Lois Langer Thompson
Human Resources Director
Community Libraries Director
Technical Services Director
Public Services Director
A seven-member Board of Trustees governs Sno-Isle Libraries, a regional rural library district. Five trustees represent the Snohomish County Council and two represent the Island County Commission; all are confirmed by both county legislative bodies. A full term is seven years. Trustees serve as volunteers; their business expenses are reimbursed. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month.
The Board of Trustees sets library policies, reviews and approves the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the district. The Board of Trustees is established under the laws of the State of Washington. Trustees represent Sno-Isle Libraries to the community and advocate for the library district at the local and state level.
Resident of Edmonds
Resident of Darrington
Resident of Camano Island
Resident of Granite Falls
Resident of North Whidbey Island
Resident of Snohomish
Resident of Lake Stevens
2023 Regular Meetings
The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees welcomes public participation during the public comment portion of the meeting and has adopted Public Comment Guidelines.
Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to providing inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Sign Language interpreters will be made available upon request. Please make your request for alternative format or other accommodations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Providing at least 72 hours’ notice prior to the meeting will help to ensure availability.
Dial-in information for each meeting will be added one week prior to the meeting.
|January 23||5:30 p.m.||Mountlake Terrace Library|
|February 27||5:30 p.m.||Granite Falls Library|
|March 27||5:30 p.m.||Freeland Library|
|April 24||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
|May 22||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
|June 26||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
|July 24||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
|September 18||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
|October 23||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
|November 27||5:30 p.m.||SRV|
2023 Special Meetings
|January 5||12:00 p.m.||SRV|
|February / March||8:30 a.m.||TBD|
- November: Agenda (232 KB) | Packet (2.21 MB)
- October: Agenda (649 KB) | Packet (3 MB)
- September: Agenda (176 KB) | Packet (4 MB)
- July: Agenda (304 KB) | Packet (1 MB)
- June: Agenda (2.5 MB) | Packet (173 KB)
- June: Notice (180 KB)
- May: Agenda (292 KB) | Packet (2.07 MB)
- April: Agenda (292 KB) | Packet (2.16 MB)
- April (Special Meeting): Notice (135 KB) | Agenda (281 KB)
- March: Agenda (290 KB) | Packet (2 MB)
- February: Agenda (282 KB) | Packet (2.27 MB)
- February (Special Meeting): Agenda (306 KB)
- January: Agenda (294 KB) | Packet (4.52 MB)
- January (Special Meeting): Agenda (285 KB)
- November: Agenda (462 KB) | Packet (3 MB)
- October: Agenda (309 KB) | Packet (2.51 MB)
- September: Agenda (PDF 1.47 MB) | Packet (PDF 5.37 MB)
- August: Agenda (724 KB) | Packet (5.73 MB)
- July: Agenda (PDF 792 KB) | Packet (PDF 3.27 MB)
- June: Agenda (PDF 788 KB) | Packet (PDF 2.04 MB)
- May: Agenda (PDF 788 KB) | Packet_(PDF 3.79 MB)
- April: Agenda (PDF 807 KB), opens a new window | Packet (PDF 3,645 KB), opens a new window
- March: Agenda (PDF 826 KB), opens a new window | Packet (PDF 3,477 KB), opens a new window
- February: Agenda (PDF 818 KB) | Packet (PDF 2MB)
- February (Special Meeting): Agenda (PDF 782KB) | Packet (PDF 3MB)
- January (Special Meeting): Agenda (PDF 776KB)
- January: Agenda (PDF 792KB) | Packet (PDF 3MB)
- November: Agenda (PDF 788KB) | Packet (PDF 4MB)
- October: Agenda (PDF 809KB) | Packet (PDF 4MB)
- September: Agenda (PDF 0.8MB) | Packet (PDF 5MB)
- July: Agenda (PDF 0.8MB) | Packet (PDF 4MB)
- July (Special Meeting): Agenda (PDF 0.8MB)
- June: Agenda (PDF 0.8MB) | Packet (PDF 7MB)
- May: Agenda (PDF 0.2MB) | Packet (PDF 3MB)
- April: Agenda (PDF 0.2MB) | Packet (PDF 2MB)
- February: Agenda (PDF 0.2MB)
- February (Special Meeting): Agenda (PDF 0.2MB)
- January: Agenda (PDF 0.2MB)
- Meeting 2022-10-24
- Meeting 2022-09-19
- Meeting 2022-07-25
- Meeting 2022-06-20
- Meeting 2022-05-23
- Meeting 2022-04-25
- Meeting 2022-04-21 (Special Meeting)
- Meeting 2022-03-28
- Meeting 2022-02-28
- Meeting 2022-02-05 (Special Meeting)
- Meeting 2022-01-24
- Meeting 2022-01-06 (Special Meeting)
- Meeting 2021-11-22
- Meeting 2021-10-25
- Meeting 2021-09-20
- Meeting 2021-08-16 (Committee of the Whole Special Meeting)
- Meeting 2021-07-26
- Meeting 2021-06-28
- Meeting 2021-06-10
- Meeting 2021-05-24
- Meeting 2021-04-26, opens a new window
- Meeting 2021-03-22, opens a new window
- Meeting 2021-02-22, opens a new window
- Meeting 2021-02-06
- Meeting 2021-01-25
- Meeting 2021-01-07, opens a new window (Special Meeting)
The name of the District is Sno-Isle Regional Intercounty Rural Library District, which shall be commonly known as and shall transact business under the name "Sno-Isle Libraries" (referred to hereinafter as the "Library District"). The name of this Board shall be "Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees," hereinafter the "Board."
- Management and Control
- Management. The management and control of the Library District is vested in the Board who shall appoint an Executive Director as hereinafter provided.
- Duties. RCW 27.12.210 gives the Board the responsibility to:
- Adopt such bylaws, rules, and regulations for Board guidance and for the government of the library as the Board deems expedient;
- Have the supervision, care, and custody of all property of the library, including the rooms or buildings constructed, leased, or set apart therefor;
- Employ a librarian, and upon his or her recommendation employ such other assistants as may be necessary, all in accordance with the provisions of RCW 27.04.055 prescribe their duties, fix their compensation, and remove them for cause;
- Prepare its budget, certify the same, and deliver it to the board of county commissioners in ample time for it to make the tax levies for the purpose of the district;
- Have exclusive control of the finances of the library;
- Accept such gifts of money or property for library purposes as they deem expedient;
- Lease or purchase land for library buildings;
- Lease, purchase, or erect an appropriate building or buildings for library purposes, and acquire such other property as may be needed therefor;
- Purchase books, periodicals, maps, and supplies for the library; and
- Do all other acts necessary for the orderly and efficient management and control of the library.
- Appointment. The Board shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the joint action of the boards of county commissioners of each of the counties included in a district. RCW 27.12.190
- Representation by county. Five (5) members shall reside in Snohomish County, and two (2) members shall reside in Island County.
- Terms. The term of office is seven (7) years. No Trustee shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. An unexpired term of more than three (3) years shall be considered a full term. All terms commence January 1 of their respective year of appointment.
- Vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms as soon as possible in the manner in which members of the Board are regularly chosen and appointed. RCW 27.12.190
- Removal. A Trustee may be removed for just cause by the joint action of the Snohomish County Council and the Island County Commissioners pursuant to RCW 27.12.190.
- Resignation. If any member resigns at any time, written notice must be sent to the Board President. Any such resignation shall take effect at the date of receipt of the notice or any later date specified. The acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
- Compensation. Trustees shall not receive a salary or other compensation for services as a Trustee, but necessary expenses actually incurred shall be paid from Library District funds. RCW 27.12.190
- Executive Director. The Executive Director shall be selected by the Board, consistent with RCW qualifications. The Executive Director, under the direction of the Board, shall be the chief executive officer of the Library District. The Executive Director shall be responsible for the administration of the Library District and shall perform those duties set forth in any contract of employment with the Library District and such additional duties and responsibilities as the Board may direct. RCW 27.12.190 and RCW 27.04.055.
- Regular Meetings. Regular open public meetings of the Board shall be held on dates and time determined annually unless changed according to IV c. Notices of regular monthly meetings shall be published at least five (5) days before the meeting and shall include the place of the meeting, the agenda, financial statements, and documents or reports pertaining to business that require Board action. RCW 42.30.030, RCW 42.30.070, and RCW 42.30.077.
- Special Meetings. The Board President, or a majority of the Board, may schedule special meetings in accordance with the laws of the state of Washington. Notice shall specify the time and place of the special meeting and the business to be transacted. Final disposition shall not be taken by the governing body on any other matter at such meetings. The notices provided in this section may be dispensed with in the event a special meeting is called to deal with an emergency involving injury or damage to persons or property or the likelihood of such injury or damage, when time requirements of such notice would make notice impractical and increase the likelihood of such injury or damage. RCW 42.30.080
- Change of schedule. The schedule may be changed by a simple majority vote of the Board and updated on the Library District's website.
- Officers. The officers of the Board shall be President, Vice President, and Secretary. The Board shall elect officers at the last regular Board meeting of each year. Elected officers shall immediately take office and serve through the next election.
- Nominating Committee. Prior to the last regular meeting of each year, a nominating committee shall be appointed by the President to present a slate of officers. The chair of the Committee will present the nominations, ask for additional nominations, and call for the vote on the slate of officers.
- Officer Vacancies. The Board shall fill any vacancy of a Board officer at the next regular monthly meeting after the vacancy has occurred.
- Duties of the President. The President of the Board shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Board and generally perform all duties associated with that office including appointing all committees, executing authorized documents, and perform all other necessary duties. The President shall retain the right to vote on all issues and serve as an ex officio member of all committees.
- Liaison to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. The Vice President, or another Trustee as appointed by the President, shall serve as the Board liaison to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
- Absence of Officers. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall preside. In the absence of the President and Vice President, the Secretary shall preside. In case of the absence of the President, Vice President and Secretary, the Board may elect an officer pro tem.
- Records of Proceedings. The Executive Director shall assign a staff person for the recording of all proceedings at the Board meetings. The President and Secretary shall sign the minutes as approved by the Board of Trustees.
A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a simple majority of the members of the Board. RCW 24.03.090
- Form of Action
- Motions. The Board, by motion or resolution, determines all actions and decisions. Motions and seconds to motions may be made orally.
- Voice vote. All voting at meetings of the Board shall be by voice vote, unless a member shall request a roll call, and recorded in the minutes of the Board. RCW 24.03.085
- Simple majority. The vote of a majority of the members of the Board at a meeting at which a quorum is present, shall be necessary for the adoption of any matter voted upon by the members, unless a greater proportion is required by this chapter, the articles of incorporation, or the bylaws. RCW 24.03.090
- Procedure at Meetings
- Procedures. The President shall determine the procedures for the Board meetings subject to the approval of the Board. The rules of order shall be in the general form of Roberts' Rules of Order as determined by the President.
- Open public meetings. All procedures of the Board, with the exception of Executive Sessions, shall be performed in open public session.
- Adjournment. All meetings of the Board may be recessed or adjourned upon the simple majority vote of those members present.
- Absence of quorum. If a quorum shall be lacking at any meeting of the Board the majority of the members present may adjourn the meeting and may schedule a new meeting.
- Attendance by phone or video call. Trustees may participate in a meeting of the board of committee by means of a conference telephone, video call, or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other at the same time and participation by such means constitutes presence in person at the meeting.
- Minutes of meetings. The written minutes shall consist primarily of a record of the actions taken and shall reflect the substance rather that the exact wording of a speaker or of a debate. Upon approval of the minutes of any Board meeting, said minutes shall be posted and maintained on the Library District's web site for a minimum of one (1) year plus current calendar years.
- Permanent Record. The Library District shall maintain a permanent record of the approved minutes of each regular and special meeting as the official record of said meeting. After six (6) years, the Library District may transfer the print copies of the minutes to Washington State Archives for permanent retention. Washington State Archives Common Records Retention Schedule.
- Amendment of Bylaws
- Amendments. These bylaws may be amended by approval of at least five (5) Trustees at any regular or special meeting of the Board when notice complying with the laws of the state of Washington has been given. Board members shall have received written copies of any proposed change(s) at least five (5) days prior to said meeting. RCW 24.03.070
- Review of bylaws. These Bylaws shall be reviewed by the Library Board at least every four years.
Date approved: 06/20/2022
Date adopted: 1963
Next review date: 06/2026
Code of Conduct
The purpose of this policy is to state the conduct that is expected of the Sno-Isle Board of Trustee members and to outline member roles and responsibilities with regard to member conduct.
The scope of this policy applies to all members of the Sno-Isle Libraries’ Board of Trustees
- Support the vision and mission of Sno-Isle Libraries and embrace the United States Bill of Rights - First Amendment, Washington Library Association Intellectual Freedom Statement, and the right of our customers to pursue knowledge for their enrichment and continued education.
- Support and promote the benefits of the public library system.
- Comply with all national, state and local laws, rules and regulations regarding public libraries and follow only legal, professional, and ethical procedures to bring about desired changes.
- In cooperation with Library staff and the community attend to the evolving nature, value, and direction of public libraries in our society in order to facilitate needed changes and growth patterns.
- Support the maintenance of a comprehensive and balanced print and online collection and a broad range of programs and services that are representative and relevant to our diverse communities and customers.
- Commit to equity, diversity, and inclusion through the adoption of Library policies and practices that provide opportunities for every person in our community and organization to thrive.
- Support and uphold Sno-Isle’s Personnel Practices Policy 2-7: Non-Discrimination and Harassment regarding personal conduct and interactions with fellow Trustees and employees of Sno-Isle Libraries.
- Commit to express your unique viewpoint and draw from your personal expertise when deliberating business before the Board.
- Respect the opinions of fellow trustees and conduct yourself with respect and decorum when you disagree or oppose a viewpoint different from your own.
- Acknowledge and support the formal position of the Board after the Board has engaged in a full and open discussion, which may include casting of dissenting votes.
- Distinguish clearly between your personal philosophies, opinions, and positions and those of the Library, acknowledging and supporting the formal position of the Board, even if you disagree.
- Do not disclose confidential information gained while serving as a Trustee, nor use such information for personal gain.
- Provide reliable, deliberative, and open leadership.
- Make decisions on issues before the Board and reach conclusions only after deliberation and full public debate with fellow board members.
- Attend required regular and committee meetings, read distributed materials and information, and participate in discussions/votes.
- Respect the professional expertise of Sno-Isle Libraries staff and acknowledge that the internal operation of the library system is the responsibility of the Executive Director.
- Refer all questions and complaints about Library operations to the Board President who will work with the Executive Director to respond.
- Excuse yourself immediately whenever the appearance of a conflict of interest exists or an actual conflict exists.
- Pursue opportunities to improve your knowledge and understanding of Sno-Isle Libraries, libraries in general, and changing conditions which may impact the way the Library provides service to citizens.
Associated Policies and Laws
- United States. Bill of Rights - First Amendment, opens a new window.
- American Library Association. Code of Ethics, opens a new window.
- Washington State RCW 27.12.190, opens a new window. Library trustees—Appointment, election, removal, compensation.
- Washington State RCW 27.12. 192, opens a new window. Library trustees—Seven-member rural county library district boards.
- Washington State RCW 27.12.210, opens a new window. Library trustees—Organization—Bylaws—Powers and duties.
- Washington Library Association. Intellectual Freedom Statement, opens a new window.
Date approved: April 26, 2021
Date adopted: March 24, 2003
Next review date: 2025