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So many stories of where we’ve been

Since October I’ve been fortunate to host storytelling events here in Bremerton. Over five months we did three at the Manette Saloon and since March, thanks to a partnership with the Friends of the Kitsap Regional Library Sylvan Way Branch, we’ve been going monthly at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar and Grill. At the bottom of this post I’ve left a few samples of what we’ve heard at the most recent two.

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 6.48.21 PMOn Thursday, in addition to hearing great stories around the theme, “The Great Outdoors,” the library will hand out something to prepare you for a special Story Night in October.

Each year the library hosts a monthlong event in October called “One Community, One Book.” The library’s program is designed to get the entire community reading a single book together.

This year’s book is “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,” by Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison.  In October Story Night will center on the themes found in the book. Over the next couple of months I’ll get a discussion going on those themes over at the Story Night main page under the Events tab, and on the Story Night Facebook page, which you should go “like” right away.

To prepare you for the One Community One Book event, on Thursday the library will hand out one copy of Evison’s book per household at Story Night. The idea is once you read it, pass it along to someone else. It’s a chance for members of the community to bond over a single story. I’m glad we can do our part.

I’m a believer in our stories. I wanted to start Story Night in some part because I wanted to get better at live storytelling. I’m not sure that has happened for me personally, but what has happened is I have managed to get connected to a part of our community I might not have otherwise known. We understand each other better through our stories. We find ourselves more willing to shed our judgment through our stories. We empathize. We don’t always agree, but we see someone we might have discounted as an enemy as a teacher. We relate in ways we didn’t know we could.

And we have fun.

Thursday’s event begins at 7 p.m. Most Story Nights are on the first Thursday of the month, but September’s will be on Sept. 2, the first Wednesday. Even our best storytellers have to cede the room to the Seahawks for a preseason game. The theme that night will be “Offended.”

Want a taste? The first story below was told at our June event by Alison Loris. The theme that night was “Advice,” and Alison told us a story about the advice she received from her former husband Jesse Bernstein, a Seattle poet and performer.

The second recording features two stories on the “Summer or temp jobs” theme from July. Scott Park explains the story behind why he wears long sleeves at work even on the hottest of days. Rosi Farley details the grueling work of laughing for pay.


Port Orchard: Help with library construction; go hog wild with check-outs

Like gluttons at an all-you-can-eat buffet, book lovers are helping the Port Orchard Library clear its shelves before construction begins Aug. 31 on a major renovation.

The library will be closed until Oct. 21, as contractors install new carpet, make major repairs and upgrades, and construct a new layout designed for patrons’ increased comfort and convenience.

Since early August, librarians have been pushing a “Checkout to Help Out” initiative, encouraging people to take up to 75 titles, preferably nonfiction. The books won’t be due until Nov. 2, so you’ll have more time to enjoy your stockpile. Now there’s an invitation to procrastinate.

The actual limit is 100, but the library suggests 75, so patrons have leeway to check out other titles from the library’s system.

Patrons are encouraged to choose nonfiction and mystery books, because those are the sections that will be most heavily impacted by the construction.
According to librarian Susan Lee, the books are practically flying off the shelves. One man recently checked out 95. Someone traveling to Ireland swept clean the section on that country. Crafting books are disappearing; biographies are starting to thin out. “New arrivals,” the library’s equivalent of the impulse aisle by the grocery checkout counter, are picked nearly clean.

“You can see we have a big gap,” said Lee, pointing, here and there and over yonder.

Lee says this is a great opportunity for teachers to sweep up a temporary collection, as one teacher did with mythology books.

So, here are a few things to know.
* The last day of the free-for-all is Aug. 30.
* From now until the end of construction, you can’t pick up holds at the Port Orchard Library. You can get them at Manchester (or any other branch in the Kitsap Regional Library system).
* You are encouraged to hang onto all the Port Orchard books until the Nov. 2 due date. If you do need to return them, use the Sylvan Way branch in East Bremerton.
* No, the Port Orchard librarians won’t be sipping Mai Tais on some foreign beach during the project. They will be working at other library locations throughout the system, and then putting the library back together before the reopening.
* The cost of the project, $100,000, is covered by roughly $70,000 from Kitsap Regional Library’s capital budget. The Kitsap Regional Library Foundation will provide up to $10,000, and the Port Orchard Friends of the Library will donate roughly $30,000. The group has received significant donations from South Kitsap Rotary, Kitsap Bank, The Fred Meyer Foundation, The Phil Grey Foundation, Rotary District 5020 and numerous patrons who have donated for the renovation.

Happy reading.

Chris Henry, reporter

Library fundraiser, candidates’ workshop

Here are some events coming up this week in Port Orchard that you may want to take note of.

Candidates workshop, Thursday
The city of Port Orchard will host a candidates workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 216 Prospect St.
Anyone thinking about running for any local elected office can learn about how to file for office, rules for reporting campaign contributions and other information.
Filing week begins Monday. Check the Kitsap Sun on Sunday for a more detailed story on filing week.
For more information, contact the city clerk at (360) 876-4407.

Library renovation fundraiser
Last summer, a new roof. In September, the Port Orchard Library will undergo a major interior renovation.
The library will be closed Aug. 30 through Sept. 30, during construction.
The library will get new carpet, more nooks and crannies in which patrons can read or work on laptops, and repairs on downtrodden features, such as ceiling acoustical tile.
The whole project will cost $100,000, of which roughly $70,000 will come from Kitsap Regional Library’s capital budget. KRL officials have planned for more than a year for the project, according to Kathleen Wilson, branch manager.
The Kitsap Regional Library Foundation will provide up to $10,000, and the Port Orchard Friends of the Library will donate roughly $30,000.
Friends of the Library recently received a $1,000 donation from Kitsap Bank. Fred Meyer earlier donated $5,000. With these large donations, the Friends of the Library is about halfway to its goal.
Friends of the Library will hold a comedy night fundraiser featuring Dwight Slade at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clubhouse at McCormick Woods, 5155 McCormick Woods Dr. SW. Tickets, at $20 per person, are available through brownpapertickets.com, at the library or at the door.
Donations can be made at any Kitsap Bank branch or at the Port Orchard Library. For information, call 360-876-2224.

The library forgiveth … today only

I’m tardy in getting this up on the blog, but today only Kitsap Regional Library will allow patrons to return overdue books and other materials without charging a fine. The book amnesty day is in honor of the Bainbridge Public Library’s 50th anniversary.

“The goal of the amnesty day is to encourage the return of overdue library materials.” said KRL spokes man Jeff Brody. “Generally speaking, KRL would rather have overdue items returned than have to collect a replacement fee and buy a new item.”

The library will be doing a major computer upgrade in April that will have many advantages for users and staff. In part, said Brody, KRL wants to have its records as clean as possible when the new system goes into action, and eliminating overdue fee notices will help. I’ll have a story on the “integrated library system” in early April.

Here’s the entire press release:

“Fine-Free Day Set to Coincide with 50th Anniversary of Bainbridge Public Library

In honor of the Bainbridge Public Library Building’s 50th Anniversary, all branches of Kitsap Regional Library will offer forgiveness on overdue fines for items returned on Saturday, March 17.

Overdue fines will be waived for any item returned to a KRL branch or the bookmobile that day. Outstanding fines for items returned earlier, fees for lost items or fees assessed on items that have been referred to a collection agency will not be waived.

Because KRL sets $5 as the maximum overdue fine, the maximum savings possible to a library patron would be $5 per item returned.

The goal of the amnesty day is to encourage the return of overdue library materials. Generally speaking, KRL would rather have overdue items returned than have to collect a replacement fee and buy a new item.

In addition to helping the entire system celebrate the Bainbridge Library anniversary, it will also help KRL remove overdue fines from patron accounts prior to transferring our user records to the new Integrated Library System software that will go live April 26.

“As we move to a new Integrated Library System the end of April, we want both our user and collection records to be a clean as possible,” said Carol Schuyler, Director of Support Services. “To be able to combine this with a celebration of our Bainbridge Branch is a wonderful opportunity.”

KRL encourages patrons who have overdue items from the library to search your house for missing library books, magazines, DVDs or CDs so you can bring them in on March 17.

Bainbridge Public Library, the non-profit charitable corporation that owns the Bainbridge Library building, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary March 17 with an all-day open house. Through private donations, BPL raised the money necessary to build the Bainbridge Library building in 1962 and has expanded and maintained that building ever since. The anniversary observance is a celebration of that community spirit and support for reading and libraries.”

One vision for new Silverdale library

Brynn writes:

Wednesday night architect Steve Rice unveiled his vision for a new library in Silverdale.

At the request of the Kitsap Regional Library, Rice has been working for two years on a design for a new library. First he was tasked with creating concept for a library around 17,000 square feet (roughly the same size as the Sylvan Way library). That’s back when KRL asked voters to approve a levy increase that would in part help pay for the construction of new libraries in Silverdale and Kingston.

When that measure failed, the library board went back to the drawing board for how it could expand the current Silverdale facility, which has been a desire of the library system and the community since 1998. Ultimately the board agreed to enter into an agreement with the county that would include hiring a consultant to conduct a feasibility study. (See my story from Dec. 12 for more details on the agreement).

The purpose of the study will be to gauge how much the community is willing to contribute to a capital campaign to build a new library in Silverdale. It will also survey the constituency to determine whether people support building a new library, or if they’d rather see KRL move into a larger, existing space in Silverdale.

While I’ve reported it repeatedly, it seems some people still think to build this library KRL will be increasing taxes. KRL will not ask for a levy increase, or increase taxes to build a new Silverdale library. However much the community says it’s willing to donate to the cause will be what KRL uses to fund its expansion. (The model will be similar to the one used to build the Haselwood Family YMCA — $12 million in public donations was raised to help build the facility).

If the community determines it would prefer to see a new facility built, KRL board members have said they’d like to see the facility built on the Central Kitsap Community Campus, where the YMCA currently stands. The Y was the first phase of the campus. The second phase will be the addition of a new library (assuming that’s what the community wants) and potentially the addition of a performing arts center.

Previously there was talk that a new library would be located where the Silverdale Community Center now stands. The idea was the building would be built into the hill — the community center would be torn down to make room. But during Wednesday’s presentation, Rice offered a new location for the proposed building.

At 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, Rice envisions the new library to again be built into the hill, but this time located in the southwest southeast corner of the campus site, directly across the grassy area from the YMCA. Here’s a couple architectural drawings from his presentation.

The first depiction shows a side view of the library, facing southwest, featuring the main entrance to the library on street level to the left, the view of a proposed gallery space and the entrance from the grass area — or village commons — to the right. While the building is proposed to be one story, there is an upper floor space for a community meeting room with views over Silverdale Way toward Dyes Inlet.

The second depiction shows the view looking from the second floor of the YMCA above the front door looking down the village commons toward the library. The entrance to the library from the commons is visible, and so is the back of the library, which Rice proposed would offer a presentation space facing the commons.

As I reported in my story, Rice proposed making the village commons/grass area more appealing to the public by adding walkway features, rose gardens and an outdoor amphitheater space that would be attached to the library building.

One of the big questions about this location though is parking. The building would eliminate 24 parking spaces to fit into the campus design, and wouldn’t add any parking. It wasn’t financially feasible to add an underground parking garage, Rice said.

Already parking is often filled on the campus site because of the heavy use of the YMCA, and many people at Wednesday’s meeting questioned how the site could handle more use with library patrons. County Commissioner Josh Brown said eventually a parking garage would have to be added to the 12-acre site, which has been the intention all along. The question is, who will be responsible for building (and paying) for it?

If the library locates on the campus a study will be done to determine the library’s peak hours and the YMCA’s peak hours. Programs would then be planned around those peak times, to try and minimize the parking problems, Brown said.

Obviously parking will be a big issue on this site until more can be added, and that’s something KRL board members and Kitsap County officials will have to address if they proceed with building a new library on site.


The “Boxers or Briefs” Question of the Library World

In today’s story on Kitsap Regional Library’s financial forecast, spokesman Jeff Brody says that library staff is puching for an increase in the system’s library collections budget. They don’t necessarily need many more hard copy books, librarians say. Now that the possibility of new libraries in Kingston and Silverdale is in limbo, they don’t have room for them anyway. The system is in need of more downloadable materials such as e-books and audio books, as the demand for these items is increasing, Brody said. Many more people are getting Kindles an other e-book devices.

So I ask you, have you hopped on board the paperless literary train yet? What do you like about the new method? What are the glitches?

Alterntely, are you one who hasn’t made the switch yet but would like to? Is an e-book reader on your Christmas list?

Or will they be prying that hardcover book out of your cold dead hands?

Thanks for sharing. CTH