Episode 10: Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and 33 years of Sno-Isle Libraries

    Chapter 1: Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory

    Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory

    Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory retires at the end of November 2018 after 33 years of service and the past 16 years leading the organization. Jonalyn discusses her early years in Deming, Wash., as the daughter of the local postmaster as well as some of her most gratifying moments as library executive director. Jonalyn will be missed but is excited about her successor, Lois Langer Thompson, who will assume leadership beginning in December.

    The library executive director reports to an appointed seven-member board of trustees. This board provides policy oversight for the two-county library district. Sno-Isle Libraries delivers library services and resources to a population of approximately 750,000 residents across Snohomish and Island counties.

    Chapter links

    Jonalyn’s hometown, Deming, Wash.


    Board and commissions

    Recent awards, honors and recognitions




    Library services and events

    Library Volunteers and Service Award Winners


    Chapter 2: Romancing the genre of romance

    Check It Out! reporter Abe Martinez interviews Sno-Isle Libraries librarian Jackie Parker to get the scoop on why romance is so popular. Jackie is the Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services.

    Episode host

    Ken Harvey photo

    Ken Harvey is Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries.
    Ken brings broad professional experience from his service
    with Community Transit, Sound Transit, the city of Reno, Nev.,
    and several positions in radio and TV.

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