President's Message


January 1, 2018

2017 has been another busy, successful year for the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library. It would be impossible to estimate how many books we sorted, priced and sold over the past twelve months, however, we can say that we successfully completed the commitment we made to support BPL’s Refresh Project with a contribution of $90,000.  

BI FOL provides significant support for the children’s, teens’ and adult programs at BPL.  In addition to our helping fund the Refresh Project, we contributed to the children’s summer reading program, the children’s story time and maintenance of the aquarium in the children’s area.  Further, we sponsored the Opera series with Norm Hollingshead and contributed books to a Free Little Library at the Municipal Court.

Our success has also allowed us to continue to support the Friends of the Library Endowment.  A few facts will explain why the Endowment is so important:

  • KRL receives tax money from Bainbridge Island and other Kitsap County communities.   With those funds, KRL supplies the staff, the books, the shelving and some of the furniture for the Bainbridge Public Library.   
  • The Bainbridge Public Library itself does not receive any tax money. It is owned by the Bainbridge Island Community and is dependent upon donations from the Community for its continuing operation, which includes any capital addition to or repair of the library building, all building maintenance, all utility bills, and all maintenance of the grounds and parking lots.
The BI Friends of the Library Board established the Endowment in 2007 with their accumulated sales proceeds of $100,000.  Every month since then (except during the Refresh Project), FOL has transferred approximately $5,000 to the Endowment.  The FOL Board has recommended that BPL refrain from withdrawing funds from the Endowment until it has become self-sustaining.  Our wish is that ultimately, the Endowment will provide one source of secure income for the Bainbridge Public Library.  Our contribution toward the Endowment has been greatly appreciated by BPL.
 
I can think of few better opportunities to contribute to the welfare of the community than to serve its need for information, entertainment, and, most of all, intellectual growth.

The FOL Board joins me in wishing each of you a very happy and healthy new year.

Lois Reitz, President, BI Friends of the Library

Lois Reitz
Lois Reitz, President 2018