Donation brings the living dead and Santa Claus to library
By PATRICK MCDONOUGH
Central Kitsap Reporter Staff Writer
August 9, 2012 · Updated 2:35 PM
Flesh-eating zombies have completed their invasion of the Kitsap Regional Library system, and they are not alone.
The zombies have been joined by musical muppets, pointy eared Vulcans and even Santa Claus himself thanks to a donation of 4,500 DVDs made to the library.
The DVDs, donated by Screen Life Games, a Seattle based gaming company that went out of business late last year, will go to replace worn or missing copies of items in the library catalog and also to enhance the library’s collection.
KRL Collection Manager John Fossett said many of the DVDs were of out-of-print or difficult to find items or simply completed series in the library’s collection.
“The donation gave us titles we were missing to complete sets such as the ‘Star Trek’ movies, and we now have the complete ‘Night of the Living Dead’ trilogy,” Fossett said.
Fossett said horror movie fans were not the only ones who would benefit from the donation. He said the movies included numerous titles including a host of Christmas favorites.
“We now have multiple copies of Christmas movies like ‘A Miracle on Thirty Fourth Street,’ ‘Elf’ with Will Ferrell, which is favorite of my daughters, ‘Scrooged,’ ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’ and ‘Christmas in Connecticut,’” he said.
Such movies can be in high demand during the holidays and Fossett is pleased to now have more to offer the public. Fossett said the collection also included copies of films such as the 1960s cult favorite “Harold and Maude.”
Adding the movies to the library’s catalog was a time consuming process, Fossett said. He said the library staff has been adding the movies incrementally and only recently completed the job.
Some of the titles were also turned into a local entertainment retailer for store credit that KRL will be able use to purchase new DVDs in the future. Fossett said many of the movies turned over to the retailer were from different regions and were sometimes difficult to play on computers and would not play at all on some older DVD players.
The donation also included video games from the company’s “Scene It” movie trivia games. Fossett said the games could be used to enhance activities for younger patrons with games including trivia about “The Simpsons” television show and Harry Potter movie series.
He said the games were fun and could help to be a draw young people to the library.
“If you ever get the chance to play it you should, it is addicting,” Fossett said.
Contact Central Kitsap Reporter Staff Writer Patrick McDonough at firstname.lastname@example.org.