Check It Out!

36 EpisodesProduced by Sno-Isle LibrariesWebsite

A podcast from Sno-Isle Libraries for lifelong learners with inquiring minds. Check It Out! introduces the amazing people who work at, use and collaborate with the library district – and all of the services it offers to residents of Snohomish and Island counties in Washington state.

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Episode 36: Happy podcast anniversary!

August 23rd, 2019


On July 31, 2018, the first Check It Out! podcast aired was posted.

In this episode, co-hosts Ken Harvey and Jim Hills, along with podcast producer …

Episode 35: Singing the praises of opera and libraries with Lorraine Burdick

August 16th, 2019


Lorraine Burdick says she came late to her love for both her vocation and avocation.

By day, Burdick is a librarian at Sno-Isle Libraries working in …

Episode 34: Following passions for news and education with Lynne Varner

August 8th, 2019


Lynne Varner speaks with authority about the value of higher education and the details of what is available at WSU Everett.

That’s not too unusual, seeing that Varner is Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing at the …

Episode 33: Oso to opioids with Shari Ireton and the Sheriff’s Office

July 26th, 2019


Usually, the phrase is, “Baptism by fire.”

For Shari Ireton, Director of Communications for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, her introduction to emergency management was baptism by mud.

It was March 22, 2014, a …

Episode 32: Summer fun and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation

July 20th, 2019


Chapter 1

Did you know that July 17 is Yellow Pig’s Day?

Podcast co-host Paul Pitkin didn’t know either when he brought it up, but you will now.

Episode 31: Behind the business and communications of Sno-Isle Libraries

July 13th, 2019


First thoughts of a library likely evoke mental images of librarians and shelves full of books.

This episode of “Check It Out!” looks at two …

Episode 30: Third-graders Part 2, a community hero and book notes

July 5th, 2019


Chapter 1 – Third-Grade Reading Challenge, Part 2

There is so much going on with the "Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge" that it takes two segments to get it all in.

Episode 29: Actually live with Bill Stainton of ‘Almost Live!’

June 28th, 2019


For some longtime Puget Sounders, it’s a treasured memory, an anchor point of local TV culture.

For those with, shall we say, shallower roots? It’s …

Episode 28: Short stories on bestsellers, book notes and third-graders

June 21st, 2019


Chapter 1 – Library Surprise: Beyond Bestsellers

Rilee Louangphakdy says that “bookworm” might not be a great description for him and that his favorite library resource is graphic novels. Even though he’s a fan of the …

Episode 27: What's new at the libraries, reading with children, summer events and Kurt Batdorf

June 13th, 2019


Chapter 1 – Hmmm, I didn’t know that about … June and July

Once they decide who gets to speak first, podcast co-hosts Ken Harvey, Jim Hills, Cindy …

Episode 26: How poetry chose an immigrant, Claudia Castro Luna

June 7th, 2019


Claudia Castro Luna was a teenager when she came to the U.S. with her family fleeing war in El Salvador.

In just two years, her growing English language skills earned Castro Luna the top English student award as she …

Episode 25: Youth serving their future and ours

June 1st, 2019


This is a special episode of the Check It Out! podcast.

It brings four special young people together for a conversation between themselves and moderator by one of their own: Rilee Louangphakdy. Each of these young …

Episode 24: Spotlight on Brian Rush and facilities stewardship

May 24th, 2019


Chapters 1 & 2

Managing the variety and number of facilities in Sno-Isle Libraries is a big and multi-faceted job.

To Facilities Manager Brian …

Episode 23: Business and education align to build communities

May 17th, 2019


Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded …

Episode 22: Stevens makes the Wheels go 'round

May 10th, 2019


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 …

Episode 21: 'Albatross' carries Chris Jordan to Whidbey lectures

May 2nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 20: Strings, Selma and seeing the future

April 26th, 2019


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 …

Episode 19: Uniting the way with Allison Warren-Barbour

April 19th, 2019


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 …

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

April 12th, 2019


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 …

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

April 5th, 2019


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 16: Snow to strategic relations with Susan Hempstead

March 29th, 2019


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, …

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

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 14: Finding boundaries, balance with Sarri Gilman

February 27th, 2019


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 …

Episode 13: How to talk about depression with Bill Bernat

January 18th, 2019


Chapter 1 – Bill Bernat

Bill Bernat has been dealing with depression – his own and others’ – for a long time.

Through his experience, Bernat has developed an approach – a perspective – on depression that manages to be …

Episode 12: The art of breaking glass with Jack Archibald

December 28th, 2018


Chapter 1: Jack Archibald and breaking glass

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 …

Episode 11: Awakening the strength of community with Kathy Coffey

December 14th, 2018


Chapter 1: Kathy Coffey and community leadership

Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County (LSC), has more than a little experience in supporting communities and fostering leadership growth.

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

November 22nd, 2018


Chapter 1: Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory

Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory retires at the end of November 2018 after 33 years of …

Episode 9: Kenn Dickinson and teaching the transition game to executives

November 15th, 2018


Chapter 1: Kenn Dickinson and the transition game

Kenn Dickinson is a former NCAA and European professional basketball player. Kenn is the president of Fast Break Executive Business Coaching, a Mukilteo-based firm that …

Episode 8: Evolving through adversity with Seconde Nimenya

November 8th, 2018


Chapter 1

Award-winning author, diversity trainer and naturalized U.S. citizen Seconde Nimenya joins hosts Cindy Tingley and Ken Harvey for a wide-ranging discussion about her 2016 TEDx talk, journey from her birthplace …

Episode 7: How strong roots grow into local leaders

October 22nd, 2018


It seems like Marti Anamosa and Terry Lippincott grew up together, it just happened to be in separate parts of the country.

Marti is a native of Albuquerque, N.M. and now a Whidbey Island resident, while Terry is from …

Episode 6: Finding fulfillment (and coffee) through social enterprise

September 28th, 2018


Jeff Ericson started working at age 12 and found retirement-level success by the time he was 30. What the avowed entrepreneur says that he hadn’t …

Episode 5: From roots to rockets with Rob Branigin

September 11th, 2018


Librarian Rob Branigin’s interests range from family roots to outer space. Branigin, along with co-hosts Ken Harvey and Cindy Tingley, delves into genealogy, Star Trek and more. The Indiana native discusses his own …

Episode 4: Strategically planning the library district

August 31st, 2018


As Deputy Director of Sno-Isle Libraries, does she get to wear a badge shaped like a star?

Kendra Trachta shares the answer to that question and what it’s like to oversee the people and operations at 23 community …

Episode 3: Achieving breakthrough growth with Andrew Ballard

August 20th, 2018


Andrew Ballard knows a thing or two about business success.

He does it. He teaches it. He wrote a book about it. He gives talks on it, including one at TEDxSnoIsleLibraries.

But it took near-death health issue for …

Episode 2: Can Amazon really replace public libraries?

August 8th, 2018


Top: The Twitter post from July 21 by Panos Mourdoukoutas announcing his Forbes article.
Below: An Amazon kiosk store at Westfield Southcenter Mall, …

Episode 1: Welcome to Check It Out!

July 31st, 2018


Welcome to Check It Out!, a podcast for lifelong learners with inquiring minds.

In this inaugural episode, host Ken Harvey, who doubles as Sno-Isle Libraries communications director, introduces himself and his …

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