Edmonds Kind of Play: Library Choices, Health & Fitness Gallery, and Other Summer Events

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    I just finished listening to a book in the library, Dealing with the dragon by Patricia Reddy. The book was recommended to me by Annie Carle, owner of The Neverending Bookshop in Perrinville, as I was shopping for a Christmas present for a little boy. Sure, it’s a 10-12 year old fantasy book (according to Google) but it’s about a princess who doesn’t want to do princess things and has dragons and a version of Sno-Isle Libraries with voice actors. Children’s books, revisited and some I’ve never read, have been a nice sweet spot in the pandemic with the added bonus that many of them have movies to go with them.

    This was raised for several reasons. Of course I enjoyed the book and loved getting it from the library. I also appreciate that when my loan is about to expire, the app will give me the option to join the waiting list again. The main reason is that I came across a tweet from the Edmunds bookstore talking about Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day is held once a year at your favorite local comic store, which the library reminded followers of, but also noted that at the library, “Every day is Free Comic Book Day!” We invite you to come and browse their “huge” collection that is “divided into cartoons for children, teens and adults.” We’re also fans of the graphic novels section of the kids’ section of every Sno-Isle site we’ve visited – Lynnwood has a particularly strong section.

    Of course, once I start looking through the library and calendar site, I find a bunch of other great options. First I watched the Zoom event, Life Skills for Teens and Beyond. On May 12 from 6-7 p.m., recipients can join Seconde Nimenya, award-winning author of the book Long way to school. Nimenya will discuss and inspire participants on how to overcome challenges in school and in their personal lives, suggest the social skills needed to live a healthy and happy life, as well as introduce successful leadership habits for the teen years and beyond. The library says this event is for young and old alike. Registration is free and required to get the link. You can read more about the author and find the recording at Sno-Isle.org.

    Learn how to make a Leo graduation May 21.

    On Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. in the Edmonds Library, you can learn how to make Lei’s Graduation Ribbon. The teens or adults in attendance will learn “information about the history of the les and the importance of giving and receiving the chalice” while learning how to make a simple ribbon in the school colors of your choice. Registration is required for this free event and there are currently some spaces left. Registration and more information at Sno-Isle.org.

    Bookmobile Libraries Sno-Isle heads to Somerset Village Apartments next to Lynnwood Ice Center twice a month, with the next visit on May 10 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and returns materials, browse the collection, and communicate with Sno-Isle Libraries staff and resources.” For this station and all other Sno-Isle Library events, including Storytime options, visit Sno-Isle.com/Events.

    More time scrolling through my feeds showed me that Edmonds Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services recently posted a “Summer Fun” topic. The weather makes it seem a lot more summer than we are in May, but a quick scan of the calendar shows plenty of “fun” already scheduled. With “movie nights, Watershed Fun Fair, health and fitness fair, music, markets, festivals and more!” Listed, it was my first calendar scan of movie nights! There are five different movie nights this summer, starting in mid-July and occurring once a week at different local parks. There is also the market, Taste of Edmonds, and lots of different music options in the calendar can be easily found and added to the online calendar at EdmondsWA.gov/calendar.

    One of the upcoming events that will be heading into the summer is the Health & Fitness Show held at Edmonds School District Stadium at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Described as “fun for the whole family,” this free fair will be on May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up for Move 60! The Fun Run starts half an hour before the 10:30 race time, and participants can walk, run or jog the 1k track. There are also a lot of free items you can get.! The first 225 young adults in attendance will receive a free T-shirt, the Cascade Bicycle Club will offer free bike helmets, and there will be free health, dental and sports checks at the school. There will be plenty of ways to get involved in fitness activities at the fair, including soccer and soccer drills, obstacle course and track events, and of course, the Fun Run. For more information, you can contact the Edmonds School District at 425-431-7000.

    Written by Jennifer Marks

    Jane Marks, an Edmonds mother of two, is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time.