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TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 reservations open Oct. 15

Originally published Oct. 13, 2017

Reservations for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 open at 7 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15.

The event is scheduled for 1-5:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.

“Based on the past two years, we suspect that reservations for seats at Kamiak may fill pretty quickly,” said Ken Harvey, communications director for Sno-Isle Libraries. “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.”

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 must be made online.

There are 11 speakers scheduled for the event, including:

  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut
  • Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach
  • Mark Perez, Cascadia College student
  • Richard Yonck, futurist and author
  • Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog
  • Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student
  • Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“I believe the mix of subjects and viewpoints will make for an interesting afternoon,” Harvey said.

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.

For those who can’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.

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.

Also new this year is an opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak

“Previous attendees told us they wanted a chance to talk with the speakers,” Harvey said. “This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.”

Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the “IdeaLab.”

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.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive
  • Starbucks
  • Washington Energy Services 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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.)

About TED

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'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.



Customers can help Sno-Isle Libraries update hold lists

Originally published Oct. 10, 2017

An Oct. 5 server failure at Sno-Isle Libraries resulted in the loss of reservations for materials placed by customers from Sept. 14-Oct. 5.

The server is now online and customers can help by logging on to their accounts and placing new holds for the materials they had previously requested.

“People can help us rebuild hold lists for some of our most-requested materials,” said Rebecca L. Loney, director of technical services. “These will be new lists that reflect the order of these new requests as they are received.”

Customers who would like assistance from library staff are urged to contact their local Sno-Isle Libraries community library.

There was no security breach of customer personal information and no customer data was released as a result of the server failure.

Library staff members are working to ensure this type of service disruption does not occur in the future. “We apologize for any inconveniences this server failure may have caused,” Loney said.



TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 finalizes lineup of speakers

Originally published Oct. 5, 2017

The final three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut; Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach; Mark Perez, Jackson High School student.

There will have plenty of ideas worth sharing at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

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.

The three speakers announced this week are:

  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut
  • Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach
  • Mark Perez, Jackson High School student

“I think people will find the mix of subjects and viewpoints shared by all the speakers to be worth their Saturday afternoon,” Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said. “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.”

The full list includes:

  • Richard Yonck, futurist and author
  • Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog
  • Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student
  • Nic O'Neill, executive director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

There will be three ways to view and participate in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

“The speakers will be on stage for the audience at Kamiak High School,” Harvey said. “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.”

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.

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 sno-isle.org/tedx. Admission is free.

And the third way to view and participate is online.

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.

Also new this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak

“In the first two years of this event, attendees wanting to interact with the speakers was one of the most frequent requests,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. “This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.”

Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the “IdeaLab.”

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.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive



Survey looks at library funding choices and services

Originally published Oct. 4, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries is asking for advice as officials look ahead to budgets starting in 2019

An online survey, open through Oct. 15, is looking for comments from customers, stakeholders and the general public about library services and funding for those services.

About 98 percent of the district’s funding 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.

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’ Dec. 11 meeting.



Donor helps Prime Time program come to Oak Harbor Library

Originally published Oct. 3, 2017

Betty Saul, Ithaca NY High School,  Assistant Librarian - 1970 to 1989.

Learning how to read opens possibilities.

Learning why to read opens minds.

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.

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. “Children’s books aren’t always child’s play,” according to the Humanities Washington website. “They can inspire important philosophical discussions on topics such as fairness, greed, courage, and compassion.”

School district staff invited 25 students and their families to participate.

“We focused on second- and third-graders,” said Kari Chwirka, of Oak Harbor Elementary School. “The families were recommended by their teachers.”

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.

This is the first time the statewide program has come to Oak Harbor.

“The program is free to the families, but there are costs,” Lopez-Santillana said.

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 of the Whidbey Community Foundation.

The George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund of the Whidbey Community Foundation contributed $29,350 to help fund the program.  The Saul family contribution is made in honor of Betty Saul, George Saul's deceased mother, a longtime Ithaca, New York High School assistant librarian from 1970-89.

 “My mother was very involved in early learning programs and would be extremely excited about the potential for this program to help youngsters read,” George Saul said. “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.”

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.

“Our community has many retirees who want to make an impact on the community and help youth,” he said. “An appealing aspect of the Oak Harbor Prime Time Family Reading Program is that anyone can step forward and help.” 



Lynnwood Library to host 'Techtoberfest' on Oct. 7

Originally published Oct. 3, 2017

“TechtoberFest” returns to Lynnwood Library on Oct. 7.

“Access to computers and connectivity is one of our core services,” said Roxanna Garrison, assistant managing librarian at Lynnwood. “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.”

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’ll talk about what they do, and the paths they took to get to where they are today. Panelist will include:

From 2-4 p.m., participants can experience virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, learn about The Facility Maker Space at Edmonds Community College, watch the WSU-Everett Engineering Club robotics team in action and explore exotic locations with the iMac photo booth green screen.

Other activities will include programming Ozobots, 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.

Techtoberfest is supported by the Friends of the Lynwood Library.

 



Sno-Isle Libraries closed Oct. 9

Originally published Oct. 3, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 for staff training. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Oct. 10. See locations & hours.



Working-lunch webinars serve up help for busy business types

Originally published Oct. 2, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Business Services Kassy Rodeheaver

Business owners and potential entrepreneurs are busy people who barely have time for lunch, let alone step away in the middle of the day.

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 “Plan for Profit” sessions 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.

“We know that business owners want training, but need flexibility,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services. “By hosting these trainings online and as a lunchtime series, we hope to make it easier for business people to participate.

“People can join the webinars by computer or their phone and learn how the library can help their business, all while eating lunch.”

The webinars will be interactive Rodeheaver said: “Attendees will be able to ask us questions, participate in polls and give us their feedback on what’s most useful for them in their businesses.”

For those who can’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 sno-isle.org/profit. The webinars are scheduled for:

Plan for Profit: Write a Business Plan

Nov.  6 - Did you know that business owners who put their plan in writing have a higher success rate? Learn why it'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.

Plan for Profit: Find Your Customers

Nov. 13 - 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 and buying potential. Note: If you are operating a B2B business, attend "Understand Your Competitors" to learn how to find your business customers.

Plan for Profit: Understand Your Competitors

Nov. 20 - 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. 

Plan for Profit: Market Potential & Your Market Share

Nov. 27 - Entrepreneurs will learn how to maximize their market share by looking at industry trends, finding customers and competitors, and determining your market potential.

Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails in the days leading up to the event.

“These webinars will expose business people to the array of market research tools that they can access for free with their library cards,” Rodeheaver said. “And for those who don’t yet have a card, those are also free with online registration available.” 



TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 announces three more speakers

Originally published Sep. 28, 2017

The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard.

Could the future be full of gardeners and singing?

Talks by three of the speakers at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 may help answer that question.

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.

Over the past two weeks, the first six speakers were revealed. They are:

  • Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek
  • Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. The final three speakers will be announced the week of Oct. 2. “All of these speakers come right from our communities. I think people will find their ‘ideas worth spreading’ very exciting.”

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

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 sno-isle.org/tedx.

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

“There will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers,” 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.

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’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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.)

About TED

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'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.

 

 

 



'Fact or Fiction? Navigating Fake News' coming to Langley Library

Originally published Sep. 26, 2017

Librarian Jessica Aws will present “Fact or Fiction? Navigating Fake News,” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Langley Library, 104 Second St., Langley.

By Kyle Jensen
South Whidbey Record

If there’s one thing Oak Harbor librarian Jessica Aws hopes to see in the era of endless information, it’s fewer passive readers.

That is, readers who don’t ask questions of the information they’re given.

Aws and Sno-Isle Libraries are actively addressing false information in the digital age with a presentation on fake news, its history and how to identify it. In the process, their goal is to foster more critical readers on Whidbey.

“This came out of the 2016 election when there were so many clickbait news stories that gained a ton of traction online, especially as the election drew to a close,” Aws said. “People on both sides were taking this information and just running with it. As I was watching that unfold, it struck me how important a topic this is and how important a role libraries play in addressing it.”

Aws is bringing her presentation, “Fact or Fiction? Navigating Fake News,” to the Langley Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. It’s the latest presentation Aws is giving on the topic, after hosting the discussion at Oak Harbor Library and in the Oak Harbor School District earlier this year. In the presentation, Aws will cover fake news from its earliest forms to its most recent iterations, and will provide resources that help readers decipher fact from fiction.

For her, it’s important to stress the neutral nature of the presentation.

“We’re completely neutral, and that’s important for us to emphasize,” Aws said. “We’re huge advocates of knowledge and correct information. Teaching people to have those critical literacy skills is what we’re all about. That doesn’t have an agenda, except for maybe a humankind agenda.”

Fake news isn’t as new as the recent headlines might suggest. Aws goes as far back as the late 1800s to when Pulitzer and Hearst publications were some of the few outlets documenting history, thus giving them the ability to change the course of American history. Their reporting even helped lead the country into the Spanish-American War, she said.

Her presentation brings the current situation into frame by discussing bots, fake news sites and the echo chambers readers find themselves in as a result of Facebook algorithms that prioritize content that users prefer to see.

It’s an entirely educational presentation with the hope of empowering readers, conservative and liberal alike, Aws says. Resources that fact check, as well as those which give readers background information on a publication’s political orientation, will be suggested. According to Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager, educating Whidbey readers is of the utmost importance.

“It’s our job to connect our readers and customers to good information,” Welfare said. “From a librarian standpoint, it’s vital that she will give a presentation on how to evaluate information and help identify if it’s a trustworthy source.”

The educational aspect is vital for Aws and Welfare because they acknowledge this topic will be something future generations will have to face as content continues to flood the internet. Social media and technology won’t go anywhere anytime soon, Aws says, so critical reading skills are more important than ever before. She hopes to teach kids and adults alike to take a step back to think about the source of the information they’re given, as well as actively seeking out different opinions and news.

If the average reader shakes off their passive reading habits, she says it can empower them.

“We want to make people responsible consumers of information,” Aws said. “There’s nothing wrong with having your own views and opinions, but being cognizant of misinformation can really help formulate your opinion, rather than passively consuming information.”

(This article was published in the South Whidbey Record newspaper and online.)



Register to vote on Sept. 26

Originally published Sep. 25, 2017

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.

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.

Participating Sno-Isle Libraries locations in Snohomish County are:

In Island County, the Oak Harbor Library is partnering with the Island County Auditor’s Office:

The libraries in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Clinton will have voter information and registration information available. 

Residents may also register online at MyVote.WA.Gov. To vote in Washington, you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States 
  • A legal resident of Washington state and not claiming the right to vote in any other state
  • At least 18 years old by election day (Nov. 7, 2017) 
  • Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections 
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

Registered voters who have recently changed addresses may also update their voter information to be ready to vote in November. 

For more information:



Veterans resources event coming to Monroe Library

Originally published Sep. 25, 2017

The Monroe Library is at 1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272.

Many of the more than 54,000 veterans in Snohomish County don’t realize just how many benefits are available to them.

To help make those connections, there will be a Veteran Resource and Service Event hosted by the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 7. Presenting information at the event will be:

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.



Calling all writers to 'Write Now' series

Originally published Sep. 22, 2017

"Write Now," Sno-Isle Libraries’ series aimed at aspiring authors, is in full swing this fall.

The free classes feature local experts sharing their knowledge on how to write, revise and then get published that book you’ve been meaning to write. Or, already wrote and put up on a shelf.

“We have 35 classes scheduled between now and Dec. 4,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s services at Sno-Isle Libraries.

“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.”

That first round attracted more than 200 attendees. Comments included: “It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,” and “… it was relieving to discover I’m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.”

This year, the classes range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. “We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,” Parker said.

Upcoming classes include Edmonds Community College writing instructor Amanda Laughtland on “Looking for Poems in Visual Art and Found Text.” Laughtland published “Postcards to Box 464” 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.

On October 14, Beth Jusino will present. You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today's Publishing Choices  The class will take a look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models.

Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of The Author's Guide to Marketing. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has taught at writers’ 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

The full lineup of fall classes is available on Sno-Isle Libraries events and classes calendar. Due to space limitations, some events require registration as indicated in the event listing.



Three more speakers announced for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

Originally published Sep. 21, 2017

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.

A CEO, a high-school student and a mental-health advocate.

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 TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2017.

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.

“We’re excited about the ‘ideas worth spreading’ from these and other members of our communities,” 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'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” Harvey said, adding that the remaining six will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.

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 online.

New this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers.

“At Kamiak, attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers in a separate post-event session,” Harvey said. “In addition, we’re teaming up with Glisser.com to bring that interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.”

While the event will again be livestreamed at sno-isle.org/tedx, participants watching through Glisser will see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • Overdrive



All new TEDxSnoIsleLibraries getting ready for Nov. 4

Originally published Sep. 15, 2017

The first three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County; Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School; and Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association.

The 2017 edition of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 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.

“This year’s event will feature 12 speakers taking the stage at Kamiak High School, from 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. “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.”

The community-library sites will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish.

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 online.

“People want to interact with the speakers; it’s one of the most frequent requests we get,” Harvey said. “So, we’re trying some new things this year to enhance the audience experience.”

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’s online experience.

“People will be able to see the live video stream from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. “More importantly, anyone participating through Glisser will be able to post comments and submit questions to the speakers.”

Speakers can then respond to those questions following the main event, he said

“We continue to uncover great ideas for our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events,” Harvey said. “I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon.”

Event organizers will reveal three speakers each week over the next month. Here are the first three:

  • Kathy Coffey – Coffey lives her values as a member of Lynnwood’s Human Services Commission and Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County. Coffey says one of her favorite TED talks is “The Joy of Lexicography” by Erin McKean.
  • Dhruvik Parikh – A student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek and a student representative on the Everett City Council, Parikh believes education isn’t confined to the classroom. His favorite TED talk is "Why we do what we do" by Tony Robbins.
  • Nic O'Neill – O’Neill is taking kite flying and herself to new heights as Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association. O’Neill categorizes TED talks with favorites in each group, but says she finds herself returning to re-watch Saying YES! to your Weirdness by JP Sears.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce



Edmonds Library to host poet Elizabeth Austen

Originally published Sep. 12, 2017

 

Former Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen will read her new works following the Write on the Sound Pre-conference from 5-5:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds.

Austen is the author of “Every Dress a Decision” and two chapbooks. She also produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW-FM 94.9 in Seattle. Austen will read her new poems and discuss her writing process. The free event will be in the main living room area of the library and light refreshments will be available. 



Sno-Isle Libraries closed Sept. 4

Originally published Aug. 29, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5. See locations & hours.



Lake Stevens needs a new library, board tells city council

Originally published Aug. 25, 2017

Gathering at the Chapel Hill-area property proposed for a new Lake Stevens Library are (from left)  Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and members of the Lake Stevens Library Board, Kevin Stone, Abe Martinez, Debbie Ames, Janice Stepp Board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates and Andy Powers. The group got together Aug. 23, the day following Charvet Bates' presentation of a unanimous letter of support from the library board to the city council. 

The Lake Stevens Library Board wants a new library for the community.

“The Lake Stevens Library Board is fully supportive of a new library and the campaign needed to pass the new facility measure,” according to a letter to the Lake Stevens City Council presented by library board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates at the council’s Aug. 22 meeting. Lake Stevens Library Board members unanimously approved the letter at their June meeting.

“Our community is in desperate need of a facility to meet our growing needs; both in the size of a building and increased programming,” the letter says. “Quite simply, we have outgrown our current space.”

In her remarks to the council, Charvet Bates said the library is open to all and plays a vital role in building a strong community. In the letter presented to the city council, library board members said, “Please consider this letter our full endorsement of a new library facility in Lake Stevens.”

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory thanked Charvet Bates and the rest of the city-appointed nine-member library board. “The support of the library board is important,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Board members are from the community and their voice in advising the council and the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is a key connection.”

Woolf-Ivory said the library district is working toward putting a bond measure on the Feb. 13, 2018, ballot. If approved, the bond would pay for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library.

A year earlier, on Feb. 14, 2017, Lake Stevens-area voters took the first step toward a new library, passing one of two ballot measures needed to build a new Lake Stevens Library.

Proposition 1 created the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area. It needed a simple majority (50 percent plus one) and there was no voter-turnout threshold. It passed with a 69 percent approval.

Proposition 2 was the bond measure. It got a 66 percent approval, but election turnout fell short of the required number of votes.

With the Library Capital Facility Area already approved, only a bond measure would need voter approval on a future ballot. Woolf-Ivory said the library district is working on details of a possible library ballot measure. Both the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees and the Lake Stevens City Council would need to take action this fall to put the question before voters in February, 2018.



Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers are strong community connection

Originally published Aug. 24, 2017

Christine Stansfield (standing) leads a recent workshop with Sno-Isle Libraries staff members who coordinate volunteer activities at community libraries.  

The Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer program changes lives and helps build communities.

With roughly 700 participants at any given time, Sno-Isle Libraries has one of the larger groups of volunteers in the area. The volunteers provide key assistance at 22 community libraries and a service center across two counties.

“Our volunteers provide valuable support to library staff,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Jonlayn Woolf-Ivory. Volunteers haven’t always been part of the mix. “In 2003, we responded to the community’s desire to create this opportunity,” she said. “The result has been a wonderful connection.”

Overseeing the intricacies of such a large organization that meets a variety of needs is Christine Stansfield, Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries.

“I love working with staff at the community libraries and the volunteers,” said Stansfield, who was recently appointed to the board of directors for the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG).  “Volunteers help build capacity at our community libraries and free up staff to use their skills in helping customers.”

Stansfield and volunteer coordinators at community libraries recently met to share experiences and learn from each other. “Bringing together the staff who are working directly with volunteers in the community libraries was really valuable,” she said.

Another of Stansfield’s roles is to help match skills and abilities of volunteer applicants with opportunities in the libraries. The application form is available at sno-isle.org/volunteers.

“Truly, anyone can be an outstanding volunteer,” Stansfield said. “We have retired teachers and librarians who want to stay connected to literacy and school readiness. We also have volunteers with a range of cognitive abilities.”

Stansfield said her personal motto is that volunteerism is about giving people the opportunity to engage in a community, a place where they belong and find worth and connections. Sometimes, she said, that pays off in inspiring ways.

“One volunteer came to us as nonverbal during their shifts, but did a great job cleaning books,” Stansfield said. “Through the experience, that person grew to be able to say a few words and make eye contact.”

Those kinds of impacts can have help shape lives and communities, Stansfield said. “It’s a huge ripple effect,” she said. “While we have about 700 active volunteers at any one time, there are more than 10,000 names in the volunteer database.”

The volunteer program develops relationships with communities.

“Everyone loves the library and this is an opportunity to interact with something they love,” Stansfield said. “In some case, they are continuing a lifetime of service and in other cases, they are beginning a lifetime of service.”



Several events on eclipse day, but no more sunglasses

Originally published Aug. 15, 2017

Snohomish Library librarian Kathy Smargiassi explains how the Aug, 21 solar eclipse will occur.

The Sno-Isle Libraries solar eclipse programs have been hot items.

The nearly 30 programs across 21 community libraries drew interested crowds eager to learn more about the rare celestial event that will occur Aug. 21. More than 300 people came to Lynnwood Library on July 23 to hear solar astronomy experts Roger and Linda Kennedy and look at the sun through their shielded telescopes. Two weeks later, more than 700 sun-gazers descended upon on the Edmonds Library for a similar program.

In the lead-up to the eclipse, community libraries handed out thousands of free eclipse viewing glasses. The glasses are gone, except for a limited number that will be available for attendees at Snohomish and Camano Island library events on Aug. 21. Edmonds Library has an event that day, but no more glasses. Mariner Library will also have an eclipse-day program, but pre-registration was required and it is already full.

The three open programs scheduled for Aug. 21 are:

Solar bead activity for the kids. NASA's live coverage of the solar eclipse will be shown on the big screen, too. Due to shortages, eclipse glasses will not be available during this event.

Come learn about what an eclipse is, about the light we get from the sun and even build a pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse as it happens. A limited number of solar glasses will be available for attendees (BYOG if you have them)

A limited number of eclipse-watching glasses will be available for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis (BYOG if you have them).

Sno-Isle Libraries has also created an eclipse resource page and an eclipse-related music playlist (library card required).



Libraries are the concert halls of the finest voices gathered from all times and places.
- Jean Paul Richter