Supports Kitsap Regional Library’s Prop. 1

I hope you have been paying attention to the incredible work that has been taking place at the Kitsap Regional Library over the last several years. Despite significant budget constraints, the library has been offering an incredible range of activities, events and materials that support education, learning and literacy in our community. These services are available for everyone, regardless of age or income.

The library’s reading programs for our kids are unparalleled, offering hundreds of summer activities to help young people keep their skills sharp when school is out; and after-school activities that support classroom learning with fun programs that encourage reading, writing and leadership development. Special training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics complement the school curriculum in subject matter that is so critical in our highly competitive economy. Plus, there is an entire range of early learning programs to teach parents how to get their very little ones started on reading.

In addition, our library offers a rich array of information, classes and training opportunities to support adult learning. So, whether you are a senior who wishes to better understand the complexities of Medicare enrollment, a citizen in need of tools and advice on how to manage their finances, a job seeker putting together a resume, a home owner seeking help with emergency preparedness or small business person who needs tools to boost their profit margin, the library has classes and support for you.

All this, plus thousands of great books and videos and free computers, a bookmobile that serves thousands of people in remote communities, and home delivery for those who are sick and housebound.

We cannot have these services jeopardized by budget cuts. Without our votes for Proposition 1, the community faces the closure of libraries, further cuts in hours in an already limited schedule, and a reduced investment in books and other materials.

The library has done so much with a budget that inflation shrinks every year. It is now time for the community to step up and give them our support.

Ray Serebrin