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Read: Are you up to this yearlong challenge?

Sno-Isle Libraries invites the public to read along with staff this year for “Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16.” Challenge yourself to read with variety, discover new books and authors, and generally push your reading boundaries.

Every 20 days, a new thematic reading challenge will be posted to the BiblioFiles blog. The first two challenges are to read a local author and a graphic novel. Readers can earn points by submitting titles they read that meet the challenges.

On Dec. 19, the customer with the most points will be crowned the Sno-Isle Reader of the Year. The winner will get to choose a theme for the 2017 contest, and will be rewarded with a stack of pre-release advance reader copies.

More info: blog.sno-isle.org/bibliofiles

Log on: Reading service for kids, parents

Speaking of reading, make it a family affair by accessing a new online service through Sno-Isle Libraries called Beanstack. The service, available online as well as on mobile phones, helps kids find books they might like to read, track their progress, earn “badges” for reaching certain goals, and learn about special topics, like bullying.

Every week, the program also will send suggestions for a book in the library’s collection, along with a relevant library program or event.

More info: sno-isle.beanstack.org

Tune: A class to keep that bike road-worthy

The nonprofit Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop offers a “Basic Bike Mechanics” class for those wanting to learn how to keep their bicycle in road-worthy shape. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 6-9:30 p.m. March 2 or March 30, among other dates, at the shop at 2531 Broadway in Everett. Learn basic bike care, flat tire repair, brake adjustment and pad replacement, and derailleur shifting and adjustments. Bring your own bike or use one at the shop. All tools are provided. Cost is $35 and must be pre-paid.

An advanced class for $100 runs 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays April 6-27.

More info: 425-252-6952, www.sharingwheels.org

Appraise: How much is that antique worth?

Marysville Parks and Recreation hosts its popular “Treasure Trove Antique Appraisal Show” again from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at Marysville City Hall Council Chambers, 1049 State Ave. Get up to two items verbally appraised for market value and history by professional appraisers for only $10 per item. Registration in advance is highly advised. Drop-ins (cash only) are welcome if time allows.

More info: www.marysvillewa.gov, 360-363-8400

Track: Genealogy workshop in Bothell

A Bothell Sons of Norway genealogy workshop is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway. The workshop includes two sessions — “Difficult Women: The Ways our Female Ancestors Confound our Research” and “Timelines and Chronologies” — both presented by Janet O’Conor Camarata, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

The cost is $25, or $40 per family, and registration is required by March 12.

More info: Gary Ramstad, 206-365-6913

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