President's Message

President’s Message - January 1, 2019

Bainbridge Public Library is the library that the community built…

Bainbridge Public Library is the library that the community built. It belongs to the people of Bainbridge Island. We now have 22,000 people coming into the building each month. Many may not know who the building belongs to and how it is maintained. But the answer is an easy one. You are the owners. It belongs to you. It needs your donations to be the Library that you want it to be. 

As you know, Bainbridge Public Library is dependent on your donations for the beautiful grounds and welcoming building with its ongoing maintenance and upgrades. You are the ones who keep the doors open. Our Library is a 58-year-old building that is due for some major infrastructure needs over the next year if it is to continue to be the space that serves our community as you would expect. 

After replacing the HVAC system and repainting the exterior of the building in 2018, the projects that have been identified as priorities for this year are:

  • Repair the structural rot in the roof of the original building discovered during the 2018 summer external painting project 
  • Repair the stairway windows where there is also structural rot 
  • Upgrade the rainwater gutter downspout system for more effective drainage 
  • Replace the sump pump to avoid flooding of the Children’s Library 
  • And repair and improve the parking lots.

These projects are ones that will maintain our much loved building and ensure that it continues to meet your needs. 

Bainbridge Public Library is a 501(c)3 governed by a volunteer board. Members serve for three-year terms. During their terms, they share their experience, expertise and enthusiasm for the library. They are thoughtful stewards of your donations, meeting both current needs and planning for the future. I am honored to be the Board President this year, working with this group of people committed to providing the best possible space for your library service.

As a non-profit organization, Bainbridge Public Library is dependent on donations and grants to provide the building and grounds. Kitsap Regional Library provides the library staff, collections, classes, and technology supported by property tax dollars. Bainbridge Public Library and Kitsap Regional Library, working together, bring you the wonderful library you have come to expect. Our doors open the world to you. 

Carol Schuyler, President (2019)
Bainbridge Public Library Board

Click below to read the 2018 Annual Report.