No TEDxSnoIsleLibraries for 2018

By Ken Harvey
Sno-Isle Libraries Director of Communications
TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event licensee

Dhruvik Parikh 2017 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries
Dhruvik Parikh 2017 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries speaker

Sno-Isle Libraries is taking a hiatus on pursuing a 2018 TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event. Library staff are focused on critical funding needs and the transition to a new library executive director by year-end.

The library placed a library bond measure on the February 2018 election ballot. The vote for a larger Lake Stevens failed when the required 60 percent approval was not reached.

The district-wide ballot measure for the April 24 special election is giving voters the opportunity to decide if a 9-cent increase should be granted to sustain library service levels over the next 7-10 years. If voters reject the measure, Sno-Isle Libraries will implement cuts to reduce service levels in 2019.

The library district’s Board of Trustees is preparing to begin searching for a new executive director to step into the position which will be vacated when Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory retires in December.

For the last three years, TEDxSnoIsleLibraries provided opportunities for fascinating thinkers, innovators and performers to step onto a global stage with ideas worth spreading.

Hundreds of you attended our TEDxSnoIsleLibraries events in person and thousands more viewed the talks as they were livestreamed. The quality of ideas delivered onstage was a testament to the hard work and preparation of our speakers and an incredible cadre of local speaker coaches.

Our three years’ worth of TEDxSnoIsleLibraries talk videos continue to be popular. They’ve surpassed 657,000 views. We hope you will watch any that you missed. (March 5 update: Shortly after this post was written, reposted Bill Bernat’s 2017 #tedxsil talk, How to connect with depressed friends, and it already has 428,000 views!)

We cannot thank enough the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, more than 30 event partners, and for making TEDxSnoIsleLibraries possible. We deeply appreciate our speakers, coaches, emcees, volunteers and everyone who worked behind the scenes to deliver these high-quality events.

Finally, we thank our audiences and fans. You shared your anticipation and satisfaction about TEDxSnoIsleLibraries through emails, phone calls, surveys, social media and conversation. We received hundreds of idea and speaker nominations for a limited number of speaker slots each year. It is clear that some of the brightest minds in our region still await the opportunity to reveal their “ideas worth sharing.”

Thanks for your encouragement and feedback as we traveled the TEDx path thus far. It has been a most rewarding journey.