Poulsbo Library goes green underfoot

William Harter, 11, and Sophia Newell, 7, enjoy a quiet read at the Poulsbo library Thursday afternoon.  - Celeste Cornish/Staff Photo
William Harter, 11, and Sophia Newell, 7, enjoy a quiet read at the Poulsbo library Thursday afternoon.
— image credit: Celeste Cornish/Staff Photo

New carpets, bags serve


POULSBO — The Little Norway branch of the Kitsap Regional Library is doing its part for the environment. The Poulsbo Library closed earlier this week to replace its old carpet with one that will release less irritants into the atmosphere. The new carpet contains low-volatile organic compounds in its adhesive, making it best for indoor air quality, according to a statement released by KRL.

“We are very excited about our new carpeting,” said branch manager Sharon Lee. “Some of the seaming on our old carpet was fraying, and soon it would have become a hazard. The safety of our patrons and staff is paramount to us.

“What is wonderful about the new carpet is that it is extremely durable and easily replaceable in sections,” she added. “This way we can just replace the sections that have higher traffic, and can keep the carpet looking its best for a long time.”

The work was done in tandem with the city’s regular maintenance; the city of Poulsbo owns the building, which sits at the corner of Lincoln and Iverson roads.

During the three-day closure KRL’s Bookmobile kept readers satiated in the building’s parking lot. The library staff took the time to accomplish a few tasks of their own, including rearranging shelves to make more efficient use of space.

“We are moving things to provide better ease of access to our materials,” Lee said. “We were able to use parts and pieces of shelving in other areas of the building and from other branches to take the best advantage of our space. It looks fabulous. We hope everyone comes in to check us out — our building really sings.”

KRL spokesperson Susan Rosapepe said “going green” is an effort KRL has been eyeing for some time, and in the vein of sustainability the system will offer recycled bags as a replacement for the plastic carriers currently used at its counters. The bags will be available in all nine branches for a “minimal price” near the end of October, Rosapepe said.

For more information on the Poulsbo Library and the entire KRL system, visit

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