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Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 23

Originally published Nov. 17, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours will resume Friday, Nov. 24. See locations & hours.



Books are this Pearl’s oyster

Originally published Nov. 6, 2017

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl is a librarian, book reviewer, teacher and author.

This Wednesday, Nov. 8, Pearl will wear two of those hats when she takes the stage at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) not once, but twice in events hosted by the Friends of the Langley Library.

At 11 a.m., Pearl the reviewer will share her list of favorite books of the year. Pearl and her reviews and lists are well-known from appearances on public radio and her books “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason,” “More Book Lust,” “Book Lust to Go” and “Book Crush,” which included recommendations for children and teens.

This is Pearl’s 20th anniversary of her first book talks at WICA. In honor of the occasion, Pearl will include favorite lists and recommendations from years past.

At 7:30 p.m., Pearl will be back on the WICA stage to talk about her own and very first novel, “George & Lizzie.” This benefit book reading and signing will include anecdotes about her own journey into fiction. Now on the receiving end of reviews, Sno-Isle Libraries’ reaction by KatC includes, “This book surprised me and will stick with me. This story will appeal to anyone who is interested in human behavior, …. George & Lizzie ticked off all the boxes for me.”

Tickets are required with proceeds to benefit the Friends of Langley Library and WICA.

The Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, is at 565 Camano Ave, Langley. 



‘Business Pros’ series looking for 2018 presenters

Originally published Nov. 6, 2017

A good business depends on good people.

Sno-Isle Libraries’ successful “Business Pros”  series is no different. The ongoing series of workshops, classes, lectures and presentations is popular because local business experts are sharing their secrets for success.

The 2018 series is taking shape now with applications open for those who want to share their expertise. Successful applicants will help future entrepreneurs and current business owners develop new skills that will assist them in starting and growing a business.

This process only happens once a year, so interested presenters must act now to take advantage of this opportunity.

Proposals for the series should cover a step of starting or running a business and include learning outcomes that can be measured in a post-event survey. Learning outcomes are statements of what attendees will know or be able to do by the end of the event. These statements often start with, “By the end of the session attendees will ..."

Session topics of particular interest include:

  • General marketing
  • Social media marketing beyond Facebook
  • How to start a business
  • Crowdfunding
  • Customer service

Parameters for proposals include:

  • Must be submitted through the online form.
  • Sessions should range from 1-3 hours in length. The best-attended sessions in 2016-17 were under 2 hours.
  • Presentations must have learning outcomes.
  • Presentations may include contact information for the presenter.
  • 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.

For more information, contact Emily Felt, librarian at the Monroe Library, EFelt@sno-isle.org, 360-794-7851 x4132.  



Sno-Isle Libraries closed Nov. 11

Originally published Nov. 5, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Saturday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume Sunday, Nov. 12. See locations & hours.



TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 brings 11 ideas to the stage

Originally published Nov. 4, 2017

Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School, speaks during TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017, Saturday, Nov. 4, on the Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center stage. Photo gallery

There are 11 new ideas in the Sno-Isle Libraries collection.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 speakers shared themselves, their perspectives and ideas in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

“Welcome to the library,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said to attendees at Kamiak High School, nine community sites across Snohomish and Island counties and watching the live video stream and other online viewers around the world.

In this third year of what Woolf-Ivory calls a “library without walls,” the event theme was “Sharing Our Future” and focused on the connections between the individual and the community.

The speakers included two high-school students, Dhruvik Parikh from Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and Sargun Handa, a 16-year-old at Kamiak in Mukilteo. Also taking the stage were CEOs, Tom Sebastian of Compass Health and Kathy Coffey of Leadership Snohomish County.

Nic O’Neill, president of the American Kiteflyers Association, showed how a kite is not only fun, but a lesson on living. Farmer Frog founder Zsofia Pasztor related how gardens at schools can grow food as well as children and communities. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Pasztor said in her talk. “We are the seeds; we are the gardener.”

Also speaking were Ron Carucci on understanding how to use personal power for personal and community good; Mark Perez, a Cascadia College student about service to others, Bill Bernat on interacting with depression and those dealing with depression; Dottie Metcalf Lindenburger on ways to test life before jumping in, and Richard Yonck why humans should embrace technology as the “greatest ever partnership.”

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries has become a popular and anticipated annual event. This year, in addition to live streaming to community sites and the web, the event offered an interactive opportunity for online questions and comments through Glisser.com.

More than 1,000 people watched the event at Kamiak and the community viewing sites. More than 1,400 online viewers came from 18 countries, 29 states and 120 cities. Individual videos of each presentation will be created and posted to the TED.com YouTube channel. Links will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive
  • Starbucks
  • Washington Energy Services
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • SnoCo Arts

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

 

 



Lots of ways to view, participate in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017

Originally published Oct. 31, 2017

From the beginning, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries has been one of the hottest tickets around.

“In the first year, 2015, we just had no idea,” Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said. Collective finger-crossing apparently worked because the inaugural event at Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) was “sell-out” in just a few days. In 2016, all the seats at ECA were spoken for in just 30 hours.

Tickets for this year’s Nov. 4 event at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center were gone in under a day.

So, are the ticketless doomed this year? Nope.

“We made plans to expand the alternative viewing opportunities,” Harvey said.  “The live video stream will be available at eight community libraries and one additional community site. Seven of those nine sites still have seats available.”

And, the decision was made to open the dress rehearsal on Friday, Nov. 3, to the public.

“All of the speakers will run through their entire talks for the rehearsal,” Harvey said. Audience members may also get to see how such an event comes together. “After all, it is a rehearsal.”

And if you can’t make it to any of the viewing locations, there is always your phone, computer or other web-connected devices.

“We’ve always live-streamed the event to our website and the community viewing locations,” Harvey said. “But we wanted to add that sense of community that participants get at any of our locations.”

To help bring the web viewing community together, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is adding Glisser.com to the online experience.

“On the day of the event, the live stream will be at sno-isle.org/tedx,” Harvey said. “Right next to the live-stream window will be a comments window powered by Glisser. Viewers can choose to just watch the live stream or watch and sign in and start sharing comments with others who are watching and commenting.”

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive
  • Starbucks
  • Washington Energy Services

About Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries serves 743,540 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

 



Community conversation in Arlington focuses on dementia

Originally published Oct. 30, 2017

The Sno-Isle Libraries librarians have created resource lists related to various aspects of mental health that will be the focus of Issues That Matter events:

Whether it is a mental illness or another health risk of aging, dementia can have devastating effects on those who have it and their families.

As part of Sno-Isle Libraries’ ongoing Issues That Matter series, the Arlington Library is hosting “Families and Dementia,” 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9, at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18218 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

This community conversation will include a panel discussion with Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert as moderator.

“More families are trying to cope with the issues that arise when a loved one has dementia,” Tolbert said. “The library’s Issues That Matter series is a good way for the community to talk, listen and learn more.”

Panelists will include Marilyn Enright, outreach social worker with the Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, of Homage Senior Services; Aime Fink, supervisor for the Long Term Care and Aging Administration for Snohomish County; and Hazel Borden, Snohomish outreach coordinator for the Washington chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This information is of interest to a broad spectrum of people,” Borden said. “When I give a presentation, whether it is ‘Healthy Living for the Brain’ or the 10 warning signs of dementia, people are interested in learning more.”

Borden said the Alzheimer’s Association’s helpline at 1-800-272-3900 is a good place to start. “We also offer in-home care consultations at no-charge,” Borden said.

The Arlington event is the first in the 2017-18 Issues That Matter series focusing on aspects of mental health. Issues That Matter programs are intended to encourage conversations on topics of community interest. Building civic engagement to address community issues is a priority for Sno-Isle Libraries. Issues Tha Matter events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The current schedule of Issues That Matter events includes:

Families and Dementia
Arlington Library, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, at Stillaguamish Senior Center, Arlington
Panelists: Marilyn Enright, Stillaguamish Senior Center; Ruth Egger, Homage, Hazel Borden, Alzheimers Associaton; Aime Fink, Snohomish County. Moderator: Mayor Barbara Tolbert.

Aging and Mental Health
Sultan Library, 10 a.m. Nov. 20, at Sky Valley Senior Center
Confirmed panelist: Carol Teichgrab, Mental Health Outreach Specialist, Homage Senior Services

Living with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Snohomish Library, 2 p.m. Dec. 3
Featuring representatives of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and Delta Rehabilitation Center

Self-care as an Accepted Practice
Mountlake Terrace Library, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6
Experts and audience members will explore self-care for optimal health and its role in the ability to support others. Panelists: Sarri Gilman, family therapist and author of Transform Your Boundaries; Amber Saldivar, mental health counselor, and Saranne Moreschi, Family-to-Family instructor with National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Trauma Timeline: Breaking down barriers for community healing
Darrington Library, 2 p.m. Jan. 20, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment options, mental health of caregivers
Lynnwood Library 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018
Participating organizations: Northshore Senior Center, Homage Senior Services, Alzheimer's Association of Washington State

Youth and Mental Health
Lake Stevens Library, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2018

Veterans and Mental Health
Monroe Library, 2 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018

Youth Mental Health
Oak Harbor Library, January 2018

Addiction/Substance Abuse
Mariner Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018, at Mariner High School Little Theater

Self-care for Caregivers and Supportive Friends and Family
Brier Library, 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2018

Mental Health Resources in Island County
Coupeville Library, February, 2018
Panelists: Charlene Ray, Island County Mental Health; Larry Cox, Compass Health

Caring for Someone During a Mental Health Emergency
ClintonFreeland and Langley libraries. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2018, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley.
An evening with Sarri Gilman, author of Transform Your Boundaries and "Naming and Taming Overwhelm" and a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker.

Veterans and Mental Health
Mill Creek Library, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2018, at  Mill Creek City Council Chambers

Helping Friends or Family with Mental Health Issues
Granite Falls Library, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 27, 2018

Teen Depression and Suicide
Edmonds Library, time and date TBA

Parenting a Troubled Teen
Camano Island Library, time and date TBA

Self-Care for Friends, Family and Caregivers
Stanwood Library, time and date TBA



New Lake Stevens Library moves closer to ballot

Originally published Oct. 25, 2017

Lake Stevens Library Managing Librarian Sonia Gustafson and members of the Lake Stevens Library Board, Kevin Stone, Abe Martinez, Debbie Ames, Janice Stepp, Board Chair Shaelynn Charvet Bates and Andy Powers (from left) gathered Aug. 23 at the Chapel Hill-area property proposed for a new Lake Stevens Library. The get-together was the day after Charvet Bates presented a unanimous letter of support for the proposed project from the library board to the Lake Stevens City Council. The Friends of the Lake Stevens Library group has also presented a similar letter of support to the city council.    

A bond measure for a new, larger Lake Stevens Library is one step away from being on the ballot in February.

Three related actions this week by the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees, the Lake Stevens City Council and members of the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) governing body are paving the way for voters to weigh in on a new library.

“The Lake Stevens community is growing and deserves a library that can deliver the services that community members want and need,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “The support of the community, the city council and Mayor John Spencer along with the LCFA is gratifying.”

On Monday, Oct. 23, the library-district trustees voted unanimously to request putting a bond measure on the Feb. 13, 2018, ballot. The proposed bond of not more than $17 million would pay for building, furnishing and equipping a new 20,000-square-foot library on property at 99th Avenue NE and Market Place in Lake Stevens.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the city council members voted unanimously to approve a companion resolution to the one passed the library-district trustees.

“I’m very pleased with our council’s support for a new library,” Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer said. “Our city and the surrounding community is one of the fastest growing in the region. We’ve been working with the library district to bring a facility that meets our needs and I look forward to continuing that collaboration.”

Today, Oct. 25, both the library district’s and city’s resolutions went to three-member LCFA governing body and again was unanimously approved. The LCFA members are Snohomish County Council members Sam Low, Nate Nehring and Brian Sullivan. The next and final step before appearing on the Feb. 13 ballot is consideration by the full county council, expected in early December.

If voters approve a bond measure in February, it would be the second half of a process that started earlier this year.

On Valentine’s Day 2017, voters passed a measure that created the LCFA with 69 percent “yes” vote. On that same ballot, a bond proposal received 66 percent approval, but fell short of the required voter turnout.

The Lake Stevens Library has long been recognized as too small to serve the existing community as well as the projected growth for the area. The Sno-Isle Libraries 10-year capital facilities plan published in 2016 recommends replacing the current library with a new, larger facility.

The current library building is owned by the City of Lake Stevens on property identified for redevelopment in the Lake Stevens Downtown Subarea Plan. Library services are provided by Sno-Isle Libraries. In 2008, city residents approved joining the library district. Funding from the 2008 vote helps cover Lake Stevens Library operating costs, but not a new facility.

If the bond measure is approved in February, a new Lake Stevens Library would be owned by Sno-Isle Libraries. What a new library would look like would be determined later with opportunities for public input if funding is approved by voters.

The property purchased in 2016 by the library district is adjacent to land that was already owned by the City of Lake Stevens. The city is considering moving some services from downtown to the new location. City and library officials have been in discussions on how to utilize both properties to achieve library and city goals. 



TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 reservations open Oct. 15

Originally published Oct. 13, 2017

Reservations for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 open at 7 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15.

The event is scheduled for 1-5:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.

“Based on the past two years, we suspect that reservations for seats at Kamiak may fill pretty quickly,” said Ken Harvey, communications director for Sno-Isle Libraries. “Live-stream video from Kamiak will also be shown nine community libraries and other venues and reservations for those sites will also open Oct. 15.”

New this year is an opportunity to reserve a space at the dress rehearsal starting at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. Admission is free at all sites and both dates, but reservations are required and must be made online.

There are 11 speakers scheduled for the event, including:

  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut
  • Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach
  • Mark Perez, Cascadia College student
  • Richard Yonck, futurist and author
  • Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog
  • Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student
  • Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“I believe the mix of subjects and viewpoints will make for an interesting afternoon,” Harvey said.

The live-stream viewing events sites include eight community libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish; and also at Gencare in Granite Falls.

For those who can’t attend one of the viewing sites, live-stream video will be available on the Sno-Isle Libraries website. This year, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet.

During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and be able to post comments to others on Glisser and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.

Also new this year is an opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak

“Previous attendees told us they wanted a chance to talk with the speakers,” Harvey said. “This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.”

Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the “IdeaLab.”

Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEAM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive
  • Starbucks
  • Washington Energy Services 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.



Customers can help Sno-Isle Libraries update hold lists

Originally published Oct. 10, 2017

An Oct. 5 server failure at Sno-Isle Libraries resulted in the loss of reservations for materials placed by customers from Sept. 14-Oct. 5.

The server is now online and customers can help by logging on to their accounts and placing new holds for the materials they had previously requested.

“People can help us rebuild hold lists for some of our most-requested materials,” said Rebecca L. Loney, director of technical services. “These will be new lists that reflect the order of these new requests as they are received.”

Customers who would like assistance from library staff are urged to contact their local Sno-Isle Libraries community library.

There was no security breach of customer personal information and no customer data was released as a result of the server failure.

Library staff members are working to ensure this type of service disruption does not occur in the future. “We apologize for any inconveniences this server failure may have caused,” Loney said.



TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 finalizes lineup of speakers

Originally published Oct. 5, 2017

The final three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut; Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach; Mark Perez, Jackson High School student.

There will have plenty of ideas worth sharing at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

The final three speakers have been announced, filling out the lineup of presentations scheduled for the event scheduled for 1-5 p.m., Nov. 4, at Kamiak High School Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo.

The three speakers announced this week are:

  • Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, former astronaut
  • Ron Carucci, leadership and change coach
  • Mark Perez, Jackson High School student

“I think people will find the mix of subjects and viewpoints shared by all the speakers to be worth their Saturday afternoon,” Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director Ken Harvey said. “Three amazing high-school students, a former astronaut, high profile leaders from the community, a gardener, a kite flyer and more will be stepping onto the TEDx red circle to share some amazing stories.”

The full list includes:

  • Richard Yonck, futurist and author
  • Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog
  • Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, Jackson High School student
  • Nic O'Neill, executive director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

There will be three ways to view and participate in TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017.

“The speakers will be on stage for the audience at Kamiak High School,” Harvey said. “There will also be 10 community sites across Snohomish and Island counties where attendees can gather and view the livestream video of the speakers from Kamiak.”

The community sites include nine libraries; Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish, and the GenCare living facility in Granite Falls.

Reservations for seats at Kamiak and the community viewing sites must be made online starting Oct. 15. When registration opens, a link will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx. Admission is free.

And the third way to view and participate is online.

This year, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere with a computer or mobile device connected to the internet. During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. Participants may also use Glisser to post comments to others on the Glisser event and submit questions for speakers and event organizers for possible responses following the event.

Also new this year is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers at Kamiak

“In the first two years of this event, attendees wanting to interact with the speakers was one of the most frequent requests,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee. “This year, there will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers.”

Sno-Isle Libraries will also showcase a variety of services during the afternoon at Kamiak in what is dubbed the “IdeaLab.”

Through six informational stations with library staff, attendees will be able to get a library card, match their interests with a next book to read, learn more about business-related services, get technical with STEM programming, see how kindergarten-readiness programs increase success and register to vote and other civic-engagement opportunities.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive



Survey looks at library funding choices and services

Originally published Oct. 4, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries is asking for advice as officials look ahead to budgets starting in 2019

An online survey, open through Oct. 15, is looking for comments from customers, stakeholders and the general public about library services and funding for those services.

About 98 percent of the district’s funding comes from a property-tax levy in Island and most of Snohomish counties. The survey asks respondents whether they like the idea of increasing the levy rate or cutting at least $2 million from the 2019 library-district budget. The library operations levy was most recently on a ballot in 2009.

The intention is to share survey data with the Board of Trustees at their Oct. 23 meeting. A decision about putting the levy on a future ballot could come as soon as the trustees’ Dec. 11 meeting.



Donor helps Prime Time program come to Oak Harbor Library

Originally published Oct. 3, 2017

Betty Saul, Ithaca NY High School,  Assistant Librarian - 1970 to 1989.

Learning how to read opens possibilities.

Learning why to read opens minds.

On Oct. 3, a group of Oak Harbor children and their families will begin learning more about both how and why to read. Prime Time Family Reading program is a collaboration between Oak Harbor Library, Humanities Washington, Oak Harbor Public Schools and the generosity of one local donor.

The program is a series of six weekly evening sessions at the Oak Harbor Library. Each session, a skilled storyteller reads a story. Then, with the help of a scholar, the group discusses the ethical and cultural themes in the book. “Children’s books aren’t always child’s play,” according to the Humanities Washington website. “They can inspire important philosophical discussions on topics such as fairness, greed, courage, and compassion.”

School district staff invited 25 students and their families to participate.

“We focused on second- and third-graders,” said Kari Chwirka, of Oak Harbor Elementary School. “The families were recommended by their teachers.”

Research has shown that reading ability at third grade is critical for success later in school and life, according to Jane Lopez-Santillana, a librarian at the Oak Harbor Library. Humanities Washington says the program can inspire active thought and conversation in families through reading, boost long-term academic achievement and build connections with libraries.

This is the first time the statewide program has come to Oak Harbor.

“The program is free to the families, but there are costs,” Lopez-Santillana said.

The program includes library staff, local educational professionals and a staff member from Humanities Washington. The project is funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund of the Whidbey Community Foundation.

The George and Sheila Moy Saul Family Fund of the Whidbey Community Foundation contributed $29,350 to help fund the program.  The Saul family contribution is made in honor of Betty Saul, George Saul's deceased mother, a longtime Ithaca, New York High School assistant librarian from 1970-89.

 “My mother was very involved in early learning programs and would be extremely excited about the potential for this program to help youngsters read,” George Saul said. “In her eyes, being able to read constituted the keys to the magic kingdom. This program would certainly bring an enthusiastic smile to her face.”

Saul said he believes strongly that learning to read is a foundational building block in the life-long learning process. He urged others to join him in supporting the program.

“Our community has many retirees who want to make an impact on the community and help youth,” he said. “An appealing aspect of the Oak Harbor Prime Time Family Reading Program is that anyone can step forward and help.” 



Lynnwood Library to host 'Techtoberfest' on Oct. 7

Originally published Oct. 3, 2017

“TechtoberFest” returns to Lynnwood Library on Oct. 7.

“Access to computers and connectivity is one of our core services,” said Roxanna Garrison, assistant managing librarian at Lynnwood. “This event lets us showcase the technology available at the library plus we bring in experts and professionals to talk about where technology can take you.”

The Techtoberfest switch will be flipped at 1 p.m. with a panel of graphics-industry experts discussing art and artists in the digital age. They’ll talk about what they do, and the paths they took to get to where they are today. Panelist will include:

From 2-4 p.m., participants can experience virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, learn about The Facility Maker Space at Edmonds Community College, watch the WSU-Everett Engineering Club robotics team in action and explore exotic locations with the iMac photo booth green screen.

Other activities will include programming Ozobots, painting with an airbrush and using iMacs to explore Adobe Creative Suite software. There will also be a contest to earn a USB flash drive and a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. This is the third year for the tech-focused event.

Techtoberfest is supported by the Friends of the Lynwood Library.

 



Sno-Isle Libraries closed Oct. 9

Originally published Oct. 3, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9 for staff training. All libraries will resume with their regular hours on Tuesday, Oct. 10. See locations & hours.



Working-lunch webinars serve up help for busy business types

Originally published Oct. 2, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries Lead Librarian for Business Services Kassy Rodeheaver

Business owners and potential entrepreneurs are busy people who barely have time for lunch, let alone step away in the middle of the day.

To make taking a break more productive, Sno-Isle Libraries will offer a series of free webinars from noon-1 p.m., every Monday in November. The “Plan for Profit” sessions will focus on resources and skills business owners and entrepreneurs can put to use. Presenters will include members of the Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services Team members.

“We know that business owners want training, but need flexibility,” said Kassy Rodeheaver, Lead Librarian for Business Services. “By hosting these trainings online and as a lunchtime series, we hope to make it easier for business people to participate.

“People can join the webinars by computer or their phone and learn how the library can help their business, all while eating lunch.”

The webinars will be interactive Rodeheaver said: “Attendees will be able to ask us questions, participate in polls and give us their feedback on what’s most useful for them in their businesses.”

For those who can’t take a lunch break, the webinars will be recorded and available online for later viewing. Information about registering for the free webinars is available at sno-isle.org/profit. The webinars are scheduled for:

Plan for Profit: Write a Business Plan

Nov.  6 - Did you know that business owners who put their plan in writing have a higher success rate? Learn why it's important to write a business plan, the basic components of a plan, how to find sample business plans that match your business concept, then find resources to guide you through the process.

Plan for Profit: Find Your Customers

Nov. 13 - Entrepreneurs, come learn how to do strategic market research for your business by discovering your B2C (business to consumer) customers. This class will cover how to identify the names, addresses, and phone numbers of potential new customers based on their interests, incomes and buying potential. Note: If you are operating a B2B business, attend "Understand Your Competitors" to learn how to find your business customers.

Plan for Profit: Understand Your Competitors

Nov. 20 - This class will cover how to find information about your competitors and understand where you fit in the market. You will learn how to quickly analyze your competitors or B2B (business to business) customers using built-in data visualization tools. 

Plan for Profit: Market Potential & Your Market Share

Nov. 27 - Entrepreneurs will learn how to maximize their market share by looking at industry trends, finding customers and competitors, and determining your market potential.

Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails in the days leading up to the event.

“These webinars will expose business people to the array of market research tools that they can access for free with their library cards,” Rodeheaver said. “And for those who don’t yet have a card, those are also free with online registration available.” 



TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 announces three more speakers

Originally published Sep. 28, 2017

The next three announced speakers for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 are (clockwise from above): Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard.

Could the future be full of gardeners and singing?

Talks by three of the speakers at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2017 may help answer that question.

Richard Yonck, futurist and author; Zsofia Pasztor, executive director of Farmer Frog; and singing teacher Ruth Goddard, will join nine other presenters as they share their stories from 1-5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

Over the past two weeks, the first six speakers were revealed. They are:

  • Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County
  • Dhruvik Parikh, a student at Jackson High School in Mill Creek
  • Nic O'Neill, Executive Director of the American Kitefliers Association
  • Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health
  • Sargun Handa, Kamiak High School student
  • Bill Bernat, mental-health awareness advocate

“There will be 12 speakers at this year’s event,” said Ken Harvey, Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director. The final three speakers will be announced the week of Oct. 2. “All of these speakers come right from our communities. I think people will find their ‘ideas worth spreading’ very exciting.”

Nine community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties will host events to view the livesteam video from Kamiak. The libraries will be Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mukilteo and Snohomish. There will also be a viewing site at Gencare in Granite Falls

While admission to Kamiak and the viewing sites is free, reservations are required. Reservations will open Oct. 15 and must be made online. When registration opens, a link will be available at sno-isle.org/tedx.

This is the third year of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. New to the event is an enhanced opportunity to interact with the speakers, both in person and online

“There will be a separate post-event session at Kamiak where attendees will be able to ask questions of the speakers,” Harvey said. In addition to the live videostream of the event, TEDxSnoIsleLlibraries is working with Glisser.com to bring an interactive experience to anyone, anywhere participating by computer or mobile device.

During the event, participants watching through Glisser will see the live-stream video from Kamiak and all the slides a presenter may be using. They’ll also be able to post comments and submit questions for possible answers from the speakers at the post-event session.

“I think our onsite and online audiences will find the speakers from this November’s event fascinating and worth their afternoon,” said Harvey, who is also the event licensee.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries makes the best ideas visible to our communities,” said Paul Pitkin, executive director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “Our Foundation and other partners are delighted to invest in this effort so that audiences can attend free of charge.”

Other creative and inspiring organizations backing the 2017 event include:

  • Community Transit
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett
  • The Daily Herald
  • KSER
  • Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
  • OverDrive

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

 

 

 



'Fact or Fiction? Navigating Fake News' coming to Langley Library

Originally published Sep. 26, 2017

Librarian Jessica Aws will present “Fact or Fiction? Navigating Fake News,” at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Langley Library, 104 Second St., Langley.

By Kyle Jensen
South Whidbey Record

If there’s one thing Oak Harbor librarian Jessica Aws hopes to see in the era of endless information, it’s fewer passive readers.

That is, readers who don’t ask questions of the information they’re given.

Aws and Sno-Isle Libraries are actively addressing false information in the digital age with a presentation on fake news, its history and how to identify it. In the process, their goal is to foster more critical readers on Whidbey.

“This came out of the 2016 election when there were so many clickbait news stories that gained a ton of traction online, especially as the election drew to a close,” Aws said. “People on both sides were taking this information and just running with it. As I was watching that unfold, it struck me how important a topic this is and how important a role libraries play in addressing it.”

Aws is bringing her presentation, “Fact or Fiction? Navigating Fake News,” to the Langley Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. It’s the latest presentation Aws is giving on the topic, after hosting the discussion at Oak Harbor Library and in the Oak Harbor School District earlier this year. In the presentation, Aws will cover fake news from its earliest forms to its most recent iterations, and will provide resources that help readers decipher fact from fiction.

For her, it’s important to stress the neutral nature of the presentation.

“We’re completely neutral, and that’s important for us to emphasize,” Aws said. “We’re huge advocates of knowledge and correct information. Teaching people to have those critical literacy skills is what we’re all about. That doesn’t have an agenda, except for maybe a humankind agenda.”

Fake news isn’t as new as the recent headlines might suggest. Aws goes as far back as the late 1800s to when Pulitzer and Hearst publications were some of the few outlets documenting history, thus giving them the ability to change the course of American history. Their reporting even helped lead the country into the Spanish-American War, she said.

Her presentation brings the current situation into frame by discussing bots, fake news sites and the echo chambers readers find themselves in as a result of Facebook algorithms that prioritize content that users prefer to see.

It’s an entirely educational presentation with the hope of empowering readers, conservative and liberal alike, Aws says. Resources that fact check, as well as those which give readers background information on a publication’s political orientation, will be suggested. According to Vicky Welfare, Langley Library Branch Manager, educating Whidbey readers is of the utmost importance.

“It’s our job to connect our readers and customers to good information,” Welfare said. “From a librarian standpoint, it’s vital that she will give a presentation on how to evaluate information and help identify if it’s a trustworthy source.”

The educational aspect is vital for Aws and Welfare because they acknowledge this topic will be something future generations will have to face as content continues to flood the internet. Social media and technology won’t go anywhere anytime soon, Aws says, so critical reading skills are more important than ever before. She hopes to teach kids and adults alike to take a step back to think about the source of the information they’re given, as well as actively seeking out different opinions and news.

If the average reader shakes off their passive reading habits, she says it can empower them.

“We want to make people responsible consumers of information,” Aws said. “There’s nothing wrong with having your own views and opinions, but being cognizant of misinformation can really help formulate your opinion, rather than passively consuming information.”

(This article was published in the South Whidbey Record newspaper and online.)



Register to vote on Sept. 26

Originally published Sep. 25, 2017

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Sno-Isle Libraries locations across Snohomish and Island counties are helping residents register in time to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.

In Snohomish County, the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and partners from The American Association of University Women will be at 12 community libraries to help eligible residents get registered to vote.

Participating Sno-Isle Libraries locations in Snohomish County are:

In Island County, the Oak Harbor Library is partnering with the Island County Auditor’s Office:

The libraries in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Clinton will have voter information and registration information available. 

Residents may also register online at MyVote.WA.Gov. To vote in Washington, you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States 
  • A legal resident of Washington state and not claiming the right to vote in any other state
  • At least 18 years old by election day (Nov. 7, 2017) 
  • Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections 
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

Registered voters who have recently changed addresses may also update their voter information to be ready to vote in November. 

For more information:



Veterans resources event coming to Monroe Library

Originally published Sep. 25, 2017

The Monroe Library is at 1070 Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272.

Many of the more than 54,000 veterans in Snohomish County don’t realize just how many benefits are available to them.

To help make those connections, there will be a Veteran Resource and Service Event hosted by the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 7. Presenting information at the event will be:

The event will include a panel discussion at 1 p.m. and coffee hour at 2 p.m. Agency representatives will be available to share information, answer questions and assist veterans and their family members connect to valuable programs, services and benefits.



There was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become.
And that was the public library.
- Jerzy Kosinski