In response to voters’ 54.74 percent approval of Proposition 1, to re-authorize Pierce County Library System’s levy rate, the Library System will take actions to maintain and offer additional services in 2007.
“We are elated to offer improved services to our growing and changing communities,” said Neel Parikh, director of Pierce County Library. “In the past year, we’ve heard so much from people about the library services they value, want and need. It is wonderful that voters cast their ballots in favor of the Library answering that call to maintain and add improved services.”
With the Library’s re-authorized levy rate of 48 cents for every $1,000 in assessed property value, communities will receive the following services in 2007.
- Beginning in spring 2007, increase open hours by 20 percent at library branches. All 17 libraries will be open on Mondays during the day and evening, nine libraries will be open on Sunday afternoons, and six libraries will be open on Thursday evenings.
- Throughout 2007, offer a wider variety of books, CDs and other materials and cut the time people wait for popular books by nearly 40 percent-from 19 weeks to 12 weeks.
- Beginning in winter 2007, add services for kids and teenagers, including helping prepare children to read, assisting kids with homework research, and providing online help with homework.
- Throughout 2007 and subsequent years, upgrade services and technology for customers, by offering more computers with Internet access and computer classes for adults.
“We offered a funding proposal that could be sustained and supported,” said Parikh. “Communities will get immediate changes in library services in 2007.”
Pierce County Library’s 17 branches, three bookmobiles, and online services serve all of unincorporated Pierce County and 14 annexed cities and towns. The Library System brings people together and provides children and adults with opportunities to learn and enrich their lives.