Silverdale Library closes book sales, changes fundraising

Space is getting tight at the Silverdale branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, so fundraisers are looking for another way to hold their book sales.

The non profit Friends of the Library raises between $10,000 and $12,000 annually by selling books a few times a month out of the Hess Meeting Room, but the growth in children’s programming has pushed the sales out of the space, said Dave Bonnett, co-chair of the Silverdale Friends of the Library.

“A lot of kids use this library because there’s not too much else for kids to do in Silverdale,” Bonnett said.

Since the library recently hired a full-time youth service librarian, it has hosted more reading and activity groups for children and teens, such as toddler story time and an anime group.

The Friends will host a final special sale May 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., and $5 will buy as many books as fits in a grocery bag.

After, Bonnett said the Friends might switch to occasional sales throughout the year or offer more books on the honor system in the foyer.

Bonnett said the 4,200-square-foot building dates back to World War II, when it served as a chaplain’s office. Later, it was moved to its current location and expanded to include the Hess Room.

The Friends save part of their donations for a fund to someday build a new library.

“We want to be sure to have all the accoutrements normal, modern libraries have,” Bonnett said.

The Silverdale library is small in scale but large in circulation, said Jeff Brody, Kitsap Regional Library director of community relations.

“Cozy is one way to put it,” Brody said.


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