Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Monday, June 18, 2012

5th Birthday/50th Anniversary

Saturday June 16, the Camano Island Library Pilot Project celebrated its 5th Birthday which coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Sno-Isle Libraries. We celebrated with Friends, Trustees, staff and visitors by sharing cake, taking a peek at our 10-year time capsule and having a mini-booksale. Thanks to our Friends group for their support, to Sno-Isle for taking a chance on us, and to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation for providing the time capsule. We're looking forward to seeing you when we open the capsule in 2022! Sno-Isle Libraries serves 664,000 Washington state residents in Snohomish and Island counties with 21 community libraries. (Please see our Social Media Public Comment & Posting Guidelines here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Behind the Scenes of "Together We Read"

"Together We Read" is the community read event for Stanwood and Camano Island. There are many One Book projects across the country (Whidbey Reads, for instance), and we decided it was time for us to take the plunge.

Our TWR commitee is composed of local community members and business owners, plus Sno-Isle Libraries staff. Initially, we threw all kinds of books and authors into the mix, but we eventually came up with some ways of narrowing the field. The books chosen had to appeal to a wide audience, including high school students. The book had to be readily available in paperback, and we had to have some hope of getting the author to participate (we had a great program with "Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet" even though the authors weren't available, but having the author visit is very desirable.)

We also wanted to pick a book that hadn't yet been read to death, so many favorite book club titles, though excellent, didn't make the cut. Our group then comes up with around a dozen titles to consider, and then later we whittle that list down to 4 or 5 titles that we all try to read so we can make an informed decision. Then we discuss -- boy, do we discuss! "This is a great book, but I heard an interview with the author on NPR -- and he was so boring!" "I liked this book, but can we get high school kids interested?" "I really wanted to pick this book, but the author just won an award and now his speaking fees have tripled."

We're on track now for the next Together We Read event in Spring of 2013. We're in the process of securing funding and reading a LOT of books with potential. We hope to make a decision and announce our choice near the end of summer.

Here's a list of books chosen for past TWR events. We recommend them all highly, and hope you stay tuned for our next Together We Read event.

2008 Thomas Mullen "The Last Town on Earth"

2009 Alisa Smith/J.B. MacKinnon "Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet"

2010 Jamie Ford "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"

2011 John Vaillant "The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Reading with Misty

Camano Children's Liaison Mary Jennings reports on an exciting new library program:

On February 6th we had our first “Reading with Misty” early literacy program. Camano Island volunteer Barbara Peterson and her Therapy Dog Misty shared a special reading time with local preschoolers and kindergarteners. Barbara and Misty are a trained and certified Therapy Team. Therapy Dogs are dogs with an outstanding temperament that are calm, friendly and get along with people of all ages. These canines are renowned for their literacy work with children—especially reluctant young readers who may become stressed or nervous when reading to an adult. The Therapy Dog/Handler team provides a nonjudgmental grownup and a four-legged friend who listen to a child read without correcting any mistakes or stumbles. The team simply enjoys the story while the child gains a positive literacy experience that boosts confidence and interest in reading. The children who participated in Monday’s program were completely enamored with Misty. Not only did they share a special book but there were also able to give Misty lots of gentle pats and praise. Misty, a twelve year old Sheltie, took it all in stride and seemed to truly understand and enjoy the importance of this early literacy work. The Camano Island Library Pilot Project will be offering Reading with Misty once a month. Preregistration is required. Our next program will be on March 19th at 11 am. Please check our website or call the library to register.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 Favorites

I'm not one for year-end lists, but I do like to recommend books I've enjoyed, so here's my low-key, no pressure look at some 2011 favorites.

First off would have to be "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. I don't think Harry Potter withdrawal is responsible for how much I enjoyed this book, though you might think that a novel about love-crossed magicians who are secretly locked in a battle to the death would have some Potter-ish echoes. It really doesn't, and the fact that it's Morgenstern's first book means we have a lot more to look forward to.

"The Tiger's Wife" by Tea Obrecht surprised me because a) the author is just a kid and I really expected to hate her, and b) it's set in Croatia, which I know nothing about. But boy, can the kid write! She deftly combines a war-torn road trip with fantastical stories told by the main character's grandfather.

"State of Wonder" is the latest from Ann Patchett, and it's a variation of "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. Steamy jungles and a woman who is very likely way over her head in a culture she doesn't understand.

"Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson actually came out in 2004, but I finally managed to read it last year. A minister writes a letter to his young son, sharing family history along with Bible lessons and hard-won wisdom. I really felt I knew the mind of this wonderful fictional character.

Finally, I REALLY loved "Mink River" by Brian Doyle. This is another one that surprised me, because I normally steer far clear of this type of mystical/romantic novel. But it feels like an essential Pacific Northwest text, with a poet's love for all things wet and gray, and the combination of Native American wisdom and Gaelic whimsy is pitch-perfect. I was so engrossed with the writing and the characters that when I got to the talking crow, I just went with it. My favorite of the year, and the one that I'll be torturing anyone within earshot by reading out loud!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bookmark Party!

Bookmark Contest Winner Party!

On November 5th we had a fabulous gathering of families here to celebrate the winners of the Camano Island Library Pilot Project and Stanwood Library bookmark contest. Each winner received a certificate and art supplies to help further them along on their artistic career. Light refreshments of cupcakes and apples juice were enjoyed by all. The event was sponsored by the Camano Island Library Friends and the Stanwood/Camano Friends of the Library.

Camano Island Library Winners:

Shawna Lingrey, Intermediate (Grades 4-6)

Maya MacDonald, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Ruby Baker Lloyd, Preschool/Kindergarten

Stanwood Library Winners:

Leili VonBergen, Intermediate (Grades 4-6)

Samuel Erickson, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Blake Almanza, Preschool/Kindergarten

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our Own Mary Jennings, Now in "Library Journal"!

Children’s Liaison Mary Jennings, who recently completed her master’s degree and is now a certified librarian, has been accepted as reviewer for Library Journal—the highly respected trade publication for libraries. Mary’s first review was published in the October issue. The biography, Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II was recently added to the Sno-Isle catatlog.


Eade, Philip. Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II. Holt. Nov. 2011. c.368p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780805095449. $28. BIOG
UK barrister and journalist Eade (Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters) presents a thorough and balanced account of the formative years of Queen Elizabeth II’s consort. While Gyles Brandreth’s recent Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage was a somewhat gossip-oriented look at the royal couple’s relationship, Eade’s biography, the first in over 20 years to focus on just Philip, examines the prince’s childhood in Greece and his young adulthood. After the complex family heritage, the pace picks up, and a compelling story unfolds of a youngster, shuttled among boarding schools and relatives, who matured into a strong and self-reliant young man. Less flattering allegations, such as Nazi connections among the prince’s extended family and his own womanizing, are provided in a fact-oriented rather than sensational manner. Whether describing Prince Philip’s distinguished naval service or his tendency toward public gaffes, Eade provides an insightful review of the early years of a key figure of England’s monarchy. VERDICT For royal watchers, especially in light of grandson Prince William’s recent nuptials and Philip’s own recent 90th birthday, this book will prove fascinating.—Mary A. Jennings, Sno-Isle Libs., Camano Island, WA

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Picture It!

"Picture It" is not only the theme for Teen Read Month, but it conveniently comes at a time when the Camano Island Library Pilot Project is "picturing" the library's future. Our recent site feasibility study was concluded and shared with the public at our Board meeting last week. Stop on by, take a look at the options presented, and let us know what you think!