Public libraries are a common feature in many local communities and are a great place to do research as well as lending books for the public to read, free of charge. The types of books available in these libraries cover a wide range of subjects and literary genres, ranging from science to religion; from fiction to history and from children’s books to magazines. The key role of any library is to promote literacy and most libraries in the world are free to use. These enable children (and adults) from less affluent backgrounds free access to books that they would most likely be unable to afford to buy. Libraries are also popular with students as they can borrow multiple books to assist them with their studies without it costing them a small fortune and many students also enjoy the quiet environment of a library to concentrate on their reading, so this makes a perfect tranquil setting in which to read, work and study.
Kitsap Regional Library from the Washington area provides library services to the local communities. Thanks to these services from the Kitsap Regional Library, more than 251,000 residents in this community can have free access to the library materials, including travel books, popular children’s stories, a wide range of fact and fiction as well as scientific journals, newspapers and magazines. In addition, the Kitsap Regional Library offers advanced online library access to the public which gives them free access to the dozens of online resources via their home network.
The Kitsap Regional Library has a branch in Poulsbo and this covers more than 11,835 square feet. Featuring traditional classics associated with the area and its early European settlers such as their renowned Scandinavian Collection Poulsbo library also stores many books that reflect this strong influence that shaped this city with books ranging from Finnish knitting patterns to those dedicated to crafts from bygone days like Norwegian wood carving. There are also language books including dictionaries and phrase books from faraway place like Iceland as well as both fact and fiction books in various other Scandinavian languages although the majority of the books are in English.
In order to encourage students and children to discover a love of reading through books, the Poulsbo Library was pleased to launch a campaign called the Friends of Poulsbo Library. This is run by volunteers are from the local communities alongside member of the library staff, out with their working hours. These dedicated volunteers spend hours of their leisure time, helping children to read and understand the books in order to promote strong reading skills to enhance their future development.
Although the Poulsbo Library in Washington now offers excellent library services to the communities, but the establishment of such a library took a very long time and was not an easy process at all. In the early 1900s, the resident in Poulsbo put forward the idea of providing a library service but it was not until the mid-1980s, that approval was granted to actually build the branch as part of the Kitsap Regional Library group. This proved a popular addition to the city’s existing facilities and in 1998, the Poulsbo library was remodeled and expanded to suit the growing needs that had developed within the communities. The new library reopened in 2001 and is one of the busiest branches in the region.