A Diverse Representation of the American Dream: Imbolo Mbue

****Time for ticketing has ended, but we will have seats at the door. We also have an overflow room if we run out of seats! Join us and your community, enjoy the conversation, and meet author Imbolo Mbue after the presentation. It is going to be a great event! Part of Kitsap Regional Library's annual One Book, One Community program. Author Imbolo Mbue hosts a discussion of immigration stories, exploring how different versions of the American Dream have shaped Kitsap. Following the panel, hear the story behind Behold the Dreamers and Imbolos journey as a writer. Afterwards, stay and get your book signed and mingle with community. Come early for an on-site book discussion. Books will be available for purchase. This is a free ticketed event. In partnership with Kitsap Historical Society, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center and Olympic College. Each year, Kitsap Regional Library invites the community to participate in a shared reading experience, building a starting place for open discussion. Realistic and tragic, our 2019 selection "Behold the Dreamers" is still remarkably kind to its characters. Reading this story together, we build a foundation for conversations that allow us to explore our history and how individual versions of the American Dream have shaped our Kitsap community. For more about our 2019 One Book, One Community program visit onebook.krl.org.    

Learn to Compost

Compost is a crumbly, nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your plants, lawn and garden. Come to the library to learn how easy it is to make your own compost in your backyard from food scraps and yard waste. It's free. Class is led by master composter, John Barutt.

Little Boston Book Group

The Little Boston Book Group reads fiction and nonfiction throughout the year. Discuss "The Light of the World" by Elizabeth Alexander

Virtual Best Seller Book Group (Sylvan Way)

The Virtual Best Seller Book Group (Sylvan Way) reads fiction and nonfiction best sellers throughout the year. "Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family" by Robert Kolker.  

Enlighten Special Event: “My View From the Back of the Bus”

Merritt Long, raised in the South during the Jim Crow era, will discuss how his childhood, segregation, and the Civil Rights movement shaped his life. Special event in partnership with Enl!ghten: Kitsap Community Forum

Enlighten: Kitsap Community Forum

Enl!ghten Kitsap Community Forum is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding through presentation, sharing, and discussion.  Connect with fellow lifelong learners and hear from experts who share their knowledge on a variety of engaging topics.  Events are held on the third Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., every month except December.  Visit the EnlightenKitsap.org webpage for more information and get inspired.   Montly topics, dates and presenters: August 20 – USAF Lt Col (ret) Jacqueline Chang, ROK-US Relations & Policies towards North Korea. Join USAF Lt Col (ret) Jacqueline Chang in discussing the alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States and how they worked together over the years to address the dictators of North Korea. September 17 – Tom Rogers and Shelley Douglass of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will present on the history and mission of Ground Zero, the story of the Peace Pagoda (recently featured in the Kitsap Sun), and the current state of nuclear weapons in the United States and the world. October 15 – Merritt Long – My View From the Back of the Bus. Merritt Long, will share stories of growing up in the South during the Jim Crow era and how his childhood, segregation and the Civil Rights movement shaped his life. After attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, he moved to Seattle where he began his 37-year career with the State of Washington – serving as Executive Director or Chair of four agencies; serving on community boards; and mentoring youth. November 19 – Gary and Janice McFarland: Bicycling the World and Beyond. The McFarlands will present an entertaining account of their World Bicycling Adventure and how that experience has influenced other adventures on bikes and afoot.  

Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic with Kitsap Public Health Department

Walk-ups welcome (no appointment required) from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. COVID-19 vaccines available: Pfizer (2 doses, ages 12+). Note: specific vaccine subject to change based on availability. Minimum age: 12. Minors younger than 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian (consent forms can be printed at the Library). Those younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Call 360-728-2219 or email covidvaccine@kitsappublichealth.org 

Light of the World: Community Conversation

Some describe this year’s One Book One Community title, Light of the World, by Elizabeth Alexander, as a deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost. What do you think? Join us in a thoughtful and often lively conversation.

Classics Book Group

Explore the great classics of western literature. September's title is "True Grit" by Charles Portis. Immortilized twice in film, the novel follows fourteen year old Mattie Ross as she seeks revenge for her father's death with the help of hardened US Marshal Rooster Cogburn.  

Classics Book Group

Explore the great classics of western literature. August's title is "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas" by Jules Verne. Considered one of the greatest adventure novels of all time, Verne's novel tells the tale of a team of specialists dispatched to destroy a sea monster and instead meet the enigmatic Captain Nemo and his highly advanced submarine, the Nautilus. 

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