Summer reading can set stage for school success, and Sno-Isle Libraries ready to help

As youngsters get set to slide into summer, Sno-Isle Libraries is ready to help stop their academic slide in June, July and August. “There are plenty of studies that show ‘summer slide’ is real,” said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator at Sno-Isle Libraries. “Students begin to lose skills learned during the school year if they…

Sno-Isle Libraries levy certified with just over 50 percent approval

The Sno-Isle Libraries operations levy was officially approved Friday, after canvassing boards in Snohomish and Island counties each certified the April 24 election results. The measure passed with a combined 50.46 percent yes votes to 49.54 percent no votes. The levy provides 98 percent of the library district’s funding. “We know that voting for property…

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers at libraries translate IRS-speak

Lynnwood resident Zebib Negash speaks five languages – English, Swedish, Danish, Arabic and Tigrinya, the main language of Eritrea. But she does not speak IRS. The language of the U.S. tax code is foreign to many people, regardless of English proficiency. You might be able to claim a “qualifying child” who is actually an adult…

Questions, answers and facts about the Sno-Isle Libraries operations levy

Property taxes are a tough subject, but worth talking about. Almost all of the money needed to operate the Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier libraries – and the other 19 community libraries in the Sno-Isle Libraries district – comes from an operations levy, which is on your annual property tax statement. Only 2 percent…

Friends of the Lynnwood Library group seeks volunteers

Friends of the Lynnwood Library is seeking volunteers to help enhance the services of the library and raise funds for library programs. Funds for library programs and services are raised through an ongoing used book sale. The group also needs help with daily tasks involved in the book sale. Friends of the Lynnwood Library meets once…

Sno-Isle Libraries program 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 been 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. “We’re soliciting proposals for a series of workshops, classes, lectures…

Lynnwood library takes steps to reduce trash

The Lynnwood Library is taking steps to reduce landfill waste by recycling and composting more trash. “Over the past five years, we’ve systematically become a greener, more sustainable operation,” Public Information Manager Jim Hills wrote on Sno-Isle’s website. “With 21 libraries, five mobile-library vehicles, a fleet of additional vehicles and a service center, Sno-Isle Libraries…

Sno-Isle Libraries offering no-wait downloads of finance eBooks

While the memory of Tax Day is still fresh, now may be the time to get a handle on those personal-finance decisions, Sno Isle Libraries suggests. For those looking for a few tips, the library system has seven financial advice titles available as eBooks for immediate download through May 15. The eBooks are: Real Money…

Reminder; Sno-Isle Libraries seeking public comment on future library buildings

Sno-Isle Libraries will host five open houses from Oct. 14-27, to hear from the public regarding whether, and how, community library buildings should change. The tax-supported district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. Residents are invited to attend one of the following open houses to help shape…

Sno-Isle hosts Open Houses for public comment on future library buildings

Sno-Isle Libraries will host five open houses from Oct. 14-27, to hear from the public whether, and how, community library buildings should change. The tax-supported district serves nearly 700,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties and has 21 community libraries. Residents are invited to attend one of the following open houses to help shape the future…

TechtoberFest coming to Lynnwood Library Oct. 10

The Lynnwood Library will showcase the hardware and software that are available free to the public in its Creative Tech Center on Oct. 10. Those tools can be used for everything from making movies to converting old VHS tapes to digital video, from printing resumes to learning computer programming. TechtoberFest will take place 2 to 4…

Sno-Isle Libraries set Sept. 7-8 closure for holiday, training

In addition to being closed on Labor Day, Sept. 7, Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed on Sept. 8 so that employees can attend a day of in-service training. The Monday-Tuesday closure affects the district’s 21 community libraries and Library on Wheels. Online services will remain available through the website sno-isle.org. “Providing outstanding library service is…

Happening nearby: Mountlake Terrace Library hosts resume workshop on Monday

If you’re looking for a job and need some help, WorkSource and the Mountlake Terrace Library can provide some assistance the next two Mondays – July 20 and 27. WorkSource will have people to critique your resume from 1-3 p.m. on July 20. Bring your resume (electronic and hard copy). This class uses Microsoft Word and you must have…

My family’s love affair with Sno-Isle libraries

To use sports terminology, I am a total “homer” when it comes to the library. I believe it started when my oldest was at Meadowdale Preschool, which is through the City of Edmonds and I fully recommend it. They would have “Librarian Sarah” from the Lynnwood Library come and talk to the class. My oldest…

Sno-Isle library program helps students avoid ‘summer slump’

Sno-Isle Libraries has launched its 2015 Explore Summer program, offering kids and teens a way to have fun and be ready for school come fall. Students involved in summer activities that include critical thinking, creativity and hands-on discovery begin the school year better prepared for success, said Leslie Moore, Sno-Isle’s youth and outreach services manager….

Sno-Isle Libraries to present TEDx program in November

Sno-Isle Libraries promises to bring some of the region’s most fascinating thinkers, innovators, artists and speakers to the stage when it presents TEDxSnoIsleLibraries on Nov. 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The day-long program, “Creating New Futures,” will feature the famous TED Talks format. Though TEDx events are locally organized, some of the…

Scene at the Lynnwood Library: Scholarship and songs

Each year the Friends of the Lynnwood Library award a $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in an accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science program. The Friends consider the student’s grade point average, work history, affiliation with Sno-Isle Libraries, and their potential for future contributions in public library service. This year, the award went to Zandra…

Lynnwood Library to extend hours in May

Sno-Isle Libraries is changing library hours to meet customer needs, according to library district officials. The changes will take place May 3. The Lynnwood Library will open an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday, open at 10 a.m. on Sunday and will close an hour later, at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays….

Lynnwood Library to extend hours in May

The Lynnwood Library, already one of the busiest Sno-Isle libraries, is going to get a lot busier in May. The library will be extending its hours on certain days, starting on May 5. The Lynnwood Library will open an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday, open at 10 a.m. on Sunday and will…

Straight Talk Series about jobs workshop set for Feb. 26 at Lynnwood Library

The Straight Talk Series with James Lockhart is scheduled for 1-3 p.m., Feb. 26 at the Lynnwood Library. The Straight Talk Series (STS) is a series that covers getting ready for employment to being employed and staying employed. In the workshop the primary focus is on understanding the impact that your attitude had, has or may…

Get your taxes prepared for free by AARP volunteers at Lynnwood Library

The AARP Tax Aide Preparation Services will be assisting residents in the preparation of their federal tax returns on Friday and Monday at the Lynnwood Library. The free service by AARP trained volunteers will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-9 p.m. on Monday in the large meeting room. Stop by the library…

Sno-Isle Libraries seek ideas for public forums

Sno-Isle Libraries managers are planning the district’s 2015 Issues That Matter forum series of timely topics and want to add the public’s ideas to the mix. The programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile issues. In 2014, there were four forums on two subjects: drug use and end-of-life health care. Previous topics were…

IRS makes fewer forms available at library, patrons can download and print material

Because of Internal Revenue Service cutbacks, Snohomish County residents seeking printed tax forms will find fewer of them in their community libraries. “Some basic forms will be available, but even the number of those will be limited,” said Terry Beck, information services manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. “The Tax Forms Outlet Program that supplies us with…