Lois Langer Thompson arrives Dec. 3 as the new Executive Director for Sno-Isle Libraries.
Thompson comes to the library district from Minnesota where she was director at Hennepin County Library for the past 10 years, serving Minneapolis and the surrounding county. Thompson’s appointment at Sno-Isle Libraries was announced Aug. 27 following a nationwide search.
Thompson led the merger of Minneapolis and Hennepin systems, built or expanded nine libraries and renovated 18 others and worked with the Friends of Hennepin County Library to increase annual funding from $250,000 to $1.2 million. She is a member of the Public Library Association’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. While she was at Hennepin, the library district partnered with Somali, Native American and Latino communities to extend and embed library services in the community.
“It is a great honor to lead Sno-Isle Libraries as the next executive director,” Thompson said following her appointment by the Board of Trustees. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board, staff members and communities.”
Thompson succeeds Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, who retired Nov. 30 after more than 33 years with the library district and the past 16 years as executive director. “Sno-Isle Libraries is known as an innovative and welcoming library thanks to Jonalyn’s leadership,” Thompson said.
Thompson and her husband, Jeff, recently made the move to Snohomish County.