By Marge Rhodes, Friends of the Mill Creek Library Secretary
Members of Friends of the Mill Creek Library joined other “Friends” groups at the annual Board and Friends Forum of the Sno-Isle Library System on March 9, 2019, held at the Everett School District Administrative Offices in Everett. The event, sponsored by Sno-Isle, featured speakers from that organization, including the new Executive Director, Lois Langer-Thompson, among others.
The keynote speaker for the event was Sargun Handa, a high schooler in Seattle, Washington. She has spoken to over 15,000 people live and 35,000 people worldwide at stadium-sized events called “WE Day.”
In addition, Sargun also gave a TEDx talk called, "Be a voice, not an echo," all at the age of 16.
Most recently, she is a co-author to the best-selling book series, "20 Beautiful Women," which will be a documentary soon.
As an inspirational speaker, Sargun normally speaks about volunteerism, youth activism, real-life connection, and strength through adversity, using her experiences with Crohn's Disease, depression, and suicide as examples. Learn more about Sargun at her website: https://www.sargunhanda.com/.
A group breakout session resulted in members of Friends’ groups from all over Snohomish and Island Counties becoming acquainted with their counterparts from other cities and towns. The various breakout groups shared ideas for networking and new ideas for promoting the local libraries in their respective towns. A lot of new ideas were developed and plans for their implementation are underway.
Members of Friends of Mill Creek Library (left to right): Marge Rhodes, Pat Lawrence, Gretchen McCluskey, Sue Ramsey, Head Librarian of Mill Creek Library Darlene Weber, and Carol Pilskog. Photo credit: Jim Hills, Sno-Isle Library System.
Jack Archibald, self-described “glass breaker” from Camano Island, rounded out the afternoon session with stories of his artistic endeavors. He has donated dozens of these beautiful pieces to local libraries and other non-profits.
“I call myself a glass breaker. It has taken me years to accept the mantle of ‘artist,’” Archibald said.
Jack Archibald, Glass Breaker. Photo Credit: Sno-Isle Library System.
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.
For more information about Jack and other remarkable people and events in Snohomish and Island Counties, go to Sno-Isle’s “Check It Out” at https://blog.sno-isle.org/.
DON'T FORGET! Friends of the Mill Creek Library will be holding their annual book sale at a location and date to be announced soon. Hundreds of books at bargain prices ($.50 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardbacks) will be made available to all who attend. Proceeds from the sale are used to support programs for children and adults at the Mill Creek Library.