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Among volunteers on Saturday morning at the spruce up effort at the Silverdale Library was Ellen Newberg, director of the Kitsap Regional Library system. About 40 civic-minded volunteers worked for eight hours beautifying the library building and its landscaping. - Photo by Kelly Everett
Among volunteers on Saturday morning at the spruce up effort at the Silverdale Library was Ellen Newberg, director of the Kitsap Regional Library system. About 40 civic-minded volunteers worked for eight hours beautifying the library building and its landscaping.
— image credit: Photo by Kelly Everett

Yes, it was raining. No, they didn’t give up and go inside.

The Friends of the Library, Silverdale Library staff, folks from the community and social clubs, and a handful of helpful inmates on-loan from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, kept working to upgrade and beautify the outside of the library from about 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11.

“These strawberries I’m planting will cover the berm surrounding the Children’s Story-Time Area,” said Ellen Newberg, director of the Kitsap Regional Library system. She was on her hands and knees digging and planting. “The CK Kiwanis will build benches for the area.”

She said the rain was just a light misty nuisance, and no one was about to quit until the project was done:

l Last Sunday, Oct. 5, the Silverdale Sunrise Lions painted the exterior

l This past Saturday, volunteers created an outdoor event area for kids; cedar seating; a picnic area with screened fences; general landscaping; repaired facia boards; and washed windows, inside and out

l The project required about 21 tons of gravel, 40 tons of topsoil, and plenty of ground-covering woven-landscaping cloth, plus lots of loaned tools such as wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, etc.

Various tasks were assigned to “captains” from the Rotary Club of Silverdale, CK Kiwanis, Silverdale Sunrise Lions and Sunrise Rotary.

Everything seemed to go like clockwork, said Newberg. Tools and equipment on loan were loaded into trucks at about 2 p.m. and workers called it a day.

If anything, they were ahead of schedule.

“During break time we went in and polished off six Costco pizzas. There were about 40 volunteers in all today,” she said.

Newberg and others said they appreciated the help of the inmates, who they described as a great bunch of guys.

“Our bread and butter is cleaning the sides of roads,” said Evan Grifo, inmate special project coordinator from the Kitsap County Jail. “But when special projects come up like this one or work on Clear Creek Trail,” it’s a nice change.

Doris Boyd, president of the Friends of the Library, a community support group, said, “Everyone got here (early) and they all worked really hard.”

The Friends supplied the food, which also included donut holes, cookies and coffee.

“With all the people here, we just whipped right through it,” said library branch manager Barbara Stevens.

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