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Library to lose Harrison/Jeff Corwin tickets on sale

Library to lose Harrison

Cindy Harrison has announced her retirement after 16 years as branch manager for the Bainbridge Public Library.

She will leave the Kitsap Regional Library branch at the end of January to be succeeded by newcomer Rebecca Judd.

“It has been a wonderful job, I couldn’t think of a better one,” Harrison said. “I’m just looking for a little more balance in my life right now.”

Harrison was hired as branch manager in 1991 and helped refurbish the library while expanding its collection.

In 2006 she was among 21 librarians nation-wide to win the New York Times Librarian Award.

Harrison said she will miss fellow staff and volunteers as well as the connections she made helping patrons.

With the failure of a library levy in the spring and a tightened budget since, 2008 may be challenging year for the library.

But Harrison said Judd will have the advantage of an experienced staff and a supportive Library Board to help make tough decisions.

“She seems enthusiastic and ready to take on the job,” Harrison said.

According to KRL, Judd holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s of library science from Indiana University.

She served as the director of the Pelham Library in Massachusetts and as director of the Massachusetts Book Awards.

KRL also introduced new Development Director Kara Russell, Tuesday.

Russell, of Bremerton, will fill a part time position, leading membership and fund drives for the KRL Foundation.

– Tad Sooter

Jeff Corwin tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for a February appearance by Animal Planet personality Jeff Corwin.

Kids Discovery Museum will host Corwin at the Bainbridge High School gymnasium Feb. 9 at noon and again 6:30 p.m.

The Emmy award winner will put on an all-ages show with live reptiles and sign his latest book, “Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World”.

Tickets, which benefit KiDiMu, are available at www.kidimu.org, in person at the museum, or by calling 855-4650.

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