Posts Tagged ‘Coupeville Library’

Leslie Franzen (center) enjoys time with family. (Photo courtesy Kelsi Mottet)

There’s a changing of the guard in the world of books.

Longtime Coupeville Library Manager Leslie Franzen is retiring Mar. 1, putting a cap on 43 years of work in the industry.

She’s ridden the ever-changing waves from the days of card catalogs to a world driven by computers, always remaining one of the friendliest, kindest guardians of the written word.

A celebration of her library tenure is set for Thursday, Feb. 23.

The event, which will feature light refreshments and is open to the public, is set for 1-4:00 PM in the library’s meeting room.

The Coupeville Library is located at 788 Alexander Street.

Franzen, a CHS grad, began her library life by working as a page while still in high school.

After a stint off-Island, she and husband Derek returned to Whidbey, where they raised children Kelsi and Garrett, and Leslie was tabbed as Coupeville’s managing librarian in 1988.

Over the years, Franzen (and the library) bounced from location to location in Coupeville, with the snazzy current version being built in 2010.

Two bond measures were passed in 2008 to finance the library improvement, with Franzen among those leading the charge in stumping for the new building.

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It’s time to get some love from the community for your artistic nature.

Children ages 5-18 are encouraged to submit their work for the first Coupeville Youth Art Walk.

Submissions are due by Thursday, May 19 and can be brought to the Coupeville Library between 10 AM and 5:30 PM.

Artwork will be on display in downtown Coupeville May 27-30, with an artist reception May 29 at Meet Market.

Located at 7 Front Street in Coupeville, that establishment — which will offer handmade goods, creative supplies, and a community gathering spot — opens Memorial Day weekend.

Frida’s, A Beautiful Mess, Kapaws Iskreme, and Meet Market are providing raffle items, while the first 15 artists at the reception will receive a gift from the Pacific NorthWest Art School.


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Now, if they're all looking at Coupeville Sports, who am I to complain? (John Fisken photos)

   Now, if they’re all looking at Coupeville Sports, who am I to complain? (John Fisken photos)

Get your head out of your phone, at least long enough to watch a film about what that screen time is doing to you.

The Coupeville Library is screening the acclaimed documentary Screenagers twice next week.

The film, which will show Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 PM and Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 PM, is being provided thanks to funding by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and Friends of the Coupeville Library.

Screenagers, directed by Delaney Ruston, focuses on the impact of screen time on children, teenagers, and their families.

Through poignant and humorous stories, the filmmaker lays out a case for how tech time impacts the development of today’s children, while also offering solutions for how parents can work with their children to find a balance.

The film has received rave reviews in the New York Times and Forbes and been featured on Good Morning America.

A trailer for the film:

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