Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation announces five new board members

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sno-Isle Libraries, has appointed five new members from Snohomish and Island counties. Guided by a board of directors, the foundation helps extend the library district’s reach by supporting library programs, services and events, funding demonstration libraries in communities with limited library service, and investing in capital improvements…

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation receives $100K grant

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The two-year grant will provide general operating support and Sno-Isle Libraries plans to use the funds to continue early literacy efforts and programs with a focus on social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. According to a library foundation…

Artist combines photography, wax painting in MLT Library exhibit

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission has selected Edmonds photographer Jeff Galbraith for the October exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library. Galbraith’s creative specialty lies in photography and encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting. In a fun twist, his exhibit will be followed by a November showing featuring the mixed media art of…

42nd annual Arts of the Terrace art show now open at MLT library

Photo courtesy Arts of the Terrace Facebook pageThe 42nd Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show is now open. The show runs from now through Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Mountlake Terrace Library. Presented by the Mountlake Terrace Art Commissioners and Friends of the Arts, this year’s show features over 300 pieces of artwork…

Learn how to grow an edible garden during Lynnwood Library event Aug. 20

The Lynnwood Library, in partnership with Verdant Health, will be hosting an event teaching community members how to grow an edible fall garden in whatever space they have available to them. This class is free and aimed toward beginner gardeners who may only have access to a small backyard or patio, yet still want to…

Work of artist Ramsey Chavez at Mountlake Terrace Library in August

The August art exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library is from Ramsey Chavez. These exhibits are coordinated by the city’s Arts Advisory Commission. A self-taught artist, Chavez uses the airbrush to create portraits, landscapes and fantasy works of art on a variety of surfaces including canvas, metal, and walls. His mural of Chief Sealth outside of…

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation seeks new board members

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is expanding its Board of Directors with new board members from Snohomish and Island Counties. As the philanthropic arm of Sno-Isle Libraries, the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that believes access to information is a human right. The foundation partners with individuals, businesses, foundations, corporations, and community organizations…

MLT Library exhibit to showcase Shoreline painter Cheryl Hufnagel in July

A Shoreline artist specializing in pastels will have a new exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library in July. Cheryl Hufnagel is planning an array inspired by local landscapes and mountain scenes, along with portraits of cats and dogs, centered by a large floral work. Her paintings communicate her feelings of peace and joy, she said,…

Sno-Isle Libraries branches to be expanding hours starting July 1

Beginning July 1, Sno-Isle Libraries will be adding 100 open hours across its community library system each week. Many libraries will open at 9 a.m. and remain open later into the evening. Here are the hours for nearby libraries Brier Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Edmonds Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6…

Bestselling author R.L. Stine at online library event June 15

Sno-Isle Libraries is presenting an online webinar with author R.L. Stine on Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. It includes a moderated conversation with Stine, who is the bestselling author/creator of the Goosebumps and Fear Streethorror fiction series of books for kids and teens. Stine will also be giving a special reading during the one-hour…

Summer reading with Sno-Isle Libraries begins June 20

Summer reading at Sno-Isle Libraries — an annual event for all children and teens — begins June 20 and continues through Sept. 11. After reading or being read to for 10 hours, each participant receives a free book provided through the generous support of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and Friends of the Library groups. The…

Brier Library presents Family Storytime at Brier Park June 29

The Brier Library will present Family Storytime with Kaylee from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Brier Park Picnic Shelter, 2903 228th St. S.W. Suitable for toddlers and preschoolers, you can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities together as a family to prepare for the wonder of reading. Attendees are welcome to wear masks. Registration is required…

New exhibit at MLT Library explores climate change, recovery and healing

Mountlake Terrace artist and illustrator Kate Rose Johnson will have a new exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library during May. Johnson will be displaying a collection of abstract landscapes. These paintings and mixed media speak to her concerns about the climate crisis, she said. Her art seeks to “bear witness to these places that we…

Library watercolors exhibit features MLT artist

A watercolors exhibit by long-time resident Kathy Tuura is now open at the Mountlake Terrace Library. The show runs through April, as part of a monthly rotation organized by the city’s Arts Advisory Commission. Tuura has been active with the Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee, representing Veterans Memorial Park for over two decades. She is a…

Sno-Isle Libraries program explores the Asian experience in America

Sno-Isle Libraries’ Whidbey Reads program — in a virtual format available to all — is celebrating the Asian American experience with online events in March and April. The program culminates April 27 in a conversation with Charles Yu, author of 2021 National Book Award winner “Interior Chinatown.” Avid readers have gathered each spring since 2003…

Free masks available at branches of Sno-Isle Libraries

Those looking to upgrade their masks for better protection can now get free KN90 masks at their local libraries, the Snohomish Health District said. Upgraded masks, like KN90, KF94 or N95, offer a higher level of protection compared to cloth or disposable procedure masks. Unfortunately, that higher quality comes with a higher price tag, especially when they…

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation appoints Christina Kourteva executive director

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Board has appointed Christina Kourteva as the next foundation executive director. She assumed the role on Jan. 24.   “It is an incredible opportunity and privilege to be a part of this organization, to build upon the important work already happening, and to find new ways to connect our library supporters with the…

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation invests in capital facilities

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation has announced its 2022 budget, which includes an investment of $200,000 to Sno-Isle Libraries to contribute toward matching capital improvement grants the library district received from Washington State. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses private donations to fund programs throughout the 23-library Sno-Isle Libraries district. “We work alongside and…

Have a chocolate lover on your gift list? Sno-Isle Libraries has a class for that

“Easy, Edible Gifts for Chocolate Lovers” is a virtual class presented by local pastry chef Cam Zarcone via Sno-Isle Libraries Wednesday, Dec. 1. Zarcone will show you how easy it is to make homemade chocolate truffles (both bittersweet and a raspberry variation) along with a scrumptious batch of the chocolate-caramel Brazilian candies Brigadeiros — all…

Sno-Isle Libraries offers free help to improve digital skills

As more and more services move online, Sno-Isle Libraries works to find innovative ways to help customers gain the skills they need to successfully navigate the complex digital world. “The digital divide is real and we want to help people build their skills with computers and get them comfortable with the internet since so many…