On the tail end of National Library Week, Kitsap Library System is inviting the community to celebrate the occasion at all branches.
“A significant number of Kitsap residents are regular library patrons,” said Library Director Jill Jean. “But whether you spend a lot of time at the library, or not, we’d like to invite you to visit KRL during National Library Week, and especially for our open house on April 19.”
From the Bainbridge Island branch to the downtown Bremerton branch, the public is invited on April 19 to open houses in celebration of the week that was first observed in 1958.
“It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate,” states the American Library Association website.
The library system is also tying its big One Book, One Community title reveal to the occasion. The idea behind the program is that the Kitsap Regional Library Committee selects one book and invites all of the county to get involved with reading it.
At 1 p.m., KRL will release the title of the book that will be used this year. Throughout the week leading up to the open house, library patrons are invited to take a guess of what the book title may be and to participate in a drawing for a copy of the book. One copy of the book will be given away at each branch, including at the Bookmobile. Participants on KRL’s Facebook page will also receive a copy.
This upcoming October, those who read the book are invited to join in on discussions and events based on the selection. Last year’s book was “The Leisure Seeker,” a book about an elderly couple taking one last road trip together.
Readers can expect to pick up this year’s book in places other than the library, including park benches, hanging from trees, and other locations. The book is free with the promise from the reader that they will pass it along.
The schedule for each branch open house on April 19 is as follows:
Bainbridge Island: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown Bremerton: Noon to 4 p.m.
Kingston: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Little Boston: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Manchester: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Port Orchard: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Poulsbo: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Silverdale: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sylvan Way: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.