Friends of the Manchester Library

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Welcome to a Manchester Community Website!

photo by Carol Campbell

Manchester is a village on the shores of Puget Sound, across the Sound from Seattle.   The unincorporated village is defined by its own boundary and is within the boundaries of the Port of Manchester, Manchester Elementary School, and the Manchester Water District.  At the heart of Manchester Village is the Manchester Library & Community Center.

The Library is just a block from the waterfront boat launch and Pomeroy Park.  Its meeting room is used as the Community Center and hosts most of the public and private meetings for various groups and organizations of the village.  The Library building, owned and maintained by the Friends of the Manchester Library, is situated on property owned by the Port of Manchester. The Library is operated by the Kitsap Regional Library organization.

Friends of the Manchester Library


SalmonBake 2014 - photo by Kathy Herrema-Johnson

Mission Statement 
The mission of the Friends of the Manchester Library is to promote literacy and lifelong learning throughout the Manchester area.  We achieve this mission by raising funds which are applied to operating, maintaining, and improving the building which houses the Manchester Library as well as supporting programs for all ages; these programs will include early reading, teen use of the Library, after-school access and encouragement for students, adult education, and cultural events.

Function of the Friends
The Friends of the Manchester Library is a non-profit 503(c) organization which is made up of a group of volunteers who provides the source of funding for the Library facilities. Our library is special in that the Kitsap Regional Library system provides the Librarians and the books, but our community provides the land (actually, we rent it from the Port of Manchester for $1/year), facilities, utilities, maintenance, etc. Without the Friends, our Library wouldn't exist, and fundraising is the name of the game!!!
We're always looking for new members or even those who just want to attend one of our meetings to see how the group operates. See below for our regular meeting dates.

Meeting Dates for the Friends
These meetings are normally the fourth Wednesday of the month (except for November and December, and these are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings start at 7:00PM in the Louise Pedersen meeting room in the Library. For more information, visit the Kitsap Regional Library's Manchester Branch web listing).

Friends Officers                   click here for bios   


John Winslow

term expires  12/31/2014

Vice President

Eric Cisney

term expires  12/31/2014


Ron Rada

term expires  12/31/2014


Carol Campbell

term expires  12/31/2014


Cornelius Kucius

term expires  12/31/2015


Ralph Nelson

term expires  12/31/2016


Bill Lounsbery

term expires  12/31/2014

All officers' positions are for a term of one year, except the Directors, with three-year terms for continuity, as noted above. If you would like more information on the Friends, feel free to contact any of the officers above, or e-mail the secretary at the address noted. We also can be contacted via our PO Box 128 in Manchester 98353-0128.

Fundraising -- It's what we do to keep our Library open!
As noted above, we must continually fundraise to keep our great little Library operating! For the 2014 Spring quarter, the FOML received $778 from the Fred Meyer Foundation due to 78 patrons who have signed up for this simple method by associating their Fred Meyer rewards card with the FOML. See 'Ways To Help' for further details.

Perhaps our best known means of fund raising is our daily (every day the Library is open) book sale in the north wing of the Library. We have thousands of used books available on an honor-payment system. Prices are noted either on the book itself or per the payment schedule posted in the bookstore.  Other regular fundraising activities include rental of the meeting room (see below for more detail), the popular "Penny Jar" at the Manchester Inn, donations, and bequeaths.

Finally, we have several special fundraising events each year. The annual Father's Day Salmon Bake is a great fundraiser and in addition a great community-building event. This traditional Manchester event has continued for over 35 years! Also, each year we have several special book sales where the most special books are held-back and only offered for sale at these special sales. Prices are slightly higher than the normal book sale, but the books are TREASURES!! Our spring book sale, (the last Saturday in May) is also held in conjunction with a plant and garden sale, thanks to the great leadership of Norma Brady.

We're always looking for new ideas for fundraising, so if you have a brainstorm, be sure to share it with us.

Please visit our pages on what you can do to help, the FOML Endowment Fund and our donors & volunteers.
Attention: Federal Employees
FOML is a member agency in the Combined Federal Campaign.
To designate FOML for your payroll contributions, use # 75235.

Friends Bylaws
Click here to read the Bylaws

Want to Contact us?
US mail: Manchester Library Friends, PO Box 128, Manchester, WA 98353
Email: Friends contact John Winslow -
Library phone: 360-871-3921

Manchester Library
Street Address:

8067 E. Main Street Port Orchard, WA 98366

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 128
Manchester, WA  98353

p: 360-871-3921




Chicken Coop

Original Library Building (chicken coop)

Message from FOML President - April 2014

Dear Patrons & Friends,

Our year is reaching the serious fundraising time with the Plant Sale on Saturday April 26 and then the Salmon Bake on June 15.  We can always use volunteers for both events, just contact me at
Another opportunity to make a simple donation is coming on Tuesday May 6.  In cooperation with the Kitsap Foundation, the Friends of the Manchester Library are participating in a Day of Giving for Kitsap County.  This is part of a nationwide day of giving which is carried out on-line.  The Kitsap Foundation has lined-up a number of charitable organizations which will partially match any funds we can get donated on-line that day.  We will receive a match to your donation that will likely be on the order of 30-50%!!!  There is a minimum donation of $10 and you pay for it via a secure credit card donation on-line.    The Kitsap Foundation has already lined-up matching donations to the tune of $110,000 which will be distributed to the approximately 200 non-profits who are participating.  Matching funds for each participating non-profit will be in proportion to the funds raised. More detailed information is available on-line at: www.kitsap and it will be in the local media shortly. We’re excited about this supplemental source of fundraising that requires less volunteer effort than all the other labor-intensive fundraising we do in the community.  We hope you will join us in giving on Tuesday May 6th!

Warm Regards,

John K. Winslow - President