Short update on new library and December events | Check it Out

Daily at the library, we hear questions about whether construction has begun on a new library building. The answer is not yet, and it will not take shape until enough pledges have been signed. Look for a Capital Campaign Kickoff early in 2013.

More information is at the library and on the Kingston branch’s website,

In October, Kitsap Regional Library encouraged all to read one book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot. As part of that program, Firehouse Theater showed the film “One True Thing.” I thank Craig Smith for partnering with the library and Kitsap Library Foundation to support our One Book, One Community events.

Upcoming events
— Polar Express Special Pajama Storytime: Dec. 3, from 7-7:30 p.m. Hop on board the Polar Express with this special story time. Children can wear pajamas and enjoy a reading of “The Polar Express,” followed by a craft.

— Kingston Book Group: Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. They will discuss “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole.

— Preschool Storytime: Dec. 5 and 12, at 10 a.m. Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and more. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings and other family members welcome.

— Kingston Friends of the Library meeting: Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. This hardworking and creative group hosted a fundraising Trivia Night in October that more than 90 people attended. People posted on Facebook that the event was great fun.

— Kingston Writers Group: Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a friendly, supportive atmosphere to encourage writing. We want to read what you want to write: poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and memoir. Beginners welcome.

— Hobbit Holiday Party: Dec. 14, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. With the upcoming release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” all Hobbits (and their fans) are invited to celebrate with a Hobbit-themed holiday party! Learn your Hobbit name, decorate a Hobbit gingerbread hole or dwarf shield, participate in a riddle faceoff, and more! Middle Earth-related costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required. Contact Whitney with any questions.

— Classics Book Group: Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. Discussion on “Twelfth Night,” by William Shakespeare. When a shipwreck separates siblings Viola and Sebastian in a foreign land, each thinks the other is dead, and both embark on a series of romantic misadventures involving deception and a perceptive fool who presides over the entire madcap affair.

— Seattle Opera preview lecture — “Cinderella (La Cenerentola)” by Gioachino Rossini: Dec. 29, from 2-3:30 p.m. Brisk, catchy, and highly entertaining, Rossini’s uniquely Italian retelling of the ultimate rags-to-riches story cleverly blends tenderness and frivolity. Presented by opera aficionado Norm Hollingshead. Funded by a Kingston couple and the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation.

Little Boston events
— Preschool Storytime: Dec. 4 and 11, from 1-1:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun afternoon full of stories, rhymes, and songs with our youth services librarian.

— Little Boston Book Group: Dec. 5, 11 a.m. They will read and discuss “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson.

— Polar Express Special Pajama Storytime: Dec. 5, from 7-7:30 p.m. Children can wear pajamas and enjoy a reading of “The Polar Express,” followed by a craft.

— Hobbit Holiday Party: Dec. 7, from 3:30-5 p.m. Learn your Hobbit name, decorate a dwarf shield, participate in a riddle faceoff, and more! Middle Earth-related costumes are strongly encouraged but not required.

— Crafternoon: Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. Bring your handwork projects and check out our newest crafting books.

— Tomi Whalen is manager of the Little Boston and Kingston library branches. Contact her at




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