There were no bids, no reservations, no babysitters to hire, no elegant dresses to wear. Instead, this year the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, in partnership with corporate sponsors, raised money by doing nothing for its annual fundraising event.
And donors liked it.
More than $19,000 was raised through the “Stay Home and Read a Book” fundraiser. Donors were invited to make a donation to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, and give themselves the night of September 12 “off.” More than 120 households in Snohomish and Island counties participated.
Major corporate sponsors for this year are Once Sold Tales, Washington Energy Services, and BECU, ensuring all the money raised would go directly to support programs and services. Other sponsors include: 3M Library Services, Anderson Hunter Law Firm, BWI, Chermak Construction, Frontier Bank, Midwest Tape, Partners West Book Distributers, Pro Quest Co., Thomas & Associates Insurance Broker, Inc., and University Book Store.
Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation funds programs and resources such as: Teen Project, Books for Babies, Book Discussion Collection, and a variety of library programs.
The Sno-Isle Libraries serves more than 646,000 residents in Snohomish and Island counties. Sno-Isle has community libraries in Arlington, Brier, Camano Island, Clinton, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Langley, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish, Stanwood, and Sultan, as well as Mobile Services for the homebound and local daycares. Services and materials include 1.3 million items, reference services, electronic databases and computer equipment, Internet access, outreach programs for the homebound and local daycares, and story times for children. For more information on library services in your area, please call the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center at 360/651-7000 or 800/342-1936, or visit the web site at www.sno-isle.org.