Norm Hollingshead, the beloved opera aficionado and lecturer is concluding his long and distinguished career

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 11:30am
  • LifeNews

Change is never easy. It is especially hard when something one loves is coming to an end. In this case, Norm Hollingshead, the beloved opera aficionado and lecturer, is concluding his long and distinguished career.

If you think that a lecture about opera sounds boring and dry, then you have not met Norm. His warm and engaging presentation style and deep understanding of plot lines (and juicy operatic scandals) has created a passionate group of devotees who adore opera and Norm in equal measures.

Norm’s love of opera began in 1964 when he received a recording of Leontyne Price singing TOSCA. As the King County Library System notes, “Her enchanting soprano voice compelled Norm to collect opera, read about opera, listen to opera and attend opera performances world-wide. After an incredible experience watching Seattle Opera’s 1975 Ring Cycle, Norm volunteered to provide opera previews for the company. His relationship with KCLS began when Newport Way Library invited him to offer his signature opera insights to the community.”

Word of Norm and his wonderful presentations soon spread to Kitsap County where Kitsap Regional Library was eager to include him as a presenter. Norm’s captivating and passionate story-telling has packed the house at KRL’s Kingston and Bainbridge libraries for many years now. In fact, an anonymous Kingston donor loved Norm’s presentations so much that they donated money in order to help support his Kingston Library-based lectures.

Please join Norm and Kitsap Regional Library at the Village Green, located at 26159 Dulay Road NE, as he presents his last lecture on the opera “Aida” at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21. A goodbye party will follow.

Kingston branch


May 2, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Kingston Morning Book Group: “Please Look After Mom” by Kyung-sook Shin

May 5, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Kingston Saturday Book Group: “Before we were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

May 7, 10:30 a.m. -11 a.m. — Family Storytime

May 7, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. — Baby Storytime

May 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Kingston Writers Group

May 10, 1:30 p.m-2:30 p.m. — Lit Out Loud

May 14, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Kingston Friends of the Library Meeting

May 14, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. — Family Storytime

May 14, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. — Baby Storytime

May 16, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Family STEM

May 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kingston Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

May 21, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Classics Book Group: “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin

Little Boston branch


May 2, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.-Book Club “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi

May 1, 8 and 15, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. — Family Storytime

May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. — Crafternoon

May 11, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m — Family STEM

For updated program information, check our website at or call your local branch location. See you at the library!

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