Community March 1, 2024

Kitsap Regional Library: A Vital Community Resource

Kitsap Regional Library is more than a place to check out books and access free wi-fi. For many, it is a vital community resource. While free books, book lockers, printing, and computer access are nice, they are only the tip of the iceberg. Your local library offers a range of informational materials, interesting events, helpful workshops, and fun activities.

Kitsap Regional Library has nine different branches. Some or all of the offerings listed below can be found at each branch. Be sure to check out their events calendar and filter the results by location to find out what your nearest library is currently offering.

Tax Preparation Assistance

With tax season in full force, the Kitsap Regional Library is offering AARP Tax-Aide sessions until April 15. Registration is required as drop-in service could be limited. This is a free, confidential service offered by the library system. IRS-trained and certified volunteers will be available to help you prepare your personal taxes.

Gardening Support

Kitsap Regional Library offers budding and experienced gardeners the opportunity to develop their skills. There is even a seed library with free, organic, non-GMO seeds. The seed libraries are located at the Port Orchard, Manchester, Little Boston, and Kingston branches. Additionally, you can learn more about gardening by attending an informational session with a guest speaker. Topics can range from bees to composting to sowing seeds. If you’re already an experienced gardener (or looking to gain wisdom from others), check out the Gardeners’ Tea Party at the Silverdale Library.

Gaming Resources

Do you have a teen or kid interested in Dungeons and Dragons? Or, maybe the family is looking for a new hobby to enjoy together? Check out this plethora of gathering times to learn about different games and play them with friends.

There are also Afternoon Gaming events for Infinity Games with the gaming consoles. Additionally, there are Teen Kits available. You can also check out video games through the library catalog.

Genealogical Study Resources

Kitsap Regional Library has partnered with Puget Sound Genealogical Society. Patrons can request access to materials housed in the center, as well as take genealogy classes through the library. There are monthly classes, family history writing courses, and family tree-building coaching sessions.

Story Times and Music Times Galore

For many parents of young children at home, weekday library events can add a breath of fresh air to the weekly routine. Kitsap Regional Library offers many sessions for those home with babies, toddlers or preschoolers. There are Baby Band sessions, preschool STEM classes, and family story times as well. You can also Read to a Dog, in partnership with Therapy Dogs International Kitsap. These events happen at different branches, including here at the Poulsbo Library.

All these sessions support early literacy and encourage social and emotional well-being. They’re also a great spot for caregivers to connect. Additionally, there are early learning backpack kits that can be checked out, as well as fun STEM activities to do at home.

Resources for the Creative Arts

Our libraries also offer many classes for creatives to come together. Whether crafting, knitting, participating in book clubs or writing groups, or even learning the ukulele, the library can support your artistic endeavors.

There are teen events with crafts available, “Crafternoons”, and fiber art circles, as well as “Knit at Night” events. Individuals can even learn how to play an instrument for free by utilizing the library’s Libby platform and accessing ArtistWorks. Looking for more creative classes throughout the region? Check out this list.

Community Health Resources

The Peninsula Community Service Mobile Medical Clinic travels to various branches throughout the library system. Visitors can get help with insurance enrollment, discuss medical concerns, and connect with medical staff in the mobile clinic. A Fishline case manager is also available throughout the year. Offered as a drop-in service, they will provide direction on rental assistance, mental health therapists, food banks, and more.

Senior Resources

There are many recreational and professional services offered for seniors through our libraries. You can attend informational sessions about Medicare. There is also a session about healthy aging. (This is in addition to the wonderful selection of books that can be found on health topics.) Low-income seniors can connect with the Poulsbo Senior Resource Specialist, Leah Lovely. These drop-in sessions will provide information about available discounts, social groups in the area, and even caregiver support groups.

Summer Learning Resources

Kitsap Regional Library has multiple summer activities and resources to keep school-aged children occupied. Meant to be self-paced, there are summer reading activities and access to online resources that range from learning a new language to advancing in chess.

Get Connected

From Kingston to Port Orchard, our libraries across Kitsap County are home to librarians and staff members who are highly knowledgeable, friendly, and here to help. They can provide book bundles, one-on-one research assistance, mobile deliveries to those who qualify, and much more. All you have to do is ask. And, it is easy to get more involved.

We love the Kitsap Regional Library system, which is a vital literacy hub and so much more. We’re so proud of all our libraries do to strengthen our communities.