Image Credit: "Jigsaw Puzzle (detail)" by James Petts

No matter where you are on the current political spectrum, many of us started 2017 feeling divided and isolated from our community. In a climate like that, it can be hard to know how to reach out and build connections within your neighborhood. Luckily, the library is here to act as a neutral space, where you can begin to come together with people of all ages and all walks of life to really engage and discover all of the amazing people living here in Kitsap County.

Want to get started? Here are some ways you can connect at the library.

  • Come to a program on a topic you’re interested in. Starting conversations with strangers is much easier when you have a common interest or goal. At the library, you can jump in and learn more about everything from keeping backyard chickens to collaboration for non-profit organizations to learning how to make your own yarn.
  • Join a group. Make a commitment to join a group that meets on a regular basis, like a book group, film night, or a discussion group like Great Decisions. Not only are you able to connect with others who share a similar interest, like non-fiction or classics, having a set monthly meeting allows you to build a shared history and experience with others. 
  • Make an appointment. Maybe meeting a whole group of people isn’t your speed. Or maybe the subject you want to learn more about isn’t something we’re offering this month. Our make an appointment option lets you tell us what you want to know more about, and we’ll connect you with the library staff member or volunteer to help you learn more. Pick something specific, like “How do I download audiobooks?” or “What are genealogy resources in Kitsap County?” or “What do I need if I want to have a pet jellyfish?” and fill out our form.
  • Volunteer. One of the best ways to feel like a part of your community is to volunteer. Check out opportunities to volunteer at the library, or use our connections and resources to find the perfect volunteering fit.

However you chose to connect, know that the library is here to help you find your place in your community. 

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