Sno-Isle Libraries this week begins ‘soft launch’ of contact-free services

Preparing to begin contact-free services for customers, Sno-Isle Libraries started with a “soft launch” this week that allows customers to return materials borrowed prior to the closure of branch libraries due to COVID-19. Sno-Isle Libraries spokesperson Jim Hills said the soft launch started Monday, June 15  for customers with existing borrowing requests made before the library…

Sno-Isle Libraries launches virtual worker retraining project for IT help desk jobs

Sno-Isle Libraries is launching the new Virtual Worker Retraining Project to help out-of-work individuals gain access to in-demand jobs in Information Technology. They plan to assist 20 individuals achieve a CompTIA A+ certificate, an entry-level IT certification that is required for many IT help desk jobs.   Sno-Isle is currently inviting potential participants to apply to…

Libraries will follow governor’s plan for reopening, Sno-Isle executive director says

When Sno-Isle Libraries might reopen to the public was a topic addressed by Sno-Isle’s Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson during the county’s COVID-19 Monday briefing. “We love that people really want us open; that makes me really happy,” Langer Thompson said. The library system is following Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased approach, in which libraries are included…

Sno-Isle Libraries takes storytimes, book clubs and pub trivia online

Since Sno-Isle Libraries customers can’t get to programs for the time being, Sno-Isle Libraries will bring programs to customers in digital form.  New digital programming began on Friday, April 10, initially with virtual book club groups, Ready Readers storytimes and pub trivia.  It’s part of Sno-Isle Libraries effort to reach as many customers in as many…

Local libraries may be closed but Wi-Fi access is available outside

For those who don’t have internet access at home, a significant downside of the stay-at-home orders to fight COVID-19 has been the accompanying closure of Sno-Isle Libraries branches and its free wireless connection. This is especially true for those who need to go online to perform essential tasks, such as applying for unemployment or job…

Sno-Isle Libraries will close to public at 6 PM March 13

All Sno-Isle Libraries buildings will close to the public at 6 p.m., Friday, March 13. “We will continually reassess to determine the length of the closure,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson said on Thursday. “This was a difficult decision and was made based on Snohomish Health District recommendations, the Governor’s emergency declaration regarding…

Sno-Isle Libraries cancel all events amid health concerns

Sno-Isle Libraries announced Wednesday that it is canceling all events scheduled for the system’s 23 libraries across Snohomish and Island counties through March 31. “In light of the actions ordered this morning by Gov. Inslee and officials in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, these steps by the library are prudent and necessary,” said Sno-Isle Libraries…

Innovation and Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs class at Lynnwood Library Oct. 3

An Innovation and Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs is class is scheduled at the Lynnwood Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. The class, presented by Lara Merriam-Smith of the Northwest Innovation Resource Center, introduces the basics of innovation and how design thinking processes can help your business build revenue. Registration required. The Lynnwood Library is located…

Help for Seniors event at Edmonds Library Sept. 30

A seminar aimed at helping seniors and their adult family members address aging-related legal, health care and housing questions is set for Monday, Sept. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St Those presenting include: – an elder law attorney who will discuss ways to ensure that you have taken all of your…

Reminder: Gravity Catastrophe at Lynnwood Library June 26

The Zaniac, Seattle magician and master juggler Alex Zerbe, will bring a show to the Lynnwood Library Wednesday, June 26 that combines a tornado of juggling skills with a whirlwind of scientific knowledge about gravity. The event will run from 4-5 p.m. The program is the Lynnwood Library’s kickoff to the Explore Summer reading and discovery…

Local libraries launching summer reading programs

Sno-Isle Libraries is urging kids and teens to blast off into a “Universe of Stories” with its Explore Summer reading program underway now at library branches throughout Snohomish and Island Counties, including the four local libraries in south Snohomish County. Teens and kids 18 and younger can sign up for the summer program at any…

Deadline Saturday: Talk about a book, win a bike at Lynnwood Library

Are you a K – 5th grade student who loves to read and ride bikes? Then the Lynnwood Library’s Bikes for Book Talks challenge is for you! Two bikes are available as prizes, thanks to the Mill Creek Masonic Lodge #243. To be entered in the drawing, students need to visit with a Lynnwood Library staff member between May 15…

Lynnwood Library to present ‘Writing for Children and Teens’ class June 8

The Lynnwood Library is presenting a class “Writing for Children and Teens” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 8 at the library. Presented by author Kristin Halbrook, the class will cover how and why to write for children and teens. It will also provide an overview of genres, age-appropriate content, trends, necessary skills and publishing process for…

Sno-Isle Libraries events and classes for June

While the weather in June may get you thinking about being outdoors more, Sno-Isle Libraries is going to tempt you to come inside with a number of special events and classes. Here are a select few at library branches in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road Eric Ode Presents: Space…

‘Transportation: Getting From Here to There’ discussion now on video

Representatives from Sound Transit and Community Transit and the cities of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — which will receive light rail stations —  were at the Lynnwood Library Tuesday night to discuss “Transportation: Getting from Here to There” during the Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter program. Those speaking at the Lynnwood Library event included David Kleitsch,…

Reminder: Transportation focus of Issues That Matter discussion at Lynnwood Library May 14

Sno-Isle Libraries’ 2019 Issues That Matter series of community discussions comes to the Lynnwood Library from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 on the topic of Transportation: Getting from Here to There. Panelists include David Kleitsch, Director of Economic Development for the City of Lynnwood; Roland Behee, Manager of Planning for Community Transit; Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, Mountlake Terrace Mayor and Kamuron Gurol,…

Third-graders competing in 2019 reading challenge

Sno-Isle Libraries’ 2019 Third Grade Reading Challenge events are underway. Officially called “The Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge,” the 2019 version of the literary trivia program involves third-graders at 51 elementary schools in 13 school districts across Snohomish and Island counties. In 2018, more than 1,300 students participated. Teams of 6-8 students…

Local libraries spring into March with classes and programs

Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a number of special events and classes that will put a spring in your step during the month of March. Here are a few that stand out among the many scheduled at the library branches in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road Mo Willems Celebration —…

Sno-Isle Libraries reports on latest state audit findings

Sno-Isle Libraries reported that for the 32nd year in a row, it has received a clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office. The latest in the string of official reports are the accountability audit for the period Jan. 1, 2016- Dec. 31, 2017, and the financial statements audit for the period Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2017. All audit reports are available…

Lynnwood Library presents ‘Crazy Politics’ program Oct. 28

Has it always been this bad? Discover the history of conspiratorial thinking in American politics during a program,”Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Lynnwood Library. In conjunction with Humanities Washington, Lynnwood Library presents Cornell Clayton, professor, Washington State University.  Clayton will explore how American…

Sno-Isle Libraries adds direct link to voter registration on all public computers

Sno-Isle Libraries is making it easy to register to vote. Every public computer in the library district now includes a direct link to the Washington State Voter Registration page. “This will improve access to the state voter registration page and all related information in support of our strategic priority of building civic engagement,” Lead Librarian…

Librarians mean business at Sno-Isle Libraries

Helping local businesses get started and grow is a priority for Sno-Isle Libraries. So much so that there is a team of librarians on the job. “We have amazing business resources available through our community libraries,” said Emily Felt, the recently appointed lead librarian for business services. “We also provide direct connections to business experts…

Sno-Isle Libraries board names Lois Langer Thompson as executive director

Lois Langer Thompson will be the next executive director for Sno-Isle Libraries. Thompson is currently director at Hennepin County Library, which serves Minneapolis and the surrounding county. Her appointment was announced at the Aug. 27 Board of Trustees meeting and follows a nationwide search. Thompson and two other finalists for the position recently spent three…