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Episode 23: Business and education align to build communities

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.

Snohomish STEM Network works to foster a learning pipeline for skills in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) to supply business with local talent and drive opportunity and prosperity.

Sounds like a good match, one that was intentionally brought together a few years ago.

This episode of Check It Out! brings EASC President and CEO Patrick Pierce and Snohomish STEM Network Director Angie Sievers into the studio to talk about how business and education can work together to support and build communities across Snohomish County.

Patrick Pierce

Angie Sievers

“Economic Alliance Snohomish County is about creating jobs and keeping jobs in Snohomish County,” Pierce says in this episode. “If we can focus on what people need, we can achieve economically vital, robust places in which people want to live.”

Sievers leads the effort to connect communities with industries and create pathways to employment in Snohomish County through STEM.

“You might hear STEAM or STREAM,” Sievers says, adding that the “A” is for art and the “R” is for reading. “Traditionally, STEM has been just about science, technology and math, but in today’s education and workforce world, it’s really about learning.”

Episode length: 56:42

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Patrick Pierce

Angie Sievers

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Episode hosts

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

 

 

Susan Hempstead is Strategic Relations Manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. Susan’s depth of knowledge on the workings of government and wealth of community connections combine to help forge strong bonds between the library district, customers and community partners.

 

Episode sponsors

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Logo

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation
proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.

 

Edmonds Center for the Arts Logo

Edmonds Center for the Arts provides an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, hosts events and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually.

 

 

 

Episode 22: Stevens makes the Wheels go ’round

For many people, their first experience with a library came as they stepped on to a bookmobile.

For Sherry Stevens, the longtime manager of the Sno-Isle Libraries Library on Wheels service, that means she is connected to thousands of these memorable moments.

Sherry Stevens (sixth from right) with Library of Wheel staff members. Library on Wheels video

In this episode, “Check It Out!” podcast co-hosts Ken Harvey, Cindy Tingley and Paul Pitkin chat with Stevens and share their own takeaways from the conversation such as:

  • Library on Wheels also included a books-by-mail program for customers who can’t otherwise use library services.
  • In addition to a traditional bookmobile, Sno-Isle Libraries also operates a “cart-hauler” service that brings carts of library material to more than 120 locations such as child development centers across Snohomish and Island counties.
  • Where the Sno-Isle Libraries Bookmobile goes, so does enhanced Wi-Fi service available to customers during the stop.
  • At cart-hauler stops, library staff members bring along a Wi-Fi hotspot to enable online ordering and other customer services.

Stevens also tells a heartwarming story of a customer of Chinese background who was all smiles when he realized Bookmobile staff made a special effort to bring books in Chinese for him.

Episode hosts

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

 

 

 

Cindy Tingley is an instructional developer with Sno-Isle Libraries. Through experience as a radio DJ, a police officer in Key West, Fla., certified technology instructor and Usui Reiki trainer,
the common thread is Cindy loves teaching new skills.

 

 

 

Paul Pitkin is Director of the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. He also plays guitar, along with several other instruments, sings and writes music.

 

 

 

Episode sponsors

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Logo

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.

 

 

Edmonds Center for the Arts LogoEdmonds Center for the Arts provides an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, hosts events and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually.

Episode 21: ‘Albatross’ carries Chris Jordan to Whidbey lectures

Albatross birds on Midway Island. Chris Jordan photo

In this episode, Check It Out! reporter Abe Martinez leads listeners through an interview with Chris Jordan, a Seattle-based photographer and documentarian who created a movie called “Albatross.” Jordan’s comments come as part of a conversation he had with Jennifer Geist.

Over the course of eight trips to Midway Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Jordan used his cameras to document the albatross birds that nest there and their plight as the result of massive plastic pollution in the ocean.

Martinez and co-hosts Ken Harvey and Jim Hills also discuss Jordan’s film and why he was invited to speak at the 2019 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series events that take place May 3-4 on Whidbey Island. The series is supported by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

The 2019 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series events:

Friday, May 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Avenue, Langley

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7 p.m.
Coupeville High School
Performing Arts Center
501 South Main Street, Coupeville

Episode hosts

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

 

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

 

Episode sponsors

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Logo

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation
proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.

 

Edmonds Center for the Arts Logo

Edmonds Center for the Arts provides an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, hosts events and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually.

 

Episode 20: Strings, Selma and seeing the future

Chapter 1 Introduction

Check It Out! reporter Abe Martinez chats with podcast co-hosts Ken Harvey and Jim Hills about the experience of interviewing Andre Feriante. Length: 06:41

Chapter 1 – Andre Feriante

Italian-born and trained in classic flamenco guitar, Andre Feriante talks about his artistic and personal journey. Now a Whidbey Island resident, Feriante is exploring poetry and other creative outlets that are coming together in a fusion of many influences. The process is also opening an awareness of the healing aspects of music. For Feriante, it’s all connected in a profound way that he feels compelled to share with others.

Chapter 1 links

Chapter length: 05:38

Chapter 2 Introduction

Check It Out! reporter Abe Martinez, co-hosts Ken Harvey and Jim Hills talk about their experiences and connections with Selma Bonham. Length: 06:21

Chapter 2 – Selma Bonham

This is a reprise, but well worth a listen.

At 93, Selma Bonham has seen a few things.

Majoring in geology, she graduated from Penn State University and then earned a Master’s from Stanford in 1949. After 20 successful years in a male-dominated profession, Bonham retired and moved from the East Coast to Mill Creek and became involved with the Friends of the Mill Creek Library.

Bonham says her awareness of civil rights began early when her father began hiring persons of color for skilled jobs in the department store where he worked.

Later, at Mill Creek, Bonham organized a flash mob at the library to sing in honor of African American Month.

Chapter 2 links

Chapter 2 length: 04:33

Chapter 3 – Book Notes with Brian Haight

Brian Haight is a librarian at the Coupeville Library and member of the Sno-Isle Libraries Readers’ Services Team. Haight and other team members create a variety of book lists as suggestions for library customers.

In this Book Notes, Haight talks about “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future,” by Vivek Wadwha.

Haight describes a future that may see car drivers becoming car riders. He points out that the book is about far more than driverless cars and delves into other implications of new technology.

Haight also points out that he found this book on the “new books” shelf at the Coupeville Library, but anyone can go to the online catalog and search for titles published in 2019 and new to the Sno-Isle Libraries collection in the past week, 30 days or more.

Chapter length: 04:27

Episode hosts

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

 

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

 

Episode sponsors

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Logo

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation
proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.

 

Edmonds Center for the Arts Logo

Edmonds Center for the Arts provides an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, hosts events and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually.

 

Episode 19: Uniting the way with Allison Warren-Barbour

She comes from a small town in Ohio known for the lack of a discernible accent by its residents.

Allison Warren-Barbour is finding other ways to stand out as she leads United Way of Snohomish County on a new path to help families escape the traps of poverty.

Allison Warren-Barbour is President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County.
Photo by Dan Bates/The Herald

Now in her third year as President & Chief Executive Officer, Warren-Barbour brings experience, education and personal commitment to her role. She earned a Business Management degree from Miami University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton and worked for United Way in Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. before coming to Snohomish County.

Warren-Barbour says she is seeing United Way organizations across the country evolve away from the traditional “community chest” model as the needs of communities are changing. “In Atlanta and Greater Triangle (in Raleigh-Durham), we were having these conversations,” Warren-Barbour says.

In Snohomish County, former CEO Dennis Smith was also leading the organization and community in similar ways. Warren-Barbour says her role is to continue the transition to targeting resources at specific populations and measuring outcomes.

To get there, United Way of Snohomish County has adopted the CORE model, which stands for “creating open roads to equity.”

“We’re trying to utilize the funding in a way that can really produce a different type of change,” Warren-Barbour says. “If we want different results, we can’t act in the same way.”

Episode links

Episode hosts

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

 

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

 

Episode sponsors

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation Logo

The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation
proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.

 

Edmonds Center for the Arts Logo

Edmonds Center for the Arts provides an array of outstanding performing artists from around the world, hosts events and serves more than 75,000 patrons annually.

 

 

Episode 18: Comics and audits and books, oh my!

Episode 18 of the “Check It Out!” podcast includes three short stories from three contributors, Rilee Louangphakdy, Abe Martinez and Kaley Costello. Chapter 1 – Library Surprise with Rilee Louangphakdy Rilee says he is a “huge fan” of co

Episode 17: The ‘community’ in Community Transit with Emmett Heath

When Emmett Heath thinks about public transportation, buses might not be the first things that pop into his mind. “Our mission is to help people get from where they are to where they want to be,” Heath says in this episode of Check It Out!. &

Episode 16: Snow to strategic relations with Susan Hempstead

Chapter 1 – “Hmmm … I didn’t know that” Check It Out! podcast hosts Ken Harvey, Cindy Tingley and Jim Hills chat about a grab-bag of subjects, including: Snowmageddon 2019 and how planning gets iffy when it’s raining in Seattle, snowing in Mar

Episode 15: ‘Finding Fixes’ comes to Sno-Isle Libraries

This very special episode of Check It Out! is a podcast, looking at a podcast which looks at one of the most pressing issues facing our communities today: the opioid crisis. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch and Kyle Norris, both with KUOW Public Radio in Seattle, cre

Episode 14: Finding boundaries, balance with Sarri Gilman

Chapter 1 – Sarri Gilman  Sarri Gilman helps others search for healthy boundaries and find balance in their lives. A licensed psychotherapist, the Whidbey Island resident works with individuals, couples and families challenged with issues arou