When we say “Inspiration starts here,” it’s not just a slogan. It’s the heart of everything we do.
That’s why the Library isn’t just a place filled with books and crack researchers. It’s our community living room — a shared space where everyone is invited to learn, collaborate, create and, yes, get inspired. We don’t know what will trigger the next big idea or quiet epiphany, but we know they happen every day at the Library.
- A preschooler recognizes her first word.
- A teen gains self-confidence and job skills with an internship.
- A fledgling entrepreneur learns how a database can help him find customers.
- Using only paper and her imagination, a kid engineers a platform strong enough to hold a tower of books.
In 2016, Kitsap County residents visited the Library more than 1 million times and checked out more than 2 million items. Impressive, but it barely scratches the surface of the Library’s impact.
Sure, patrons come to us at nine physical locations and access information and digital resources 24/7 at our website, KRL.org.
But we also take the Library to the community. Our bookmobile and outreach staff go to the fair, farmers markets and even the homes of more than 200 people each month who are physically unable to visit us.
We host a book club on a ferry, book and movie trivia nights at Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co. and Treehouse Café, and story nights at the Cloverleaf Tavern. And, our bookmobile visits Washington Youth Academy weekly, delivering books and support to cadets who are at risk of dropping out of school.
Everything we do — focus on early literacy, supplement K-12 education, partner with community organizations, support career success for teens and adults, provide free access to computers — reflects community priorities and helps prepare Kitsap County residents for the future.
There’s something magical that happens at the Library. You can see it in the faces of our patrons. It’s a young child’s amazement during a Summer Learning program. The flicker of understanding after a senior gets one-on-one tech tutoring. The shared joy of a whole family earning their 100-hour-reader T-shirts together.
In a society where people increasingly talk at each other instead of with each other, we celebrate new ideas, new points of view, new information and new ways to understand the world.
Which brings us back to inspiration. At Kitsap Regional Library, we believe if we can find a little bit of inspiration every day, we can change the world one remarkable idea at a time.
Every day we see this happen as people visit the Library. On July 26, we asked patrons and staff of the Sylvan Way branch, “What are you doing in the Library?” and “What do you love about your Library?” Thank you to everyone who shared their picture, stories and time with us.
Hannah and her mom, Melissa, were featured in this quarter's Inspire magazine. Dedicated visitor's to Silverdale's storytimes, the Library has been a source of community and support since Hannah's earliest days.
When the Futrells moved to the area, what was item #1 on their to-do list? Get a Library card! It didn't take long for them to become regulars, either, making Port Orchard's STEM Friday and Manchester's monthly Lego Club their beloved extracurricular activities.
Longtime firefighter Kevin Bernt knows first-aid and life support, but starting a small business is daunting. But with the help of Librarian Peggy Branaman, he was able to build a thriving network of clients who relied on his knowledge and experience to help them save lives.