Check It Out!

Hosted ByKen Harvey, Jim Hills, Cindy Tingley, and Paul Pitkin

A podcast from Sno-Isle Libraries for lifelong learners with inquiring minds.

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

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory

Chapter 1: 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 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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