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…

Washington Library Association to honor Liias, appoint Sno-Isle employees to leadership roles

Two Sno-Isle Libraries employees are taking leadership positions with the Washington Library Association and a strong community and legislative supporter is receiving a lifetime achievement award from the association. Appointees Janna Minnix, Ricky Barnett and the rest of WLA’s incoming leaders will be announced at the 2020 WLA Conference, which starts Oct. 5 online. Their…

Sno-Isle Libraries expands Books by Mail to all customers during coronavirus closures

Sno-Isle Libraries has expanded its Books by Mail program to all customers as another contact-free service while community libraries remain closed due to coronavirus precautions. Books by Mail is available to any Sno-Isle Libraries customer who cannot or does not want to go to a community library to pick up materials, said Sonia Gustafson, manager of Sno-Isle…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers remote printing services for all customers

Sno-Isle Libraries customers can remotely print documents once again from home or on the go and pick them up at a community library or have them returned by mail. For customers who don’t have a computer or internet access but need to print a document, reference librarians offering printing help are just a phone call away. Customers can print files in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats; PDF and XPS file formats; and graphics or pictures…

Sno-Isle Libraries foundation helping families address back-to-school needs

Families with school-age children facing the uncertainties of the coming school year are getting help from the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. The foundation is funding books, computers and Wi-Fi hotspots to support families through a new initiative called the Opportunity Fund. “We developed this fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its continued impact on…

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…

Pollinators and your garden presentation at Brier Library March 7

The Brier Library is hosting an event Saturday sure to draw lovers of butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Master Gardener and Community Habitat Steward Julie O’Donald will lead a 90-minute session devoted to bumble bees, pollinators and the flowers that will attract them to your garden on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 11 a.m. The…

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…

Events this week at the Mountlake Terrace Library

Monday, July 22 Professional Networking Group Large Meeting Room 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. For adults This WorkSource group meets every Monday morning to cover a variety of topics including job opportunities and networking with your peers. All job seekers are welcome, and there is no cost to participate. Tuesday, July 23 Play and Learn –…

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…

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…

May 18: Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library to hold annual meeting

The Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library is holding its annual meeting at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, and everyone is invited. The mission of Friends of the Mountlake Terrace Library is to support and promote public awareness of library services, facilities and staff; to enhance partnerships with the community;…

‘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 be receiving 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,…