TEDxSnoIsleLibraries: Thanks to all

By Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory
Executive Director, Sno-Isle Libraries

On Nov. 6, Sno-Isle Libraries made history with TEDxSnoIsleLibraries. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people connected with Sno-Isle Libraries in a new way through our first TEDx event.

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

More than a year ago, we embarked on the TEDx path based on our Strategic Focus. It was the perfect example of building literate, economically sound and connected communities. Our co-organizers Ken Harvey and Jessica Hanaumi, together with staff and volunteers, planned and produced a quintessential Sno-Isle Libraries event filled with inspiration, information and delight. And, of course, it wouldn’t have happened without our partners.

People from teens to seniors, from many walks of life, came together to explore new ideas. They joined us at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 10 community libraries and four additional public viewing sites to be part of the event. Even more will take part by watching the 23 talk videos when they are posted at sno-isle.org/tedx. All of these audiences will have experienced what a library is and what we offer our communities. Because, at its essence, TEDx is a library without walls providing ideas worth spreading.

Based on the buzz of excitement and reports of the day, it was a tremendous success. We are hearing from many people who watched and listened to the speakers that it was a “day of inspiration.” They’re asking: “Will there be a TEDxSnoIsleLibraries next year?” The answer is “Yes, of course.”

I am confident that TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2015 was the start of our next chapter in serving our communities. The Board of Trustees, Deputy Director Kendra Trachta and I are very proud of how our staff worked together to make it happen.

Indeed, Sno-Isle Libraries is a world-class library.


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3 responses to “TEDxSnoIsleLibraries: Thanks to all”

  1. Ken Kortlever says:

    Thank you Jonalyn, for your leadership, vision and guidance to bring this amazing event to us all. You are an inspiration!

  2. Carissa says:

    Based on the success of this event I truly hope that more events centering on ideas, community and growth are organized. How are those within the community, such as myself, able to volunteer to help for future events?

  3. Julie Titone says:

    Hi, Carissa. Volunteers are coordinated at TEDx, and throughout the year (we have many opportunities!) by Nancy Pursel, npursel@sno-isle.org.

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