Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation receives $1.8 million bequest

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is delighted to announce it has received a $1.8 million bequest from the estate of John and Betty Parks to benefit the Snohomish Library. This is the largest philanthropic gift the Foundation has ever received.

“Mr. and Mrs. Parks’ generosity will enable the Snohomish Library to have a meaningful impact on our community for many years,” said Snohomish Library Manager Jude Anderson.

John and Betty Parks were longtime Snohomish residents who cared deeply about their community and supported many organizations. Mr. Parks had a successful 24-year career as an aeronautical engineer, including 15 years with The Boeing Company. Mrs. Parks was a well-known master quilter.

Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to working closely with our communities to make our libraries welcoming, inclusive, and easy-to-use. This commitment will guide the investment of these funds in the future. “This is truly an investment in early literacy and quality of life for our Snohomish community. Sno-Isle Libraries will work with the Foundation on how to best utilize the funds in alignment with our strategic goals for Snohomish Library to see a lasting impact for years to come,” said Director of Community Libraries Diane Lai. Possible future upgrades may include updates to the building, modernizing the early learning area, and enhancing the library’s outdoor spaces.

"Libraries change lives. Including your library in your estate plans is a thoughtful and meaningful way to leave a legacy and pay it forward,” said Christina Kourteva, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. "We feel incredibly honored that the Snohomish Library inspired Mr. and Mrs. Parks to make arrangements for this incredibly generous gift."

To learn more about including your community library in your estate plan and other ways to support Sno-Isle Libraries, please visit Ways to Give — Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.