Art at the Library

Autumn is a beautiful season to celebrate with painting outside....i.e. Plein Air. Join October artist, Fatima Young, as she opens her exhibit "Capturing the Moment: A Plein Air Passion" on October 4, 5-7PM for First Friday Art Walk at your Bainbridge Public Library .

Capturing the Moment: A Plein Air Passion

Traveling to majestic places has inspired Fatima Young to paint special landscapes as a part of her current works. She hopes to connect viewers through her process...being one with nature and finding simplicity within complexity. 

When her husband passed several years ago, she found hiking to be her therapy and painting to be her healing. Now, as a plein air painter, she studies nature at its purest. Her intent is always to reduce the complex forms of nature into simple shapes and strokes, letting the viewer imagine the rest. Recapturing the moment in much larger studio paintings has broadened her vision and simplified the images even more.  She uses the palette knife to catch the earth's rich moods and mixes bolder chroma to bring out light and dark contrast. Her works are distinctively Russian impressionism with a twist of the sublime. 

Fatima Young was born of Russian heritage in Europe. She received degrees from F.I.T. and C.W. Post University in New York. Bainbridge Island has been home for almost 30 years. 
She invites you to experience tranquility through these serene landscapes. You can also view Fatima's work on her website,  

Fatima's exhibit will be available for viewing all of October in the library meeting room and online at  A podcast interview is also available at: 

As always, thank you for supporting local artists and your Bainbridge Public Library.  

~ Linda Meier, art coordinator
Fall Into the Garden!
A Presentation Featuring Garden Gurus:
Ann Lovejoy - Garden Writer & Founder of BPL "Friday Tidies"
John van den Meerendonk - Hardy Fern Specialist
John Barutt - Master Composter
Charles Schultz - Beekeeper and Educator
Paul Bonine - Nurseryman and Garden Writer

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
@ Eagle Harbor Book Store
5:00pm to 7:00pm

A percentage of all sales during  this event will benefit the
Bainbridge Public Library

Free For All Ages

Notes from a Fall Garden

I love fall!  Fall is often thought of as a time for the garden to wind down; the flowers spent, the end of summer.   A time to put the Library's gardens to bed.  I have a slightly different view.  I think of the fall as a time for new beginnings.  While the flowers and deciduous shrubs brown and fade, they are still extraordinarily busy.  The plants have been setting fruit.  The riches are an abundance of seeds and berries (which is a bit redundant).  These seeds are the beginning.  They ripen and drop to the ground, get eaten by birds and get distributed in a myriad of ways.  They need to ferment; some need coats chipped or broken, some need dormancy, hibernating, waiting for a cold spell.

Ann Lovejoy counsels patience.  The garden needs a chance to work through an important stage in nature.  If the dead blossoms are removed and tidied too soon, those seeds are denied this step and disappear into the bin.  A bit of chaos is essential (a perfectly groomed garden is not) for next spring's germination and summer's blooms.  So, if you think the garden appears a bit disheveled, celebrate!  It is the beginning of opportunities and next summer's abundance.

If you want to be a part of the celebration, come to the library garden on Friday mornings, anytime between 9:00 and noon and join some wonderful Friday Tidy volunteers.  Come for 15 minutes or an hour or two.  You will always be welcome.  The Tidies meet by the Garden Shed barring torrential downpours or freezing temperatures.

On another note, for those of you that are fascinated by ferns, their history, their culture, October 26 th is your chance to learn all about the myriad of different ferns in the Fern Garden.  Noted expert John Van den Meerendonk is giving a seminar from 10:00-12:30 in the Gazebo.  Dress for the weather!  There are over 60 different ferns in this noted garden.  This garden is part of the Hardy Fern Foundation.  Some are rare and they are all beautiful.  See you there! 

~ Lynn McIntyre, BPL Garden Facilitator
Books Worth Sharing

Killing With Confetti
by Peter Lovesey

On New Year's Eve in Bath, Ben Brace romantically proposes to the light of his life, Caroline. Startlingly, she declines and refuses to explain. Later that morning, she explains that the marriage can never work because Ben's father is a Deputy Chief Constable and Caroline's father is a notorious crime boss, soon to be released (again) from prison. But Ben is determined to marry Caroline, and Caroline's dad is determined to pop for the wedding of the year in the local abbey and lavish reception at the Roman Baths. Enter Lovesey's favorite detective, Peter Diamond, head of Bath's CID, tapped by Ben's father as head of security for the event and instructed to keep Caroline's father from being killed by one of the local mafia rivals. Can he keep the mafia don safe? Can he get his firearm skills up to snuff? Can he avert tragedy so the happy couple can be wed and sent safely off on their honeymoon? What ensues is one of Lovesey's most entertaining and hilarious mysteries. Not a cozy and not a thriller, but a carefully constructed classical mystery with a charmingly quirky twist. Perfect for a day at the beach or an afternoon by a cozy fireplace.

~ Susan Braun
Have You Seen This Library?


It is the Henry Bloom Noble Public Library on the Isle of Man. The library was founded on November 29 1886 when it was situated next to the Town Hall in Ridgeway Street. In 2003 it was relocated to Victoria Street and in 2016 to Duke Street. It is named in recognition of the late Henry Bloom Noble (1816-1903), one of the island's most generous benefactors, who came to the Isle of Man from Cumberland and through his entrepreneurial skills was reputed to be the richest man in Douglas by his early forties. When he died he left his fortune to his trustees to be used for philanthropic purposes in the Island, and some of the Island's best-known institutions were established as a result of his generosity. It may look like just another store front library, but the interior is very contemporary and the collection (in both Manx and English) is great!

~Susan Braun
Watch for the Red Envelope!


The One Call for All red envelopes will be arriving soon in everyone's mailboxes! Please consider the Bainbridge Public Library when making your choices. During the One Call for All campaign, Carol and Michael Schuyler will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000. Double the value of your gift and donate to BPL through One Call. We continue to put your donations to good use by maintaining and improving the library's building and grounds. We couldn't do it without our donors! 
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:

Friday, October 4th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, October 12th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday, October 22th 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.