My family’s love affair with Sno-Isle libraries

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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 liked her so much and was so happy when she came to class, we started visiting the library.

We started with checking out books, moved onto a storytime for my youngest and, by the time this column was in full swing, my love affair with Sno-Isle libraries was in full force. I always sort of envisioned library lovers as older people with tall, colorful wool socks, a canvas tote and an old VW bug, but my perpetually tight budget plus all the great program options make the library the place for me! I currently have an embarrassing number of books, movies, and workout DVDs that stay in their case checked out. I have three items waiting for me on the hold shelf, another three on their way, and a number — an embarrassing number — of requests.

There is a TON of great stuff coming up in the next week at the Lynnwood AND Edmonds libraries. The events are free, close-by, and there is something for kids of every age.

Let’s start with Lynnwood, which has a schedule chock full of great stuff for kids, teens and adults too. You can catch a “Superhero Movie Marathon” this Saturday, July 11, at the Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W. The first of three movies starts at 11 a.m. and festivities finish up at 5 p.m.. This library will show “The Incredibles,” “Big Hero 6,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” While the schedule shows this event is all ages, I know that while the first two movies are family- friendly, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is PG-13.

On Monday, July 13 there is an event for teens called “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover.” I actually got in contact with this event’s creator, Jackie Parker. She told me that the event is to inspire to teens to read outside of their comfort zone and find a way to take the marketing (book cover) out of the choosing of a book. Parker says this event is a simpler version of the popular Valentine’s Day library program, “Blind Date With A Book.” For next Monday’s event, she has made cards, filled with sentences about each book’s plot and content, to help teen readers pick great books that may have a less fancy or unappealing cover. They will also cover the marketing aspect and purpose of a book’s cover art before kids pick a new book based on content, and not covers.

The Lynnwood Library holds their weekly 2 p.m. Explore Summer programs on Thursdays. On Thursday, July, 16, 5- to 11-year-olds can catch “Outrageous and True, which is similar to the Edmonds Library event on Tuesday offers, “Funny facts, awesome animals and super science experiments.” So if you miss the Edmonds event on Tuesday or totally love it, this is a great option.

T. Andrew Wahl
T. Andrew Wahl

Also, on Thursday, July 16, the library is offering an event called “Superhero America” aimed at teens and adults. This is an interactive, multimedia presentation where journalist and comic book historian T. Andrew Wahl explores “how historical events and shifting social mores can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. Using audience members’ memories as a springboard, this conversation connects comic book superheroes (and the occasional villain!) to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology.” C’mon… How great is that? I even tried to pare down the explanation, but it just doesn’t get any better than all that.

The Lynnwood Library has their “Ready Reader” Storytimes available throughout the summer. This is the only Storytime we were ever able to make it to due to my work schedule and we really loved it. Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. there is Toddler Storytime for kids 18 months to 3 years old. The Baby and Me Storytime, for kids up to 18 months old, is Tuesday at 10 a.m. and there are two Preschool Storytimes for kids ages 3 to 5. One is Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and the other is Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m..

For more information on any of the Lynnwood library events you can call them at 425-778-2148 or visit the Sno-Isle website for “Summer Kids” or “Summer Teens.”

Reading with Rover volunteers and their dogs share the joy of reading with children at the Edmonds Library. (My Edmonds News file photo)
Reading with Rover volunteers and their dogs share the joy of reading with children at the Edmonds Library. (My Edmonds News file photo)

Now let’s move over to Edmonds!

Tuesdays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 18, kids ages 5 to 11 can visit The Edmonds Library for free, air-conditioned fun. Next Tuesday, July 14, is the “Facts, Science, & Crafts!” event. Kids are invited to “enjoy outrageous and true funny facts, awesome animals, and super science experiments.” I was returning a book during a recent explore summer event and I could hear all kinds of happy kid giggling from the event.

Next Thursday, July 16 at 2 p.m., there is another in an enviable lineup of teen events at the library with “Superhero Quiz Show: Thor.” The library will play the PG-13 movie “Thor” followed by a mini trivia contest about your “favorite comic book heroes and villains.” There will be prizes for winners and snacks for everyone. The library then suggests checking out their great graphic novel collection. We currently have a graphic novel checked out, and can attest to the great selection.

Every Friday at 10:30 a.m., the library has Preschool Storytime for all children under 5. The Storytime is described at “Summer fun with stories, songs, and activities.” These events, while fun for the kids, can also be a good chance to talk to another adult, meet Mom friends, and get your kiddo tired enough to nap.

There will be a Reading With Rover event on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. The program, which starts at 11 a.m., is designed to help readers of all levels gain confidence by reading to their new canine friends. We went to the last one and this event never disappoints. My son and his shy friend took turns reading an “Elephant and Piggie” Book to a blind dog wearing a stick-on earring. The Reading with Rover website explains that “the presence of dogs lowered people’s blood pressure while they read aloud to a dog” and having frequented the event, I believe it. We used this event to help my younger son get comfortable with reading. It didn’t hurt his motivation that after five events you get a free Reading With Rover tote bag!

For more information on programs at The Edmonds Library you can call 425-771-1933 or visit the Sno-Isle website for “Summer Kids” or “Summer Teens.”

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

– By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at [email protected].

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