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 - October 2014

Dear Patrons & Friends,

Why would anyone want to be a Friend of the Manchester Library?  It has to come from the heart!  We have a core of about 15 individuals who volunteer up to several hundred hours each year just to keep our Library’s doors open to the community.  Unfortunately, we’re recently lost some our core members who have moved from the area, or no longer able to volunteer regularly.  Enhancing literacy in our community is a noble goal; we try to encourage the very young with programs for toddlers & pre-schoolers, Summer Reads program for the older kids, teen events and homework help on-line, and adult reading/book clubs.  We “Friends” feel that the Manchester Library represents the heart of our community and want to see it succeed in its mission!
The Friends of the Manchester Library also try to make the volunteer efforts fun!  We give each “Friend” the chance to work on those projects which fit their personal schedule/interests as best possible.  The “Friends” are welcomed to special pre-sale events prior to our special book sales where we share appetizers, favorite beverages, and desserts, while looking over the collection of materials we have for sale the next day.  Every few months we try to acknowledge one of our “Special Friends of the Manchester Library” with recognition for some extra effort on behalf of the Library.
We invite you to become a “Friend” and feel the joy of making a contribution to your community, meeting neighbors, and having fun along the way!

Warm Regards,

John K. Winslow - President FOML