September 10, 2013 |

Three community discussions on bullying for Sno-Isle Libraries

Did you know Washington state has the fifth highest level of reported bullying in the country?

Bullying is not just a problem for children in schools or on the sports field. It is also a problem that affects their parents and adults in the workplace, where 35 to 50 percent of employees report experiencing bullying.

How does it start and how do we stop it? Sno-Isle Libraries presents three powerful community Issues That Matter forums during September on the effects of bullying on the lives of so many.

Students, families, educators, employers and anyone interested in this topic are invited to come and hear local law enforcement, education professionals, mental health specialists, and other experts examine and discuss ways to address this damaging issue. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions at these three discussion forums, which are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Lake Stevens High School Performing Arts Center

Moderator: Chris Jury, Snohomish County Health and Safety Network


• Jim Barnes, School Resource Officer, Lake Stevens Police Dept.

• Katie Davis, iSchool Professor, UW cyber-bullying focus

• Mike Donlin, WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, The School Safety Center

• Brenda Newell, GLBTQ Loving Ourselves Becoming Empowered, Snohomish County Health Dept.

Audience members should come early; seating is limited.

The September series of bullying forums is the second of three topics planned under the Library District’s theme of “Public Safety and Health” for Issues That Matter events in 2013. A third topic, DUI and addictions, is being planned for Issues That Matter forums late in the year. The previous forum topic, gun violence, was covered in May 2013.

“Public libraries create spaces where people can come to explore information, issues and ideas in a friendly, non-threatening environment,” says Sno-Isle Libraries Board President Rico Tessandore. “We are extending that library space to other locations, through forums like Issues That Matter, to enable dialogue and exploration on important community issues.”

These community events are presented at no cost to the public by Sno-Isle Libraries to encourage community conversations on high-profile current issues. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, which joins Sno-Isle Libraries in remaining neutral on topics covered by Issues That Matter programs. Sno-Isle Libraries actively seeks various voices and points-of-view to serve on Issues That Matter speaker panels.

The Library District invites community members to learn more about bullying and harassment issues through Sno-Isle Libraries’ substantial physical, digital and virtual online resources, such as books, audio and eBooks, credible research databases, and websites. Many of these resources can be found by walking into any of the 21 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties. Others can be found through the Sno-Isle Libraries website at:

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