Check It Out!

Check It Out!
A podcast for lifelong learners with inquiring minds

35: Singing the praises of opera and libraries with Lorraine Burdick
Aug 16 • 41 min
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 collection development. Away from the library, Burdick can often be found on the Seattle Opera stage…
34: Following passions for news and education with Lynne Varner
Aug 8 • 61 min
Episode 34: Following passions for news and education with Lynne Varner
33: Oso to opioids with Shari Ireton and the Sheriff’s Office
Jul 26 • 53 min
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 Saturday, and Ireton was out…
32: Summer fun and Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation
Jul 19 • 50 min
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. According to a not-quite exhaustive online search, two Princeton math students - David C. Kelly and…
31: Behind the business and communications of Sno-Isle Libraries
Jul 12 • 56 min
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 positions that might not spring to mind when imagining libraries, but play critical roles in managing the…
30: Third-graders Part 2, a community hero and book notes
Jul 5 • 15 min
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. This literary trivia program…
29: Actually live with Bill Stainton of ‘Almost Live!’
Jun 28 • 76 min
Episode 29: Actually live with Bill Stainton of ‘Almost Live!’
28: Short stories on bestsellers, book notes and third-graders
Jun 21 • 14 min
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 form, Rilee admits he…
27: What’s new at the libraries, reading with children, summer events and Kurt Batdorf
Jun 13 • 61 min
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 Tingley and Paul Pitkin have a bunch of fun chatting about what happens during June and July in…
26: How poetry chose an immigrant, Claudia Castro Luna
Jun 7 • 48 min
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 graduated from high school. Now…
25: Youth serving their future and ours
May 31 • 51 min
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 adults presented themselves and…
24: Spotlight on Brian Rush and facilities stewardship
May 24 • 23 min
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 Rush, facilities management is also an opportunity to show good stewardship of the environment and…
23: Business and education align to build communities
May 17 • 56 min
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…
22: Stevens makes the Wheels go ‘round
May 10 • 38 min
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…
21: ‘Albatross’ carries Chris Jordan to Whidbey lectures
May 1 • 23 min
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…
20: Strings, Selma and seeing the future
Apr 26 • 29 min
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…
19: Uniting the way with Allison Warren-Barbour
Apr 19 • 65 min
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…
18: Comics and audits and books, oh my!
Apr 12 • 14 min
Episode 18 of the “Check It Out!” podcast includes three short stories from three contributors, Rilee Louangphakdy, Abe Martinez and Kaley Costello.
17: The ‘community’ in Community Transit with Emmett Heath
Apr 5 • 73 min
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!. “That’s…
16: Snow to strategic relations with Susan Hempstead
Mar 29 • 66 min
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 Marysville and a whiteout in Oak Harbor. What 32…
15: ‘Finding Fixes’ comes to Sno-Isle Libraries
Mar 22 • 71 min
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,…
14: Finding boundaries, balance with Sarri Gilman
Feb 26 • 87 min
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 around relationships, emotions, mental…
13: How to talk about depression with Bill Bernat
Jan 18 • 57 min
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 both profound and…
12: The art of breaking glass with Jack Archibald
Dec 27, 2018 • 69 min
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 me years to accept the mantle of ‘artist,’” Archibald says.
11: Awakening the strength of community with Kathy Coffey
Dec 14, 2018 • 51 min
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. Besides leading LSC, Kathy serves as a…
10: Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and 33 years of Sno-Isle Libraries
Nov 21, 2018 • 68 min
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.,…
9: Kenn Dickinson and teaching the transition game to executives
Nov 15, 2018 • 46 min
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 coaches managers and executives…
8: Evolving through adversity with Seconde Nimenya
Nov 8, 2018 • 55 min
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 in Burundi, Africa to the…
7: How strong roots grow into local leaders
Oct 22, 2018 • 61 min
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 Everett and now resides in…
6: Finding fulfillment (and coffee) through social enterprise
Sep 28, 2018 • 60 min
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 discovered, despite his theological education, was fulfillment.
5: From roots to rockets with Rob Branigin
Sep 11, 2018 • 56 min
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 discovery of the library’s rich…
4: Strategically planning the library district
Aug 31, 2018 • 59 min
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 libraries spread across two…
3: Achieving breakthrough growth with Andrew Ballard
Aug 20, 2018 • 59 min
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 Ballard to realize – and then…
2: Can Amazon really replace public libraries?
Aug 8, 2018 • 34 min
Top: The Twitter post from July 21 by Panos Mourdoukoutas announcing his Forbes article. Below: An Amazon kiosk store at Westfield Southcenter Mall, south of Seattle. Early Saturday morning, July 21, Panos Mourdoukoutas posted on Twitter a link to his…
1: Welcome to Check It Out!
Jul 31, 2018 • 55 min
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 co-hosts. In upcoming episodes, listeners…