October 2020 Newsletter
From the Library Garden - Hips and Berries
The trees are starting to turn, bringing a seductive array of burgundies, scarlet, yellow, and an array of oranges from burnt orange, goldenrod, to pumpkin orange. This display brings back memories of school days and walks in the crisp air.
The trees are hard to miss, but the adventure is unearthing the other clues that autumn reveals, the hips and the berries. The red, the black, the orange berries are tucked into unexpected nooks and crannies.  
  • The rose hips are lovely as the blooms turn to fruit. Excellent vitamin C.
  • On the ground is Kinnikinnick. This native has many names including bearberry or the plant species’ name Arctostaphylos uva-ursi.  
  • Not to be confused with the bearberry are the barberries. Some are six inches high and some four feet tall or more. Their particular gift, the berries cling to the branches long after the leaves are gone, looking like ornaments hung from their branches. 
  • The holly’s sticky leaves are forgotten for a moment, as their clusters of berries turn from orange to red. They are beautiful next to their deep green, glossy leaves. Unfortunately, some hollies are on the toxic weed list, as they can be invasive.
  • The glossy glistening black berries of the black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) catches the eye in late summer to autumn. Not only are they a handsome plant but a good time to harvest their berries is in autumn, coinciding with the impressive change in the foliage. Animals love them as well as humans. They can be transformed into jam, jelly, wine, and syrup. Or they can be admired for their beauty alone.

Check out the gardens in the low autumn sunshine or with an umbrella in the autumn rains. Are their others? --Salal, cotoneasters, hypericums… Explore the gardens for the hips and berries.

~Lynn McIntyre
Friends of the Library Book Sales - Buy a Bag of Books!
While the library is not open to the public, the Friends of the Library are unable to hold our normal book sales. However, we are going to try a "Buy a Bag of Books" idea which would work as follows:

WHAT: Books would be packed by FOL volunteers into a paper shopping bag and sealed by taping or stapling the bag closed with the genre contents written on the outside. No one except FOL volunteers will have handled these books since they arrived to our book room. The books have been quarantined for more than 96 hours.

WHEN: The bags of books will be available for pickup Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM.

WHERE: The bags of books will be located under the awning by the Children's Library entrance. Access is from the Children's Library parking lot facing High School Rd.

HOW MUCH: Each bag of books is priced at $5. What a bargain! We also have a limited number of bags of DVDs, each filled with 20 DVD's for $10.

HOW TO PAY: You can pay for your bag(s) of books two ways. You can pay online by clicking here and making a donation to the Bainbridge Friends of the Library for the number of bags you want to purchase. Leave a note with the online donation indicating when you would like to pick up your bag(s). The bag(s) will be waiting with your name written on it. You can also just drop by and select one or more bags and pay in cash or by check.

CAN I SELECT WHAT GENRE I WANT?: Yes, if you pay online and leave a note telling us what genre you want to buy, a FOL volunteer will fill your bag(s) according to your wish. It will be waiting when you pick it up with your name on the bag. If you want to pay cash or by check when you choose one or more of the bags outside on a cart, you may be limited to the genres that are already packed and on display. (The genre contents of each bag is written on it).

If you have any questions, just send us an email at books4all@bifriends.org
What's Up With Facilities?
The BPL Facilities Committee conducts an annual assessment of the building and grounds, examining everything from the condition of the roof to the crawl space and everything in between. During a recent assessment, cracked sheetrock was discovered in the portion of the building housing the Fiction and Local Authors collections. An in-depth analysis by a structural engineer indicated that an additional brace would increase the structural integrity of the building and help prevent further cracking. The entire process from discovery to analysis to remediation design to permitting to contracting to construction took about 9 months. But now our treasured building is sounder than ever; we're good to go for another decade, or two, or...
Have You Seen This Library?
Maybe not! This is the reading room of the library of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court Library was officially created in 1935 with the opening of the Supreme Court Building. Prior to that time, the Justices used their personal collections, the collections of the Library of Congress and, by the mid-nineteenth century, a private Conference Room collection. The position of Librarian began in 1887 as part of the Office of the Marshal, to maintain this collection and those in chambers. With the increased library functions in the new building, the Librarian position became the Court's fourth statutory officer in 1948. Cass Gilbert, the architect of the Supreme Court Building, designed grand spaces for Library use, including a Reading Room for the Bar, a Private Library for the Justices, and a "Special Library" to house a Rare Books Collection.
Books Worth Sharing!
by Ragnar Jonasson
The Mist
By Ragnar Jonasson

A stormy Christmas Eve in the desolate countryside of rural Iceland. A knock at the door of a farmhouse, a stranger cries out for help; the couple invite him in, but they shouldn’t. Two murders are the result. Detective Hulda, just back from compassionate leave after the death of her daughter, gets the case and it is rife with complications. Who is the stranger? Why did he kill Einer, the husband in the farmhouse? Where is the couple’s daughter? Is there a link between this case and the disappearance of a young woman over the previous summer? This last volume in Jonasson’s Hulda trilogy is by far the best! It is full of satisfying twists and turns and thick with the atmosphere of the best Nordic Noir. Change the venue to the Yorkshire moors and it would rival any of Agatha Christie’s best. But then it should, for Jonasson knows her well! He is the Icelandic translator for all of Christie’s novels and his style echoes hers at every turn. His day job is lawyering in Reykjavik and like many other Icelandic Noir writers, he has become hugely successful at his hobby. The Mist is no exception. It is a fast-paced, delightfully convoluted tale that leaves your teeth chattering with the cold and your heart pounding.

~ Susan Braun
One Call For All Logo
Bainbridge Public Library proudly participates in One Call for All. Look for your Red Envelope later this month and remember us when you give! https://onecallforall.org/bainbridge-public-library/

You can also give online at onecallforall.org.  
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 KRL.org with funding from property tax revenues.
  • Together we provide the quality library our community wants and has come to expect.
Be safe... Be well!