Art at the Library

Art exhibit by Diane Walker

Happy Groundhog Day!!!  It's the first time to talk about spring.....yes, it's still coming.
Meanwhile, Diane Walker, our February featured artist, will host an opening reception to her exhibit titled "Stormy Weather" for First Friday Art Walk, Friday, February 7, 5-7PM in the meeting room.  Below is "Tempest Tossed" and a description of Diane's exhibit.

Most folks know me as a photographer; I only started painting 7 years ago, when I realized what fun it could be to paint abstracts (Thank you, Christopher Mathie, for your inspiring demo at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts.)
A big part of the pleasure of this work is that I don't usually know what I'm going to paint until I paint it. Sometimes the result is visually satisfying; more often it's not - but that's the joy of working with acrylics: I can just keep painting over what I've done until it evolves into something that pleases me. Though some of my paintings are more realistic than others, I've noticed that no matter where I start on the canvas almost all of them seem to evolve either into clouds and rain or boats and water -- probably not surprising, given that I've lived on various islands in the Pacific Northwest for the last 25 years or so. I paint in a quiet studio, no music, usually in the morning, after I've meditated, so my work has a somewhat peaceful, soothing quality - which probably explains why so much of it seems to end up in hospitals. I like to think it reassures people that there's still a space for peace in their lives; some light in the darkness that can seem almost overwhelming these days...

Diane Walker's exhibit will be available for viewing all of February and on the library website,
As always, thank you for supporting your Bainbridge Public Library and local artists.  A portion of sales proceeds is donated to the library.

~ Linda Meier, art coordinator
Book Lovers Night Out
February 13th 2020

Come to a fundraiser at

Bainbridge Public Library
February 13th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Appetizers, Wine, Desserts
(21 and over)
Panel of NW authors includes Michele Bombardier, Megan Chance,  Jonathan Evison, and Jennifer Longo
* George Shannon as moderator

Tickets are available at Eagle Harbor Book Company and on Eventbrite

$35 per person
Board Member Profile
Rachelle Castleberry

Four-year-old Rachelle discovered a magical, wonderful, safe and cool library in sizzling Sacramento. Precocious, she liked the atmosphere of writing and reading, surrounded by books, and was captivated by the fun of Story Hours. Sixteen years ago, Rachelle moved to Bainbridge with her family, bringing her boundless energy and eternal love of books, of reading, writing and libraries. She favors reading and writing poetry - her passion. She writes non-fiction and generally chooses non-fiction for her own reading. Rachelle studied at UC Davis, where classes in poetry were taught by inspired writers in residency: Sandra McPherson, Gary Snyder and Clarence Major. 

Soon after she arrived on Bainbridge Island, she volunteered for non-profit organizations: Neighborhood Help Line and West Sound Wildlife Shelter. Next, Rachelle called Bainbridge Public Library to ask, "What options are available for volunteering at the library?"  But which library? As many newcomers know, confusion can hover in the air regarding the relationship between Kitsap Regional Library and BPL. The library building and grounds are owned, maintained, and operated by BPL, funded by donations from the community. Thus, the motto "The Library that Bainbridge Built." The librarians' salaries come from KRL. KRL also pays for classes, programs, the collection: books, magazines, and audio books.

As Rachelle continued to look for an opportunity to become a BPL volunteer, John Fossett suggested that she contact Carol Schuyler, the BPL president of the Board of Directors. She was voted in as a member of the Board in 2019, has been on the BPL Board for a year and will continue in 2020. As part of the Communications and Fundraising Committee, Rachelle has been responsible for planning several important fundraising events. She was very busy in 2019 with Book Lovers Night Out; and now she's charged up to repeat the fun! The 2019 BLNO was sold out and sure to be in 2020: a lovely evening, meeting other rabid readers and members of Book Clubs. Book lovers will come in droves for this great fundraiser. Your friends, your Book Clubs, Island writers will party with you. Come and meet Rachelle!
Great Decisions Series On Now!

Topics for this series will include: Climate Change and the Global Order, India and Pakistan, Red Sea Security, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle, China's Road into Latin America, The Philippines and the U.S., and Artificial Intelligence and Data.
What's Up With Facilities?

Generic tools for Facilities work

Consistent with prior years, the BPL Facilities Committee (FC) uses the winter months to conduct organizational issues such as finding new committee members, prioritizing projects, developing a calendar and budget, and working with KRL to identify responsibilities. Very large to quite small, the FC has identified several dozen projects for 2020 to keep our Island gem a safe, clean and attractive destination for so many of us. Can you organize and help manage a project? If so please consider joining our all-volunteer team - we actually have fun keeping the library in tip-top condition!

~ Bruce White
Books Worth Sharing

Sarah Jane
by James Salis

Sarah Jane Pullman is a dedicated cop with a sketchy beginning; from an abusive childhood in a chicken-raising small town to enforced military service to a stint as a short order cook after a short-lived marriage. Her life has given her a remarkably grounded grasp of reality that serves her well when she is suddenly promoted to de facto Sheriff in a small rural town when the real sheriff disappears. Respected by her peers, she finds her job in need of thoughtfulness and introspection. Small town policing is delicate at best. Everyone has skeletons in their closets and neither Sarah Jane nor her predecessor are exempt, and herein lies the tale. This book reminded me of Derek Miller's wonderful American By Day, the sequel to one of my all-time faves, Norwegian By Night. James Salis is a master of noir-- not too dark, characters not too broken, and writing full of ethical contemplation and honest reflection. Its slender size belies the significant impact of this wonderful story.

~ Susan Braun
Have You Seen This Library?

Most people think of the library at Trinity College as the principal library in Dublin Ireland and it is surely the most famous, but this is the Central Public Library and Archives of Dublin. One of 21 branches in the city library system, four of which were built by Andrew Carnegie, it houses the city's archives dating back to 1171. These records include Dublin City Council and committee minutes, account books, correspondence, reports, court records, charity petitions, title deeds maps  and plans and drawings -- all of which document the development of Dublin over eight centuries. Housed alongside the Dublin Collection, the Irish Collection extends to subjects of national interest and includes books and other materials relating to Ireland by Irish authors, or in the Irish language. The collection also includes available published sources for Irish genealogy   and family history. The library network sponsors a One Community One Book program each year, just as we do! The book for 2019 was the Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien.

~ Susan Braun
Friends of the Library Book Sales

The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library book sales offer gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines to support the Friends, who in turn reinvest in the library through endowment gifts, programming and special events, magazine subscriptions, the aquarium in the Children's Library and much more. Daily, scores of donated books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and other items arrive in our book room.  A crew of volunteers work three days a week to sort, price, organize, and shelve these donations for our sales.  As a result, our stock of books and other items on display for sale is constantly renewed. Over a year's period, we receive several hundred thousand books and we are proud that we have only gently used, often new appearing books on our shelves.

Mark your calendar for book sales at Bainbridge Public Library:

Saturday, February 8th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday, February 13th 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, February 25th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Did You Know?


  • Bainbridge Public Library, a separate nonprofit organization, owns, operates, and maintains the Library building and grounds through community donations and grants. 
  • Kitsap Regional Library provides the library staff, collection, classes, and a virtual library at with funding from property tax revenues.  
  • Together we provide the quality library our community wants and has come to expect.  
Thank you for your support.

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