m. Regular library hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The library will be closed on Sundays. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been working as quickly as possible to open this library,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m so proud of our staff who are making this happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/facplan">2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan</a> adopted by the library district in June identified the 128<sup>th</sup> Street/Mariner community as an &ldquo;area of opportunity.&rdquo; The area outlined in the plan includes about 30,000 residents and is generally south of the Everett city limits, east of Paine Field and Mukilteo, west of Mill Creek and north of Lynnwood.</p> <p>Technically, the Mariner Library is a demonstration project as called for in the capital facilities plan. The library district has a five-year lease for the current location. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll find out more about where and how a permanent facility should serve this community,&rdquo; Woolf-Ivory said. &ldquo;We are committed to serving this community long-term.&rdquo;</p> <p>With the opening of the library,&nbsp;Library on Wheels service to the area will be cut back and eventually stopped. The current Bookmobile stop at the Albertson&rsquo;s store will end on Feb. 4, the Voyager Middle School stop ends on Feb. 7 and Mariner High School stop will end in June.</p> <p>The existing library district budget and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation will shoulder half 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 the new Mariner Library.&rdquo;</p> <p>About Sno-Isle Libraries<br /> 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<br /> Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</h4> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=327 Sno-Isle Libraries looking for business-series presenters http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=325 <p><a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/business/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170130101707.jpg" style="float:right; height:126px; width:432px" /></a>Do you have some business expertise? Would you like to share it with budding entrepreneurs and small business owners?</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries has a deal for you.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re soliciting proposals for workshops, classes, lectures and presentations,&rdquo; said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services at the library district. The project is called&nbsp;&ldquo;Business Pros: Expert Help to Start or Grow Your Business.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Strengthening our economy is a strategic priority for Sno-Isle Libraries,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;One way we can do that is by inviting those who have business knowledge to share it with the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The goal, Rodeheaver said, is to help future entrepreneurs and current business owners develop new skills that will assist them in starting and growing a business.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had good feedback from our previous business-class series,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;Participants had suggestions about additional topics that would be useful to business owners.&rdquo;</p> <p>Proposals for the series should cover a step of starting or running a business and include learning outcomes that can be measured in a post-event survey.</p> <p>Session topics of particular interest include:</p> <ul> <li>Business finances</li> <li>General marketing</li> <li>Social media marketing beyond Facebook</li> <li>How to start a business</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m planning to host around 40 sessions this year,&rdquo; Rodeheaver said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll also be looking for presenters to add to our business speaker directory.&rdquo;</p> <p>The timeline for the 2017 series is:</p> <ul> <li>Feb. 13: Proposals due</li> <li>Feb. 24: Notice of acceptance</li> <li>Feb. 27: Session list sent to community libraries for bookings</li> <li>April-December: Sessions to take place</li> </ul> <p>Rodeheaver is reaching out to local chambers of commerce to solicit their assistance in promoting the opportunity to any of their members interested in applying.</p> <p>Parameters for proposals include:</p> <ul> <li>Must be submitted through the&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/forms/c2F5jfsMBtKRZ8lr1"><strong>online form</strong></a>.</li> <li>Sessions should range from 1-3 hours.</li> <li>Presentations should have learning outcomes.</li> <li>Presentations may include contact information for the presenter.</li> <li>Sno-Isle Libraries will not provide presenters with a list of registered attendees due to privacy policies.</li> <li>Sno-Isle Libraries will market classes to the public and presenters are encouraged to promote to their networks.</li> <li>A contract with Sno-Isle Libraries is required to ensure engagement and payment.</li> </ul> <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 and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:krodeheaver@sno-isle.org?subject=Business%20Pros%20question">krodeheaver@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org</li> </ul> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=325 Bring imagination for 'upcycling' at Lake Stevens Library http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=324 <p><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/5039/5039_20170104121021.jpg" style="float:right; height:424px; margin:5px; width:350px" />Sure, recycling is a good thing to do for the environment, but why stop there? How about upcycling?</p> <p>A term coined in the late 1990s, &ldquo;upcycling&rdquo; refers to using materials that might otherwise be recycled or wind up in the trash, adding a healthy dose of creativity and making something new and useful.</p> <p>&ldquo;Each month, we&rsquo;ll have a different creative project,&rdquo; said Jillian Coats, a staff member at the Lake Stevens Library. &ldquo;We provide the materials. You bring the imagination. Just drop in, make things and leave with something awesome.&rdquo;</p> <p>Intended for teens, age 12-18, this upcycling, crafting, DIY program is scheduled for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on third Thursdays at the Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main St. Upcoming projects include:</p> <ul> <li>Jan. 19 - Hand-Bound Mini-Notebooks</li> <li>Feb. 16 - Tiny Snow-Globe Necklaces/Keychains/Charms</li> <li>March 16 - Make Your Own Buttons</li> </ul> <p>This program is free to participants with funding provided by the Friends of the Lake Stevens Library.</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>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> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=324 New search tool knows where to look for answers http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=323 <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_20161227040258.jpg" style="float:left; height:300px; width:400px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re a fifth-grader needing a report on goldfish, a high-school senior facing the SAT or a voter trying to understand the Electoral College, doing a bit of research is the first step.</p> <p>Sno-Isle Libraries has a new way to make sure that first step is in the right direction. It doesn&rsquo;t look like much, just a box on the website labeled <a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/research/">&ldquo;Search All Databases,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp; but, don&rsquo;t let the simplicity fool you, said Information Services Manager Terry Beck.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a powerful tool,&rdquo; Beck said. &ldquo;Enter a term like &lsquo;goldfish.&rsquo; For many searches, the first result is called a &lsquo;Research Starter,&rsquo; an overview. Then, you can filter the results by things like source type, publication, geography, language and much more.&rdquo;</p> <p>A drop-down menu can even re-order the results by publication date, oldest or newest listed first.</p> <p>The new tool is called EDS, for EBSCO Discovery Service. Each search accesses many databases at the same time, including more than 60 sources of information, ranging from newspaper archives and auto repair manuals to business reference guides and the Oxford Dictionary.</p> <p>Before implementing EDS, separate searches were often required for each source of information. &ldquo;If you didn&rsquo;t know where to look, well, you missed it,&rdquo; Beck said.</p> <p>EDS searches were added to the Sno-Isle Libraries website in the fall. It&rsquo;s getting good reviews from staff and customers. One popular feature is the easy ability to share search results.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our librarians are there to help our customers&mdash;online, on the phone and in person,&rdquo; Beck said. &ldquo;Regardless of when, where or how, search results can be saved and shared by email.&rdquo;</p> <p>Actually more than just email. A click on the &ldquo;Share&rdquo; button brings options to email, add the results to a folder, create an email alert or RSS feed, create and copy a permanent link, or even access and then share via&nbsp;nearly 200 social media options.</p> <p>The system does have a few limitations.</p> <p>EDS doesn&rsquo;t access every database at Sno-Isle Libraries. However, those additional sources are listed prominently under &ldquo;Additional Resources&rdquo; and a previous search can easily be applied.</p> <p>&ldquo;Adding this tool to make research and accessing data easier is a real benefit to our customers and communities,&rdquo; Beck said.</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>Terry Beck, Sno-Isle Libraries Information Services Manager, 360-651-7016, <a href="mailto:tbeck@sno-isle.org">tbeck@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> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=323 Homelessness the focus of four community forums http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=322 <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" style="width:450px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="http://www.sno-isle.org/assets/2604/2604_20161219031934.jpg" style="float:left; height:301px; width:450px" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>With regional counts of people without homes showing sharp increases, Sno-Isle Libraries will host &ldquo;Homelessness Here,&rdquo; four public discussions to explore the causes and prevention of the problem in Snohomish and Island counties.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we ask residents in our communities what issues concern them most, homelessness is always high on the list,&rdquo; said Sonia Gustafson, leader of the library district&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">Issues That Matter</a>&nbsp;team and manager of Lake Stevens Library. &nbsp;</p> <p>The forums will be&nbsp;in Langley, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Mountlake Terrace. All are free and open to the public. They will start at 6:30 p.m. Locations and speakers are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Jan. 10, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/XAYHoSTVA6U2" target="_blank"><strong>565 Camano Ave., Langley</strong></a>. Panelists will be Joanne Pelant, housing resource coordinator, Island County Department of Human Services; Faith Wilder, president of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition; Lori Cavender, founder of Ryan&#39;s House for Youth and creator of Island County&#39;s Host Home program; Gail LaVassar, homeless education coordinator for South Whidbey School District. The moderator will be Marshall Goldberg.</li> <li><strong>Jan. 26, Lake Stevens School District Administration Building,</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/MZ6aaBEZx2z" target="_blank"><strong>12309 22nd St NE</strong></a>. Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Julio Cortes, public relations manager, Cocoon House;&nbsp;Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center. The moderator will be Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer</li> <li><strong>Feb. 22, Weston High School Commons</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/14407+172nd+St+NE,+Arlington,+WA+98223/@48.1515887,-122.1108483,17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x54854e3c757f65e5:0xbf59257e9e5d010a%218m2%213d48.1515851%214d-122.1086543" target="_blank"><strong>4407 172nd Street NE, Arlington</strong></a>. Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Nicolas Quijano, Advocate Supervisor<em>,&nbsp;</em>Cocoon House;&nbsp;Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center. The moderator will be Arlington Mayor&nbsp;Barbara Tolbert.</li> <li><strong>Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace Library</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/23300+58th+Ave+W,+Mountlake+Terrace,+WA+98043/@47.7870292,-122.3136811,17z/data=%213m1%214b1%214m5%213m4%211s0x5490100e6835f2f5:0x3e0e49198f507fb5%218m2%213d47.7870256%214d-122.3114871" target="_blank"><strong>23300 58th Ave. W.&nbsp;</strong></a>&nbsp;Panelists will be Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County;&nbsp;Elysa Hovard, director of outreach, Cocoon House; Mark&nbsp;Waldin, program manager of South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter. The moderator will be Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County and member, Lynnwood Human Services Commission.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Issues That Matter&nbsp;programs are meant to&nbsp;encourage conversations on&nbsp;topics of community needs and interests, a core service&nbsp;of Sno-Isle Public Libraries. Details, along with links to library and community resources, can be found at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter">sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter</a>. &nbsp;Funding is provided by the&nbsp;<a href="http://sno-islefoundation.org/">Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.</a></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&nbsp;services&nbsp;and Library on Wheels.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sonia Gustafson, 425-334-1900,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:sgustafson@sno-isle.org?subject=Homelessness%20Here">sgustafson@sno-isle.org</a></li> <li>Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, <a href="mailto:jhills@sno-isle.org">jhills@sno-isle.org</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT http://www.sno-isle.org/news-releases/?nid=322 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