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Sno-Isle Libraries wins Humanities Washington award


Last updated 10/19/2016 at Noon

Sno-Isle Libraries is the winner of this year’s Humanities Washington Award. The library system was recognized for its partnership to provide humanities programs to the communities it serves.

Sno-Isle Libraries is the recipient of the 2016 Humanities Washington Award.

The library system serving Snohomish and Island counties was honored for its ongoing participation with Humanities Washington’s programming and support of authors and the arts in Washington.

The award was presented Oct. 7 at “Wildest Dreams,” the 18th annual Seattle Bedtime Stories fundraiser for Humanities Washington.

“We treasure our partnership with Humanities Washington and are thrilled to be honored with this award,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said.

“Part of our mission is to be a center for people, ideas and culture. Our work with Humanities Washington helps us bring a cultural richness of experiences to the communities we serve that might not otherwise be available.”

Upcoming Sno-Isle Libraries events supported by the Humanities Washington speakers bureau include scholar Lance Rhoades’ multi-media presentation on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

The seasonally appropriate event debuted Oct. 8 at the Sultan Library and can be seen again Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Oak Harbor Library and Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Freeland Library.

On Nov. 13, T. Andrew Wahl, an Everett Community College journalism instructor and Humanities Washington comic book historian, will present as part of Sno-Isle ComiCon at the Snohomish Library.

Sno-Isle Libraries is only the third organization honored by Humanities Washington in the past 20 years.

Previous organizations receiving the award are the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane in 2009 and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center in 1996.

The Humanities Washington award event at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel featured current Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who spoke Sept. 30 at the Edmonds Library, along with National Book Award-winner Charles Johnson, “Hugo and Rose” author Bridget Foley and original music by the Bushwick Book Club.

Several authors also debuted original short stories based on the evening’s theme, “Wildest Dreams.”

The emcee for the evening was Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

For more information about the Rhoades’ presentation on “Frankenstein,” go to


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