Edmonds Library showcases technology offerings, recognizes essay winners

Library page Melissa Rook shows Kathy McDonald how to use 3-D glasses.
Library page Melissa Rook shows Kathy McDonald how to use 3-D glasses
McDonald and library employees Rook and Diana Cook, right, share a laugh as McDonald explains the 3-D sensation.
McDonald and library employees Rook and Diana Cook, right, share a laugh as McDonald explains the 3-D sensation.

The Edmonds Library was the place to be Saturday morning, as patrons of all ages were able to “test drive” a variety of technology services that the Sno-Isle Library System offers.

Anna Russell-Sessum and Emily McLaughlin St. Maria, both sophomores at Edmonds-Woodway High School, take Sphero the app-driven robot for a spin. The library offers Teen Tech events to encourage proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Anna Russell-Sessum and Emily McLaughlin St. Maria, both sophomores at Edmonds-Woodway High School, take Sphero the app-driven robot for a spin. The library offers Teen Tech events to encourage proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

In addition, three winners of a Friends of the Edmonds Library-sponsored essay contest won a Kindle for their response to the question: “Why Today’s Modern Library is My Friend.” Runners up in the contest were also recognized with a certificate and a set of headphones.

The winners were in three categories — Tween, Teen and Older Adult — with the categories selected specifically to encourage literacy in younger age groups and technology proficiency in the older group, said Friends of the Edmonds Library’s Wendy Kendall. The Kindles were supplied through Symetra’s Matching Time and Matching Gift programs.

Kendall noted that Sno-Isle librarians are available to meet face-to-face with customers who “Book-a-Librarian” — receiving a free 30- to 60-minute session of personalized help finding information or using technology.

Essay winners recognized include:

Friends of the Edmonds Library President Leslie Elsaesser presents Dorothy Lindstrom with her Kindle.
Friends of the Edmonds Library President Leslie Elsaesser presents Dorothy Lindstrom with her Kindle.

Older adult: Winner Dorothy Lindstrom; honorable mention Kay Vreeland.

Braden Frost was the teen winner.
Braden Frost was the teen winner.

Teen: Winner Braden Frost; honorable mention Gretchen Gaspers

Elsaesser congratulates tween winner Jacob Sawyer as Edmonds Library Manager Chy Ross looks on.
Elsaesser congratulates tween winner Jacob Sawyer as Edmonds Library Manager Chy Ross looks on.

Tween: Winner Jacob Sawyer; honorable mentions (tie) Dylan Strauss, Kaden Topping, Isabel Berman and Tony Dickinson

 

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