Humanities Washington honors Sno-Isle Libraries with 2016 award

Sno-Isle Libraries is the recipient of the 2016 Humanities Washington Award.

“We treasure our partnership with Humanities Washington and are thrilled to be honored with this award,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. The award was presented Oct. 7, at “Wildest Dreams” the 18th annual Seattle Bedtime Stories Fundraiser for Humanities Washington.

Sno-Isle Libraries was honored for its ongoing participation with Humanities Washington’s programming and support of authors and the arts in Washington.

“Part of our mission is to be a center for people, ideas and culture,” Woolf-Ivory said. “Our work with Humanities Washington helps us bring a cultural richness of experiences to the communities we serve that might not otherwise be available.”

Upcoming Sno-Isle Libraries events supported by the Humanities Washington speakers bureau include scholar Lance Rhoades’ multi-media exploration of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” The seasonally appropriate event debuted Oct 8 at the Sultan Library and can be seen again Oct. 20 at the Oak Harbor Library and Oct. 25 at the Freeland Library.  On Nov. 13, T. Andrew Wahl, an Everett Community College journalism instructor and Humanities Washington comic book historian, will present as part of Sno-Isle ComiCon at the Snohomish Library.

Sno-Isle Libraries is only the third organization honored by Humanities Washington in the past 20 years. Previous organizations receiving the award are the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane in 2009 and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center in 1996.

The Humanities Washington award event at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel featured current Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, who spoke Sept. 30 at the Edmonds Library. Marshall along with National Book Award-winner Charles Johnson, “Hugo and Rose” author Bridget Foley and original music by the Bushwick Book Club. Several authors also debuted original short stories based on the evening’s theme, “Wildest Dreams.” Emcee for the evening was Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain.”