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 - a community hub - 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.

Summer Fun - 2018 Manchester Annual Festival!

Hosted by your Manchester Community Association

Thank you, 2018 sponsor - Manchester Pub

"We thank all who participated, attended and supported our event. Save the date for the first Saturday in August 2019!" Carrilu Thompson (Festival Chair)

See Bookstore & Newsletters link in left column for more!

Thank you to Sissy Holme!

The 2018 Special Friend of the Manchester Library

Sissy and Doug of the Manchester Grill have donated both resources and time to the FOML and the Manchester community for many years. She has made her reader board sign available to FOML for our events and has hosted events for us. In 2017 she agreed to host the December wine tasting/auction event and enthusiastically participated in its planning and successful execution, including donating her facility and staff, wine, food, and time.

Art in our Community

Featured Artist: Jim '2 Bear' Stritzel

Jim at the 2018 SalmonBake - sharing hands on, interactive demonstration of the Chasing  & Repousse method.

'Repousse is French for ‘pushing out’ from the back. Chasing is work done on the front. All the work is done entirely by hand with various shaped short metal punches (think blunted chisels) & hammers. Start out with a shiny piece of totally flat copper.
No machines or pre-formed parts are used. Heat & Pitch are used. Heat to anneal (re-soften) metal after hammering hardens it. Pitch is a semi-hard mixture to pound the copper onto while shaping it . So as to not poke the punches through & thus create a hole in the art work.'

~J.S. '2 Bear'



Manchester Water District

Dedication to the community

James Strode (Water District Commissioner) overseeing traffic and safety at the 2018 SalmonBake.


Dennis O'Connell (Water District Staff member) provides support and information at the 2018 Manchester Festival.


Manchester Community Plan

The Manchester Community Advisory Council (MCAC) has been working on updating the Manchester Community Plan.  It is our part of Kitsap County's Comprehensive Plan, which is reviewed every 6 years.  This Comprehensive Plan includes proposed changes to our community plan.  Thank you for taking the time to review the changes and we welcome all input you may have. 

(For more information, please go to the Community Links page -links located on the left - and follow the link to the  Manchester Community Advisory Council MCAC).


Friends of the Manchester Library


SalmonBake 2014 - photo by Kathy Herrema-Johnson

Mission Statement 
Our mission is to encourage lifelong learning in the Manchester area.  We do this by providing a library building, supporting library programs, and offering a community gathering place. 

Function of the Friends
The Friends of the Manchester Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) 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  12/31/2018

Vice President

Thomas Uemoto

term expires  12/31/2018


Susan Seykota-Smith

term expires  12/31/2018


Theresa McBride

term expires  12/31/2018


Frank Gilbert

term expires  12/31/2020


Eric Cisney

term expires  12/31/2019


Bill Lounsbery

term expires  12/31/2018

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

Acceptance and Terms of Use: The Friends of the Manchester Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  We invite you to use this web-site as a source of information about out group and to consider helping us.  Feel free to read anything on this site.  We admit that we are not perfect and there may be some errors or omissions on the site and we apologize for that.  We appreciate feedback to the email address below with any corrections or suggestions for improvement.  All this information belongs to the Friends of the Manchester Library and if you would like to use that information for your own benefit, please contact us at the address noted below for authorization.

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 - January 2018

Dear Patrons & Friends of the Manchester Library,

  The year 2018 has many opportunities and challenges for us with the Friends of the Library.  One big step we plan to take this year is to replace the roofing on our building.  The roof is about 25 years old and we have had a few leaks in the recent past, so now is the time to protect our investment in the building by insuring that it will be water-tight.  We anticipate that the new roof and gutters will cost in excess of $20,000 so we need to sharpen our fund raising abilities and seek community partners to help offset the cost.  Soon we will be asking for grants from local agencies for help with this project and should hear from them by early summer.
          One of our other regular efforts is to support the summer reading program provided by KRL.  Each year they seek our support for the programs and we are 100% committed to provide that support; it’s really fun to see our enthusiastic young patrons as they enjoy our summer programs outside!
          Don’t forget our Plant/Book Sale in late April, and our Salmon Bake on Fathers’ Day, both great opportunities to get involved helping the Friends.
          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