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11/06/2017
Books are this Pearl's oyster
Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl is a librarian, book reviewer, teacher and author.

This Wednesday, Nov. 8, Pearl will wear two of those hats when she takes the stage at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) not once, but twice in events hosted by the Friends of the Langley Library.

At 11 a.m., Pearl the reviewer will share her list of favorite books of the year. Pearl and her reviews and lists are well-known from appearances on public radio and her books “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason,” “More Book Lust,” “Book Lust to Go” and “Book Crush,” which included recommendations for children and teens.

This is Pearl’s 20th anniversary of her first book talks at WICA. In honor of the occasion, Pearl will include favorite lists and recommendations from years past.

At 7:30 p.m., Pearl will be back on the WICA stage to talk about her own and very first novel, “George & Lizzie.” This benefit book reading and signing will include anecdotes about her own journey into fiction. Now on the receiving end of reviews, Sno-Isle Libraries’ reaction by KatC includes, “This book surprised me and will stick with me. This story will appeal to anyone who is interested in human behavior, …. George & Lizzie ticked off all the boxes for me.”

Tickets are required with proceeds to benefit the Friends of Langley Library and WICA.

The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, is at 565 Camano Ave, Langley. 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

10/30/2017
Community conversation in Arlington focuses on dementia

The Sno-Isle Libraries librarians have created resource lists related to various aspects of mental health that will be the focus of Issues That Matter events:

Whether it is a mental illness or another health risk of aging, dementia can have devastating effects on those who have it and their families.

As part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ ongoing Issues That Matter series, the Arlington Library is hosting “Families and Dementia,” 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

This community conversation will include a panel discussion with Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert as moderator.

“More families are trying to cope with the issues that arise when a loved one has dementia,” Tolbert said. “The library’s Issues That Matter series is a good way for the community to talk, listen and learn more.”

Panelists will include Marilyn Enright, outreach social worker with the Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, of Homage Senior Services; Aime Fink, supervisor for the Long Term Care and Aging Administration for Snohomish County; and Hazel Borden, Snohomish outreach coordinator for the Washington chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This information is of interest to a broad spectrum of people,” Borden said. “When I give a presentation, whether it is ‘Healthy Living for the Brain’ or the 10 warning signs of dementia, people are interested in learning more.”

Borden said the Alzheimer’s Association’s helpline at 1-800-272-3900 is a good place to start. “We also offer in-home care consultations at no-charge,” Borden said.

The Arlington event is the first in the 2017-18 Issues That Matter series focusing on aspects of mental health. Issues That Matter programs are intended to encourage conversations on topics of community interest. Building civic engagement to address community issues is a priority for Sno-Isle Libraries. Issues Tha Matter events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The current schedule of Issues That Matter events includes:

Families and Dementia
Arlington Library, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, at Stillaguamish Senior Center, Arlington
Panelists: Marilyn Enright, Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, Homage, Hazel Borden, Alzheimers Associaton; Aime Fink, Snohomish County. Moderator: Mayor Barbara Tolbert.

Aging and Mental Health
Sultan Library, 10 a.m. Nov. 20, at Sky Valley Senior Center
Confirmed panelist: Carol Teichgrab, Mental Health Outreach Specialist, Homage Senior Services

Living with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Snohomish Library, 2 p.m. Dec. 3
Featuring representatives of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and Delta Rehabilitation Center

Self-care as an Accepted Practice
Mountlake Terrace Library, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6
Experts and audience members will explore self-care for optimal health and its role in the ability to support others. Panelists: Sarri Gilman, family therapist and author of Transform Your Boundaries; Amber Saldivar, mental health counselor, and Saranne Moreschi, Family-to-Family instructor with National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Trauma Timeline: Breaking down barriers for community healing
Darrington Library, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment options, mental health of caregivers
Lynnwood Library 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018
Participating organizations: Northshore Senior Center, Homage Senior Services, Alzheimer's Association of Washington State

Youth and Mental Health
Lake Stevens Library, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018

Veterans and Mental Health
Monroe Library, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018

Youth Mental Health
Oak Harbor Library, January 2018

Addiction/Substance Abuse
Mariner Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018, at Mariner High School Little Theater

Self-care for Caregivers and Supportive Friends and Family
Brier Library, 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2018

Mental Health Resources in Island County
Coupeville Library, February, 2018
Panelists: Charlene Ray, Island County Mental Health; Larry Cox, Compass Health

Caring for Someone During a Mental Health Emergency
ClintonFreeland and Langley libraries. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2018, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.
An evening with Sarri Gilman, author of Transform Your Boundaries and "Naming and Taming Overwhelm" and a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker.

Veterans and Mental Health
Mill Creek Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018, at  Mill Creek City Council Chambers

Helping Friends or Family with Mental Health Issues
Granite Falls Library, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27, 2018

Teen Depression and Suicide
Edmonds Library, time and date TBA

Parenting a Troubled Teen
Camano Island Library, time and date TBA

Self-Care for Friends, Family and Caregivers
Stanwood Library, time and date TBA

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
  • Kathy Bullene, Arlington Library Managing Librarian, 360-435-3033, kbullene@sno-isle.org
10/25/2017
New Lake Stevens Library moves closer to ballot
Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and members of the Lake Stevens Library Board, Kevin Stone, Abe Martinez, Debbie Ames, Janice Stepp, Board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates and Andy Powers (from left) gathered Aug. 23 at the Chapel Hill-area property proposed for a new Lake Stevens Library. The get-together was the day after Charvet Bates presented a unanimous letter of support for the proposed project from the library board to the Lake Stevens City Council. The Friends of the Lake Stevens Library group has also presented a similar letter of support to the city council.    

A bond measure for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library is one step away from being on the ballot in February.

Three related actions this week by the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees, the Lake Stevens City Council and members of the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) governing body are paving the way for voters to weigh in on a new library.

“The Lake Stevens community is growing and deserves a library that can deliver the services that community members want and need,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “The support of the community, the city council and Mayor John Spencer along with the LCFA is gratifying.”

On Monday, Oct. 23, the library-district trustees voted unanimously to request putting a bond measure on the Feb. 13, 2018, ballot. The proposed bond of not more than $17 million would pay for building, furnishing and equipping a new 20,000-square-foot library on property at 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in Lake Stevens.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the city council members voted unanimously to approve a companion resolution to the one passed the library-district trustees.

“I’m very pleased with our council’s support for a new library,” Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer said. “Our city and the surrounding community is one of the fastest growing in the region. We’ve been working with the library district to bring a facility that meets our needs and I look forward to continuing that collaboration.”

Today, Oct. 25, both the library district’s and city’s resolutions went to three-member LCFA governing body and again was unanimously approved. The LCFA members are Snohomish County Council members Sam Low, Nate Nehring and Brian Sullivan. The next and final step before appearing on the Feb. 13 ballot is consideration by the full county council, expected in early December.

If voters approve a bond measure in February, it would be the second half of a process that started earlier this year.

On Valentine’s Day 2017, voters passed a measure that created the LCFA with 69 percent “yes” vote. On that same ballot, a bond proposal received 66 percent approval, but fell short of the required voter turnout.

The Lake Stevens Library has long been recognized as too small to serve the existing community as well as the projected growth for the area. The Sno-Isle Libraries 10-year capital facilities plan published in 2016 recommends replacing the current library with a new, larger facility.

The current library building is owned by the City of Lake Stevens on property identified for redevelopment in the Lake Stevens Downtown Subarea Plan. Library services are provided by Sno-Isle Libraries. In 2008, city residents approved joining the library district. Funding from the 2008 vote helps cover Lake Stevens Library operating costs, but not a new facility.

If the bond measure is approved in February, a new Lake Stevens Library would be owned by Sno-Isle Libraries. What a new library would look like would be determined later with opportunities for public input if funding is approved by voters.

The property purchased in 2016 by the library district is adjacent to land that was already owned by the City of Lake Stevens. The city is considering moving some services from downtown to the new location. City and library officials have been in discussions on how to utilize both properties to achieve library and city goals. 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

10/13/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
TEDxSnoIsleLibraries reservations open Sunday, Oct. 15

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

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

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.

For more information

  • Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
10/05/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 finalizes lineup of speakers

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 be 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

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

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.

For more information

  • Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
10/04/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Survey looks at Sno-Isle Libraries funding and services

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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

10/03/2017
Donor helps Prime Time program come to Oak Harbor Library

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.” 

10/03/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Lynnwood Library to host 'Techtoberfest' on Oct. 7

“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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Roxanna Garrison, Lynnwood Library assistant managing librarian, 425-778-2148, rgarrison@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, public information manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
10/02/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Working-lunch webinars serve up help for busy business types
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 "Find 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.” 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

09/28/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 announces three more speakers
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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
09/25/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Register to vote at Sno-Isle Libraries on Sept. 26

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:

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Susan Hempstead, Strategic Relations Manager, 360-651-7013, shempstead@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
09/25/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Veterans resources event coming to Monroe Library
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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

09/22/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Calling all writers to 'Write Now' series

“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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s Services, 360-651-7049, JParker@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

09/21/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Three more speakers announced for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 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

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org

  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

09/15/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
All new TEDxSnoIsleLibraries getting ready for Nov. 4
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

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Ken Harvey, Communications Director, 360-651-7030, KHarvey@sno-isle.org

  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

07/12/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
New app delivers digital magazines at Sno-Isle Libraries

Real news, at your fingertips, no charge.

Popular magazines to read online have been available to Sno-Isle Libraries customers for some time. Now, there’s a new app to make getting the latest on everything from healthy recipes to global economic analysis easier and faster.

The new app is called RBdigital and is available at no charge to Sno-Isle Libraries customers through Android and iOS app stores. The RBdigital service is also available at sno-isle libraries.org. 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.

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 appétit and Vanity Fair.

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information
Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

06/28/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Enlist a little help to get 'Beyond Bestsellers'

Grisham, Koontz, Rowling, Steel …

Been there, read that.

For readers who may even have the t-shirt, too, Sno-Isle Libraries has just the thing to break out of the bestsellers rut.

“Readers are always looking for something new without having to wait in line,” said Michelle Callihan, Managing Librarian at the Granite Falls Library. “It’s good to get outside your comfort zone now and then, but sometimes we don’t know where to start.”

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 “Beyond Bestsellers,” the new community reading program that launches July 1 and runs through November.

“We’re inviting library customers to read along with us for the next five months as we discover new books,” Callihan said. “On the first of each month, we’ll explore a different theme, post reading suggestions on our ‘Bibliofiles’ blog and encourage customers to share their favorite titles.”

July’s theme is “Mysteries,” followed by “True Stories” in August, “Westerns” in September, “Horror” in October (“Of course,” says Callihan) and finishing up with Graphic Novels in November.

On the 15th of each month, Callihan and other library staff members will post comments, follow up with readers and share more information about what makes each theme unique.

“Each month, we will ask participants to create a list using the new catalog with 5-10 books they would suggest for each theme,” Callihan said. “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.”

The ability to create and share lists is a feature of the Sno-Isle Libraries online catalog launched this past winter. There are instructions on how to create lists. Participants should also be aware of all privacy settings in the catalog and that shared lists will be viewable by others.

“Readers should start a list title with ‘Beyond Bestsellers’ and then a subtitle,” Callihan said. “For example, if I create a list of cozy mysteries, I might title it ‘Beyond Bestsellers: Cozy Mysteries.’”

Registration to participate in “Beyond Bestsellers,” is free and online. Use the library’s Ask Us, Tell Us feature for questions and comments.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Reader’s Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org 
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
06/28/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Sno-Isle Libraries to exhibit at Seattle Small Business Expo
Seattle Small Business Expo drew thousands of attendees in 2016.

Sno-Isle Libraries is bringing its business support services to entrepreneurs and small-business owners across the region.

“We’ll be at the Seattle Small Business Expo on July 13,” 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 registration is recommended.

“We’ll be talking about our free Business Pros classes and demonstrating some of the free resources available through the library such as AtoZdatabases” Rodeheaver said. “We’ll also be answering on-the-fly market-research questions.”

And, registering people for library cards.

“Even if someone doesn’t live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, they are likely eligible for our card,” 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.

“Last year, we ended up being one of the most popular booths at the Expo,” Rodeheaver said. “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.”

Sno-Isle Libraries identifies support for entrepreneurs and small-business owners as a strategic priority. The idea is relatively new, but catching on. Rodeheaver presented the library district’s efforts at the 2017 South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Along with Jay Lyman from Seattle Public Library, Rodeheaver spoke about how to use library resources for market analysis.

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, founder and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation, “The 7 Keys to Build a 7-Figure Business.”

Thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners are expected from across the Seattle metropolitan area.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services, 360-651-7017, krodeheaver@sno-isle.org

  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org 

06/27/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
New classes at Sno-Isle Libraries have the write stuff

Summer is a great time to read a good book.

How about writing one?

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’s bottled up inside your head.

“In 2016, we presented 31 classes in our first ‘Write Now,’ series,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries, which is sponsoring the classes. “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.”

That first round attracted more than 200 attendees and brought comments such as, “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.” 

And those attendees said they wanted more. More classes and more often.

“This year, we’ve lined up 46 classes that will run from July 11 to Dec. 4,” Parker said. All the classes are free and subjects 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,” she said.

Camille Griep is scheduled to kick-off the series with “Breaking the Rules of Writing 101” at 6 p.m., July 11 at the Granite Falls Library.

“I start by talking about all things you hear from agents; what authors should do and shouldn’t ever do,” said Griep, a published author and editor of “Easy Street,” a literary magazine. “Then we discuss why authors break the rules, why it works and doesn’t drive readers crazy. We use real world examples.”

Some attendees will come with their manuscript and a problem, Griep said, adding, “It can become a collaborative brainstorming session.”

Building a supportive community around writers is key to good writing, she said.

“It’s a myth that writers sit around in the basement with a whiskey bottle,” Griep said. “I’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.”

A number of the classes are focused on what it takes to get published with tips coming from the likes of Beth Jusino and Terry Persun.

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.

Jusino’s class, “You Wrote a Book - Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices ,” 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 also presenting a second class, “Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers,” where attendees will walk through a 46-point checklist of things to look for in their own work, from first draft to final layout.

Persun will teach “Get Published, Stay Published.” A prolific author and presence on Amazon, Persun’s class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. “Writing, like any other art, requires skill and creativity,” Persun says and attendees will hear the five specific things that can help writers get into the game and stay there.

Parker said she is excited about the opportunities for writers in the range of subjects and the expertise of presenters in this year’s “Write Now” series.

“We know that writers almost always start out as big readers and that readers often want to be writers,” Parker said. “Whether you’re struggling with page one or you have a full manuscript in your hands, be it fiction, children’s, nonfiction, or if you just want to write your family’s history, there’s a session for you.” 

Due to space limitations, some events require registration and are underlined in the online events calendar.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Reader’s Services, 360-651-7049, jparker@sno-isle.org 
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
06/23/2017

Updated:
10/18/2017
Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications

 

 

For more information, contact:
Jim Hills, Public Information Manager
360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

Sno-lsle Libraries Board of Trustees seeking applications

Marysville, Wash., June 23, 2017 - 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.

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.

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 "to be a community doorway to reading, resources, and lifelong learning, and to be a center for people, ideas and culture."

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.

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.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

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