FROM THE SHELVES | 'Digging into Reading' is summer theme


School is almost out and down at the Port Orchard library we’re ready to “Dig into Reading,” this year’s theme for the library’s summer reading program for children.

We have all kinds of activities planned, including our popular Wednesday mornings at the newly reopened Port Orchard Marina Waterfront Park gazebo. Starting this Wednesday, June 19, with percussionist Ian Dobson, and every Wednesday through Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m., we have a terrific line up of performers scheduled.

The South Kitsap School District will once again be providing free sack lunches to anyone 18 and under immediately following our Wednesday performers through Aug. 14.

We have a busy summer planned for teens too, with “Beneath the Surface” being the teen summer reading theme.

I’m really excited to welcome our new Youth Services Librarian Bradley Post to our Port Orchard staff.  Bradley will be taking over for Shannon Peterson, aka “Miss Shannon,” who was promoted to director of Youth Services for Kitsap Regional Library.

Bradley has a lot of experience working with teens and tweens as a librarian in his home state of Michigan, and is ready to jump right into a busy summer filled with everything from Lego Club to a field trip just for teens to the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle.

Bradley and Youth Services Librarian Lisa Lechuga will be teaming up to make this the best summer reading program yet.

At the Manchester Branch Library, Mondays are the day for children’s programming, with Ninjutsu Master Karri starting off the Monday afternoon programs on Monday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a ninja? Master Karri will be showing off ninja skills and talking about what life as a ninja was really like.   Miss Heidi and the Manchester crew have a full schedule of programs, and don’t forget this Sunday is the annual Father’s Day Salmon Bake at the Manchester Library.

Be sure to bring your children and teens down to your local library to sign up for summer reading. Along with all our activities, we have reading trackers and once they read (or are read to) for 10 hours, bring the tracker back to the library to receive a free paperback book and a free ticket to the Kitsap County Fair.  We also have T-shirts for anyone 18 and under that reads for 100 hours or more.

All the information on summer reading can be found on our website:

I hope to see you soon at the library.





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