Cut energy costs, find a better job, spend more time with your family, spend more time for yourself, expend more energy, spend less money. Our instructions for living get more complicated every day.
So step back, spend a few hours at your local Sno-Isle library and, best of all, these programs are free.
Here are some of the events coming up in the next few weeks. Check www.sno-isle-org for a complete calendar.
Get a handle on the rising costs of running your home and learn a few things you can do now to lower those bills at Take Control of Your Home Energy Costs at 11 a.m. Monday at the Camano Island Library Pilot Project, 48 N. Sunrise Blvd.
Efficiency expert Pam Worner presents this discussion. Call 360-387-5150 for more information.
A workshop presented at various libraries along with WorkSource Snohomish County, Networking Into Your Next Job, will show you how to use LinkedIn to make critical connections and build a professional network of contacts.
Registration is required, either online or by calling the library. The workshop schedule:
Monroe Library, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, 1070 Village Way; 360-794-7851.
Arlington, 10 a.m. to noon May 7, Arlington City Council Chambers, 110 E. Third St.; 360-435-3033.
Marysville Library, 2 to 4 p.m. May 11, 6120 Grove St.; 360-658-5000.
Lynnwood Library, 1 to 3 p.m. May 14, 19200 44th Ave. W.; 425-778-2148.
Snohomish Library, 1 to 3 p.m. May 21, 311 Maple Ave.; 360-568-2898.
Mukilteo Library, 1 to 3 p.m. May 29, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd.; 425-493-8202.
Bet you didn’t know it was “Screen-Free Week.” The Mukilteo Library is encouraging families to turn off the electronics by having family story times with music and activities. All ages are welcome at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Carmen and Risa, those book-loving canines, will be on paw to listen to young readers at 4 p.m. Wednesday,
And Screen-Free Week winds up at 7 p.m. Thursday with a session of family board games, such as Twister, Uno, Battleship and Candy Land.
The Mukilteo Library is at 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Call 425-493-8202 for more information.
The Arlington Library is holding family story times and activities at 7 p.m. on three Mondays: May 7, 14 and 21. The library is at 135. N. Washington Ave. Call 360-435-3033 with questions.
Teens can return to the screens at a gaming tournament from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Library. They’ll face off in the Ultimate Competition on Super Mario Bros. and MarioKart, then advance backward for the Retro Tournament on the Nintendo 64 version of both games.
Gamers must be in sixth through 12th grades. Registration is required, either online at www.sno-isle.com or by calling 360-658-5000.
And if you just want to get away from it all, or dream about getting away, take up Travel Journal Sketching from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Darrington Library.
Maureen Zimdars will teach basic pen-and-ink and watercolor techniques to turn your travel memoirs into mini works of art.
All supplies are included in the workshop, but registration is required as class size is limited to 12.
Register online at www.sno-isle.org or call 360-436-1600. The Darrington Library is at 1001 Cascade St.