One reward of sharing library information at public events is hearing the stories people share about their love of libraries, and their appreciation of our resources and services.
This year at the Edmonds School District Back to School Fair a young women working at a table next to us shared how excited she is about the opening of the Mariner Library. As a graduate of Mariner High School, she talked about how wonderful it was to have the Sno-Isle bookmobile visit the school, but how difficult it was for her to get to either the Mukilteo or Mill Creek library to use a computer for homework. While living out of the area she heard about Mariner's opening, and immediately contacted her younger siblings still living at home to let them know.
She went on to say, “This might sound kind of nerdy, but one of the first things I did when I got back home was visit the Mariner library ... I felt so happy when I walked into the new library now so close to my home."
Susan Kirdahy, Mountlake Terrace Library
The Mariner Library’s staff is so friendly and helpful! My niece has grown to love reading and loves talking with the librarians and I am very impressed that they take the time to help her find books and treat her as if she is just as important as the next person and not just some kid bothering them.
A Lake Stevens Library customer shared a story of love when meeting her favorite author, J. A. Jance, in person. Apparently, the mystery writer is as down to earth as your next door neighbor, and loves hearing from her readers. Come check out your favorite J.A. Jance mystery novel today!
Robyn Yocum, Snohomish Library
When I was pregnant with my son, I got "Goodnight Moon" at the library and read it to him every night. After he was born, I would read "Goodnight Moon" to him and it would put him right to sleep. Now he's 15 and he loves to read!
Rosemary Valencia, Marysville Library
Always glad to help kids that have recognized me from my time in the school district volunteering and assorted charity works to find a good book. Has happened EVERY time I've come to my library!
Caroline, Lynnwood Library
I was filling in at the Lake Stevens Library circulation desk when a customer came up to say, "I just want to say thank you, I appreciate the library in Lake Stevens so much." She went on to say she wished Lake Stevens would have had the opportunity to have a bigger library closer to the other side of town where she lived, but that she was just so grateful to have such a terrific Sno-Isle library in town. A whole lot of love came from her lips to our ears!
Robyn Yocum, Snohomish Library
A Stanwood customer held up her library card, as if a two carat diamond engagement ring, and with a beaming smile said, "My most prized possession!"
Susan Springer, library staff, Stanwood Library
"I sure do love it here!" A customer came up to the information desk to let staff know how much she loved it in the Mukilteo Library. A past library director, she said "This place is just great!" We're so happy our customers our happy!
Mukilteo Library customer, Mukilteo Library
A customer came in to Lakewood/Smokey Point Library to use our AtoZDatabase to find contact information so that they could plan a 40th high school reunion. Not only did they learn that there is a new library in Lakewood/Smokey Point, but also printed the information from the database for free AND picked up a DVD they wanted! They said that they would tell everyone on their planning committee to come in to the library and use our databases.
Chelsea Cooper, library staff
The library has an excellent staff. Friendly and very helpful. I also appreciate the quiet atmosphere. A small but well-selected book collection.
Mountlake Terrace customer
My daughter was so excited to get her own library card today. Then promptly racked up her library credit by checking out 13 books and audio books. The library is magic.
Happy customer, Marysville Library
Thank goodness for the library! My 8-year old daughter has been reading through whole book series with her friends. She has learned how to place her own holds and requests several of her titles at a time. It is so great to see her developing great reading habits and having fun doing it.
A mom, Marysville Library
From the guest book of Coupeville Library:
"Beautiful & absolutely amazing
Place of loving knowledge
Best place full of grace
With books filled with loving faces
T. Morlock, Coupeville Library
Thank you very much for hiring good people who help people like me. Without them, I just don't know what to do. Specially my age is older, not easy on computer. I'm almost 70.
Anonymous, Mountlake Terrace Library customer
How Sno-Isle Libraries Help Small Business: I went from being homeless to a self-sufficient small business owner thanks to public library services. I have had to deal with work-related permanent injuries, Labor and Industries Vocational Rehab, and being a single parent.. Unable to remain employable as a Certified Veterinary Technician, I recreated my job title into one of Dog Walker. I went to the library daily to work on a word document, using free computer time and free printing. It was excruciating. I can't type due to arthritis. But I created a client sheet for my own mobile pet service, with help from staff of Sno-Isle. I posted a free profile on Rover.com, a web-based pet app. I used the free 70 pages allotment for client sheets and it made all the difference in the world to have a professional document that I created. Library services are needed. They are wanted. They are used by many who need those services the most. --Beth Clark, CVA AB Pet Svc [transcribed by library staff member for customer who is unable to type]
Beth Clark, Mountlake Terrace Library
A young girl came to the reference desk looking for books where the main character looked like her. After a search, we were able to find books in which the heroine is everything from a scientist, a superhero, or a future leader- all of which were girls of color. She picked up President of the Whole Sixth Grade and proudly said "I'm going to be her!" Representation is so important and our diverse collection ensures that no one is left out.
Rhianna, Marysville Library
The Coupeville community would like to thank Sno-Isle Libraries staff member Bryan Stratton for the fantastic history, stories and songs of John Denver on Oct. 13 at Coupeville Library. This comment from one of the audience members summed it up: "Loved the passion and great musicianship and authenticity/vulnerability of the leader." So beautiful! Library love at its best. Bryan, you brought joy and delight to many!
Leslie Franzen, Coupeville Library
A young boy gleefully, and with much enthusiasm, proclaimed "This is the best day of my life!" He held up his book and then quickly clutched it back to his heart. Another satisfied customer at Stanwood!
Susan Springer, Stanwood Library
Yesterday I was at the Coupeville Library all day and whoever the "little red haired girl" is working there, I have to say is an absolute doll! She was so sweet to every person that came up to her and it was like talking to family. Made me want to adopt her, lol! Y'alls staff are great! Thank you.
(That redhead is Rhianna!)
Conne M., Coupeville Library
Nora, a Sno-Isle Libraries customer, writes: In May 2017, I traveled with my spouse to visit extended family who live in a small village within the beautiful Rhine region of Germany. When I go on journeys, I enjoy having a book with me that is set in the area where I will be staying. This particular time I chose to reread Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl," which I checked out from the Edmonds Library.
We flew in and out of Frankfurt, he city where Anne Frank was born and lived for a time. At one point during our trip, we took a fast train to Amsterdam where we spent a memorable three days exploring this fabulous city. Of course, we spent quite a lot of time in the Anne Frank House. It was a moving experience to be inside the space where Anne and her family members hid for several years. In the museum area toward the conclusion of the tour, you have the opportunity to see Anne's original diary in a display case. I truly hope that if you choose to read or reread the writings of this young girl you may greatly appreciate the many freedoms that you have in your life.
A note from Jenny, the library staffer who helped Nora: We found a copy of "The Diary of a Young Girl" after we had a discussion about the many touching memoirs we have enjoyed about people who have endured hardships, especially during WWII. She hadn't read the book in many years and thought she should read it again. When Nora returned from her travels, she shared with me the touching experiences she had while reading this book and traveling to these historic places. I mentioned I had also visited Bergen-Belsen where Anne Frank died and how even in bitter cold January the memorial was covered with fresh flowers and stones, marking the enduring legacy of this young girl and her words.
Jenny (Staff), Edmonds Library