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08/24/2016
Sno-Isle Libraries, City of Lake Stevens set stage for new library and civic facilities

Sno-Isle Libraries and the City of Lake Stevens will work together on a project that could result in a new library and civic facilities.

In separate meetings on Aug. 22 and 23, the library district Board of Trustees and the City Council passed an interlocal agreement that calls for both entities to jointly develop a site for a new, larger library as well as civic facilities for the city.

“We’re very pleased this interlocal agreement is in place,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “Lake Stevens-area residents deserve a new, larger library. Sno-Isle Libraries, the City of Lake Stevens and the community have been working toward this for a long time.”

Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer agreed that the time has come for expanded facilities to serve residents.

The mayor said the new site will place the library and civic facilities, including a new police station, closer to the center of the city’s population making services more easily available. “It’s great working together to develop these library and civic facilities,” Spencer said.

During this past Legislative session, lawmakers included funding to help remove some current city buildings that Spencer has called “totally inadequate.” The city is working on a Downtown Lake Stevens Subarea Plan focused on redeveloping city-owned property in the area and has established a citizens advisory committee for the subarea plan.

The Sno-Isle Libraries 2016-25 Capital Facilities Plan calls for replacing the Lake Stevens Library with a new, larger building. According to the plan approved this past month by the Board of Trustees, “The Lake Stevens Library is too small to meet existing and future community needs. Public comments collected for this plan indicate strong interest in building a new library within the community.”

The current library building is owned by the city and the city’s redevelopment plans preclude expanding the library at the current site.

The city has already purchased property in the Frontier Village area for potential civic-facilities use. With the interlocal agreement now in hand, library-district officials are working to finalize the purchase of property.

Once the library-district purchase is final, the interlocal agreement says the city and library district will work together to develop the site. A four-member committee, two from the city and two from the library district, would work out the details and supervise the process.

Both Woolf-Ivory and Spencer said they’re pleased with the agreement and the opportunity to bring increased service to residents.

“The current Lake Stevens Library is well-used and beloved, but it just isn’t meeting the needs of this growing community,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Sno-Isle Libraries is here to serve community members and they’ve told us they want a new library.”

Lake Stevens is one of the fastest growing cities in Snohomish County through annexations and an influx of families looking for affordable housing and good schools. Spencer has indicated the city will continue to grow. “We have areas that haven’t been annexed that we’re looking to annex and we’ve been growing a lot organically in the city,” the mayor told The Daily Herald newspaper in February.

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

About the City of Lake Stevens
With about 30,000 residents, the City of Lake Stevens is dedicated to improving, and diversifying the Lake Stevens economic and business climate. Our goal is to support a lively, active city where people can live, work and play.

For more information

  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
  • Mary Swenson, Interim City Administrator, 425-377-3230, mswenson@lakestevenswa.gov
08/22/2016
Lake Stevens Library at back-to-school event

Lake Stevens Library staff will be at a “Back to School Fair” scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club, 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Stevens.

“Children’s Librarian Monica Jackson will be there with information about the library and our programs for the coming school year,” Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson said. “Lake Stevens students at Sunnyside Elementary won last year’s Third-Grade Reading Challenge and we’re looking forward to this coming school year.”

The event is sponsored by the Lake Stevens Family Center. 

08/11/2016
The Oak Harbor Library Board has an opening

There is an opening on the Oak Harbor Library Board.

Susan Norman photo
Susan Norman

Susan Norman, current president of the five-member board, is leaving the board on Dec. 31, 2016 due to term limits. Members the city board are appointed by the mayor with city council confirmation for a term of five years.  Each member may serve two terms. The other current board members are Pat Morse, Marshall Goldberg, Margaret Grunwald and Anne Sullivan. Mary Anderson, Oak Harbor Senior Services Administrator, serves as city staff liaison.

Board duties include providing advice and recommendations to the mayor and city council regarding general supervision and provision of library facilities and programs in accordance with the contract with Sno-Isle Libraries. In addition, the board members serve as liaison to share community needs, provide a forum for discussion, recommend programs, services and strategic focus, and to encourage best use of library facilities and resources.

The board meets quarterly at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October in the Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room, 1000 SE Regatta Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Application and information packets are available at the library and the City of Oak Harbor website. Applicants must live in Oak Harbor in order to qualify. Applications may be submitted by email to the Oak Harbor City Clerk at athompson@oakharbor.org or by mail to: City of Oak Harbor, Attn: City Clerk, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

Applications must be received by 6 p.m., Sept. 30, 2016.

For more information, contact Oak Harbor Library Managing Librarian Mary Campbell, 360-675-5115 or mcampbell@sno-isle.org.

08/10/2016
Classes can help cultivate your business

Whether your business is sketched on a napkin or already pulling in customers, Sno-Isle Libraries has classes that can help take it to the next level.

Business classes graphic
Business class poster
The first in a series of 40 business-related classes at Sno-Isle Libraries is Saturday morning, Aug. 13, at the Lynnwood Library. See the full calendar of classes 

“We’re committed to helping start and grow businesses,” said Lead Librarian for Business Kassy Rodeheaver. Rodeheaver and community-library staff members have lined up 40 classes that start Aug. 13 and run through December at 11 libraries.

“We’ve got everything from ‘Steps to Starting a New Business’ to more advanced subjects such as ‘SEO and Getting Your Business to Rank on Google,’” Rodeheaver said. “And, lots more in-between.”

Teaching the classes are 10 local and regional experts in a variety of business-support areas. “I’m excited about the expertise of our presenters,” Rodeheaver said, adding that many have advanced business degrees and years of experience managing their own businesses. 

The list includes Jack Stiegler, who heads the Snohomish County branch of SCORE; Maya Sullivan, author of “Dare to Be Your Own Boss;” and Jean Simpson, of GROWashington and the Girandola Academy. Also, two presenters from the 2015 SnoIsleLibrariesTEDx, Anna Rohrbough and Matt Cail, will teach classes this fall.

Other presenters include Bob Hale, a franchising coach; Jane Wines, a senior benefits adviser with the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration; Sandy Bjorgen, a presentation and speaking coach; Robin Bush, on organizational structures, and Robbin  Block, on creative marketing strategies.

The classes are scheduled at 11 libraries in five areas, including:

Registration for these classes is required and available through the class listings in the online calendar.

“Some areas have more or fewer classes based on the classes each library chose to host,” Rodeheaver said. “However, anyone can attend any of the sessions. They are all free and open to the public.”

So why does Sno-Isle Libraries offer business classes? It’s a question Rodeheaver says she often hears.

“This region ranks near the top in the U.S. for entrepreneurship and business startups. Our strategic focus says ‘We will build economically sound communities (through) entrepreneur and small-business support,’” Rodeheaver said. “Library customers can access amazing market research databases and other resources related to business as a part of our regular services. These business-focused programs are an extension of our service.”

Rodeheaver added that these classes are just some of the ongoing business-support programs at Sno-Isle Libraries. “We’ve got programs going on all the time in our libraries and we’re adding new resources and new offerings; just check for the latest at our website, sno-isle.org/business.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

 

08/09/2016
Music series coming to Edmonds Library

library and art logos

A new music series is coming to the Edmonds Library in partnership with the City of Edmonds Arts Commission.

“We’re excited to bring entertaining and informative musical performances to the library,” said Edmonds Library Managing Librarian Richard Suico. The series will be in the Plaza Room above the library. Three of the scheduled five events will coincide with Art Walk Edmonds on the third Thursday of the month.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., world flute artist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos will present a tribute to the tradition of song and story in the Zuni, Navajo and Salish cultures. The event will include a showing of "Remembering the Songs," - a 30-minute film offering a glimpse of the music-makers of the Diné, Zuni, and Salish communities. Stroutsos will play his traditional American Indian made flutes and answer questions following the presentation.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., The Hot Club of Troy will present a musical performance and education about the jazz and life of the Belgian-born French jazz guitar genius Django Reinhardt. The Langley-based Hot Club of Troy features Troy Chapman, guitar; Keith Bowers, guitar, and Kristi O'Donnell, bass.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Bryan Stratton will guide listeners through the lives and music of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and other influential singer-songwriters of the ’60s. Library regulars may recognize Stratton, a Sno-Isle Libraries staff member, who uses his music-education degree to perform and inform at many libraries and other venues in the area.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m., the DownTown Mountain Boys will preview Wintergrass 2017 with a 45-minute performance. After performing, the band will stay for a jam session and audience members are encouraged bring an instrument to join in or just stay and listen. The DownTown Mountain Boys include Paul Elliott, violin; Don Share, guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Dave Keenan, banjo, lead and harmony vocals; Terry Enyeart, bass, lead and harmony vocals; and Tom Moran, mandolin.

Suico said the March, 2017, event is still in the planning stages.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission and the library are collaborating on the series, based on the intersecting values that build on and foster the power of community and cultural experiences. “The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is excited to be a partner with the library on this program,” said Frances Chapin, Edmonds Arts & Culture Manager.

“Over the years, Sno-Isle Libraries has developed relationships with many local performers. We’re so happy to be able to bring some of our friends to Edmonds for this series,” Suico said. “We’re also thankful to the Friends of Edmonds Library. They gladly fund many of these events and we appreciate seeing their hard volunteer work expressed in high quality programs for community.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Richard Suico, Managing Llibrarian Edmonds Llibrary, 425-771-1933, rsuico@sno-isle.org
  • Frances White Chapin, Edmonds Arts & Culture Manager, 425-771-228, frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov
  • Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Libraries Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org
08/08/2016
Project floors Snohomish Library in August

library customers photo

Snohomish Library customers use the "mini-library" that is open Aug. 8-31 while flooring is replaced in the main library. The full library will re-open Sept. 6. Photo gallery

The main area of the Snohomish Library building will be closed through Sept. 5 for a carpeting and flooring project.

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A worker operates the "Terminator," a machine that removes old flooring, as part of the work at the Snohomish Library.

During the closure, a “mini-library” is open in the building’s meeting room from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Available services include picking up materials on hold, returning materials, checkout materials, wi-fi, accepting Explore Summer logs and handing out prizes. No public computers and no public restrooms will be available during the project.

The full library will re-open on Sept. 6.

“This is a standard replacement and update cycle of carpeting for us. After 13 years of use in a public space we would expect to be replacing the carpet,” said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. Most of the carpet and flooring in the 23,000-square-foot library is original to when it was built in 2003.

Flooring in the public areas of the library were a combination of carpet tiles and rolled carpet. The new material will be all carpet tiles to make it easier to replace damaged or worn areas. The staff work area was a hard flooring material that had been put down in one piece. Rush said the replacement material will also be tiles and much more resistant to wear.

The flooring work is just part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than in 2011.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

08/05/2016
Volunteers helping libraries and cities
Painting the Stanwood Library
Sheri Lieurance, a Grove Church member from Camano Island, braces the roller handle against her head to reach the top of the wall with a new coat of paint for the Stanwood Library, Aug. 4, 2016. Photo gallery

Fresh paint is going on at the Stanwood and Arlington libraries, courtesy of members of The Grove Church in Marysville and volunteer programs in both cities.

“We’re just excited for the help in getting the library painted,” Stanwood Managing Librarian Charles Pratt said. “The city owns the building and they arranged to provide the materials with the church members volunteering the labor.”

At the Arlington Library, Managing Librarian Kathy Bullene said the work includes new paint in both restrooms as well as general cleanup of the landscaping around the library.

The volunteer effort has been going on for about five years, said Duane Palmer, a Stanwood-area resident and church member who was overseeing the crew at the Stanwood Library on Thursday, Aug. 4.

“Overall, there are about 300 members working in crews out doing projects,” Palmer said on Thursday, Aug. 4. “We have 10 people here today. We started on Tuesday and we’ll be finished Friday.”

Palmer said other community projects include painting restrooms at the Arlington Library as well as non-library projects in Lake Stevens, Marysville, Everett and Tulalip. Previous-year projects in the Stanwood area include painting the Triangle Bridge and at Church Creek Park, he said.

Longtime Stanwood Library staff member Almira Jones said this is the first time in her memory that the library hasn’t been painted white, but the change seems to be just fine with customers. “People are saying they like the new color,” Jones said. “And, it matches with the neighboring buildings.”

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Lynnwood Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new library in Lynnwood could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The plan puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

A potential new Lynnwood Library is listed as an area of opportunity category.

“While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Other areas of opportunity include a new library in the greater Mill Creek area and two library demonstration projects, one in the 128th Street/ Mariner High School area and the other in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area.

 “The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

According to the plan, the current Mill Creek Library is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base. That library is slated for renovation because site restrictions may preclude an expanded facility. However, significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library. Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area, according to the plan.

As for the 128th Street/Mariner demonstration project, Woolf-Ivory said, “There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood. The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

The Lakewood/Smokey Point area, identified for a second demonstration project, has significant growth now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan.

Demonstration projects could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” said Woolf-Ivory, adding that 128th Street Mariner could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year with Lakewood Smokey point in the fourth quarter.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward “,” Woolf-Ivory said. “There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.”

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

 “This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

“It was very helpful and we did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Mill Creek Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

Mill Creek-area residents could be getting a renovated library and another brand-new facility according to a plan unanimously approved by Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of capital facilities needs across the district,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

According to the plan, there could be as many as seven new facilities across the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade. The plan puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

The Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said. “There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.”

The “Greater Mill Creek Area” appears in the plan’s “Areas of Opportunity” category.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also listed as areas of opportunity are two “library demonstration projects,” one in the 128th Street/Mariner High School area and a second in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area. Such projects could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

Woolf-Ivory says a location in the 128th Street/Mariner area could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year.

A second demonstration project is slated for the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

“It was very helpful and we did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Lake Stevens Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new Lake Stevens Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The Lake Stevens Library is one of three, along with Arlington and Stanwood, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

The current Lake Stevens Library can’t support requested community events and library programs. In an attempt to accommodate some events and programs, library staff are forced to book space in other public facilities.

The area’s population is expected to approach 50,000 people by 2025, according to forecasts. The fastest growing areas are projected to be on the west side of the lake. While public comments indicate a strong interest in a new, larger library, expanding at the current location is not possible.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said.

The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The replace category includes Lake Stevens, Arlington and Stanwood.

The plan also has “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

 

07/26/2016

Updated:
07/28/2016
Stanwood Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new Stanwood Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The Stanwood Library is one of three, along with Arlington and Lake Stevens, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

The Stanwood Library was built in 1971 and renovated in 1986. The small meeting room is heavily used. Public seating, study tables and computers are limited due to lack of space. The Stanwood area is projected to grow by 14 percent by 2025.

While public comments indicate a strong interest in a new, larger library, the current location may not accommodate expansion.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said.

The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The replace category includes Stanwood, Arlington and Lake Stevens.

The plan also has “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on  hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
Arlington Library listed among new 10-year plan for library buildings

A new Arlington Library could be one of as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of library building needs across the entire region,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The Arlington Library is one of three, along with Lake Stevens and Stanwood, called out in the plan as too small to meet current needs, let alone anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Arlington voters have come tantalizingly close in the past to approving a new library. In the draft version of the now-approved plan, Arlington was slated for a renovation of the existing building. However, community input on the draft plan brought a change in the final version.

“We did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

The plan puts all library-district facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The replace category includes Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood.

The plan also has “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynnwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/26/2016

Updated:
08/15/2016
New 10-year plan for library buildings approved

There could be as many as seven new facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system over the coming decade, according to a plan unanimously approved by the library district’s Board of Trustees at the regularly scheduled July 25, 2016, meeting.

“We call it the ‘Capital Facilities Plan,’ but really it’s more of a statement of capital facilities needs across the district,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “This plan responds to the services our customers are requesting and the growth in the communities we serve.”

The plan is available online at sno-isle.org/facplan. It puts facilities in four broad categories: maintain, renovate, replace and areas of opportunity.

Most of the existing 21 libraries, and the administrative service center in Marysville, fall into the “maintain” category. These facilities are anticipated to meet current and projected needs with regular and ongoing maintenance, according to the plan.

One facility, the Mill Creek Library, is identified for renovation. Built in 1987 and expanded in 1992, the plan acknowledges that the library “is significantly undersized” for the community. However, further expansion at the current site may not be possible so the plan recommends renovating the building to maximize its service to the community.

The plan also calls out library buildings in Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood as too small to meet current needs, let alone existing and anticipated growth in those areas.

“These communities told us they want new libraries and we’re working with them to determine the best way forward,” Woolf-Ivory said. “There are reasons for each of these facilities to be replaced.”

The approved facilities plan refers to an “Areas of Opportunity” category, which includes an interesting mix of projects.

“The common theme of these projects is addressing unserved or underserved community needs, as well as population growth,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Topping the list is an area identified in the plan as “128th Street/Mariner.”

“There are 30,000 people living in this island of unincorporated Snohomish County surrounded by Mukilteo, Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood,” Woolf-Ivory said of the area south of the Everett city limits which includes Mariner High School. “The tremendous library needs in the Mariner area were becoming apparent a decade ago, but the economic downturn put things on  hold.”

The plan calls for a “library demonstration project” for the area and Woolf-Ivory says it could be up and running in the first quarter of this coming year. Such a project could mean a library using leased space, staffed with existing Sno-Isle Libraries employees and stocked with existing materials and the normal collection-addition processes.

The plan calls for a second demonstration project in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area, where significant growth is occurring now with more expected by 2025, according to the plan. “The Camano Library (which opened in 2015), started as a demonstration project,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Using the demonstration-project model, I’m hoping we can provide increased services to Lakewood/Smokey Point by the fourth quarter of 2017.”

The plan identifies a new library for what is termed the greater Mill Creek area.

According to the plan, “The current (Mill Creek Library) is too small to adequately serve the existing customer base and significant population growth is projected in the areas east and south of the current Mill Creek Library.” Strong community feedback from area residents indicate they want the existing Mill Creek Library to remain at its current location in addition to a new library in the area.

Also in the areas-of-opportunity category is the Lynnwood Library. “While the existing library meets today’s needs, tomorrow is a different story,” Woolf-Ivory said.

More than 1,000 multi-family housing units are under construction or permitted in and around Lynnwood’s core. City officials are also moving forward with the City Center Project, which envisions a new library as part a new civic center. In addition, Lynwood is already a regional transit hub and Link Light Rail is expected to open in 2023.

“We want to be prepared to support the city’s vision for itself,” Woolf-Ivory said.

While the plan lays out the needs, it doesn’t include a timeline for the projects or the costs.

“Each of these projects is as unique as the community it serves now or will serve,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The timeline for each project will be a collaborative effort and influenced by each community's sense of urgency for an improved library.”

That said, some projects on the list that are likely to move ahead more quickly than others.

“Lake Stevens’ efforts for a new library 10 years ago were frustrated by the economic downturn,” Woolf-Ivory said. Voter-approval for funding will be required to match the community’s urgency for a larger library. “The soonest that could happen is Feb. 14, 2017,” Woolf-Ivory said.

Also on a potentially faster track are the library demonstration projects at 128th Street/Mariner and Lakewood/Smokey Point. Because they will get started with the library district’s existing budget and won’t require voter approval, both projects could up and running in 2017.

“This document reflects what we heard from our communities and customers,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We asked questions and listened. Residents told us they love their libraries and want more space to read, to study and to gather as a community.”

As for costs, that, too, is determined through the collaborative process with each community.

“Size, location, new building or existing building, level of philanthropic support; there are many variables that can affect project cost,” Woolf-Ivory said. Library facilities are generally funded by capital bonds, which must be approved by voters in a designated Library Capital Facilities Area. “In the end, it is a decision by the community, not by Sno-Isle Libraries.”

Work on the plan began mid-2015 when the library district commissioned a study to look at the future of libraries. “We could see our own data, but we wanted to check our trends against a national perspective,” Woolf-Ivory said. Findings from that study, released in September, 2015, confirmed what Sno-Isle Libraries officials were seeing, that libraries are becoming places to meet, study, attend programs and use technology.

“More people are coming to the community libraries and they are coming for more than checking out a book,” Woolf-Ivory said. While numbers vary from library to library, data comparing the first quarter of 2015 and 2016 show an average 12 percent increase in people going to libraries across the district.

This past fall, an initial phase of public meetings, an online survey and interviews with community leaders began with the help of the Seattle-based consulting firm, EnviroIssues.

“We knew that some of the community libraries are undersized for their communities; the Lake Stevens Library is a prime example,” Woolf-Ivory said. “But we work closely with our communities to provide the library and services that they want. We needed to go listen to our customers and the communities.”

That community input became part of a draft plan that was released this past May. “Then, we took the draft plan back out to the communities to check our work,” Woolf-Ivory said of the second phase of public review. An online survey and face-to-face presentations to community groups by her and other library officials helped fine-tune the plan.

“It was very helpful and we did make some changes,” Woolf-Ivory said. “For example, the draft plan identified the Arlington Library for renovation. The community told us they wanted more, that they want a new building, and that’s reflected in the plan approved by our trustees.”

SIDEBAR

Sno-Isle Libraries is a tax-supported library district serving Snohomish and Island counties. The mission is to be a community doorway to reading, resources and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas and culture. Policy is set by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Snohomish County Council and Island County Board of Commissioners.

Sno-Isle Libraries provides a network of public library services to more than 728,000 residents across approximately 2,200 square miles. The population within the library district is projected to increase by 14 percent by 2025, with some areas growing at a much higher rate.

Library services and materials are delivered through 21 facilities in 21 cities, towns and communities; through mobile library services and online. Eight of the 21 community libraries are owned by the library district. The library district owns the Service Center, an administrative and distribution facility in Marysville which supports library operations across the district. Twelve facilities are owned and maintained by individual cities and towns. One facility is owned by a local Friends of the Library group.

07/20/2016
ALA honors Maloney for Whidbey Reads poster
Boys in the boat poster

This Whidbey Reads poster by Brenda Maloney was part of the work that won the 2015 American Libraries Association contest in that category.

See a gallery of other Sno-isle Libraries posters by Maloney.

Brenda Maloney, graphic designer for Sno-Isle Libraries, has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for her work.

Maloney’s posters and programs for Whidbey Reads 2015 won in the category of “Reading Program Themes (all ages) -print” in the large library group. The award was announced in June at the ALA national conference in June. This is the third year in a row that Maloney has been honored in the ALA’s PR Xchange Awards Competition.

Contest organizers said the panel of 17 judges was very impressed with the depth and breadth of all of the work submitted. About 390 entries were submitted and judges called the competition “extremely tight.”

The complete list of winners is available online, as is the slide show presented at the PR Xchange Awards ceremony at the 2016 American Library Association conference.

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, 360-651-7081, jtitone.sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

07/18/2016
Robot Rally brings turnout for technology

More than 50 children, tweens, teens and adults built, programmed and operated robots on Saturday, July 16 at the Marysville Library, all part of the “Robot Rally” program.

Robot rally photo
Jose Alcantara holds his robot after a successful run at the Robot Rally, July 16, 2016, at the Marysville Library.
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“I think it was really successful,” Jill Wubbenhorst, assistant managing librarian at the Marysville Library, said as the event was wrapping up. “We had children with their parents, the high-school team and university students.”

The event included demonstrations by the Lakewood High School's Full Metal Robotics team, the Cedarcrest Middle School Timberbots and the Washington State University - Everett engineering club. The WSU students brought components from their second-place entry in the University Rover Challenge at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah.

Participants on Saturday were able to use Ozobots, LEGO Mindstorm robots and laptop computers.

Kathy Smargiassi, children’s librarian at the Marysville Library, was helping some of the younger participants get their first experiences with robot hardware and the coding that makes robots work. “It’s not that I’m an expert, but the lesson is you don’t have to be to get started,” Smargiassi said.

But there were experts on-site, including Austin Sundseth, Vice President of the Engineering Club at WSU – Everett. Sundseth and his club-mates recently placed second in an international competition to build Mars rover prototypes. To make many of the specialized parts they needed, club members worked closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center at Everett Community College.

“It was a great experience and we’re getting ready to enter again next year,” Sundseth to a group of younger attendees. “I’m from Marysville, went to high school here and did Running Start. When I graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I’ll be 20 years old.”

And then what?

“I want to work on space technology,” said Sundseth, adding that he’s got his sights set on companies such as Blue Origin, the Kent-based space firm set up by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The event was part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ Explore Summer program and funded by the Gellerson Memorial Programming Endowment through the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

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For more information

  • Marta Murvosh, Marysville Library Teen Librarian, 360-651-5033, mmurvosh@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

 

07/15/2016
Pokémon among the stacks: Libraries welcome players

Pokemon photo

Pokémon at the Arlington Library

“I wanna be the very best,

Like no one ever was.

To catch them is my real test,

To train them is my cause.

… Gotta catch ’em all.”

Lyrics from the Pokémon
TV show theme song

On July 11, a group of 20-somethings walked into the Stanwood Library and stood in a circle.

With heads down, they stared intently at their phones.

Unsure, library staffer Melissa Borders approached the all-male group and asked:

“Are you playing Pokémon GO?”

It’s a scene playing out more and more since the mobile online game launched in the U.S. on July 6 and one that is especially common in places such as libraries.

“We love it,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. “We are all about supporting our communities and Pokémon GO has quickly become something our customers are embracing.”

Libraries and other public places figure prominently in the world of Pokémon GO. Players go in search of Pokémon figures, which they capture and then train at Pokémon GO Gyms. Along the way, they may need supplies, which are available at PokéStops.

Libraries can be any or all of those things and Sno-Isle Libraries welcomes players on their quests.

“We’re putting up signs that say ‘Welcome Pokémon Trainers,” said Dawn Rutherford, Teen Services Coordinator for the library district. If there is one caveat, it is a request to respect other library users while capturing Pokémon, training or resupplying.

So far, that doesn’t seem to be a problem.

“Pokémon GO players can be very focused on the game,” Rutherford said. “We are also hearing stories of people making it out of the house more and families walking around playing the game together. We are thrilled to be a place Pokémon trainers can safely connect and discover!”

Rutherford added that it appears that most if not all Sno-Isle Libraries facilities are identified in some way in Pokémon GO: “Some of our libraries are Gyms, many are PokéStops and I’m pretty sure all have Pokémon waiting to be caught.”

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

For more information

  • Dawn Rutherford, Teen Services Coordinator, 360-651-7069, drutherford@sno-isle.org
  • Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, jhills@sno-isle.org

 

 
07/07/2016
'Write Now' looking for instructors with 'write stuff'

Ernest Hemingway said writing is easy: “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

There definitely won’t be any bleeding and typewriters are unlikely, but Sno-Isle Libraries is looking for people who can help others be writers, maybe even the next Hemingway.

Write Now graphic“We’re soliciting proposals for a series of workshops, classes, lectures and presentations,” said Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services Jackie Parker. “The project is called ‘Write Now: Write, Revise, Publish, and Find an Audience.’

The goal, Parker said, is to help writers and prospective writers develop their skills.

“There’s been a lot of interest from local authors and attendees at writing and author-related events,” Parker said.  “Writers are readers, readers are often writers and Sno-Isle Libraries has hundreds of thousands of readers.”

The project is accepting proposals that cover any step of the writing and publishing process and from any perspective, including: traditional publishing, indie/self-publishing, fiction, non-fiction, author, agent, bookseller and marketing. Selected proposals will include clearly measurable learning outcomes that will be measured in a post-event survey.

Sample session topics include:

  • Specific aspects of how to write or revise
  • How to get an agent
  • How to self-publish
  • How to design a book cover
  • How to market a book on social media
  • How to approach booksellers

“The strongest proposals will be on a list of courses that each our 21 community libraries can book,” Parker said. “We’re hoping to sponsor between 15-20 sessions this fall.”

The timeline for fall 2016 classes is:

  • July 20: Proposals due
  • July 28: Notice of acceptance
  • July 29: Session list sent to community libraries for bookings
  • October-December: Sessions to take place

Parker said she is reaching out to established writers groups in the Snohomish and Island counties, but that proposals will be considered from all corners. If the series is a success, Sno-Isle Libraries will continue to offer the Write Now series through 2017.

Parameters for proposals include:

  • Must be submitted through the online form.
  • Sessions should range from 1-4 hours.
  • Presentations should focus on learning
  • Presentations may include contact information for the presenter
  • Presenters are welcome to sell books after their session.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries will not provide presenters with a list of registered attendees due to privacy policies.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries will market classes to the public and presenters are encouraged to promote to their networks.
  • A contract with Sno-Isle Libraries is required to ensure engagement and payment.

About Sno-Isle Libraries

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07/05/2016
Candidate, issue forums July 6 & 7 on Whidbey Island

League of Women Voters and Sno-Isle Libraries logosThe League of Women Voters and Sno-Isle Libraries are partnering on two public forums for races and issues to be decided in the August primary election. League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island representatives will ask questions of the candidates at these events which are free and open to the public.

The scheduled forums are:

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m., at Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 Ernst St., Oak Harbor

  • 10th Legislative District Senate - Candidates expected to attend include Sen. Barbara Bailey, Angie Homola and Nick Petrish.
  • Island County Board of Commissioners Pos. 2 – Candidates expected to attend include Commissioner Jill Johnson, John Fowkes and Dustin Amundson.

Thursday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 SR 525, Freeland

  • 10th Legislative District Senate - Candidates expected to attend include Sen. Barbara Bailey, Angie Homola and Nick Petrish.
  • Discussion of Port District of South Whidbey Island ballot measure “Concerning Fairgrounds property and a property tax increase to support it.”

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07/01/2016

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07/07/2016
Speaking at teen-suicide forums difficult, but rewarding, choice

Megan LaPlante photo

Megan LaPlante (right) speaks during the June 23 Issues That Matter forum at Snohomish Library. Listening are Rena Fitzgerald (left) and Dr. Gary Goldbaum. Photo gallery

It was the end of an eighth-grade choir field trip and Megan LaPlante and her friend were braiding each other’s hair.

“They were laughing, just girls being girls,” said Megan’s mom, Susan LaPlante.

Hours later, the friend took her own life.

It wasn’t until the next morning at school that Megan and her classmates learned about the suicide.

“I got a call from Megan about 8:15 in the morning. It was awful,” Susan LaPlante said. “She couldn’t speak; just sobbing.”

Issues That Matter – Teen Suicide

Three more Issues That Matter forums on teen suicide are scheduled:

  • July 7, Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, 9612 271st St. NW, Stanwood
  • July 13, Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo
  • July 21, Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr., Oak Harbor

All events start at 6:30 p.m. They are open and free to the public with funding provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. The forums feature panels of experts and community members to discuss what can be done about teen suicide.

Online resources

Library research resources

A year later, the loss still feels fresh, but Megan is working to turn tragedy into something that may help others. A freshman at Monroe High School, Megan is also Miss Washington High School America and will compete for the national title, July 15-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

As part of the pageant, each contestant is required to have an advocacy platform, something that they not only feel passionately about, but are also supporting with their time and voice. After losing her friend in 2015, Megan decided her platform would be “Preventing Teen Suicide through Hope and Awareness.”

It wasn’t an easy choice.

“Megan wasn’t sure,” Susan LaPlante said. “It’s so personal and so difficult. We talked about it a lot. I told her, ‘You need to talk about it for yourself.  And, it can help others.’”

While she’ll be taking the message to the national stage, Megan’s first opportunity to speak publically on the subject came June 23 at Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter forum on teen suicide at Snohomish Library.  She will speak at similar forums on July 7 in Stanwood and July 21 in Oak Harbor.

At the Snohomish event, the public packed the meeting room. Megan was on the panel with two experts on the issue, Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Director of the Snohomish Health District, and Rena Fitzgerald, manager of the Care Crisis Chat line at Volunteers of America Western Washington in Everett.

When it was her turn to speak, Megan’s voice was charged with emotion.

“It’s such a big issue, but not a lot of people know about it,” Megan said later. “People don’t touch on it. Parents don’t learn about this and kids die. They don’t know, but they should know about this.”

The path to suicide, why some choose it and others don’t, can be difficult to understand. From Megan’s perspective, one important thing to do is just be there for someone who reaches out.

“If they’ve opened up to you, they are trusting you and thinking you will do something and possibly stop it,” Megan said. “Just hang out as much as possible and make them feel loved and welcome because they are, they really are.

“There are things that you can do. Say, ‘Come on over,’ or ‘Go to a movie with me.’  And if they say, ‘Leave me alone,’ tell them, ‘No, you’re hurting, I’m staying with you.’”

Part of Megan’s platform is to work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The organization works with local supporters to sponsor Out of the Darkness Walks to raise funds for suicide prevention work. Fellow panelist Fitzgerald and Denise Bathurst, a Mukilteo School District counselor, are organizing a walk for Oct. 15 at Legion Park in Everett.

While choosing to speak about teen suicide wasn’t easy for Megan, the response at the Issues That Matter Forum convinced her that it was the right choice.

“A girl came up to me after it was over to say how much it helped,” Megan said.

Susan LaPlante had a similar experience with a parent.

“The father of a boy who died in April came up and said Megan’s comments were so relevant. It was very confirming,” Susan LaPlante said. “That night was amazing.”

06/29/2016
'Storytime' is about growth; the children and the community
Logan Schlicker launches a toy airplane during Storytime at Lake Stevens Library. (Photo gallery)

Two or three mornings a week, the Lake Stevens Library is full of young readers.

Well, make that soon-to-be young readers and don’t expect it to be whisper-quiet because the groups that are filling the air and floor are all under age 5 and accompanied by a parent or caregiver. It’s called “Storytime” and children’s librarian Monica Jackson says it is a popular and growing program.

Lindsay Johns and her daughter, Ava, during Storytime at Lake Stevens Library.

Storytime Schedule

Summer

  • Toddler (18 months- 3 years): 10 a.m., Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1
  • Preschool (3-5 years): 10 a.m., Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4

    *Note: The July 7 Preschool Storytime at Lake Stevens Library will feature the Washington State University Extension Beach Watchers, a group of trained beach naturalists dedicated to the protection of Puget Sound beaches through education.

Fall (weekly, starting Sept. 20)

  • Baby (newborn-18 months): 10 a.m., Tuesdays

  • Toddler (18 months- 3 years): 10 a.m., Wednesdays

  • Preschool (3-5 years): 10 a.m., Thursdays

“Every week it seems a new child and parent are joining us,” said Jackson, who is the children’s librarian at the library. “The Lake Stevens area is just growing so fast with young families.”

On a recent morning, one of those first-timers was Mandi Schlicker and her son, Logan.

“It was our first time to visit the library for Storytime,” Schlicker said. “The program offered many aspects of entertainment for Logan, stories, singing, dancing and then a little play time with lots of toys. We look forward to going again!”

And, it’s not just the little ones who like these 60-minute sessions: “It was nice to socialize with other moms,” Schlicker said.

Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson agrees that while such reading programs are popular at most libraries, the community’s demographics make them particularly attractive in Lake Stevens.

“This area is growing fast,” said Gustafson, who stays close to community issues by regularly participating in meetings with city staff.

In 2000, Lake Stevens had about 6,300 residents and was the 12th largest city in Snohomish County. In 2014, the population was just shy of 30,000 and ranked fifth in the county. The city is planning for another 10,000 people by 2035. Much of that growth so far is coming from young families attracted by good schools and comparatively affordable housing.

“We see families come in, sometimes with laundry baskets to load up with books and DVDs,” Gustafson said. “The next week, they’re back to return those and load up again.”

For the younger ones, and their parents, Storytime is the draw.

“We started going there because my friend from high school takes her daughter here,” said Lindsay Johns, mother of Ava. “She posted on Facebook and we went and its lots of fun.

“The movement and interaction with kids her age is always fun. We love the songs and hanging out with other babies. I feel like she can move around there.”

Johns said she also appreciates the expertise of the library staff: “Monica is really great at what she does.”

Jackson has been a children’s, teen and adult services librarian in school, public and college libraries. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education and she received her Master of Library Science from the University of Washington. She’s been at the Lake Stevens Library since 2011.

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