" IN OUR OPINION Who do we thank? A tremendous resource opened its doors to the people of Kitsap County last Tuesday which will benefit the people here for generations to come. When the library first opened 82 years ago, under more modest circumstances, this was surely the silent hope of the ladies of the Civic Group in Poulsbo. An unsaid prayer. Over the past eight decades things have changed and the need for an more extensive library here has also grown proportionately. One thing has remained the same over the years though - the community's support of the library and its resources. This said, it's extremely difficult to name names when giving thanks for the establishment of the expanded library in Poulsbo. The renovation of the Valborg Oyen Library had so many participants. So many willing workers, artists, volunteers and donors that we simply don't know where to begin. Could the library have come so far without its patrons? Could it have succeeded without such dedicated librarians as Peg Keblish, Oyen, Virginia Wilson, Susan Lavin and others? Would it be here today without the important decisions from the City of Poulsbo? If Bill Austin hadn't decided to skip Australia, how would the library have fared? Would the library have stood the test of time without the North Kitsap Friends of the Library, the Noon Lions and other civic organizations? Would it have been such a success had it not been built in such a generous community? The answer to all these questions is, of course, a resounding No. So, who do we thank? There is no one person. There aren't even one hundred people who we could list as the people responsible for making the new library such a success. The renovated structure is a tribute to much more than a few deserving people. It is a triumph of a community that did whatever necessary to ensure that everyone - young and old Ñ would have a place where they could lose themselves in thought, in art or in a good book. The Valborg Oyen Library is a wonderful place in the truest sense of the word in that it is absolutely full of wonders. It is a place where the past meets the present and the future, not just through literature, but through a sense of accomplishment. We should all be very proud whether we played an active role in its construction or just dropped a couple of bucks at fund-raising book sale. Like a puzzle, every piece counts. Congratulations to all on a job well done. And, if you haven't been in for a visit yet, be sure to see for yourself what you helped create. "

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