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New executive director for the KRL Foundation

BREMERTON — Jaime Forsyth of Bremerton is the new executive director of the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation.

The foundation (www.krl.org/how-you-can-help2/foundation) raises money to support the facilities, programs and services of Kitsap Regional Library, a system with nine branches from Bainbridge Island to Manchester.

Forsyth has a bachelor’s degree in park planning and resource management from the University of Utah, an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and a certificate in project management from the University of Washington. She also completed the Sustainable Building Advisory program at Olympic College.

She served as an environmental specialist with the Peace Corps in Mongolia.

She was most recently vice president of strategy and marketing for Profile Composites, a research and development firm focused on advanced composites technology.

She founded Bremerton Green Drinks, a business and social networking organization focused on supporting local businesses and sustainable practices. “In the short term, I want to make everyone in Kitsap County more aware of the services our libraries provide and the programs they support,” Forsyth said.

“We are way beyond books. Libraries are not just book depositories anymore. They are community centers that support early literacy, connect teens to technology, help people find jobs, help businesses find customers and foster life-long learning for people of all ages and all income levels.”

Forsyth said she wants to make investing in our libraries a regular part of life in Kitsap County. “We want to be on the list of charitable organizations that people in Kitsap just naturally include in their philanthropic giving.”

The foundation is a partner in the fundraising for a new community center and library at the Kingston Village Green. The foundation will likely play a role in a capital campaign for a new library in Silverdale if the KRL Board of Trustees decides to support such a move. The foundation also paid for repairs not covered by insurance when the Manchester Branch Library was flooded by a broken water pipe over Thanksgiving 2010.

Money raised by the foundation have supported such programs as the Summer Reading Program for children and teens, One Book One Community, the Third Graders To The Library program, and the purchase of special technology.

The foundation raised more than $160,000 in 2011.

 

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