Friends of the Manchester Library

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Salmon Bake!

Until 2020, Every Year on Father's Day

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML) could not hold the Salmon Bake on Fathers' Day 2020. At this time, we are cautiously hopeful that we will be able to hold the Salmon Bake in 2021 -- in some form. We will keep the community posted on our Facebook page and in the FOML Newsletter.

History & Purpose

Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML), a non-profit group, holds its Annual Salmon Bake in June (on Fathers' Day) from about 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The event is held in the parking lot of the Manchester Library, at 8067 E. Main Street, Manchester. . 

The Friends of the Manchester Library (FOML) own and operate the Manchester Library building, partnering with KRL Regional Library (who provide the staff, systems and books), and the Port of Manchester (who lease the land to FOML for $1 a year). FOML funds the maintenance of the building, makes capital improvements, and pays the utilities and insurance.

The "Friends" is funded solely by fund-raising and donations. This year, FOML's budget to operate and maintain the building along with supporting some special programs is approximately $33,000, all of which comes from these fund-raising activities and donations. The Salmon Bake & Book Sale is the major event, covering about one-third of the budget

2018 Salmon Bake - Sizzles!


'Always Family'

Many 'Friends' like Arlene Brennan (former FOML web master) ...

....and Ron (former FOML President) + Joyce Rada make the annual pilgrimage from as far as the southwest to continue their support and add to the fun!


Flash Car Show? Believe it!

Courtesy of Eric Cisney and family


The Manchester Salmon Bake offers a chance for the entire South Kitsap community to come together in support of our Library, located at 8067 E. Main St. The "Friends" realize that the Library is the heart of the Manchester community and strive to provide a comfortable building with beautiful grounds for this important part of our little town.

The menu for the Salmon Bake usually includes open pit barbequed wild salmon, hearty baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, a beverage of choice, and a cookie. We "Friends" hope to serve 800 meals at each event.

Along with generous donations from many of our local businesses, over 50 neighbors volunteer to make this event a success. Special guest food servers include local politicians, State elected officials, and KRL staff.

The Book Sale

- Held concurrently with a great selection of vintage and recent reading material to please any taste, including a variety of children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, special interest and video materials.


Every year, you'll likely to find a cheery Captain Bill Lounsberry(above, left) and the lovely Joan Iverson(below, left) to help and answer any questions in the Bookstore on SalmonBake Day.

Father's Day quality time.


Friends of the Library Annual Salmon Bake & Book Sale

Father's Day
Time: Sunday 16 June at the
Manchester Library

Adults $15
Children (age 5-10) $10
Children Under Age 5 $5

includes open pit barbequed wild salmon, hearty baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread, a beverage and a cookie

Many thanks to all the volunteers who work so hard each year to make this event possible.  And thanks to all the celebrity servers...

Former Head Librarian Dee D'Haem, Representative Angel,
Senator Kilmer, Representative Seaquist, Commissioner Garrido, Sheriff Boyer, among others.


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