Marysville Library Blog

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More Mysteries--------

Now that we've all read "The Maltese Falcon" for The Big Read in Snohomish and Island counties, a lot of you readers may just want to continue exploring this diverse genre.
The first place to start is our own web page (under Books and Novelist). But take a look at these few of the many, many mystery web sites on the internet.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Container Gardening

With the economy still in a slump and summer right around the corner, there couldn't be a better time to have a backyard garden. But what if your yard is postage-stamp sized or what if you live in an apartment with no yard to transform into veggie-growing space? Fear not, there's always the patio! And lovely containers spilling over with the fruits of your labor have the added bonus of seasonal decoration for patios and decks alike. Local nurseries, department stores and many grocery outlets are currently chock-a-block with potting soil, fertilizer, seeds, bedding plants, planters, garden gloves--everything you need to plant a container garden. To find inspiration for planning your patio garden, stop by your local Sno-Isle library to see a list of the many titles available and then choose one or two or more that provide you with the best ideas for the approach you want to take and the effect you wish to achieve.

You can also view what the library has to offer from the comfort of your own home. With access to the Internet, the world of container gardening is at your fingertips. Simply visit the Sno-Isle Libraries website located at and then search the Traditional Catalog by keyword using patio gardens or container gardening. The choices are many and include books loaded with full color photos, easy-to-follow design ideas and step-by-step techniques for establishing a container garden, whether your interest is in vegetables, herbs or flowers. So what are you waiting for? Put your library card to good use getting just the right books for your project and then go out and get your hands dirty!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What is the role of the library in the Marysville community?

I was reading a blog called “The librarian is IN”, and she says that “(libraries) really are becoming the help center for our communities - we seem to be the one place where customer service isn’t exclusively available via an annoying phone tree or the web.” People can call us and get a real person, or walk up to any employee in person for help. Just yesterday I was talking with a co-worker about the same thing: we really want to help the people who walk through the library doors find what they need or want to know.

In addition to being a community help center, the library is a school to some people in Marysville. We ourselves teach patrons about resources like our on-line databases or downloadable books, and how to use our catalog. But others meet with their tutors, do their homework, or use the computers to access their distance learning classes. I regularly give tours of the library to classes that come from the schools, and we have frequent storytimes to teach younger children pre-reading skills. This is a very traditional role for the library.

Many people use bookstores or cafes to be their office. The library is my office, of course, but I like to think that we could be yours, too. We have computers and Wi-Fi, support and information at your fingertips. We have a quiet area, comfortable chairs or tables and a small room for private meetings. We even have new vending machines that sell coffee and snacks.

We are a Help Center, a school, a teen hangout and an office. Others in the community use us as a video rental store, arts and crafts studio, collections warehouse, arcade, tax resource, art gallery, homeless shelter, travel agency, neutral meeting site and more.

What is the library to you?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

To Call a House a Home

Looking for your first house? In need of programs to help you keep the house you’re in?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may be just the place for you to get started. Check out their website to find information by state, first-time homebuyer programs, grant information and more.

The United States Department of Agriculture has programs for rural housing. Check out their website to learn more about their programs and eligibility requirements.

The Washington Homeownership Center is a non-profit agency that offers information and programs for first time homebuyers in Washington state. Check out their website for more information.

The library has a variety of books available on topics surrounding homeownership. Search our traditional or visual catalogs to get started.