November 2022 marks the 60th Anniversary of Sno-Isle Libraries! Sno-Isle Libraries was formed in 1962 as an inter-county library district that allowed the 15 existing community libraries in the area to better serve the region. Within a year of the formation, Sno-Isle Libraries opened five additional community libraries, and would go on to operate 23 libraries over the ensuing decades.
Learn a bit more about the libraries' past and explore fun ways to celebrate 60 years of Sno-Isle Libraries' community presence.
- March 1947, the Bookmobile was introduced, driving 13,000 miles in its first year! The Library on Wheels program demonstrated the need for greater library presence and influenced the creation of the Sno-Isle Libraries district 15 years later. To this day, the Bookmobile provides library service to communities and customers who may face barriers to library access. Visit the bookmobile at a stop near you.
- March 2005, Sno-Isle Libraries first offers OverDrive, starting with audiobooks. Since then, nearly 19 million digital items have been borrowed. One of the first audiobooks we offered was 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. Have you read this essential science-fiction novel? Place a hold today!
- April 2010, eBooks become available at Sno-Isle Libraries. Have you used Libby to read books on your device? Read our Get Started with Libby post to learn how.
- July 2020, Books by Mail Service is expanded by the Library on Wheels team to help ease barriers to access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Books by Mail program continues to serve customers who have difficulties accessing the library. Do you know someone who could benefit from books by mail services? Learn more about the Books by Mail program.
- January 2022, Discover Passes are offered to customers at community libraries to be checked out just like a book! Check out a Discover Pass fee-free with your library card to visit Washington state parks.
When Sno-Isle Libraries was formed 60 years ago, the role of a library in the 21st century was unimaginable. So much has changed since the 1960s—our founders could not have predicted that Sno-Isle’s future members would be checking out digital items and parks passes. We look forward to what the next 60 years will bring!
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