What We Fund

What we fund at the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation funds innovative programs in libraries throughout Snohomish and Island counties. Our purpose is to help local libraries adapt to changing public needs while remaining a centerpiece of community life. Whether promoting early literacy, facilitating discussions about important issues, or bringing the library to the doorsteps of seniors and people with disabilities, the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation helps make libraries a critical resource for people of all ages.

Third-Grade Reading Challenge participants

Third-Grade Reading Challenge

The "Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge" is a literary trivia program for students enrolled in public schools throughout Snohomish and Island counties. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading while honing their literacy and teamwork skills.

Why third grade? Research shows that reading ability in third grade can be a tipping point for later academic and life success. Students not reading at grade level are less likely to finish high school which may have consequences later in life.   Learn more here

Watch: 2019 Final Event Recap


The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation is a founding partner for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Ongoing Programs

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation helps sustain programming that supports customers year to year, such as: Ready Readers program, Book Discussion Kits, Sno-Isle Libraries Ambassador Corps, cultural and literacy programs, leadership development, teen programs and summer learning programs.

Watch: Books Bring People Together


The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation completed its first capital campaign in 2013, raising funds to purchase a new bookmobile and cart services van.

Watch: Thank You Bookmobile Donors Learn more about Library on Wheels
Issues That Matter forum

Issues That Matter

Sno-Isle Libraries is a convener and facilitator, a place where people can come together and discuss the issues that affect their communities.

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation began funding the Issues That Matter series in 2010 to encourage important community conversations on high-profile, current event topics. Issues That Matter provides a forum for civil, open discussion with the guidance of expert panelists and facilitators. Forum topics have ranged from the community-level impact of drugs to end-of-life heath care.

The Nysether Family Collection

The Nysether Family Collection, expands and enhances the basic collections of Sno-Isle Libraries.

Children's science program

Children's Services

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation provides more than $100,000 a year for programming to improve children's literacy, education, and love of reading. Programs include:

  • Expanding science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) initiatives through programming, training for both staff and caregivers and community library space enhancements.
  • Production of the Ready Reader Video Series, a five-part collection showing parents how to prepare their children to read early and establish a lifetime of reading and knowledge.
  • Helping improve overall child care and education by providing STARS training to child caregivers and educators.
  • Providing Structured Play opportunities and Structured Play kits for children to enhance language and literacy skills.
  • Presenting the Every Child Ready to Rock and Read Concert Series.
Community Partners

We greatly acknowledge the community partners that make our mission a reality.