It started back in 2004: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, a nonprofit gallery, received a generous donation of art books. The Bainbridge Public Library—using more art, design and architecture books than any other branch of the Kitsap Regional Library system—was in need of new books for those departments. BAC offered the donated books to gallery browsers in exchange for a donation of their choice, with one hundred percent of the proceeds to be donated to the library for purchase of new art books. The exchange proved a success, raising $4,000.00 that year.
The program has been ongoing ever since, with the help of a generous community which answers the call for book donations at the kickoff of the Art Book Drive every February. This year’s call for donations is on right now. BAC invites anyone to donate books about art, architecture, and design, and they’ll be placed on shelves in the gallery where anyone can purchase the well-loved volumes for a donation of any amount. Selected books and every penny of the proceeds are gifted to Kitsap Regional Library to expand its collection. Since the program’s inception, the book drive has generated over $16,000.00 for the Bainbridge Island branch’s collection of books on art, architecture, and design.
“I can’t say enough about the benefits of this program for our community,” says Bainbridge Island branch manager Rebecca Judd. “Kitsap Regional Library is able to purchase titles we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. Thank you to everyone who has donated books to Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and thank you to BAC for sponsoring this annual Book Drive.”
While donations are encouraged right now to build up the collection, you may bring in your gently-used or unwanted art and design books to Bainbridge Arts & Crafts anytime throughout the year, or browse the shelves and discover something new to add to your collection.