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Discover the many ways the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation expands the capacity of the Sno-Isle Library District to serve more people.
Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Elects Eight New Board Members
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of eight new board members from Snohomish and Island counties.
"Doubling the size of our board with broad representation from Island and Snohomish counties is a big leap forward," said Board President Luke Distelhorst. "The Foundation is poised to receive a record amount of donations and bequests this year. Our board will continue to fundraise and advocate for the library district as we grow the impact of philanthropy on Sno-Isle Libraries’ programs and the communities we serve.”
Read our press release to learn more about the Foundation's new board members.
Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Provides Free Books for the Whidbey Pride Book & Resource Fair
In celebration of Pride Month, on Saturday, June 17, Sno-Isle Libraries hosted a Pride Book & Resource Fair at the South Whidbey Community Center in Langley. Visitors came by to make a rainbow craft, check out books, sign up for a library card, and choose free books to take home, courtesy of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. The fair, held in partnership with Readiness To Learn, a non-profit serving South Whidbey's youth and families, returns to the community center on Saturday, July 8, for Langley’s Pride Parade. Click here to learn more about Sno-Isle Libraries 2023 Pride events, activities, and LGBTQIA+ resources.
Sno-Isle Libraries Program for Third Graders Fosters a Lifelong Love of Reading
Thank you to My Edmonds News for featuring Sno-Isle Libraries' Third Graders Read Together program in their June 7, 2023 issue!
"Third grade represents an important point in a child’s education. At this age, students shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Interventions for struggling readers after third grade are seldom as effective as those in the early years. Since 2013, Sno-Isle Libraries has partnered with schools to support this important milestone by fostering a love of reading during this critical age."
Click here to read the full article.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Receives a $1.8 Million Bequest in Support of the Snohomish Library
We are thrilled to announce that the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation has received an extraordinary $1.8 million bequest in support of the Snohomish Library. We are extremely grateful and humbled by the generosity of Snohomish philanthropists John and Betty Parks, whose legacy will have a profound impact on the Snohomish Library and benefit the entire community.
Congratulations to the Snohomish Library's amazing team and community! Please read the full announcement here: https://www.sno-isle.org/…/sno-isle-libraries-foundation-r…/
To learn more about how you can include your community library in your estate plans and other impactful ways to support Sno-Isle Libraries, visit https://sno-islefoundation.org/ways-to-give/.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Receives a $100,000 Grant
We are excited to announce that the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 general operating support grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is honored to be the recipient of this generous contribution and looks forward to investing the funds in Sno-Isle Libraries' early literacy efforts and programs focusing on social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. This funding will help ensure all our customers are represented in the library and have equitable access to knowledge and resources. The grant will also help Sno-Isle Libraries address current and emerging needs, such as demonstration libraries and capital improvements throughout the Library District, to ensure our community spaces remain inspiring, welcoming, and inclusive.
“Philanthropy plays an essential role in the long-term success of public libraries, and we are extremely pleased and appreciative of the generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” says Christina Kourteva, Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. “This substantial grant is a testament to the value of public libraries, and the Foundation looks forward to investing the funds in expanding the reach of library services, promoting civic engagement, and fostering a lifetime of learning.“
Watch: Discover the many ways the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation expands the capacity of the Sno-Isle Library District to serve more people.
Thank you to our corporate and community partners for their generous support!