Kitsap Regional Library Programs

Kitsap Regional Library Foundation works with individuals, organizations and businesses to provide funding for the Library’s major programs.

Summer Learning

Parents reading to their children before bedtime. Children learning to read to their parents for the first time. Passionate discussions over dinner about a recent book club selection. Teens challenging themselves to try a new skill, a new language, a new art form. Summer Learning is this and so much more, thanks to the generosity of our community.

This year, thousands of children and adults in Kitsap County will participate in 10-hour and 100-hour reading challenges, trying new skills and exploring our world. Summer Learning at the Library is fun. But it also does something critical for the children and teens: it prevents the decline in academic skill during the school break, known as the Summer Slide.

One Book, One Community

It’s amazing what just one book can do for a community – promote literacy, foster thought-provoking conversations and ultimately build connections within our diverse community. Year after year, One Book, One Community inspires readers in Kitsap County to read one book together and discuss it over several events and gatherings. Kitsap Regional Library is able to meet this growing demand because of the generosity of our community.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this year’s selection, "The Smell of Other People’s Houses" by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and join in on the conversations in February 2018.

To the Library

Each year, every third grader in Kitsap County takes a field trip to Kitsap Regional Library. For many of them, it’s their first time at a library. For many more, this is the day they will receive their very own library card. Students enjoy a tour of the branch, get to participate in a scavenger hunt and take home their very own book to keep.

This experience is critical to sparking a student’s passion for reading and cannot be done without the support of our community. Read more about Third Graders to the Library in a recent article for Kitsap Sun.

Make Do Share

Kitsap Regional Library Foundation has been awarded two major grants in the past five years to expand the Library’s outreach to our at-risk youth in new and innovative ways. Make Do Share was created to implement sustainable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming throughout Kitsap County outside of the academic setting, which allows for all youth to access and engage in these critical topics, regardless of school or financial situation.

STEM activities are critical in navigating 21st century careers in the United States. Courses on Robotics, 3D printing and game design are just a few that are offered at the Library’s nine branches through Make Do Share and can propel our youth into educational choices and career opportunities that can have the power to change the trajectory of their lives.

Kitsap Regional Library has created Make Do Share with the plan to share this model with other libraries. Currently, three libraries in the country have adopted the program and are fostering interest and excitement around STEM in their own communities.