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New manager brings ideas for improvements.

“KINGSTON – Amid all the familiar books, videos and reference materials at the library is a face that will be new to most visitors. Richard Suico, the new branch manager has traded the Big Apple for Appletree Cove. Suico, 30, has been at the Kingston job for a little more than a week and says the pace is much slower from what he experienced while at the Brooklyn, N.Y. branch library. He worked for the Brooklyn library since 1997 in various capacities, eventually becoming branch manager. But when the job at Kingston became open, he went for it. I love this area, he said. It’s a nice place to enjoy the outdoors. He is not a complete stranger to the Northwest. The Calgary native has family in Vancouver, B.C. and he has lived on Whidbey Island. Suico received his masters in library information studies from McGill University. But he has known since childhood that he has wanted to work in the library. Ever since I was a child the library was thought of as a safe and warm place, he said. And I enjoy helping people, Suico said. As the Kitsap Regional Library Kingston Branch manager, Suico would like to see the library go from being in the Kingston Community Center to becoming a community center in its own right. Obviously Kingston is growing, the library has to grow along with it, Suico said. But having a new building or larger library is a long-term goal and not something he has governance over, Suico said. He does have some goals which include reaching out to the younger crowd. This includes developing a collection that’s relevant to them. The library isn’t as boring as they think. In Brooklyn, the library held Pokemon trading card night in a conference room, which seemed to be a big hit with the kids. Suico plans on doing some outreach programs in Kingston, making sure children sign up for library cards, and perhaps having computer literacy programs for the community. Suico views technology such as e-books and computers an asset to the library rather than competition. It’s just another form of information storage, he said. “

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