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Everett: Library honors its director, Mark Nesse

Everett Public Library’s main reading room on Wednesday was renamed the “Mark A. Nesse Reading Room” after longtime library director Mark Nesse, who retired earlier this year after three decades with the city.

Nesse, who was the longest-serving librarian in the city’s history, was the force behind the 1991 library renovation that more than doubled the size of architect Carl Gould’s landmark 1933 art moderne design.

He also helped establish the library’s revered Northwest Room, which is staffed by two historians, and the restoration of Pegasus, the library’s Ford Model T bookmobile, argued to be the oldest bookmobile in the country.

“It’s kind of humbling and a little bit embarrassing,” said Nessee, after the Everett City Council voted on the name change.

Nesse’s commitment to the library doesn’t end at retirement. He and his wife, Sheila, recently joined eight other donors who have agreed to give $50,000 to the library’s endowment.

Larry O’Donnell, president of the library board of trustees, told the City Council that Nesse should be honored for his accomplishments over his 30 years with the city, not for his longevity with the city.

Lake Stevens: Last day to submit to poster contest

The last day to enter the Lake Stevens Lions Club’s annual Peace Poster Contest is today.

The international contest, for students 11 to 13 years old, encourages children to express what peace means to them. The 2007-08 theme is “Peace Around the World.”

The contest allows students to share their images of peace with others to increase tolerance and international understanding.

Entry forms and details are available at the Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main St., or call 425-334-1900.

Mukilteo: Writers group offers tips for publishing

Writers can learn tips to help get their work published during today’s scheduled meeting of the Mukilteo Arts Guild Writers Group.

The meeting is set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the upper level of the Art Building at 724 First St., Mukilteo. Writers of all genres and abilities are welcome to attend.

Published author Ernest Curry is planning to give a 30-minute presentation about getting your work published.

For more information, call 425-423-0450 or go to www.mukilteoartsguild.org.

Snohomish: Garden club holds meeting

The next meeting of the Snohomish Garden Club is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Snohomish High School Cafeteria, 1316 Fifth St. The meeting is open to the public. There is a $5 fee for nonmembers.

The speaker is David Sumerlin, an avid gardener who studied organic farming at The Evergreen State College. Sumerlin works in the research department at Fungi Perfecti, a family-owned company specializing in gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. He plans to share his knowledge of fungi at the meeting.

For membership information, call Caroline Strittmatter at 425-359-7604.

TODAY’S MEETINGS

Community Transit Board of Directors, 3 p.m., 7100 Hardeson Road, Everett

Mukilteo Library, Parks and Arts Commission, 7 p.m., City Hall, 4480 Chennault Beach Road

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