President's Message


The Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library is a committed fund-raising group that supports Bainbridge Public Library through its book sales.  Three times a week, volunteers come to the "book room" to sort, organize and price books.  The books are donated by the generous people of the Island, Eagle Harbor Books and the library when they are no longer needed in the collection.  Books are sorted by high priced to be sold online, Better World online sales with a lesser profit, three times monthly Friends of the Library book sales and Discover Books which pays the Friends for recycling books that cannot be sold.

Money from the book sales, the ongoing sales in the upstairs foyer and the space by the "book room", magazines and the online sales goes to the support of Bainbridge Public Library. 

Kitsap Regional Library receives tax money that it uses for the staff, collection, technology and some of the interior needs of the building.  Bainbridge Public Library is owned by the people of Bainbridge Island and a volunteer board provides its oversight.  It is dependent on donations from the community for its operations, capital needs, repairs, maintenance, utilities and maintenance of the grounds. The Friends work closely with the Bainbridge Public Library Board to achieve its goals. 

The Friends established a library endowment in 2007 with a $100,000 donation.  Every month since then, $5,000 is set aside to contribute to the endowment.  The goal is that it will become self-sustaining and will provide one secure source of income to support the ongoing maintenance of the building. 

The Friends also supplement special adult, teen and children's programming, the summer reading program, the magazine collection, and the children's aquarium. 

When you see a Friend of the Library volunteer, please thank them for their hours of service to the library and its community.  Every hour that it given contributes to the success of Bainbridge Public Library.

Carol Schuyler, President
Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library

Carol Schuyler
Carol Schuyler, President