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Ten libraries offer Winter Science Extravaganza programs

Originally published Nov. 27, 2015

Winter Science ExtravaganzaKids looking for something to do over winter break can find hands-on fun at Sno-Isle Libraries’ Winter Science Extravaganza programs.

Six different programs, scheduled at 10 community libraries, will be geared toward children ages five and up. Science Extravaganza is designed to delight and spark scientific curiosity, said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for the library district.

“Sno-Isle Libraries is deeply committed to generating a life-long passion in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in our youth,” she said. “I encourage everyone to visit and find all we have to offer in the way of books, programs and technology.”

The Winter Science Extravaganza schedule is:


Volts & Jolts

Electricity is illuminated in a series of shocking experiments! Explore the properties of electricity with a hair-raising Van de Graaf Generator and Tesla Coil. Presented by the Pacific Science Center.

  • Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W., Dec. 23, 10 a.m.
  • Arlington Library, 135 N. Washington Ave., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m.


Science Magic

Learn about the way objects behave and the scientific reasons behind them. When science magician Jeff Evans combines magic with science the result is fun.

  • Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St., Dec. 22, 11 a.m.
  • Mill Creek Library, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. (This program will be held at the Mill Creek City Hall Annex, 15720 Main Street, Suite 130).
  • Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr., Dec. 28, 11 a.m.


Rockin’ Rollercoasters

Learn about energy as you engineer a rollercoaster of recycled materials and test the tracks of your coaster. Presented by the Imagine Children’s Museum. Registration is required and can be done online at or by contacting the library.

  • Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
  • Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m.


Radical Reactions

Chemistry explodes onto the scene with radical reactions, where flames ignite in blue and green and rainbows exist in glass tubes. Presented by the Pacific Science Center.

  • Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St., Dec. 19, 1 p.m.



Discover how fossils form. Investigate different types of fossils and use clues to decode their origins. Presented by the Imagine Children’s Museum. Registration is required and can be done online at or by contacting the library.

  • Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.


Unravel the Mysteries of Light

How does a prism work? What exactly is a neon sign? Explore the answers in this interactive program with science educator, Brian Raven. For children grades 2 and up.

  • Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Dec. 22, 1 p.m.


For a complete list of holiday-season library activities, visit


For more information, contact: 
Joy Feldman, Early Learning Coordinator,, 360-651-7105
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081 

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 26

Originally published Nov. 20, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Friday, Nov. 27. See locations & hours.

Health insurance assistance offered at libraries

Originally published Nov. 19, 2015

People wishing to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will find assistance through January at the Lynnwood, Marysville and Mountlake Terrace libraries.

Individuals and families can meet on a first-come, first-served basis with a certified assistant to see if they qualify for free or reduced cost health insurance. The service is provided by WithinReach, a community organization connecting families to healthy resources in King and Snohomish counties. 

Assistance will be available at the following times and Sno-Isle Libraries locations.

Mountlake Terrace Library: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 20; Dec. 4, 11 and 18; Jan 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Marysville Library: 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 30; Jan. 13 and 27.

Lynnwood Library: 2 to 4 p.m. every Monday through Jan. 25.

The 2016 enrollment deadline is Jan. 31. Online assistance is available at Help is also available from WithinReach,, and the Family Health Hotline 800-322-2588.


For more information, contact: 
Jill Wubbenhorst, Assistant Managing Librarian, Marysville Library,, 360-658-5000 ext. 5021
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081

'Ultimate Cheapskate' to speak in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Stanwood

Originally published Nov. 16, 2015

Jeff Yaeger

Jeff Yeager

Jeff Yeager, who bills himself as The Ultimate Cheapskate, will give free December presentations in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Stanwood.

Yeager blends offbeat humor and practical advice for living a better life. He believes people can have a happier, healthier and full life if they spend and consume less. He has been seen on the "TODAY" Show and "Extreme Cheapskates," and heard on NPR, Sirius Radio, and "Oprah & Friends."

The talks will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W.; and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Stanwood/Camano Resource Center at 9612 271st St. NW, Stanwood.


For more information, contact: 
Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services,, 425-778-2148 x3036
Jeff Yeager, author,, 301-292-0811
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager,, 360-651-7081

Camano Island Library seeks artists' proposals

Originally published Nov. 12, 2015

Artists are invited to submit design concepts for three Camano Island Library projects. While preference will be given to artists from Camano Island or Stanwood, all are welcome to submit proposals.

The Camano Island Library Art Committee will serve as selection panel. It is comprised of Friends of the Library members, project architects, and Sno-Isle Libraries staff and donors. Submission deadlines for the three projects are: Dec. 30, for the children’s room project; Jan. 29 for the community room project; and Feb. 29 for the reading room project.

The new Camano Island Library is located in Terry’s Corner on Camano Island. For details on art project requirements, theme, budget, and submission content, please visit

Camano Island residents passed a bond to build a permanent library on Camano Island in April 2014. Construction for the remodel/expansion of a former restaurant began in early 2015. The new library opened on Aug. 1. Its features include a reading room with a fireplace, a teen friendly space, a larger children’s room appealing to both young readers and their caregivers, attractive and easy to browse displays of books and media throughout the library, and a multi-purpose community room.


For more information, contact: 
Becky Bolte, District Manager Public Services, 360-651-7080,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Musicians, business leaders and more highlight TEDx talks (Daily Herald)

Originally published Nov. 7, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 11

Originally published Nov. 5, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Thursday, Nov. 12. See locations & hours.

Sno-Isle Libraries to host International Games Day events

Originally published Nov. 4, 2015

International Games Day

Joining in a celebration of gaming taking place in libraries over all seven continents — including base library at Casey Station, Antarctica — a dozen Sno-Isle Libraries locations will host games in November.

International Games Day is Nov. 21 and aims to celebrate the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games. The events are supported by the American Libraries Association and local Friends of Library groups.

Three libraries will start celebrating on Friday, Nov. 20, with special events for teens. They are:

Coupeville Library, Tabletop Teens & Tweens, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Mukilteo Library, Teen Gaming, 3 to 5 p.m.

Mill Creek Library, Teen Game Night, 7 to 9 p.m.


On Saturday, Nov. 21, the following libraries will have games for people of all ages.

Brier Library, board and card games, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clinton Library, board and card games, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Darrington Library, board and card games, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Live Clue in the Library (for tweens 9 and up), 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Edmonds Library, board games and Wii, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Freeland Library, LEGO®, board games and Wii, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lake Stevens Library, board games and Wii, or bring your own to share, 2 to 5 p.m.

Mill Creek Library, board and card games, 4 to 6 p.m.

Monroe Library, board games and Wii + WiiU, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mukilteo Library, board games and Treasure Hunt, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Library Jeopardy at 2 p.m.

Snohomish Library, board and card games, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


For more information, contact: 
Dawn Rutherford, Teen Services Coordinator, 360-651-7069,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Capital Facility Area Governing Body for Granite Falls, Monroe and Snohomish to meet Nov. 9

Originally published Nov. 2, 2015

The Granite Falls Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body will meet on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at 9 a.m. at the Snohomish County Administration Building East, Jackson Board Room (8th Floor), 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201.

The Monroe Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body will meet on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at 9:10 a.m. at the Snohomish County Administration Building East, Jackson Board Room (8th Floor), 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201.

The Snohomish Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body will meet on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at 9:20 a.m. at the Snohomish County Administration Building East, Jackson Board Room (8th Floor), 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA 98201.

Capital Facility Area Governing Body for Camano and Coupeville to meet Nov. 3

Originally published Oct. 29, 2015

The Camano Island Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body will meet in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at 9 a.m. at the Island County Government Building, 1 NE 7th Street, Coupeville. 

The Coupeville Library Capital Facility Area Governing Body will meet in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at 9:15 a.m. at the Island County Government Building, 1 NE 7th Street, Coupeville. 

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speakers announced, viewing options expanded

Originally published Oct. 29, 2015

TEDx Speakers

Twenty-three speakers will be on stage at the inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6.

The theme of the daylong event is “Creating New Futures.”

“Our goal is to showcase short talks that will explore how businesses, communities, and people can thrive here in Snohomish and Island counties,” said organizer Ken Harvey, director of communications for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Talks or performances will be given by Ann P. McMahon, Anna Rohrbough, Barbara Tolbert, Ben Hempstead, Catherine McHugh, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Egils Milbergs, Erin Boyd, Evan Briggs, Frances Lewis, Jeff Ericson, Jennifer James, Ken Grant, Kenn Dickinson, Matt Cail, Nam-ho Park, Sarri Gilman, Shaela Niles, Sujan Shrestha, Swil Kanim, Tammy Mach, Terry Thoren and Xola Malik.

More information is available at

The TEDx event will last from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All seats have been reserved for the main venue, the Edmonds Center for the Arts, though people who would like to attend are encouraged to sign up for the waitlist. The public is also invited to view a simulcast of the talks and join in discussion at 10 libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, and Snohomish. Anyone interested in attending a library viewing group should register online at

No registration is required for four other viewing sites: City of Arlington Council Chambers,110 E. 3rd St.; Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood; Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St., Jackson Wilderness Room of the Henry Jackson Building; Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett.

For those unable to attend, the talks will also be live-streamed on the event website, The talk videos will later be archived online.

"We hope to enhance the audience's sense of mystery and delight by not pre-announcing the title of each speaker's talk,” Harvey said.

TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. It is the name of a non-profit foundation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TEDx events are local independently organized under license from TED. 


For more information, contact: 
Ken Harvey, Director of Communications, 360-651-7030,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Sno-Isle Libraries plan for growth (North County Outlook)

Originally published Oct. 27, 2015

Sno-Isle Libraries programs celebrate 'Authors Next Door'

Originally published Oct. 27, 2015

Authors Next Door graphicsFor a second year, a series of Sno-Isle Libraries programs will celebrate reading and community while learning more about the published authors who live among us.

Each free event will have an interactive panel of authors. Their work, collectively, covers a variety of subjects written for people of all ages, from children's picture books to adult fiction and non-fiction. Books will be available for signing and purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Forty-four authors will take part in the series. Programs will be held at the following locations:

Lake Stevens Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Authors: Martin Limon, Seconde Nimenya, Pat Pritchard, Alexis Morgan, Dorothy Read, Mark Souza, Valerie Stein, Lisa Stowe

Freeland Library: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Authors: Mare Chapman, Lorraine Healy, Andrea Hurst, Sean Keeley, Gina Marie Mammano, Thomas Trimbath, Judith Works

Oak Harbor Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Authors: Deb Lund, Art B., C.J. Booth, Lois V. Harris, Donna Hood, Rick Lawler, Sandra Pollard, Rick Vander Kam

Sultan Library: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Authors: J. Anderson Coats, Holly Cupala, Mindy Hardwick, Roy Kindelberger, Sharlene Nusser, Susan Schreyer, Richard Spelman

Mountlake Terrace Library: 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Authors: Greg Bear, Carole Dagg, Nancy Horan, Gloria Koll, Loretta Martin, Craig Orback, Trudi Trueit

Langley Library: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Authors: Allan Ament, Margaret Bendet, Kay Foss, Lenita Graves, Garr Kuhl, Judy Lynn, Dan Pedersen


For more information, contact:

Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services, 425-778-2148 x 3036,
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,

Friends of Edmonds Library sponsor essay contest

Originally published Oct. 22, 2015

Have you used technology to access library resources? Have you used the library to learn more about technology? If you are a tween (9-12), teen (13-19) or older adult (50-plus) we want to hear your story.

Write an essay, win a Kindle adThe Friends of the Edmonds Library are funding the “Why Today’s Modern Library is My Friend” Essay Contest this month, offering a prize for the best essay in each of the three age groups. Summarize why the modern, tech-friendly library is important to you in 500 words or less and you will be entered with a chance to win a Kindle Fire and a Book-a-Librarian session to get your new Kindle set up with library resources.

Entry forms can be picked up and essays submitted at the Edmonds Library. Or, the entries can be attached to an email sent to Please include the entrant's name, phone number, and age categorie. Entries are due by Oct. 31, and will be judged by a panel from the Friends of the Edmonds Library and the Edmonds Library Board. Entrants need not live in Edmonds.

Prizes will be awarded at the Library Tech Fair Open House at Edmonds Library on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Nancy Pearl to speak Nov. 4 in Langley

Originally published Oct. 13, 2015

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl, the Northwest’s most famous librarian, will share her latest book recommendations on Nov. 4 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley.

The 11 a.m. event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for cookies and conversation.

The visit to Whidbey Island continues a 15-year-old tradition. Pearl’s annual talk is supported by the Friends of Langley Library.

Since the release of the best-selling “Book Lust” in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next. In 1998, she developed the program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” which spread across the country. The former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and NPR affiliate stations KUOW-FM in Seattle and KWGS-FM in Tulsa.

Sno-Isle Libraries seeks public comment on future library buildings

Originally published Oct. 7, 2015

Open houses slated in five locations and online 

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Sno-Isle Libraries will host five open houses from Oct. 14-27, to hear from the public whether, and how, community library buildings should change.  

The tax-supported district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. Residents are invited to attend one of the following open houses to help shape the future of their library system:

People who can’t make one of the in-person open houses can join the conversation through an online open house that will run from Oct. 12-Nov. 6 at

Population growth in formerly rural areas may warrant the construction of additional libraries, said Director of Facilities Jeanne Crisp. Changes in services and people’s needs are also driving the district’s 10-year planning process, she added.

“The popularity of downloadable eBooks and movies means there is less need to store print books and DVDs,” said Crisp. “At the same time, many customers want access to public computers, printers and other technology; meeting rooms and study spaces; even small-business centers and maker-spaces.”

Community input will be used along with analysis of population and demographic trends and library usage to develop facilities recommendations. The final facility report will be presented to the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees in March. For more information, visit

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees seeks Island County candidate

Originally published Oct. 6, 2015

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill one position for a seven-year term. Only residents of Island County are eligible to apply, and preference will be given to residents of Camano Island. The application deadline is Oct. 30, 2015.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees is the governing body for the Sno-Isle Libraries, a district that serves Snohomish and Island Counties. The board decides on policies, sets the annual budget, and determines the general direction of the district.Trustees represent the Library District to the community and advocate for the district at the local and state level.

Click for information on trustee position qualifications, an application form, and the Code of Conduct

Sno-Isle Libraries joins in Great Shakeout earthquake awareness effort

Originally published Sep. 28, 2015

Shake Out graphics

Sno-Isle Libraries will taking part in the Great Washington Shakeout on Oct. 15, a statewide opportunity to practice how to be safe during big earthquakes. It is part of “the world’s largest earthquake drill.”

On that morning, customers visiting many of its community libraries will be invited to take part in a “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” drill.

Disaster book displays, posters, and emergency preparation literature are available in the libraries. The library district’s online earthquake disaster resource page,, features suggested books on the subject, quick links to other online resources, and a news feed of the latest earthquake stories.

A special program, “Whidbey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect, How to Prepare,” will be presented at Freeland Library, 5495 Harbor Ave., 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and at Langley Library, 104 2nd St., at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. It will feature a documentary produced by Whidbey Island’s 4-H video club for the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross, followed by a question and answer session.  

Sno-Isle Libraries to present Oct. 8 'save our youth' forum on sex trafficking

Originally published Sep. 24, 2015

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Victims of the sex trade in the North Puget Sound will be the focus of an Oct. 8 public forum in Lynnwood.

Trafficking: Saving our youth from the sex trade” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, 20310 68th Ave. W., on the Edmonds Community College campus. The event is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series. 

Moderator will be Tim Matsui, director of "The Long Night," a film set in Seattle that gives voice to minors who are coerced into the American sex trade. The documentary weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by the issue.

“Sex trafficking is not just a big-city problem,” said Chuck Pratt, head of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter team.

“By one recent estimate, 250 girls and women work as prostitutes in Snohomish County, where the hotline to report sex trafficking received 93 calls over a nine-month span,” he said. “The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimates that one in six endangered runaways reported to them are likely sex trafficking victims.”

During the forum, a panel of experts will discuss the extent of victimization in the region, how communities can support survivors of sex trafficking, and what can be done to prevent youth from being exploited.

Panelists will include:

The program is sponsored by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and hosted by Lynnwood Library. More information, including library resources and links related to the topic, is available at


For more information, contact: 
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081,
Tim Matsui, Filmmaker/Moderator, 206-409-3069,

Libraries schedule 'Raising of America' film showing, dialogues

Originally published Sep. 21, 2015

Raising of America graphicsCommunity dialogues about early childhood, part of the national Raising of America campaign, will be presented on Oct. 7 at Camano Island Library and Oct. 27 at Mountlake Terrace Library. Both programs will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation is a media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.

The library events, hosted by the Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition will start with a 30-minute excerpt from the documentary series “Raising of America.” The five-part series will be broadcast on PBS this fall. It will explore such questions as: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? What is it like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?

More information about the campaign is available online at

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