Sno-Isle library programs get $36,000 from donors

SNOHOMISH — The programs that help make libraries fun got a nice boost from a group of generous donors.

About 100 people gave $36,000 at a fundraising event for the Sno-Isle Library Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Sno-Isle library system.

The money goes toward regular events and programs that can’t be funded by taxpayers, such as talks by authors, storytimes, craft events and more.

It’s also helping cover new endeavors, such as pilot programs for adding to services for teens and improving online access for young readers.

About 100 people attended the free event that was open to the public at the Snohomish Library in October.

“We connected with people who have a love of libraries and believe in what we do,” foundation director Karri Matau said.

The event, titled “Adventure Awaits,” was part treasure hunt, part sit-down presentation, Matau said. Wine and appetizers were served and potential donors made the rounds of different “stations,” including one where balloons were popped to reveal raffle tickets inside.

Then the participants sat down, theater-style, and were given a talk on the programs that could benefit from their donations.

The $36,000 represents more than one-third of the $90,000 needed to cover the foundation’s expenses for 2007, she said. Other special programs include “Books for Babies,” in which books and reading materials are sent to the parents of every newborn baby in Snohomish and Island counties.

The Sno-Isle Library system provides library service in those counties with funds provided by taxpayers through property taxes, or indirectly, through cities’ budgets.

Reporter Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439 or sheets@heraldnet.com.

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