A young girl came to the reference desk looking for books where the main character looked like her. After a search, we were able to find books in which the heroine is everything from a scientist, a superhero, or a future leader- all of which were girls of color. She picked up President of the Whole Sixth Grade and proudly said "I'm going to be her!" Representation is so important and our diverse collection ensures that no one is left out.
Rhianna, Marysville Library
The Coupeville community would like to thank Sno-Isle Libraries staff member Bryan Stratton for the fantastic history, stories and songs of John Denver on Oct. 13 at Coupeville Library. This comment from one of the audience members summed it up: "Loved the passion and great musicianship and authenticity/vulnerability of the leader." So beautiful! Library love at its best. Bryan, you brought joy and delight to many!
Leslie Franzen, Coupeville Library
A young boy gleefully, and with much enthusiasm, proclaimed "This is the best day of my life!" He held up his book and then quickly clutched it back to his heart. Another satisfied customer at Stanwood!
Susan Springer, Stanwood Library
Yesterday I was at the Coupeville Library all day and whoever the "little red haired girl" is working there, I have to say is an absolute doll! She was so sweet to every person that came up to her and it was like talking to family. Made me want to adopt her, lol! Y'alls staff are great! Thank you.
(That redhead is Rhianna!)
Conne M., Coupeville Library
Nora, a Sno-Isle Libraries customer, writes: In May 2017, I traveled with my spouse to visit extended family who live in a small village within the beautiful Rhine region of Germany. When I go on journeys, I enjoy having a book with me that is set in the area where I will be staying. This particular time I chose to reread Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl," which I checked out from the Edmonds Library.
We flew in and out of Frankfurt, he city where Anne Frank was born and lived for a time. At one point during our trip, we took a fast train to Amsterdam where we spent a memorable three days exploring this fabulous city. Of course, we spent quite a lot of time in the Anne Frank House. It was a moving experience to be inside the space where Anne and her family members hid for several years. In the museum area toward the conclusion of the tour, you have the opportunity to see Anne's original diary in a display case. I truly hope that if you choose to read or reread the writings of this young girl you may greatly appreciate the many freedoms that you have in your life.
A note from Jenny, the library staffer who helped Nora: We found a copy of "The Diary of a Young Girl" after we had a discussion about the many touching memoirs we have enjoyed about people who have endured hardships, especially during WWII. She hadn't read the book in many years and thought she should read it again. When Nora returned from her travels, she shared with me the touching experiences she had while reading this book and traveling to these historic places. I mentioned I had also visited Bergen-Belsen where Anne Frank died and how even in bitter cold January the memorial was covered with fresh flowers and stones, marking the enduring legacy of this young girl and her words.
Jenny (Staff), Edmonds Library
"I had such a fruitful day at the library today," a customer said. "So many things I've been interested in just happened to appear as I was walking around the library. Thank you so much for keeping up such a wonderful community library!"
Staff, Mill Creek Library
Today a customer expressed her gratitude for the recommended books from Beanstack. "It has made doing Summer Reading with my grandson SO easy! Otherwise I wouldn't know what books to choose." She signed up for recommendations from Beanstack after registering for our Summer Reading program.
Jenny (Staff), Edmonds Library
I love to go the Library and see what they have. But I also love to go there when I'm troubled stressed or even bored. I would stand for hours reading a book. And I will keep doing that. Thank you!!!
Rebecca Allen, Marysville Library
I have been developing a product for around 4 years now, and am in the process of pitching to a licensor who has potential interest in manufacturing and distributing my product. The WONDERFUL staff at the Marysville library (Jill, Marta, and Mark to be specific) shaved off HOURS of research by helping me come up with statistics and projections that will highlight the future growth of my product's market. Thanks to the Marysville library team, I was able to get my pitch deck put together in a timely manner. Thank you guys so much - the services you provide is top-notch and I am extremely impressed. You have turned this Lake Stevens resident into a firm believer of the importance of the public library, and have opened my eyes to one of the few properly functioning government programs!
Alex V, Marysville Library
A customer called to let us know how much she loves bookmobiles, which she has been using for years. "What a blessing it was to have the bookmobile when I was a young mother down in Vancouver. The bookmobile would stop at the end of our street and it was so wonderful. And now I live at an assisted living complex and the bookmobile comes once a month and it is so helpful for people who don't drive. Between the bookmobile and online books, what you do is a just wonderful and I want to thank you."
Jenny, Edmonds Library
I was laid off from my job as a programmer in January and it was a shock, unexpected. One thing that made the experience less stressful was coming into the Snohomish library for 2-4 hours a couple times a week. I camped out with my laptop and reference books and had sort of an office to go to and prepare for interviews. I start my new job tomorrow but having the library available to me was incredibly valuable. Thank you!
Don B, Snohomish Library
Library Love heard today at the Coupeville Library: Thank you for this beautiful, interesting library and the part you play in bringing the community together. The library changes people in small and important ways!
Leslie Franzen, Coupeville Library
I was born in 1976 with spastic cerebral palsy and use a motorized wheelchair and transit buses for mobility. The library provides access to information and resources open to everyone from all walks of life knowledge is power in the world that we live in and libraries provide barrier-free access to their collections and everyone is welcome to utilize the resources of our public libraries ... a place where everyone is welcome even without a dime in your pocket, and a wonderful place to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest.
What a tremendous service our public libraries provide in our communities, neighborhoods, cities, and our nation as a whole.
Kent McDaniel, Mukilteo Library
Witnessed at the Lynnwood Library: I checked out quite a lot of children's books out to a young mother with two young children under four. The four year old was "helping" and the toddler was running off every few minutes to see the fish. You get the idea. The mother was doing fine with it all but I wondered how she was going to get all her materials out to the car with the kids as well. I didn't need to worry though as the next lady in line, with no fanfare, insisted on helping her with her heavy bags out to the car. She then came back into the library and got the help she needed. She was not even on her way out and still had business in the library at the computers! It was a touching scene and I saw the relief on the mother's face when her initial protest that she was fine was politely ignored. I love the community aspect of people watching out for each other at the library.
Erin, Lynnwood Library
One of our regular customers came in today to check out a stack of picture books she had placed on hold for her young children. She explained that she wraps up each child's favorite books from the past year and puts them under the Christmas tree to be opened and enjoyed again.
Sherry, Staff, Coupeville Library
Julie, Granite Falls Library
A regular customer was chatting with staff about her upcoming Thanksgiving plans, and on her way out the door added that she was SO thankful for all the wonderful service that she receives at her library!
Danielle, Staff, Brier Library
After noticing sad faces entering the library lately, we grabbed every book with "happiness," "joy," and "hope" in the title and created a display. Coincidentally, it worked out to be an even mix of silly books to make you smile, and serious books to help you out. It wasn't long before a customer exclaimed that she loved the idea - and we hope others will feel the same!
Staff, Brier Library
A customer came in on a blustery day when a big storm was forecast and said, "I'm making an emergency run to the library. During the storm I *will* have something to read. I've got a good lantern and a good library, so I'm going to be just fine."
Staff, Mukilteo Library
The Sultan Library is a fantastic place to visit for a number of reasons, with its friendly helpful employees, wide selection of physical and multimedia resources, and programs it is always a pleasant place to be. They also have help from the Monroe work source once a week that are a great help to local people in search of county jobs.They conveniently offer free workshops and classes such as computer skills, art and even how to make candy sushi! The candy sushi class was quite a fun workshop! Here is a picture of everyone whom took the class holding up their yummy creations.
The Sultan Library is open six days a week and is a safe clean environment for people of all ages .When inside the library you will feel welcome and respected whether you are just looking for some new movies to watch or looking for the newest title of your favorite author. The staff is always there to help you find items. Our library is a super, inviting and learning experience that will have you coming back to us time and time again. The next someone says to you ”Hey check this out!”, you might reply: "Hey ,check out the Sultan Library! It's a real swell place!”. Our old friend D. Decimal would highly agree!
Jesse Haaland, Sultan Library