Episode 12: The art of breaking glass with Jack Archibald

    Chapter 1: Jack Archibald and breaking glass

    The stained-glass window by Jack Archibald at the Camano Island Library.
    Jack Archibald

    The Pacific Northwest has a growing number of famous glass makers, but Jack Archibald doesn’t count himself as among that group.

    “I call myself a glass breaker. It has taken me years to accept the mantle of ‘artist,’” Archibald says.

    Regardless of the title, Archibald has broken and reassembled glass that is now on display in public buildings across the West in the form of stained-glass windows. From his Camano Island studio, Archibald has hundreds of works interacting with light from the Camano Island Library to paired 1,000-square-foot murals, “Escher’s Elevator” and “Paradigm Shift,” at Southern Utah University.

    Chapter 1 length: 1:03:55

    Chapter 1 links

    Chapter 2: Stewardship Spotlight – The environment, budget and libraries with Brian Rush

    Sno-Isle Libraries Facilities Manager Brian Rush

    Sno-Isle Libraries Facilities Manager Brian Rush’s goals are to provide the best possible service while reducing costs and environmental impacts. For Rush, that means reviewing everything that relates to the 23 community libraries and the service center.

    As an example, Rush was able to increase the frequency that buildings are cleaned while saving the library district more than $100,000 all while shifting to certified green products and processes. By looking at the waste stream coming from the libraries, Rush was able to divert a substantial percentage from landfills to recycling services.

    Chapter 2 length: 4:44

    Chapter 2 links

    Episode hosts

    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.


    Jim Hills
    Jim Hills


    Jim Hills is the library district’s public information manager,
    a storyteller who claims to still have some ink in his veins
    from familial connections with, and previous-career infusions
    from, the newspaper biz.



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