With ballots arriving in mailboxes throughout Island and Snohomish counties, voters will have the option to ensure full funding for the Edmonds Library and the other 22 branches in the Sno-Isle System through 2025, or face reductions in operating hours, resources, and staff.
For public institutions as critical as public libraries, losing services is hard to even think about. We see children learning to read with their parents, students collaborating in a Safe Place, people of all ages at STEM, arts, culture, and business programs, and of course everyday citizens utilizing a wide range of free resources that the library provides.
On any given day your young child can read to a dog while your middle schooler learns to write computer code; maybe your high schooler wants to watch the latest Star Wars movie at the May the 4th party, while parents check out the latest bestselling books and movies, and grandparents get free tax aide then stay for a Music at the Library concert. And this is just at our local Edmonds Library!
Throughout both counties the Sno-Isle system is a source of empowerment to many diverse groups. No matter your background or the state of your bank account, every person has equal access to all the resources and learning opportunities of our public libraries.
I cannot be more proud that our local elected officials, including Mayor Dave Earling and City Council Members Diane Buckshnis, Thomas Mesaros, Mike Nelson and Dave Teitzel, all have endorsed a YES vote for Sno-Isle. They are in good company on a comprehensive list of mayors, city council members, state and federal representatives, community groups, and local citizens.
And as residents of our two-county system, you have equity in our libraries and should not be shy about visiting different branches, asking questions and making requests. If there is something you think people will use, please take that idea to library staff or our local Friends of the Edmonds Library group. We fund programs, equipment and upgrades that are directly related to our library and its customers, so don’t be shy.
Sno-Isle Libraries are our libraries; let’s ensure they are fully funded and then make use of those resources!
— By Luke Distelhorst, President
Friends of the Edmonds Library