Edmonds resident Chris Loos, who led a successful campaign to upgrade Sno-Isle Libraries bookmobile service, was honored this week by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Loos is retiring from the Foundation’s board of directors after two, three-year terms of service. Her latest role as major gifts chair culminated in the capital campaign that raised more than $285,000 to purchase two new vehicles for the Library on Wheels program.
“When I began the campaign, all I had to do was mention bookmobiles and everyone’s eyes lit up or misted over at thoughts from their childhood about bookmobiles,” said Loos. “I had no trouble getting donors wanting to support this cause.”
Loos grew up in Burien, lived in Seattle’s University District, moved to San Francisco for many years, then returned to the Northwest in 1999 with her husband, Jack, another active library supporter. They live just up the street from the Edmonds Library. Loos retired from a career in health care and now enjoys spending time with her 6-year-old granddaughter in California, where they visit their local library together.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation board of directors screened a special video presentation at Loos’ last board meeting on May 13 to honor Loos and the outcome of her fundraising efforts. The video highlighted the two new vehicles and featured many customers expressing their gratitude for library service brought to them through the bookmobile and how it has enhanced their lives.
“To me, it’s an access to the greater world. Living in a small community that’s pretty isolated, we just really don’t have that,” said frequent bookmobile customer Sue Cross from Index, Wash.
Major donors funding the two bookmobiles include: The Hazel Miller Foundation, the Nysether Family Foundation, the Estate of Carol S. Umbreit, Doreen and Ralph Boy, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Funds, and Washington Energy Services. Watch the video on My Edmonds News TV to see the list of more than 100 additional donors.
“Chris Loos has been indispensable to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. She has not only brought her energy and commitment to all of the Foundation’s endeavors, but also her expertise, which was particularly critical in completing the capital campaign. She’s left quite a legacy at the Foundation, and we are incredibly grateful to her,” said Executive Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Paul Pitkin.