Behind the Scenes at the Library

Ever wonder what it’s like in the library right now, and what staff are doing in the building, behind those closed doors? Here’s a little movie to show you.



It’s actually very quiet without our patrons in the library, and we all look forward to when we can reopen, but you can be sure we are keeping busy at both locations!

Many carts of books checked in and ready to shelve.

Curbside Service has been popular, especially at the Main Library. Last week we determined that over 1200 patrons have taken advantage of this service. You can place books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks on hold from our website, or call us at the numbers below and we will be happy to do it for you! Pick up is easy – see all the details here.

Delivering bags of books to a patron

Phone Service has also been steady. Give us a call and we can put library materials on hold for you, help you get ebooks on your device, look up a phone number, suggest a book, research a question, find historical material, etc. If there’s a way for us to do it remotely we will try our hardest to help:

Reference questions: Main Library 425-257-8000 Evergreen Branch 425-257-8250
Account questions: Main Library 425-257-8010 Evergreen Branch 425-257-8260

At the Main Library we can be reached Monday to Friday: 10-6, Saturday: 10-5. At the Evergreen Branch: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10-6, Saturday: 10-5



Books for You is a new book matching service that was started recently as a way to quickly get staff-picked books to patrons. There are many different lists that we’ve created; take a look at the web page. Once you’ve chosen a “Books for You” category that interests you, fill out this form or give us a call at 425-257-8000, and we’ll place some books on hold for you!

Kids and teens can participate too! Simply fill out this form to let us know what your child or teen would like, and we’ll handpick items we think they’ll love.  You can also call us at 425-257-8000 to speak to a librarian. For more reading suggestions for kids and teens, visit our What to Read Next page.

You choose the category. We choose the books!

Summer Reading is in full swing. Read 24 hours and earn a new book! Prizes will be available starting in mid-August. Visit the Summer Reading page to print out reading logs, or ask for one when you come by for a curbside pickup.

Summer Reading Logo, Imagine your story, Thank you to our sponsor - Friends of the Everett Public Li

Storytimes are recorded and generally posted three times a week. Watch for them on our Facebook page, or click here to see our available previously recorded storyimes Join in the fun with Miss Andrea, Miss Leslie, Miss Emily, and Miss Eileen!


Online Program for Adults:

The Northwest Room at Home video series examines local history in a number of ways. Check out “Digitizing the Juleen Panoramas“, the most recent video.


The Stay Home, Stay Healthy Virtual book club meetings through Microsoft Teams have just begun. The next session is on August 22nd, and the book is Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.

Presentations on job searching skills and resources took place on Facebook weekly through July, and the recordings can all be viewed at epls.org/jobseeker. Starting soon in August, look for a series on entrepreneurial skills and resources to help people start their own businesses.

Grow Your Jobseeking Skills


Create @ Home recorded DIY arts and crafts videos have been posted monthly during this time. This week’s episode is on how to make “hypertufa’ flower pots – a type of lighter weight cement material – from a mixture of ingredients.


Behind the scenes down in technical services, selecting, ordering, receiving, cataloging, and labeling new materials have continued throughout the time the library has been closed. To see what’s been ordered, take a look at the new fiction, nonficiton, DVD and children’s books lists. All on order items can be found in the catalog.

Website improvements have been ongoing, as we try to provide the most needed information such as COVID-19 updates and job searching resources front and center.


Repairing and Re-configuring – While we are closed, we will be renewing, repairing, and replacing some service desks, and adding features to increase the safety of patrons and staff when we can reopen.


Library staff are used to helping people in all sorts of ways, so it certainly does not feel the same without you, but at least we can see you for curbside pickups, and talk to you over the phone. Libraries will be allowed to reopen in a limited fashion in Phase 3, so we have to get there first. We hope that day comes soon.

The library fish miss you too!

Create @ the Library, Except this Time @ Home!

A Reading Life blog is supposed to be about reading, right? Well, this post IS about books, and I will mention a few newly added eBooks that relate, but mostly this is about BOOK ART!

For the last five years, I’ve put on a program for adults called ‘Create @ the Library’ in which attendees, a lot of them regulars, complete an art or craft project. We’ve painted, sculpted, worked with clay, paper, mosaic, and cement. We’ve generally had a great time, made new friends, and realized how creative we can be. Each April we focus on a recycled book themed art or craft project to celebrate National Library Week, and this year, although the library is closed, I still wanted to share the project we had planned, ‘Book Folding Fun’. You can do this project at home, with just a few common supplies. Below is a narrated presentation that walks you through all the steps. You can also view this video, and many more, on the Library’s YouTube Channel.

If that’s not enough creating with books for you, check out these just added eBook titles from Overdrive and cloudLibrary.

There seems to be a dearth of book folding books out there, and even fewer in digital format. The first one on the list, Book Origami : The Art of Folding Books by John M Green, contains patterns for numbers, letters, animals, and shapes. He also explains making your own designs. It’s not a very visually exciting book but at least it has patterns. Green uses a whole different method – one I have not tried (since I’ve only folded one book myself!) – so be ready to learn if you want to use his patterns.

Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book by Jason Thompson, contains all sorts of creative projects involving books, including cutting them into sculptural shapes, reusing paperback covers for postcards, making a book into a pocketbook, and a book jacket into a billfold. The introduction contains a passage that caught my eye:

“We cannot hope to save all the books from the landfill – this is a Sisyphean task. But we can be inspired by the creativity of these artists, who reinterpret both lowly and lofty books into something more.”

The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipinti is a book I have checked out before in a non-digital format and enjoyed. There are lots of fun projects including hanging and wall sculptures made of books and book pages.

Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed by Laura Heyenga is not a project book, but a showcase of serious art made by artists in which books are used to create some amazing works. I haven’t had a chance to look at this one yet because it is already checked out.


Lastly, I wanted to share some images of book art made by one of Everett Public Library’s staff members. Although I am a beginner at the art of book folding, Kim, who works in the technical services department, is super talented at this craft. She has years of experience, and has made many challenging and amazingly complex designs. You may have seen them displayed at the library at times.

She has even made portraits of friends and family members! Now that’s talent!

If you are craving a creative project, take a look around your place and see if there are some outdated books you could repurpose into art. There’s something really appealing about the printed page that goes beyond the words themselves.