Sno-Isle Libraries branches to be expanding hours starting July 1

Beginning July 1, Sno-Isle Libraries will be adding 100 open hours across its community library system each week. Many libraries will open at 9 a.m. and remain open later into the evening. Here are the hours for nearby libraries Brier Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Edmonds Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6…

Bestselling author R.L. Stine at online library event June 15

Sno-Isle Libraries is presenting an online webinar with author R.L. Stine on Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. It includes a moderated conversation with Stine, who is the bestselling author/creator of the Goosebumps and Fear Streethorror fiction series of books for kids and teens. Stine will also be giving a special reading during the one-hour…

Summer reading with Sno-Isle Libraries begins June 20

Summer reading at Sno-Isle Libraries — an annual event for all children and teens — begins June 20 and continues through Sept. 11. After reading or being read to for 10 hours, each participant receives a free book provided through the generous support of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and Friends of the Library groups. The…

Sno-Isle Libraries program explores the Asian experience in America

Sno-Isle Libraries’ Whidbey Reads program — in a virtual format available to all — is celebrating the Asian American experience with online events in March and April. The program culminates April 27 in a conversation with Charles Yu, author of 2021 National Book Award winner “Interior Chinatown.” Avid readers have gathered each spring since 2003…

Free masks available at branches of Sno-Isle Libraries

Those looking to upgrade their masks for better protection can now get free KN90 masks at their local libraries, the Snohomish Health District said. Upgraded masks, like KN90, KF94 or N95, offer a higher level of protection compared to cloth or disposable procedure masks. Unfortunately, that higher quality comes with a higher price tag, especially when they…

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation appoints Christina Kourteva executive director

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board has appointed Christina Kourteva as the next foundation executive director. She assumed the role on Jan. 24.   “It is an incredible opportunity and privilege to be a part of this organization, to build upon the important work already happening, and to find new ways to connect our library supporters with the…

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation invests in capital facilities

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation has announced its 2022 budget, which includes an investment of $200,000 to Sno-Isle Libraries to contribute toward matching capital improvement grants the library district received from Washington State. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses private donations to fund programs throughout the 23-library Sno-Isle Libraries district. “We work alongside and…

Have a chocolate lover on your gift list? Sno-Isle Libraries has a class for that

“Easy, Edible Gifts for Chocolate Lovers” is a virtual class presented by local pastry chef Cam Zarcone via Sno-Isle Libraries Wednesday, Dec. 1. Zarcone will show you how easy it is to make homemade chocolate truffles (both bittersweet and a raspberry variation) along with a scrumptious batch of the chocolate-caramel Brazilian candies Brigadeiros — all…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers free help to improve digital skills

As more and more services move online, Sno-Isle Libraries works to find innovative ways to help customers gain the skills they need to successfully navigate the complex digital world. “The digital divide is real and we want to help people build their skills with computers and get them comfortable with the internet since so many…

Enjoy an online night of spooky stories for adults Thursday

Boo! The Mountlake Terrace Library is hosting “Night Terrors: Strange Encounters Around the Pacific,” an online evening of ghost stories for grown-ups presented by storyteller Alton Chung Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. Organizers note most of the stories presented are reported to be true accounts of spectral encounters that “are not for kids or…

Sno-Isle Libraries adapting as state’s pandemic safety rules ease

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a year of transition to Sno-Isle Libraries, and June will see more changes as public health rules are expected to ease. Throughout the pandemic, Sno-Isle Libraries staff have been working on ways to bring more services to customers with contact-free delivery options, online programs and events, and the gradual reintroduction…

Sno-Isle Libraries gradually reopening community libraries to customers

Sno-Isle Libraries said it is gradually reopning community libraries to its customers, with Grab ‘n’ Go service being offered this week at the Brier and Lynnwood libraries. “Library customers tell me every day they appreciate the adaptions we have made, but really need access to our in-building services,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson…

Reminder: Help for anxious kids, parents in next Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter Jan. 30

The second installment of Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter series is titled “How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression in Kids” and focuses on the needs of parents and caregivers with children at home. Join Sno-Isle Libraries staff and mental health professionals from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. The coronavirus pandemic is adding stressors that families couldn’t…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers certificate program for entry to IT field

For all those interested in potential careers in the information technology field, Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a second round of CompTIA A+ certification for many entry-level jobs. The certificate demonstrates an individual’s knowledge of IT and commitment to it as a career. Sno-Isle Libraries piloted the online CompTIA A+ certification program this past year to…

Need a laptop or Wi-Fi? Sno-Isle Libraries can help

Sno-Isle Libraries is expanding the laptop loan program with Laptops to Go and Wi-Fi Hotspots to Go. Sno-Isle Libraries customers can place a hold in the catalog under the new program to borrow one of 124 laptops or one of 50 Wi-Fi hotspots for use at home. Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout…

Reminder: Sno-Isle Libraries to present ‘Wellness in Uncertainty’ event Jan. 14

Starting Jan. 14, Sno-Isle Libraries will begin a new Issues That Matter series, Pandemic Pressures: Supporting and Family Mental Health. The series will focus on the profound effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on everyone’s emotional well-being with events aimed to help individuals and families of all ages. All Issues That Matter events will be…

Sno-Isle Libraries joins King County partnership to expand job-search help

Sno-Isle Libraries is joining a partnership with The Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System to bring what it describes as “personalized, compassionate job-search assistance to Sno-Isle Libraries customers.” The service, Your Next Job, is open to all job seekers who live in any of the three library districts and it does not…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers free Microsoft certification test

Recent college graduate Mathew Kleinman knows that employers want to hire people who know their stuff. And while the 23-year-old also knows how to get around Microsoft Office software and make it work, he saw that getting certified could improve his job prospects in office settings. Now Kleinman has certificates to prove his knowledge of…

Sno-Isle Libraries services continue under new COVID-19 restrictions

A full-slate of contact-free and online services will continue to be available from Sno-Isle Libraries under the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday, Nov. 15.  “We know that many of our customers enjoy holding a book while reading and we have procedures in place to help make that possible,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois…

‘Who Was Chief Seattle’ presentation set for Oct. 21

In Celebration of National Friends of the Library Week, Humanities Washington will present “Who Was Chief Seattle?” The program will run from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. According to an announcement from Sno-Isle Libraries, Chief Seattle was a warrior, an orator, a benefactor, and a visionary who helped found the city that bears his name, Seattle,…

After governor’s guidance, Sno-Isle Libraries developing plans for in-building services

New guidance from Gov. Jay Inlsee has opened opportunities for public-library services during COVID-19 restrictions, and Sno-Isle Libraries says it looks forward to resuming some in-building services soon. “As we near the seven-month mark since closing our libraries in response to the pandemic crisis, we are cautiously optimistic,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer…