Customers of Pierce County Library System will now enjoy more books and more services, thanks to a re-authorized levy approved by voters in September 2006.
“The re-authorized levy maintains current library services and offers four primary new services promised with the levy,” said Neel Parikh, library director for Pierce County Library. “The new services include a wider variety of books, e-sources and other materials, and many new ways to enjoy library services without even leaving your home.”
The new library materials are the first of four new services the library will offer throughout 2007. Starting now, library customers can check out a wider variety of books, use more e-sources and get a popular book in nearly half the time they used to wait for them-with a reduced wait time for best-sellers by 40 percent-from 19 weeks to 12 weeks.
Under the banner, “Your dollars, your services,” following is a sampling of some of the new services to inform and entertain customers.
Playaways-small, portable audio devices with full recordings of books that people may check out from five libraries: Bonney Lake, Lakewood, Milton, South Hill and University Place Pierce County Libraries. Kids and adults can check out 481 Playaways from 125 titles from best sellers to biographies, including “Eragon,” “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” “The 5th Horseman” and “Da Vinci Code.”
More audio books online-from home or office, people can download books to listen to on portable audio devices, their computers and in their cars. They may choose from 1,741 titles, including “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Collectors,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “101 Dalmatians.”
Newspaper Direct online-from the comfort of their home or office, people may peruse the news from more than 340 full page, full color, same day newspapers from all over the world.
Book lists online-people may choose from 21 book lists and have monthly e-mail messages or RSS feeds sent to them with updated book lists from a variety of types and topics, such as new nonfiction, best sellers, mysteries and more.
Other services pledged with the re-authorized levy include: more open hours in branches to start by spring, adding services for kids and teenagers, and upgrading services and technology for customers.