News Releases

07/29/2015
Arts Commission invites artist proposals for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

The Snohomish County Arts Commission is seeking a Washington state artist or artistic team to create a temporary, interactive-based work that will be featured at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

The day-long event presented by Sno-Isle Libraries will be held Nov. 6 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Its theme, “Creating New Futures,” should be the inspiration for the installation. Performance art will also be considered.

The concept must be “original, bold, innovative and visionary.” The artist or artists whose work is chosen will receive $4,500 to cover all costs associated with the project. The submission deadline is Aug. 17; artists will be notified by Sept. 30.

Detailed information is available at bit.ly/TEDxART

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries will feature talks, demonstrations and performances under 18 minutes each. The program will harness the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," and focus on the rich innovation, invention and cultural depth of the region.

For more information, visit sno-isle.org/tedxsnoislelibraries.

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About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Wendy Becker, Snohomish County Cultural and Economic Development Manager, 425-388-3186, wendy.becker@snoco.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

07/24/2015
Friends of the Library issue second call for Camano Island Library art

eagle sculpture

Josh Henrie’s basalt eagle stands watch outside the new Camano Island Library

 (updated July 24, 2015, 5:18 p.m.)

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. — A call to artists for the new Camano Island Library, which will open Aug. 1, resulted in an outdoor sculpture of an eagle. Now, the Camano Island Library Friends group is seeking proposals for an indoor work of art.

The two-piece basalt sculpture has been installed and will be dedicated in September. It is the work of Josh Henrie, a Pacific Northwest native with more than 20 years of carving experience. The first piece of the sculpture depicts an eagle perched high on a pillar overlooking a book; the second piece is a smooth basin bowl which will naturally collect water and is representative of the ocean and tide pools that surround the island. 

The themes of the art competition were Pacific Northwest, water, beach, reading and writing. The Camano Island Library Art Committee selected the winning design. The art committee is comprised of Friends of the Library members, project architects, and Sno-Isle Libraries staff.

The committee is now seeking submissions with the same theme for a two-dimensional piece that will be mounted in the library’s reading room. Members strongly encourage the artists to include a child or children in the design. Preference will be given to artists from Camano Island or Stanwood; however, all are encouraged to apply. The budget for this project is not to exceed $4,500, including installation.

The submission deadline is 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and the artwork is to be installed in April 2016.

Details on sculpture requirements, theme, budget, and submission content are available online at sno-isle.org/locations/camano/call-to-artists.

The residents of Camano Island passed a bond to build a permanent library on Camano Island in April 2014.  

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

07/17/2015
Lynnwood Library to host candidate forum July 22

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Candidates who are running for Snohomish County Executive, Snohomish County Council, and Lynnwood City Council will answer questions at a public forum on July 22 at the Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave W., from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

The forum is presented by the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County (LWVSC), Sno-Isle Libraries, American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Snohomish County Elections.

Candidates for Snohomish County Executive who plan to attend are Dave Somers, John Lovick, Robert Sutherland, Norm Nunnally, and James Robert Deal.

Candidates for Snohomish County Council who plan to attend are Greg Tisdel and Brian Sullivan. Stephanie Wright is unable to attend. 

Candidates for Lynnwood City Council who plan to attend are Shirley Sutton, Loren Simmonds, Maria Ambalada, Chris Frizzell, Benjamin Goodwin, George Hurst, Shannon Sessions, and Van Aubuchon. Sid Roberts plans to send a representative and Douglas Jones is unable to attend.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

07/16/2015
New Camano Island Library to open Aug. 1 with community celebration

(Correction made to new open hours, July 16, 2015, 3:53 p.m.)

 

Camano Island LibraryCAMANO ISLAND, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries and the Camano Island community will celebrate the grand opening of a new library on Saturday, Aug. 1. The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and enjoy the library’s first day of service in its newly renovated location in the Terry’s Corner complex at 848 N. Sunrise Blvd.

The 4,900-square-foot library facility will replace the nearby interim library, which served as the site of the pilot library over the last seven years. The new Camano Island Library will boast a larger collection of materials, expanded public computer resources, a reading room, children’s room, and a community multi-purpose room that will also be used for library programs and classes.

Sustainability was a major consideration in the choice of carpeting and furniture. The new library also features extremely efficient heating, ventilation and lighting.

“We are excited to present the Camano Island community with the larger, permanent library which voters approved in April 2014,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.

The last day of service in the nearby interim Camano Island Library will be July 25. That library will be closed from July 26 to July 31 to prepare for the opening of the new facility on Aug. 1. Items requested by library customers will be available for pick-up at the Stanwood Library, 9701 271st St. NW, during the one-week closure.

Wireless Internet access will continue to be available in the interim library parking lot during the closure. The book drop will also be available.

The new open hours of the Camano Island Library effective Aug. 1 will be Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and closed on Sundays.

The celebration continues the following Saturday, Aug. 8, with the Camano Island Library Friends’ book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“I am very grateful for the community support that has made the Camano Island Library a reality,” said Woolf-Ivory. “We appreciate the work of our architect, construction crews and the building committee, which has resulted in a unique library space for the community.”

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

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

07/08/2015
Library to host panel discussion on police-community relations (panelist lineup updated)

Big Job, Big Questions(Panelist lineup updated July 10, 2015)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. — On July 30, a panel of experts will address issues on police-community relations, including body cameras and the use of deadly force.

The Whidbey Island public forum, “21st Century Policing: Big Job, Big Questions,” will take place at 7 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr. The event is part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series, held in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island.

In recent years, an increase in confrontations between police and civilians have made regional and national headlines. Police are using technologically advanced tools, which can present big questions. For example: When is the use of deadly force appropriate? Are police forces becoming overly militarized? Are officers adequately trained in the use of non-lethal force? What are the pros and cons of officers’ body cameras? The panel will address these and related police matters, and take questions from the audience.

Panelists will be Greg Banks, Island County prosecutor; Mark Brown, Island County sheriff; Ray Heltsley, law enforcement instructor at Skagit Valley College and retired police officer; and Chris Carney, attorney representing the American Civil Liberties Union.

Dr. Marshall Goldberg will moderate. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to partner with the League of Women Voters in getting people together to discuss this important topic,” said Mary Campbell, managing librarian at the Oak Harbor Library. “The years of experience and insights our panelists bring to the discussion are invaluable. We encourage community members to participate and to bring their questions.”

For more information, visit sno-isle.org/issues-that-matter. The Web page includes links to websites and library resources relating to law enforcement.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Mary Campbell, Managing Librarian, 360-675-5115, mcampbell@sno-isle.org
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

07/01/2015
MEDIA ADVISORY -- Snohomish City Council candidate forum canceled

The Snohomish City Council candidate forum originally scheduled for July 25 at the Snohomish Library has been canceled due to the non-availability of more than one scheduled participant. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

For more information, contact:
Darlene Weber, Managing Librarian, dweber@sno-isle.org, 360-568-2898 ext. 4020
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

06/12/2015
Pop culture historian to talk about geeks and gamers

Jennifer K. Stuller

Jennifer K. Stuller

LANGLEY, Wash. — Scholar and pop culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will present "Using Their Powers for Good: Geektivists, Geek Grrls, and Gaymers" at 10 a.m. June 20 at Langley Library, 104 Second St.

Stuller is a Seattle writer, scholar and pop culture historian. Her talk, presented by Langley Library and Humanities Washington, is free and open to the public.

Stuller contends that geek activists, geek grrls and gaymers are making the personal political. Inspired by their love of fandom, tech, comics, games, television, costuming, and conventions, they are using their powers of good to challenge the self-appointed gatekeepers of geekdom with efforts that ensure their beloved culture is progressive, representative, and inclusive.

She will discuss how people and organizations are using community-building to create alternative spaces, crowd-sourcing to circumvent traditional modes of production, media criticism to challenge and raise awareness, and performance to subvert gender norms.  

Stuller is co-founder of GeekGirlCon, an organization dedicated to the recognition, encouragement and support of women in geek and pop culture and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). She is an author and contributor to multiple publications, including Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She regularly appears at the Comic Arts Conference, the Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, and San Diego Comic-Con International. 


About the sponsors

Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. 

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:

Vicky Welfare, Branch Manager, Langley Library, 360-221-4383, vwelfare@sno-isle.org
 

06/11/2015
New manager heads Lake Stevens Library

Sonia Gustafson

Sonia Gustafson

(updated June 16, 2015, 2:13 p.m.)

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — Sno-Isle Libraries has named Sonia Gustafson as managing librarian for Lake Stevens Library.

Gustafson previously worked for the Spokane County Library District, where she was employed since 2007. She led that library district’s strategic planning initiative.

Her most recent position was manager of Spokane Valley Library.

“Lake Stevens seems like an engaged, connected community — and I’m excited to be a part of it,” she said. 

Gustafson is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Lake Stevens Library has a 14-person staff. Gustafson’s first day there was June 8. 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

06/03/2015
Boy who sought refuge in Stanwood Library returns as successful author

Free Spirit book coverSTANWOOD, Wash. — Author Joshua Safran, who as a child found shelter and identity at Stanwood Library, will speak at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, 9612 271st St. NW.  

Safran will discuss his memoir, “Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid.” Following his talk, a reception and book signing will be held across the street at the library.  

Safran was born to a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune. He spent part of his formative years in northwest Washington. His book recounts his childhood hitchhiking, and surviving the elements and a violent alcoholic stepfather before finally finding his way to law school and becoming an Orthodox Jew.

In “Free Spirit,” he writes:

“The Stanwood Library opened its doors to me without question. The patient librarians didn't care about my frayed clothes and never questioned my determination to spend every waking hour under their roof. Mercifully warm and clean, the library was a shelter from the rain and the echoes of my mother screaming in the night. I washed my face in the clean white sink and took refuge in books about the Talmud, the Golem of Prague, and Israel.”

Joshua Safran headshotJoshua Safran

Publishers Weekly hailed “Free Spirit” as a “beautiful, powerful memoir . . .  reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”   

In his 2013 Huffington Post blog post, “My Library Card to Redemption,” Safran recaps how the library made a lasting impact on his life.

Safran is a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and the wrongfully imprisoned. His seven-year legal odyssey to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence from prison was featured in the award-winning documentary film “Crime After Crime,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

06/01/2015
Library program helps students avoid 'summer slump'

Explore Summer graphicsSno-Isle Libraries has launched its 2015 Explore Summer program, offering kids and teens a way to have fun and be ready for school come fall.

Students involved in summer activities that include critical thinking, creativity and hands-on discovery begin the school year better prepared for success, said Leslie Moore, Sno-Isle’s youth and outreach services manager. “Research confirms what every teacher knows: that students can easily fall behind academically during the summer. It’s commonly known as ‘summer slump.’”  

Explore Summer Participants who read for 10 hours during the summer will win a free prize book at their local libraries. If they read for 50 hours, they earn the title of “Power Reader” and will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD 6. All will be encouraged to take advantage of library programs that build skills for school success. They will have the chance to create catapults, discover insects, explore super science, write online book reviews and meet real-life heroes.

Online registration is required. Children can register at sno-isle.org/summerkids; teens can register at sno-isle.org/summerteens.

Reading logs can be printed online or picked up at one of Sno-Isle’s 21 community libraries and Bookmobile.

Moore encouraged parents to watch the two-minute video Summer Learning, which explains how much activities can enhance school success. 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

 

05/28/2015
Darrington Library to host June 8 wildfire prevention events

DARRINGTON, Wash. — A U.S. Forest Service expert will share fire prevention tips in back-to-back presentations for adults and children on June 8 at Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade St.

Smokey BearFrom 3 to 4 p.m., kids will hear the story of Smokey Bear and go over his five rules for fire safety. They will also have the chance to get their photo taken with Smokey and get a bear hug. Stickers and goodies will be provided by presenter Kimberly Marshall-Trask, Patrol 11 Captain for North Zone Fire of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Trask will discuss Snohomish County’s “Firewise” home initiative. She will explain how homes and neighborhoods can be made more likely to survive a wildfire.

Trask will also provide information about spark arresters, and how the Forest Service determines the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) and fire danger rating. She will explain how agency officials assess the need for structure protection when they come into a community threatened by wildfire.

“Given predictions for an above-normal fire season this year, and the fact that many of our community members live in or near forests, I thought wildfire prevention was an important topic,” said Darrington Library Manager Asheley Bryson. 

Library staff will provide some fire-prevention activities for children who remain in the building while their parents attend the evening session, Bryson said.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Asheley Bryson, Darrington Library Manager, abryson@sno-isle.org, 360-436-1600 Ext. 5420
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

05/27/2015
Comic book historian to discuss superhero characters as historical lenses

 

 

 

Andrew Wahl

T. Andrew Wahl

Which superhero do you identify with? What’s your superpower? Why are we drawn to the heroic and superhuman?

Learn about popular superheroes with journalist and comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl at four community discussions in Snohomish County: 2 p.m. June 13 at Marysville Library; 7 p.m. July 9 at Stanwood Library; 7 p.m. July 16 at Lynnwood Library; and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Granite Falls Library Mini Comic-Con.

All events are free and sponsored by the libraries, Friends of the Marysville Library and Friends of the Granite Falls Library, and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Wahl’s interactive multimedia presentation engages teens and adults by exploring heroic characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man and examines how superhero characters evolved in response to shifting social mores and historical events.

“Recent blockbuster movie and television franchises indicate that fans of all ages continue to be fascinated by superheroes,” said Marta Murvosh, teen librarian at Marysville Library. “These community discussions will show people who are more familiar with the screen incarnation of superheroes how these fascinating characters are portrayed in graphic novels and comic books.”

Wahl will guide the audience in a conversation that connects comic book superheroes--and the occasional villain--to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology. Wahl has selected ten comics and graphic novels in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection that highlight significant points in U.S. history. To view this booklist, visit bit.ly/WahlsList.

 

Humanities Washington is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to sparking conversation and critical thinking. The Speakers Bureau helps nurture thoughtful, engaged communities across Washington. For information about T. Andrew Wahl, visit humanities.org/programs/speakers/2015-16-speakers/TAndrewWahl  

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Sno-Isle Libraries serves 687,680 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Julie Titone, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone@sno-isle.org

T. Andrew Wahl, 425-435-7375, tandrew@offthewahl.com

05/27/2015
Deadline extended for newly established Mill Creek Library Advisory Board applications

Sno-Isle Libraries has extended the application deadline to June 5 for filling five positions on its newly established Mill Creek Library Advisory Board. 

The first library advisory board appointment shall be staggered terms of two members for one year, two members for two years, and one member for three years. Thereafter, a board member shall serve three year terms, except when appointed to fill unexpired terms. Each position will begin in July 2015. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.

Board members must reside within the greater Mill Creek community.

Application and information is available at the Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA 98012 or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/board-vacancy

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact Chris Sorenson, Mill Creek Library, managing librarian at 425-337-4822 option 1, ext. 4220 or csorenson@sno-isle.org. For questions about the application process, contact Roxanne Fuentes at 360-651-7073 or 1-877-766-4753 ext. 7073, or rfuentes@sno-isle.org.

Applications must be postmarked by June 5, 2015. They may be mailed to Roxanne Fuentes, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to rfuentes@sno-isle.org

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Chris Sorenson, Managing Librarian, Mill Creek Library, 425-337-4822 option 1, ext. 4220, csorenson@sno-isle.org                

05/08/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries to present TEDx program in November

Sno-Isle Libraries promises to bring some of the region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators, artists and speakers to the stage when it presents TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The day-long program, “Creating New Futures,” will feature the famous TED Talks format. Though TEDx events are locally organized, some of the best TEDx presentations have been featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences around the globe.

The library district will partner with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and other organizations to put on the event, said Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory.

“Building civic engagement and connecting communities are high on our list of priorities, and TEDx is an exciting way for us to do both,” she said. “We want people to mark Nov. 6 on their calendars and come share the energy of the occasion. Those who can’t attend the free program can watch it live-streamed on our website, or can watch later when we post the videos online.”

She encouraged people to visit sno-isle.org/tedxsnoislelibraries, where they can sign up to be notified when registration opens.

The website also contains information for anyone interested in being a sponsorship partner for the high-profile event, or wishing to suggest a topic or speaker. Program suggestions will be taken until May 31. 
 

 

 

 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

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

05/01/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries seeks members for newly established Mill Creek Library Advisory Board

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill five positions on its newly established Mill Creek Library Advisory Board. The first library advisory board appointment shall be staggered terms of two members for one year, two members for two years, and one member for three years. Thereafter, a board member shall serve three year terms, except when appointed to fill unexpired terms. Each position will begin in July 2015. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.  

Board members must reside within the greater Mill Creek community.

Application and information is available at the Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Mill Creek, WA 98012 or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: sno-isle.org/locations/millcreek/board-vacancy

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact Chris Sorenson, Mill Creek Library, managing librarian at 425-337-4822 option 1, ext. 4220 or csorenson@sno-isle.org. For questions about the application process, contact Roxanne Fuentes at 360-651-7073 or 1-877-766-4753 ext. 7073, or rfuentes@sno-isle.org.

Applications must be postmarked by May 22, 2015. They may be mailed to Roxanne Fuentes, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to rfuentes@sno-isle.org

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Chris Sorenson, Managing Librarian, Mill Creek Library, 425-337-4822 option 1, ext. 4220, csorenson@sno-isle.org                

04/29/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries names new manager for Mill Creek Library

Chris Sorenson

Chris Sorenson

MILL CREEK, Wash. — Chris Sorenson is the new interim manager of Mill Creek Library. He replaces Darlene Weber, who now manages Snohomish Library.

Sorenson came to Sno-Isle Libraries seven years ago to serve as the assistant managing librarian at Mill Creek. He was previously a librarian at Woodinville Library for King County Library System. Sorenson was born and raised in Bellevue and now resides in Woodinville. He prides himself for never having lived more than ten miles away from the hospital in which he was born. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Washington, also less than ten miles away. One of Sorenson's passions is traveling.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:

Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

04/28/2015
New Sno-Isle Libraries Employees - Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for Business

Susan Hempstead
Strategic Relations Manager
Sno-Isle Libraries

Kassy Rodeheaver
Lead Librarian for Business
Sno-Isle Libraries

Marysville, Wash. – Sno-Isle Libraries today announced that Susan Hempstead and Kassy Rodeheaver have joined the library district as Strategic Relations Manager and Lead Librarian for Business. 

Susan Hempstead is responsible for implementing Sno-Isle Libraries’ connected communities strategy, government relations outreach, community partnerships and volunteer programs. She previously served as Director of Customer and Community Engagement with Puget Sound Energy, held public affairs positions with Public School Employees of WA, the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay and also served as a White House intern.  She has held board positions with Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Special Olympics of Washington, Economic Development Council of Seattle and the King County Library System Foundation.  She also served on the Growth Management Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council.  Hempstead earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and resides in Edmonds with husband, Ben, and children, Nate and Hannah.

“I am honored to join the talented and respected team at Sno-Isle Libraries to share the story of our local libraries and also to have collaborative community conversations. This position aligns my passions around community outreach, partnerships and cultivating learning communities."

Kassy Rodeheaver will focus on entrepreneur and small business support and outreach to increase awareness of Sno-Isle’s business support programs.  She previously worked as the Grants and Nonprofit Information Center Librarian with the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. During her five year tenure, she provided collection development, program planning, budget management and outreach. She also served on the library’s Economic & Workforce Development Committee helping to implement the Idea+Space pilot program focused on providing support to nonprofit, small business and entrepreneurial communities. Rodeheaver earned her Master’s Degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

“I am very excited to join Sno-Isle Libraries in support of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Libraries have so many great ways to assist these communities. I love being able to connect business people with the information and resources that will give them a competitive edge in today’s business world.”

“These staff additions emphasize two areas of strategic focus for us,” says Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, library district Executive Director.  “We are committed to building communities with strong civic engagement opportunities and economically sound communities.”

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.  The library district's mission is to ensure free and equal access to information and ideas, to be a gateway to reading and resources, and act as a center for civic engagement.

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04/23/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries seeks three local advisory board members for Camano Island Library

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash.  —  Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking to fill three positions on the Camano Island Library Advisory Board for a term beginning in July 2015 and lasting for three years each. Board members advise the regional Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.  

Board members must be Camano Island residents.

Application and information is available at the Camano Island Library, 848 North Sunrise Boulevard, Camano Island, WA 98282-8770, or on the Sno-Isle Libraries website: sno-isle.org/locations/camano/board-vacancy

For questions regarding vacancies, please contact David Menard, Camano Island Library branch manager at 360-387-5150 or dmenard@sno-isle.org. For questions about the application process, contact Roxanne Fuentes at 360-651-7073 or 1-877-766-4753 extension 7073, or rfuentes@sno-isle.org.

Applications must be postmarked by May 21, 2015. They may be mailed to Roxanne Fuentes, Sno-Isle Libraries, 7312 35th Ave NE, Marysville, Washington, 98271-7417 or sent as an email attachment to rfuentes@sno-isle.org. 

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

David Menard, Branch Manager, Camano Island Library, 360-387-5150, dmenard@sno-isle.org                

04/14/2015
Lynnwood Library speaker to explore relationship of religion, human rights

David E. Smith

A religious studies expert will speak on the subject of “Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies” on April 30 at Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W.

The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

David E. Smith will explore the complex and confusing dynamics that exist between religion and human rights in a rapidly changing society. He raises the question: Does religion support human rights, or prevent society from recognizing the rights of all of its members? He notes that Washington has been at the forefront of pertinent social issues, including legalization of marijuana, physician-aided dying, and the recognition of same-sex marriage.   

Smith, a Bellevue resident, holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University. For the past decade he has been a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. He currently teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington. He is a former public relations officer with an urban police department in Virginia.

His presentation is sponsored by Sno-Isle Libraries and Humanities Washington.

About the sponsors

Humanities Washington, humanities.org, sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. 

Sno-Isle Libraries, sno-isle.org, serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information, contact:
Steve Sandbakken, Lynnwood Library, ssandbakken@sno-isle.org, 425-778-2148 Ext. 3034

04/09/2015
Sno-Isle Libraries to change hours at libraries in May

Sno-Isle Libraries is changing and in some cases expanding library hours to meet customer needs, according to library district officials. The changes will take place May 3.

“We’ve realigned hours to better match the needs of our local communities, and will provide morning, evening and weekend hours in every location,” said Deputy Director Kendra Trachta.

For example, Lynnwood Library – the district’s largest – will be open eight hours on Sundays instead of four. Coupeville and Granite Falls will be getting seven-day library service with the addition of Sunday afternoons.

All libraries will stay open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, instead of closing at 5 p.m. Some libraries will open earlier and close earlier, due to customer demand.

“Although many people access our services online, our buildings are still important places for people to browse, gather, study and access computers and other technology,” Trachta said. “Our libraries logged almost 3.5 million visits in 2014.”     

The Sno-Isle district serves 21 communities throughout Snohomish and Island counties. Hours, locations and services for each can be found online at sno-isle.org/locations

New library hours by community will be:

Arlington Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Brier Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  

Camano Island, (Hours will take effect when new library opens in late summer.) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Clinton Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Coupeville Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Darrington Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Edmonds Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Freeland Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Granite Falls Library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Lake Stevens Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Langley Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lynnwood Library, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Marysville Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Mill Creek Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Monroe Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Mountlake Terrace Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Mukilteo Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Oak Harbor Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Snohomish Library, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Stanwood Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sultan Library, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

 

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 697,770 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

 

For more information, contact:

Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081

Kendra Trachta, Deputy Director, ktrachta@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7066


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- Ray Bradbury


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