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Library listens to needs of commuters, families | Our Opinion | July 1

Bainbridge Public Library continues to be the most popular branch in the Kitsap Regional Library system with about 280,000 users and more than a half-million items checked out last year. Islanders love their library and it’s encouraging that its operators are responsive to their needs, especially since KRL has been forced to reduce its hours in wake of the 2010 levy defeat.

All of which explains why nearly 1,000 islanders responded to a May survey regarding KRL’s  branch hours. Results of the poll led to a shift in making most branches, including Bainbridge, more accessible on Saturdays. The total number of open hours and the Sunday closure at the main branches weren’t changed, but each library was afforded the opportunity to tweak its hours to suit users’ needs.

Bainbridge Librarian Rebecca Judd said island commuters and families who responded to the survey strongly supported bringing back more Saturday and evening hours to meet their needs. As a result, the local branch will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays – instead of opening at 1 p.m. The trade-off is reducing its hours on Thursday and Friday down to 1-5:30 p.m.

People definitely miss hanging out at the library on Sundays, but adding hours on Saturday is a welcome alternative. And KRL and its branches deserve praise for reaching out to users.

Corrections

• Admission to KiDiMu is free on the first Thursday of every month. The listing in last week’s Celebrate Summer calendar was inaccurate.

• This year’s Bainbridge in Bloom’s post-garden-tour party is called “Evening in Bloom” and will be at the home of Doug and Cassie Picha.

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