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,…

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…

All Sno-Isle community libraries closed Feb. 9

All branches of Sno-Isle Libraries will be closed Saturday, Feb. 9. “For the safety of customers and employees, all community libraries will be closed Saturday, Feb. 9, due to snow and icy conditions,” Sno-Isle said on its home page Friday.

Kiah Helms photography exhibit opens at Mountlake Terrace Library Jan. 2

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Kiah Helms Photography Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W. Kiah Helms attended Mountlake Terrace High School and earned a general degree from Edmonds Community College. She began taking photographs when she was 5 years old, and got her first digital camera when she…

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…

Three finalists for Sno-Isle Libraries executive director position selected

Three finalists are in the running to be the next executive director of Sno-Isle Libraries. The finalists are: Tess Mayer is Director, Library Outreach, Programs and Services at the King County Library System (KCLS). Mayer joined KCLS in 2015. She worked at The Seattle Public Library for a decade prior to KCLS. Mayer earned a Master of Library and Information…

Sno-Isle Libraries begins interviews in search for new executive director

Sno-Isle Libraries is moving toward naming a new executive director, according to an update released Friday. “We are looking at some excellent candidates and are confident that the creative and far-sighted leader we are looking for is among them,” Board President Marti Anamosa said.  “We expect to select someone who will guide us through the…

Sno-Isle libraries are cool, especially in the heat

In the heat of the summer, finding a way to stay cool can a problem. Sno-Isle Libraries has a solution: Visit your community library. Of the 23 library buildings, 20 have air conditioning and are open to the public during regular business hours. Open hours can vary from building to building. Wi-fi is free and…