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from the director Connected. Engaged. Sustainable.


hat kind of community do you want to live in? This was the question that Kitsap Regional Library asked Kitsap residents during a year-long Community Assessment project. During 2016, library staff engaged almost 70 different community members and groups as we attempted to better understand the aspirations of our citizens. We Over the next year, the Library talked with Bainbridge will be reflecting seniors, on what was Suquamish said and tribal leaders, Kitsap Young developing new Professionals programs and and Kingston services focused homeschooling on what our parents. Most citizens told us. importantly, we talked to more than just library users. From these conversations, three interconnected themes developed. They said: • We want a community that is connected. • We want a community that is engaged. • We want a community that is sustainable. People want to feel connected to each other and their community, especially in their neighborhood. They want enriching opportunities to connect with others across the county, engaging people from multiple generations. They want to access


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Jill Jean, director of Kitsap Regional Library.

easily the opportunities available. A Bremerton resident summed it up when they said, “When people are disconnected from each other … it’s harder to make and maintain friendships, to build strong community and to implement change.” Kitsap citizens also want to know that there are a wide variety of groups and individuals engaged in civic and community affairs. They believe that it’s important to make sure it’s not just one voice or one point of view across our community. They are focused on creating safe, civil spaces to learn from people with different ideas. They want it to be easier to find out what’s going on. “We don’t know what we don’t know,” stated one Bremerton resident.

Young and old alike want to live in a community that is thriving environmentally, economically and socially and feels as though it will continue to prosper. They want a sustainable environment where natural resources are preserved for future generations. They want vibrant downtowns with local businesses and good jobs. They want diverse opportunities for education that support the employment needs of the county. So how do we move forward with this information? Over the next year, the Library will be reflecting on what was said and developing new programs and services focused on what you told us. For example, do our library buildings need to be open more hours to not only provide more time for civic engagement, but also provide a safe place for children to go after school and on weekends, for fun things to do and to study? Later this year, we will be considering what we could put into place — what we could do better together — with more resources. Could we provide our community members with improved meeting spaces? Might our buildings house certain social services? Could we increase our support for workforce development? It is our mission to make sure we are helping people achieve their dreams and rising to their challenges. And always, always, we want to keep the conversation going! So if you have an idea of something we should hear about, please give us a call.

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Arts & Culture Betty MacDonald’s ‘The Egg and I’: From the Chicken to the Silver Screen

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bees back there. Don’t have s technology propels a yard? Grow your own food our lives forward at in containers on a balcony an ever-increasing or window sill. Do you have speed, and as social media clothes that are damaged connects us with friends or out of style? Upcycle across borders while the scraps into something distancing us from people Megan useful, like a quilt or a rug. across the street, more and Doreen May Repurpose, repair or even more people are feeling the Adult Services compost before throwing urge to slow down and get Librarian things out. back to basics. The Urban This quarter, the Library is proud Homesteading Movement has grown to present a series of Urban out of a desire to live sustainably, Homesteading classes and events, eat locally and to make and mend. It giving you a taste of options out there seeks to close the gap between the for more sustainable, thoughtful living. consumer and the consumed. Join us at one of our informational Urban homesteading embraces sessions or at one of our maker and the fact that we live in a modern craft events. But more than that, we world with technology and in a hope you will be inspired to look landscape of apartments, suburbs further, to read blogs, check out books and small yards. It's about slowing and find something that speaks to you. down, learning heritage skills in a new Something that inspires you to slow way and keeping our footprint small. down and connect with the world and Do you have a small yard? Plant a people around you. garden or put some chickens and


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Historian Paula Becker presents Betty MacDonald’s rise from chicken farmer to author and beyond. DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Wednesday, March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. MANCHESTER

Wednesday, March 29, 6-7 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

Saturday, March 11, 1-2 p.m. POULSBO

Saturday, March 18, 1-2 p.m.

Film Group March 29: "Brigadoon" (1954), directed by Vincente Minnelli April 26: “The Virginian” (1946), directed by Stuart Gilmore May 31: “Battle Circus” (1953), directed by Richard Brooks POULSBO

Last Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk March 3: Lia Burbridge — Photography April 7: Donna Russell — Paintings May 5: Patricia Wilson — Paintings DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

First Fridays, 5-7 p.m.

Lit Out Loud Add some literature to your day by listening to stories, nonfiction selections or poetry read aloud. KINGSTON

Second Wednesdays, March 8, April 12, May 10, 1-2 p.m.

Opera Preview: ‘The Magic Flute’ Opera aficionado Norm Hollingshead previews Mozart’s tale of a prince sent to rescue the Queen of Night’s daughter. BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7968 FINCH R0AD NE, BAINBRIDGE

Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m. KINGSTON

Bainbridge: Waterfront

Lit Up

March 21: “The Human Age” by Diane Ackerman

A traveling book group, popping up in a new location each month.

April 18: “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Laurie R. King

March 16: “The Egg and I” by Betty MacDonald

May 16: “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker

April 20: “Delicious Foods” by James Hannaham


May 18: “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe“ by Romain Puertolas

Saturday, April 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

Third Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m.

Sober Night Out


A night of drug- and alcohol-free games, entertainment and amusement. Ages 18+ DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Saturday, April 29, 7-9 p.m. SYLVAN WAY

March 20: “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman April 17: “A Lost Lady” by Willa Cather May 15: “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov KINGSTON

Saturday, March 25, May 27, 7-9 p.m.

Third Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Story Night

Downtown Bremerton

A colorful, entertaining night of true stories told by the area’s best (or at least the most willing) storytellers. Contact Sylvan Way to register as a storyteller.

April 24: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple May 22: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler

March 2: Rainy Days


April 6: Getting to Know You May 4: Fame CLOVERLEAF SPORTS BAR & GRILL, 1240 HOLLIS ST., BREMERTON

First Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.

Book Groups


Third Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m.

Little Boston March 1: “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by Timothy Egan April 5: “Orhan’s Inheritance” by Aline Ohanesian May 3: Bring your own book LITTLE BOSTON

First Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.

Manchester March 20: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

Fourth Mondays, 5-6 p.m., except March 27

April 17: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd

Ferry Tales

May 15: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin

A commuter discussion on the 4:40 Seattle to Bainbridge Ferry. March 9: “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard April 13: “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer” by Novella Carpenter


Third Mondays, 7-8 p.m.


May 11: “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys

March 11: Contemporary female private investigators

March 28: “City of Thieves” by David Benioff


April 8: Culinary mysteries

April 25: “The Good Luck of Right Now” by Matthew Quick

Second Thursdays, 4:30-5:15 p.m.

May 13: Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

May 23: “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Christina Henriquez





Fourth Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.

March 1: “How to Be Both” by Ali Smith

Second Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

April 5: British authors show and tell May 3: “The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” by Paul Bogard KINGSTON

First Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

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Sylvan Way

March 21: “Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer's” by Collin Tong

March 11: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler

April 18: “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson

April 8: “The Sympathizer”

May 16: Astronomy nonfiction

May 13: “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson


Third Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.

Port Orchard March 21: “The Dinner” by Herman Koch April 18: “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert May 16: “Orhan’s Inheritance” by Aline Ohanesian PORT ORCHARD

Third Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

by Viet Thanh Nguyen SYLVAN WAY

Second Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.

VIP In partnership with the Bainbridge Visually Impaired Persons Group, titles are available from the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by Timothy Egan, and “Alpine Hero: An Emma Lord Mystery” by Mary Daheim BAINBRIDGE REMODEL: Visit for location

Pub Lit

Friday, April 7, 2-4 p.m.

Literature meets libation in this nonfiction book group. Real reads. Real people. Real discussion.

Business & Career

March 15: Bring a nonfiction book to share April 19: “One Summer: America, 1927” by Bill Bryson May 17: “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson SLIPPERY PIG BREWERY, 18801 FRONT ST. NE, POULSBO

Third Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.

Silverdale March 15: “The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light” by Paul Bogard April 19: “Truth Like the Sun” by Jim Lynch May 17: “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter SILVERDALE

Third Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.

Stitch a Cozy Bring your stitching and discuss a different mystery each month. March 8: “A Front Page Affair” by Radha Vastal April 12: Bring a cozy cat mystery to share May 10: “A Monstrous Regiment of Women” by Laurie R. King SILVERDALE

Second Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.

Career Center: One-On-One Appointments One-on-one assistance from trained career specialists. In Partnership with WorkSource. Registration required (see pg27). BAINBRIDGE

Every Monday, 2:30-4 p.m., except May 29 First Tuesdays, March 7, April 4, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m. Fourth Tuesdays, March 28, April 25, May 23, Noon-7 p.m. DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Third Tuesdays, March 21, April 18, May 16, noon-6 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

Second Tuesdays, March 14, April 11, May 9, noon-7 p.m. POULSBO

First Tuesdays, March 7, April 4, May 2, noon-7 p.m.

Nonprofits: Welcome to the Collaboration Hub Looking for collaborators? Explore the new Nonprofit Collaboration Hub from the Foundation Center for free tools and expert guidance. In partnership with the Foundation Center. Registration required (see pg27). DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Tuesday, April 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. POULSBO

Wednesday, April 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.


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Community Classroom Library U Presents Art History Series — Art historians provide a look at artists and movements from the Renaissance through the 20th century. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART, 550 WINSLOW WAY E, BAINBRIDGE

Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29, 10-11:30 a.m.

Great Decisions at the Library A discussion series on today’s most compelling foreign policy issues. BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7968 FINCH ROAD NE, BAINBRIDGE

Saturday, March 4, 9:30-11 a.m.

The Salon: A Forum for Conversation Enjoy stimulating conversation and learn from others in civil dialogue. BAINBRIDGE

Friday, May 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

DIY & Crafts Crafternoon Bring your craft project or try one of ours. Find inspiration for your next project in our extensive craft book collection. LITTLE BOSTON

Every Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Drop-Spindle Spinning Use the forces of gravity and momentum to create your own hand spun yarn. Registration required (see pg27). PORT ORCHARD

Thursday, May 25, 2:30-4 p.m. POULSBO

Saturday, April 15, 1-2:30 p.m. SILVERDALE

Thursday, April 27, 7-9 p.m.

Make a Journal Learn a new bookbinding technique and create your own journal for recording memories, keeping notes or gifting. Registration required (see pg27). DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Saturday, March 18, 1:30-3 p.m. MANCHESTER

Monday, May 1, 6-7:30 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

Thursday, March 23, 2:30-4 p.m. SILVERDALE

Thursday, May 25, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 10-11:30 a.m.

Games & Gaming Books on Tap Dazzle the other teams with your knowledge of book and movie trivia. Title lists available at the Library. For ages 21+

Wednesdays, Feb. 1-April 14, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Vision Screening with the Lions


Free vision screening with the Poulsbo Lions Club. All Ages


Wednesday, May 17, 1-2:30 p.m. MANCHESTER

Monday, April 3, 6-7:30 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

Thursday, April 27, 2-4 p.m. SILVERDALE

Thursday, March 23, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 10-11:30 a.m. SYLVAN WAY

Saturday, March 11, 1:30-3 p.m.

Spring Coloring Creative fun for everyone. All Ages


First Wednesdays, March 1, April 5, May 3, 7:30-9 p.m.

Paint a mason jar with chalkboard paint and turn it into a functional herb planter. Registration required (see pg27). Saturday, May 13, 1:30-3 p.m.

This walk-in service is free, confidential and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Mondays, Feb. 1-April 14, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Mason Jar Planters

Saturday, May 13, 1:30-3 p.m.

AARP offers free tax preparation services with trained volunteers ready help prepare your personal taxs. Please bring your social security card, any paperwork and your 2015 tax return.


Health & Wellness


AARP Tax Assistance

Fridays, Feb. 1-April 14, 1:30-4 p.m. Monday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

Saturdays, March 4-April 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Our Environment Beekeeping 101


Learn the basics from types of bees and pollinators to housing, equipment and plants.

Tuesday, April 11, 3-5 p.m.


Walking Club Bring your walking shoes and a water bottle for a fun and invigorating urban walk. MANCHESTER

Every Friday, 11-noon, except March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 PORT ORCHARD

Every Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. SILVERDALE

Every Tuesday, 10-11 a.m., except March 7, 14, 21, 28

Tuesday, March 14, 2-4 p.m. POULSBO

Saturday, March 25, 1-3 p.m.

Chicken Keeping 101 Learn the basics from types of chickens to housing, feed, eggs and local ordinances. KINGSTON

Thursday, April 20, 2-3:30 p.m. MANCHESTER

Thursday, April 6, 3-4:30 p.m. SYLVAN WAY

Hot Topics

Tuesday, April 25, 2-3:30 p.m.

Talk to Your Teen About Marijuana

Learn the basics from how to get involved, permits or licenses, what you can sell and how much inventory to bring. PORT ORCHARD


Set the stage for open dialogue with your teen. In partnership with Olympic Education Service District 114 and WA State Department of Health. Registration required (see pg27).

Saturday, April 29, 1:30-3 p.m.



Saturday, April 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 5, 3:30-5 p.m.

Upcycle Your Shirts Bring three to five T-shirts in coordinating colors and go home with new, earth-friendly home goods. Registration required (see pg27). BAINBRIDGE

Saturday, May 20, 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, April 22, 10-11:30 a.m. SYLVAN WAY

Saturday, April 8, 1:30-3 p.m.


Thursday, April 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Farmers Market 101

Tuesday, April 11, 2-4 p.m.

Composting with John Barutt Whether you’re new to composting or improving an established system, John will put you on the path to soil success. BAINBRIDGE

Friday, April 7, 1-3 p.m. SILVERDALE

Saturday, April 22, 2-4 p.m. SYLVAN WAY

Saturday, April 15, 1-3 p.m.

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Farm Tour

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Visit a working Kitsap County farm to learn about local agriculture and get inspired for your own urban homesteading projects. Registration required (see pg27). LOCATION SHARED AFTER REGISTRATION

Monday, April 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Seed Saving with the Long Lake Garden Club Learn techniques to harvest your own crop’s seeds to grow new starts. PORT ORCHARD

Thursday, March 9, 2-3:30 p.m.

Technology One-on-One Tech Help Need help with computer skills, downloading ebooks, audiobooks, music and magazines? Book up to an hour with a tutor. Registration required (see pg27). POULSBO

Every Monday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m., except May 29

Open Computer Lab Basic computer skills with volunteers from Kitsap Computing Seniors. SYLVAN WAY

Every Friday, 1:30-3 p.m.

Writing & Publishing Find an Agent: The Art of the Query & Synopsis Write a sparkling query letter and get the right agent’s attention with novelist and publishing professional Stasia Ward Kehoe.

The Library partners with PSGS to bring you the Genealogy Center, located in our Sylvan Way location. (360) 475-9172

LECTURES Using Land Records to Break Down Brick Walls With Jerri McCoy. Learn how land records can be used to resolve difficult genealogical problems. SYLVAN WAY

Wednesday, March 22, 1-2 p.m.

The Melungeons: Who Were These Elusive People? With Jim Johnson. Learn the lineage of these Central Appalachian people, where they lived and the types of records available. SYLVAN WAY

Wednesday, April 26, 1-2 p.m.

World War II Heroes: Telling Their Stories With Mary Kircher Roddy. Learn how to find and access multiple sources to uncover the experiences of World War II heroes. SYLVAN WAY

Wednesday, May 24, 1-2 p.m.

CLASSES Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes

The Scots-Irish: Settlers in the Wilderness * With Janet Camarata. Learn how the Scots-Irish contributed to our country and the sources available to genealogists researching their Scots-Irish heritage. SYLVAN WAY

Tuesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Detours Around Irish Roadblocks & Stone Walls Plus Irish Roots Jeopardy * With Steven Morrison. Discover Ireland’s top 10 roadblocks and stone walls preventing you from making progress in finding your elusive Irish ancestors. SYLVAN WAY

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Spreadsheets 101 & 201: Excel-lence in Genealogy * With Mary Kircher Roddy. Get up to speed on using Excel and learn new tricks to work smarter. Let spreadsheets analyze data and keep track of your research. SYLVAN WAY

Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


* With Jill Morelli. Learn how to incorporate the Genealogical Proof Standards into your personal family history research.

Grandpa Worked for the Railroad

Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m.



Tuesday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

* With Janice Lovelace. Discover the history of railroad companies, the types of jobs available and how to access railroad records, including pensions.

Wednesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.

Kingston Writer's Group Share your writing in a supportive, friendly space. Bring any piece: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, etc. Beginners welcome. KINGSTON

Second Tuesdays, March 14, April 11, May 9, 6:30-7:30

Webinar: Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom

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Saturday, May 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

* With Angela Walton-Raji. Find record sets and maps reflecting the years after the Civil War and how they provide critical background for your family story. SYLVAN WAY

Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



* Registration required; call (360) 475-9172

meet the author

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl Librarian, best-selling author and taste maker shares her approach to reading and some great reads. Registration required (see p27). POULSBO

Saturday, May 6, 2-3:30 p.m.

Chevy Stevens

Dan Hinkley

Garth Stein

Mike Lawson

Explore the darkest heart of love and obsession in this bestselling author's latest novel, “Never Let You Go.”

This plantsman and author speaks about his travel adventures and latest botanical finds. In partnership with Poulsbo Garden Club.

As part of the Kitsap Regional Library's One Book, One Community events, author Garth Stein speaks about his book, “A Sudden Light.”

This local author talks about his Joe DeMarco and K. Hamilton thrillers and his path from Naval Shipyard to published author.





Saturday, March 25, 2-3 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, 10-11 a.m.

Saturday, March 4, 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 6, 2-3 p.m.

Seattle7Writers Take On: YA Fiction & Censorship Discuss young adult and crossover fiction and the challenges of intellectual freedom and censorship with the Seattle7Writers. POULSBO Saturday, April 1, 2-3 p.m.

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Arts & Culture Anime Club Engage in spirited discussions, learn about art and culture and bond with fellow “Otakus” all while watching a wide variety of Anime. Grades 6-12 POULSBO

Second Fridays, March 10, April 14, May 12, 3:30-5 p.m.

Art After Dark 2.0: Art Extravaganza Take over the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art for a night of interactive and creative activities. In partnership with BIMA Registration required (see pg27). Grades 9-12 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART, 550 WINSLOW WAY, BAINBRIDGE

Saturday, March 25, 7-10 p.m.

Happy Little Trees: Teen Paint-a-Long Learn to paint with oils in a group setting. Materials provided. Grades 7-12 PORT ORCHARD

Mondays, April 10, 17, 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

Exploration: Old Man House Suquamish Tribal Museum’s archaeologist leads us through this historically, culturally important site. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 7-12 SUQUAMISH MUSEUM, 6861 NE SOUTH ST.

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-noon

Business & Career Teen Job Boot Camp Get in shape for this summer’s job and internship market with workshops and a job fair with local employers interested in hiring teens. In partnership with the City of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Youth Services. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 7-12 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL COMMONS

Monday, April 24, 1:30-6 p.m.

Career Center: One-On-One Appointments One-on-one assistance from trained career specialists. In Partnership with WorkSource. Registration required (see pg27). Every Monday, 2:30-4 p.m., except May 29 First Tuesdays, March 7, April 4, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m. Fourth Tuesdays, March 28, April 25, May 23, noon-7 p.m. DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

All events at Kitsap Regional Library are open to the public. Library staff may take photographs or video recordings at Library events for the purpose of promoting Kitsap Regional Library.

Teen RPG Club Play role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons or bring your cards for Magic: The Gathering. All experience levels welcome. Grades 7-12 PORT ORCHARD

Every Monday, 4-6 p.m., except May 29

Health & Wellness Hiking Skills for Fun & Safety Stations on fire building, orienteering, knot tying, what to pack and more taught by the Bainbridge Island Scout Troop 1565. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 7-12 BAINBRIDGE, NORTH PARKING LOT


Photos & Video Recording

Games & Gaming

Wednesday, May 10, 6-8 p.m.

Teen Yoga Night Wear your stretchiest pants and learn yoga basics from our guest instructor. Grades 7-12 PORT ORCHARD

Mondays, May 8, 15, 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

Hot Topics Adulting

Third Tuesdays, March 21, April 18, May 16, noon-6 p.m.

May 4: How to Food, Part 2 — Nutrition, cooking and staying healthy on a dime.


May 11: How to Car ­— You can’t check tire pressure by kicking it. Learn basic vehicle maintenance with guest experts.

Second Tuesdays, March 14, April 11, May 9, noon-7 p.m. POULSBO

First Tuesdays, March 7, April 4, May 2, noon-7 p.m.

May 18: How to Credit — Build good credit and avoid bad credit with a subject expert. May 25: How to Relationship — Learn to build healthy relationships. PORT ORCHARD

Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Ages 15-25


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Tough Topics March 23: Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence — A conversation led by a therapist and advocate from the Kitsap Sexual Assault Center. April 27: LGBTQ+POC, Say What? — Professor James Estrella leads a discussion on the repercussions of the Pulse nightclub shooting on LGBTQ and people of color communities. May 25: Dating and Relationships — Kayla Potts from Planned Parenthood leads a discussion on navigating the complexities of dating and relationships. PORT ORCHARD

Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Grades 7-12

Leadership & Volunteering Teen Advisory Board Help shape the Library. Discuss programs, plan special events and earn volunteer credit for school. Grades 7-12 KINGSTON

Fridays, March 24, April 21, May 19, 3-3:30 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

First Mondays, March 6, April 3, May 1, 6-7:30 p.m. POULSBO

Third Fridays, March 17, April 21, May 19, 3:30-5 p.m. SYLVAN WAY

First Wednesdays, March 1, April 5, May 3, 5-7 p.m.

School Support Monday Teen Space Explore interests, hang out with friends or study. Amazing islanders stop in to share what they are working on now. Grades 7-12 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL TEEN CENTER, 9332 HIGH SCHOOL ROAD NE, BAINBRIDGE

Every Monday, 1:45-3 p.m., except April 3, May 29

Special Events Be the Source of Change Use technology to make an impact in your community, express your story and give back in a big way during Teen Tech Week. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 7-12 SYLVAN WAY

March 6-10, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Spring Lock-In: Old-School Board Games We will start with Sardines in the Stacks, then dive into games of the group’s choice. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 7-12 BAINBRIDGE

Thursday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.

STEM The Book Lovers’ Podcast Share your love of reading with the world this monthly show produced by Poulsbo teens. Grades 6-12 POULSBO

First & Fourth Fridays, March 3, 24, April 7, 28, May 5, 26, 3:30-5 p.m.

Make Do Share Become an innovator, design awesome stuff, make new friends, do amazing projects and share collaborative creations in a safe space. KINGSTON

Fridays, March 24, April 21, May 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grades 6-12 SYLVAN WAY

Every Wednesday, 5-7:30 p.m., except March 8, Grades 7-12

Teen Movie Makers Make stop-motion films, get a start on your own web series or produce a short movie. Grades 7-12

Tween Maker Love to make things? Explore tools, face design challenges, share your creations. Grades 6-8 PORT ORCHARD

Every Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Writing & Publishing Teen Story Slam Take the mic. Writers read or tell up to 5 minutes of original work of any genre (PG content). A portion of Island Cool's proceeds will benefit future teen programs. In partnership with Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. Registration required (see p27). Grades 7-12 ISLAND COOL FROZEN YOGURT, 4642 LYNWOOD CENTER ROAD NE, BAINBRIDGE

Thursday, April 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Teen Writers Group Write engaging characters and dialog and create exciting worlds. Get one-on-one consultation. Bring your writing or start fresh. Grades 7-12 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY, 9330 NE HIGH SCHOOL ROAD, BAINBRIDGE

Second Thursdays, March 9, April 13, May 11, 3:30-5 p.m.


Mondays, March 13, 20, 27, 6-7:30 p.m.

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Career Center for Teens Ready for that first job? Start here with one-on-one career coaching and career workshops. Available at our Bainbridge, Downtown Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo locations. See pg10 for a complete schedule.

Teen Job Bootcamp Get in shape for this summer’s job and internship market with workshops and a job fair with local employers interested in hiring teens. In partnership with City of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Youth Services. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 7-12 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL COMMONS

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Take over the Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts for a night of interactive, creative activities, visual arts, literary arts, music, food and friends. In partnership with BIMA. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 9-12 BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART 550 WINSLOW WAY

Saturday, March 25, 7-10 p.m.

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Kids Helping Kids W

hen Kitsap Regional Library’s Sylvan Way location recently offered a kids’ computer coding class, children weren’t just participants. They were also leaders, jumping in eagerly to help parents, each other and Youth Services Librarian Ericka Brunson hone digital skills. Brunson consulted tween Library volunteers, Lilyan Coleman, 12, and

The programs highlight the Library’s important role in afterschool education. Youth Services Manager Shannon Peterson said Library classes are thoughtfully crafted to complement classroom learning, while also giving kids and teens a real voice in what they want to learn. Landon Lee, 13, as she prepared to lead the class. “They walked me through everything,” she said. “The tweens were the experts.” And 7-year-old Seth Loescher, a self-proclaimed STEM kid who attended the event, shared his programming knowledge on the spot with other kids and a parent. “The interaction was great,” said Loescher’s mom, Jessica. “He was being taught and he was teaching someone else.” The home-schooled second-grader agreed: “That same kid I helped, helped


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me when I was playing a dragon game on Tynker (a coding website).” Brunson said the collaborations were inspiring. “It was great seeing all these families working together to learn a new skill. They were working through lessons together and supporting one another in their learning.” The coding class was part of a monthly series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) explorations devoted to different professions, titled, “So You Want to Be a ...”Topics for the hands-on sessions have included forensic scientist, entomologist, architect and engineer. “Kids want to do everything and we thought it would be fun to offer a basic introduction to all these different professions,” said Brunson. Supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the programs highlight the Library’s important role in afterschool education. Youth Services Manager Shannon Peterson said Library classes are thoughtfully crafted to complement classroom learning, while also giving kids and teens a real voice in what they want to learn. “So You Want to Be a Computer Programmer” is a prime example. It was a particular favorite among participants, 5- to 12-year-olds who have grown up immersed in a digital world of apps and computer games. And tween volunteer Lilyan was a driving force in its development. “She was adamant about it and really wanted to make it happen,” said Brunson of the Central Kitsap Middle School eighth-grader and aspiring

From left: Lilyan Coleman, 12, Youth Services Libr

chemical engineer. “It’s important because it’s part of our world now,” Lilyan explained. Landon, who’s a classmate of Lilyan’s and has been volunteering with her for a year, agreed. “At some point, most people should have to have some knowledge of coding. They should be able to know what is behind everything

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rarian Ericka Brunson, Landon Lee, 13, and Seth Loescher, 7.

they use and do.” At the class, Brunson, Lilyan and Landon were able to work with kids at different levels, using websites such as Hour of Code and Scratch. Some kids had never delved into digital storytelling and game design. Others were equipped with basic knowledge and the tweens showed them how to develop and

implement their ideas. “These events are really cool because they’re free, they can be fun and they can also provide knowledge for anyone,” said Landon. “We try to do interactive, hands-on fun things so (kids) can be learning by trying and having fun because that sticks in their heads better,” said Lilyan,

who added that the workshops are as much fun for the volunteers as for the participants. She has helped plan all of the career exploration classes and overcame her natural shyness to assist in presenting information at the sessions and facilitating activities. “It was challenging at first, but I enjoyed it so much, I just braved it out and kept doing it,” she said. “She’s gotten ever so much more confident with presenting her ideas,” observed Lilyan’s mother, Sophia Coleman. “It’s been a hugely maturing experience for her. It’s been fun to see her grow and be able to teach others about things she’s so passionate about at home.” Brunson said the Library is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers like Lilyan and Landon. “I would encourage them to come in and start working on their 21st century skills. There are lots of opportunities for those meaningful volunteer relationships here.” Feedback from the volunteers and program participants is key to helping the Library zero in on kids’ interests when developing engaging topics for future classes. It also gives kids a rare and empowering opportunity to be cocreators of their learning environment. “We’re always taking ideas,” Brunson said. “We find out what (kids) are super excited about and we try to find a way to make it happen.” To keep up with the latest STEM opportunities for teens and kids at all Library locations, check the listings in each quarter’s Inspire and on-line at

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2016 Kitsap Great Give Campaign, Kitsap Regional Library, Sylvan Way, photographer: Logan Westom

Here in Kitsap, we have a library because of public funding.

We have the Library you want because of donors like you. With your help, we continue to be a place that engages, inspires and uplifts our community. Your gifts are the reason we are able to increase support of essential programs, year after year. Thank you for showing us how much you value the Library by making Kitsap Regional Library Foundation one of the top charities during the annual Kitsap Great Give.

Please give again, May 2 16

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foundation Cornerstone of the Community


or Kate Cofer, starting work in November as Assistant Director of the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation was a homecoming — literally. Cofer grew up next door to the Library’s Sylvan Way location, where the Foundation has an office. She recalls sledding on the grounds as a child and checking out pattern books after her grandmother taught her to crochet. “I like to learn and try new things,” she said. “The Library was a big part of me just ‘Access to exploring new ideas. information Anything I was for everyone interested in, is something I could find that’s important there.” In addition to me, and to being anyone can passionate about come into the learning, Cofer Library to get bubbles with their needs enthusiasm for her community. met.’ “I have a big — Kate Cofer attachment to everything Bremerton and everything Kitsap.” Since graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Communications, Cofer has spent a dozen years working for nonprofits, including the Kitsap Humane Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, where she was part of the team that built the Bremerton Teen Center. Most recently, she was the Director of Development for Easter Seals

Kate Cofer, Assistant Director, Kitsap Regional Library Foundation Washington and has expertise in fundraising events and grant writing. When Cofer learned about the Library Foundation job opening, she knew it was a perfect fit for both her skills and her passion. “Access to information for everyone is something that’s important to me and anyone can come into the Library to get their needs met.” Cofer’s duties include fundraising to support ongoing programs such as Summer Learning and assisting with the capital campaign to build a new Kitsap Regional Library in Silverdale. She’s excited about the opportunity to serve the entire community. “In other nonprofits where I’ve worked, they serve a fraction of the population or their focus is very specific to special needs in a family or teens having a place to go after school. I really think this is a way to use all the skills I have for a place that is open to everyone.”

One of her long-term goals is to create an annual signature fundraising event for the Library Foundation. “I’m ready to jump in on that when the time is right.” When she’s not raising funds, Cofer is raising two young sons, ages 4 and 1, with her husband, Jim. They live near her childhood home and the Library. “I’ve really come full circle.” Kitsap Regional Library Foundation inspires donors to support the Library beyond the means of public funding, raising funds from individuals, foundations, business and community organizations. Programs like Summer Learning, STEM and One Book, One Community are essential to achieving the mission of the Library and are only possible through this additional support. Visit for ways you can help us support your Library.

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Films & Movies

School Support


Drive-in Movie: ‘Cars’

Dog Tales

Family Play Day

Create your own cardboard box car and watch Lightning McQueen race down Route 66. All ages POULSBO

Friday, March 31, 2-4 p.m.

Movie Matinée: ‘Finding Dory’ The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents. Rated PG. All ages MANCHESTER

Thursday, April 6, 1:15-3 p.m.

Games & Gaming Minecraft Love playing Minecraft? Play with others, use our laptops or bring your own. Be prepared to share, as space is limited. Grades 4-8 DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Third Wednesdays, March 15, April 19, May 17, 3:30-5 p.m.

Legos Lego Club Complete a special building challenge individually or on a team. Grades K-5 BAINBRIDGE

Second Tuesdays, March 14, April 11, May 9, 3-4:30 p.m. DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

First Wednesdays, March 1, April 5, May 3, 3:30-5 p.m. MANCHESTER

Third Wednesdays, March 15, April 19, May 17, 6-7:15 p.m.


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Drop in with Jangle the therapy dog and Miss Greta, our awesome youth librarian. We’ll help find the perfect book for you. Grades K-5 SILVERDALE

Explore basic scientific principles using Lego, marble runs, gizmos, wooden blocks and K’nex. Grades K-5 POULSBO

Every Thursday, 3-5 p.m., except March 2, 9, 16, May 18, 25

Fridays, March 17, April 28, 4-5:30 p.m.

R.E.A.D. to a Dog

Bring the whole family to explore a different STEM topic each month with hands-on activities. All ages

Practice your reading skills and gain confidence reading out loud to a registered Reading Education Assistance Dog. Grades K-5 DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

First Wednesdays, March 1, April 5, May 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m. SILVERDALE

Third Saturdays, March 18, April 15, May 20, 1:30-3 p.m. SYLVAN WAY

Family STEM


Tuesdays, March 21, April 11, May 9, 3:30-5 p.m.

Superhero Squad Have fun designing with one of the newest pieces of technology. In this series, 3D print a superhero and build their tools and symbols. Grades 3-8

Every Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., except March 2, 9, 16, May 18, 25


Special Events

Project Maker

Sensory Family Playtime

Wednesdays, March 15, 22 & 29, 3:30-5 p.m.

April 19: Coding — Practice coding skills or create your own game with Scratch or Kodu.

A special family social time at the library especially welcoming for children with autism and sensory issues. Stories/crafts/activities.

April 26: Mason Jar Planters — Learn about the science of gardening while creating your own planter out of a mason jar. Registration required (see pg27).



Every Monday, 10-11 a.m.

Viking Fest Pop-up Makerspace Make a catapult, explore our STEM technologies and find out about Summer Learning. All ages VIKING FEST, FRONT ST. NE, POULSBO

Saturday, May 20, noon-5 p.m.

Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Grades 3-5 March 1: Game Design — Design, create and test your own video games using Scratch or Kodu. SILVERDALE

Wednesday, 3:30-5 p.m.

March 22, 29, April 5, 12: Robots April 19, 26, May 3, 10: Lego Stop Motion Movies — Bring your creative energy for storyboarding, creation and filming with stop-motion animation. No previous experience necessary. SILVERDALE

Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Science Action Club: Bugs A 12-week series citizen science club focusing on studying arthropods. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 5-8 BAINBRIDGE

Every Wednesday, March 1-May 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

STEM Friday

STEM Wednesday: Junior

March 24: Number Crunchers — Explore ramps, pulleys, levers, magnets, electricity, sound, physical properties and good old mathematics.

Registration required (see pg27). Grades PK-2

April 7: Engineering Challenge — Work individually and in groups to solve engineering challenges using recycled materials, craft supplies and Legos. April 14: Life Scientists — Explore a variety of life forms and structures through observation, experimentation, data collection and modeling. April 21: Tech Explorers — Small teams explore new technology, experiment with tech toys, code and create unique content. PORT ORCHARD

Spring Break Camp Lego Stop Motion From story boarding to filming, this series teaches how to make short films using Lego stop-motion. No experience necessary. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 3-5 SYLVAN WAY

Monday-Friday, April 3-7, 3:30-5 p.m.

So You Want to Be a … Registration required (see pg27). Grades K-5

Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Grades K-5

STEM Wednesday

Writing & Publishing Young Writers Group Author and teacher, Margaret Nevinski shares her expertise. Bring current work for feedback or start something new. Grades 4-6 BAINBRIDGE

Third Tuesdays, March 21, April 18, May 16, 3:30-5 p.m.

Early Literacy Kits

April 12: Paper Engineering — Create pop-up art using the engineering design process.

Singing, writing and play are essential to your child's prewriting and reading skills. Support your role as an educator with these time saving kits. Enter ”Early Literacy Kit” in our catalog to reserve yours today.

May 10: Build Your Engineering Skills With K’nex — Teams build a K’nex roller coaster.

April 21: Environmental Scientist — Discover ways that environmental scientists work to make the earth safe and clean and investigate ways we can help.

April 26: Robotics, Snap Circuit Rovers

Third Fridays, 4-5:30 p.m.

First Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., except April 5

March 8: Pixel Art & Pointillism — Explore dotted art, then create your own masterpiece.




Explore a different topic each month with hands-on activities. Grades K-5

March 17: Chemist — Get a first-person perspective into the vast world of chemistry through a basic introduction and hands-on experimentation.

May 19: Aerospace Engineer — A basic introduction to aerospace engineering and air and spacecraft development. Begin working on your own original design.

March: Magnetism May: Lego Challenge.

Second Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. March 22: Robotics Basics May 24: Dash and Dot

Your three-week checkout includes: • 10-12 picture books • A resource guide • A fun toy or activity


Fourth Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Registration required (see pg27).

STEM Wednesday: Spring Break Celebrate all things PEEPs: experiments, building and crafting with PEEPs. Registration required (see pg27). Grades K-5 MANCHESTER

Wednesday, April 5, 4-5:30 p.m.

Kitsap Regional Library's STEM programs are offered as part of our Make Do Share initiative, which is generously supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LG-80-15-0085-15.

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storytimes Spring Series March 19- May 13 Movement, songs, stories and rhymes designed to build letter knowledge, vocabulary and narrative skills. Meet new friends while giving your kid a jump start. For kids 0-6.

Downtown Bremerton


Baby Storytime: Every Monday, 1-1:30 p.m.

BAINBRIDGE REMODEL: Visit for location

Baby Storytime: Every Monday, 12:30-1 p.m. Toddler Storytime: Every Monday, 10:30-11 a.m. Preschool Storytime: Every Wednesday, 10:30-11 a.m.

Family Storytime: Every Tuesday, 10:30-11 a.m.

Kingston Family Storytime: Every Monday, 10:30-11 a.m.

Silverdale Baby Storytime: Every Tuesday, 10-10:45 a.m. Toddler Storytime: Every Tuesday, 11-11:30 a.m.

Family Storytime: Every Tuesday, 10:30-11 a.m.

Family Storytime with Jangle: Every Tuesday, noon-12:30 p.m.


Sylvan Way

Family Storytime: Every Tuesday, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Baby Storytime: Every Wednesday, 10-10:30 a.m.

Port Orchard

Toddler Storytime: Every Wednesday, 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Toddler Storytime: Every Friday, 11:15 a.m.-noon Preschool Storytime: Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Pajama Storytime: Every Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Poulsbo Baby Storytime: Every Tuesday, 1-1:30 p.m. Toddler Storytime: Every Wednesday, 10:30-11 a.m.

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Pajama Storytime: Every Monday, 6:30-7 p.m.

Little Boston

Baby Storytime: Every Friday, 10-11 a.m.


Preschool Storytime: Every Tuesday, 10:30-11 a.m.

Preschool Storytime: Every Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-noon Family Storytime: Every Friday, 10:30-11 a.m.



vocabulary talk Grab a basket and go outside with your child to collect small treasures to bring home. As you collect, name each item and talk about it. “That is a really neat rock you found. I like how it is rough on this side and smooth on that side. See ... you feel.” When you arrive home, have your child tell another family member about all the neat things found on your excursion.

sing “Come Under My Umbrella“ — Tune: “Did You Ever See a Lassie?“


Come under my umbrella, umbrella, umbrella (arch arms over head like umbrella) Reading with your child daily one of descend) the best predictors Come under my umbrella, it's starting to rain. (wiggle fingers as ishands of later academic success. When you read together, you

With thunder and lightning, (clap on thunder, thenunique openvocabulary fists andnotspread introduce otherwisefingers encountered in regular daily activities. Here are some Spring titles to for lightning) and wind and rain get you started:

Come under my umbrella, it's starting to rain. (arch Isarms over wiggle fingers  ”Spring here” by Will head Hildebrand as hands descend)  ”And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano  ”Bear Wants More” by Karma Wilson  ”Mudkin” by Stephen Gammell


 ”Quest” by Aaron Becker


When you read with your child daily you invite later academic success. Reading Look for everyday opportunities to write the names of introduces unique vocabulary not encountered in dailywith activities. titles: family members your child. Try With these spring rain, comes

• •

”Spring Is here” by Will Hildebrand ”And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano

the mud. Kids love mud! Use this as an opportunity to do Wants by Karma Wilson a little ”Bear mud writing. If youMore” are looking for something to

• • ”Mudkin” by Stephen Gammell

write Look for everyday opportunities to write the names of family members with your child. With spring rain, comes the mud. Kids love mud. Try mud writing! If you are looking for something to do indoors, draw pictures on paper. Then ask what each part of the picture is, and label it with your kid. Be sure to write the names of any family members that appear in the art.

play Pick one favorite dress-up theme to do with your child. Whether you use a calculator and old cereal boxes to create a pretend store or let them wear old costume jewelry for a make-believe trip to the opera, role playing is a simple vocabulary builder. 2017 Mar.Apr.May 2017 Mar.Apr.May

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A 12-week series citizen science club focusing on studying arthropods. Registration required (see pg27). Grades 5-8 BAINBRIDGE

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verybody needs friends. In Bremerton, Bainbridge, Kingston, Manchester, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Silverdale and East Bremerton, dedicated volunteers are working behind the scenes and out in the public to make sure the Library is strong, relevant and well funded. Friends of the Library organizations help to provide the beautiful spaces, modern tools and innovative, educational programs that our community relies on. Be part of the fun and join a local Friends of the Library organization or show your support of these groups and the Library by participating in a local Friends of the Library event.


Second Saturdays, March 11, April 8, May 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Friday, March 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. POULSBO

Thursdays, March 16, April 13, May 4, 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, April 22, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Fourth Tuesdays, March 28, April 25, May 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Every Monday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., except May 29


Second Saturdays, March 11, April 8, May 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m. Every Thursday, 2-4 p.m.



Friday, April 21, 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, noon-3 p.m.


Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Third Tuesdays, March 21, April 18, May 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. KINGSTON

Second Mondays, March 13, April 10, May 8, 10-11 a.m. MANCHESTER

Fourth Wednesdays, March 22, April 26, May 24, 7-8:15 p.m. PORT ORCHARD

Third Wednesdays, March 15, April 19, May 17, 10 a.m.-noon POULSBO

First Monday, March 6, April 3, May 1, 9:30-11 a.m. SYLVAN WAY

Second Tuesdays, March 14, April 11, May 9, 6-7:30 p.m.

Many thanks to: Kitsap Regional Library Foundation, Bainbridge Public Library and Friends of the Library organizations, whose volunteering and continuous fundraising efforts make many of the classes and events at the Kitsap Regional Library possible. 2017 Mar.Apr.May


Find Funding. Grantseekers. Nonprofits. Fundraisers. At the Library

Make an Appointment Skip right to the good stuff. Maximize your time with one-on-one training and orientation for your particular organization or question at

Foundation Center Collection Read up to take the next step up. Find books on writing better proposals, directories of funding opportunities, successfully managing your grants and more. Available at Poulsbo.


The Foundation Center Use the Foundation Center Online and Foundation Maps to find funders with access to hundreds of thousands of foundation and corporate donors, millions of recent grants and more than half a million key decision makers. Available at Poulsbo and Sylvan Way locations. Or, use GrantSpace and learn how to build a strong, sustainable organization and become a more viable grant applicant.

Upcoming Classes

Nonprofits: Welcome to the Collaboration Hub

Looking for collaborators? Explore the new Nonprofit Collaboration Hub from the Foundation Center, for free tools and expert guidance. Registration required (see pg27). DOWNTOWN BREMERTON

Tuesday, April 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. POULSBO

Wednesday, April 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Kitsap Regional Library is a "Certificate of Achievement" recipient for the highest network score for the West of 2015 and for passion and commitment to serving our community and social sector.


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bookmobile Your Library on wheels. You’ll find friendly, helpful staff, a diverse collection of materials and most of the services offered in other Library locations. And, if we don’t have what you want, we can get it for you. See page 27 for Library closures. You can also find the most up-to-date schedule information at or call (360) 405-9112.

Borrowing You can keep it for ... 4 Weeks: Books, magazines, music, DVDs ( nonfiction and four hours or longer) 2 Weeks: Entertainment DVDs Renew: If no one is waiting for your item, renew it up to three times

Naval Base Kitsap

Seabeck Post Office

South Kitsap

(Base access required)

4691 Seabeck Holly Road SW

First & Third Tuesdays March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16

Noon-1:30 p.m.

First & Third Saturdays March 4, 18, April 1, 15, May 6, 20

Lake Symington

Albertson’s Plaza

Bangor Retail Center

Symington Parkway NW (lake access)

370 SW Sedgwick Road

2:30-4:30 p.m.

10-11:30 a.m.

Port Orchard

Burley Store

First & Third Thursdays March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 18

14972 Bethel Burley Road

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Orchard Bluff

South Park Apartments

3-5 p.m.

1345 Carl Pickel Drive

1916 SE Larch Lane

11 a.m.-noon

2-3:30 p.m.


Conifer Ridge

West Bremerton

2600 Ohio St., Building 2700

3-5 p.m. Second & Fourth Tuesdays March 13, 27, April 11, 25, May 9, 23 Admiral Boorda Center 4168 Greenfish Drive

First & Third Wednesdays March 1, 15, April 5, 19, May 3, 17 Olalla Boat Landing 13965 Crescent Valley Road

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Pine Lake Estates SE Pine Lake Road & Barbara Lane SE

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Ebbert Drive SE & North Street SE 2:45-4:15 p.m.

1721 Fircrest Drive

12:30-1:15 p.m.

Second & Fourth Saturdays March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 13, 27

Madrona Manor


3900 Madrona Drive SE

900 Callow Ave.

1:20-2:15 p.m.

Central Kitsap

Summit at Bay Vista

Second & Fourth Thursdays March 9, 23, April 13, 27, May 11, 25

4650 Bay Vista Blvd.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Nollwood Estates

3060 NE McWilliams Road


2-3:15 p.m.

Second & Fourth Wednesdays March 8, 22, April 12, 26, May 10, 24

Cottage Bay Apartments

Turies Espresso

3:30-5 p.m.

15370 Seabeck Highway NW

11-11:45 a.m.

9:30-11:30 a.m.

2500 NE McWilliams Road

385 Nollwood Lane W

2-3:30 p.m.

Bainbridge Special stops on Mondays and Fridays during remodel. See for schedule.

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info & hours Your Library Card Inspiration starts here. Your library card lets you check out items and take them home. Use your card at any Kitsap Regional Library, on the bookmobile or enjoy the perks of our Digital Library at Even if you don’t have a library card you can still enjoy any of our nine locations. You can come in and hang out, use a computer, read a newspaper or take a class. You are welcome here. People of all ages who live, work or own property in Kitsap are invited to apply for a library card. To get your card today, bring in your ID and proof of residence or apply online.

Your Account View items you have on hold or checked out, manage your contact information and preferences or pay your fines and fees online. You can even save your reading history to help you decide what to read next. Login to ”My Account” at the top right corner of our website at

Digital Library Our Digital Library is always open. Use your desktop or mobile device to explore a vast selection of free music to download, eBooks to enjoy and magazines to peruse. From our research page, take advantage of our collection of online


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resources, offering everything from language learning and online homework help, to résumé writing assistance and genealogy. The choices are virtually endless. Music: Five songs a week eBooks & Audiobooks: Up to 10 items Magazines: Unlimited

Classes & Events Change happens. Visit our calendar online for the most current information on classes and events. Here you can also take advantage of features that allow you to search for exactly what you need. Add your favorite events to Outlook, Google or iCal, get reminders and updates on events or simply see what’s happening at your favorite location.

Privacy The Library is open to all. Your account is not. We will not disclose your account information to anyone. Period. If you want a designated person to pick up items for you, please tell us in advance.

Holds & Requests Get more of what you want. You can place an item on hold at any location, online or by phone, with a maximum of up to 50 holds at one time. Select a library location most convenient for you and your hold will be delivered there for pick-up.

What if we don’t have what you want? No problem. Tell us what you’re looking for. Many times, we’ll buy a copy just because you asked for it. If we can’t buy one, we’ll try to borrow a copy from another library.

Borrowing You can keep it for ... 1 Week: Entertainment DVDs, Xbox and Wii games 3 Weeks: Books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, DVDs (nonfiction and four hours or longer) 6 Weeks: Book group kits Renew: If no one is waiting for your item, renew it up to three times You can borrow up to 100 items at a time. Sign up for email or text notification to receive a reminder three days before each item is due.

Fines & Fees 25 cents: Per day, per item $5: Maximum per item $25: A balance of more than $25 will need to be brought current in order to continue enjoying the privileges of your library card 10 days: Late notice issued 21 days: Items 21 days past due will be billed to your account By using your card, you agree to be responsible for all materials checked out on your account. Please let us know immediately if your card has














1270 Madison Ave. N, 98110 (206) 842-4162

Downtown Bremerton

The Bainbridge location will be refreshing the building. For up-to-date hours, please refer to

















































612 Fifth St., 98337 (360) 377-3955

Kingston 26159 Dulay Road NE, 98346 (360) 297-3330

Little Boston 31980 Little Boston Road NE, 98346 (360) 297-2670

Manchester 8067 E Main St., Port Orchard, 98366 (360) 871-3921

Port Orchard 87 Sidney Ave., 98366 (360) 876-2224

Poulsbo 700 NE Lincoln Road, 98370 (360) 779-2915

Silverdale 3450 NW Carlton St., 98383 (360) 692-2779

Sylvan Way 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton, 98310 (360) 405-9100

Library Closures been lost or stolen. If you have a unique situation, come in and discuss it with us and we will work together to find a solution. For a complete list of fines and fees visit our website.

Ask Us We take pride in being your guide through the often confusing world of information. Let us help you find what you need and uncover accurate, vetted answers to your questions.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29; all locations closed Sundays By Phone or In-Person: Call or stop by any location for help. Our locations and hours are listed on page 2. Make an Appointment: From business to technology questions we are here to help. Schedule a face-to-face meeting with the person who can help you best. BookMatch: Can’t decide what to read next? Tell us about a few books you’ve read and enjoyed and we’ll send you a personalized book list.

Email: Send us your question and comments and get an email back from our staff.


Chat: 24/7 live online help from librarians around the country.

We often need help providing library support and tutoring

or assistance with projects and events. Specific volunteer opportunities are available for those with special interests or talents. Visit our website to get your questions answered, view special opportunities and apply today.

Careers Are you interested in a rewarding career serving your community? The Library offers diverse opportunities for talented professionals from custodians to couriers, graphic designers to groundskeepers, outreach specialists to librarians. Learn more, view open positions and apply online.

When Registration Is Required Sometimes our classes have space and material limitations. When registration is required, find the event in our online calendar and follow the link or you can call or visit your favorite location.

Board Meetings

Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public at 5:30 p.m. Little Boston: March 28 Manchester: April 25 Downtown Bremerton: May 23

2017 Mar.Apr.May


STEM SHOWCASE 2017 FREE hand-on activities for all ages Build your own bridge and compete in the Bridge Challenge! Details at


Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kitsap Regional Library partners with other area experts in STEM education. Hosted by West Sound STEM Network in partnership with Olympic Educational Service District 114.


Mar.Apr.May 2017

Inspire | Mar.Apr.May 2017  

Dream. Learn. Do. Be. Inspire | Kitsap Regional Library's free guide to classes & culture. In 2017, urban homesteading is putting down roots...