At its July meeting, the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss new hours in library branches, art donated to Lakewood Pierce County Library, a community reading program-Pierce County READS, and other issues.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System’s Processing and Administration Center, 3005 112 th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, July 11, 3:30 & 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- New hours from re-authorized levy-On June 17, the Library increased hours at www.piercecountylibrary.org/branches/new-branch-hours.htm in library branches by 20 percent by opening nine libraries on Sundays, all libraries on Mondays, and six libraries on Thursday evenings. The offering of additional hours is one of four pledges from the re-authorized levy voters passed in September 2006. The response has been great to the additional hours. The first Sunday, June 17, with four open hours each in nine library branches, people made 1,575 visits to the branches. On Monday, June 18, with all 17 branches open, people made 5,762 visits. Business is good with the new hours, too: with people checking out 3,061 books and other items the first Sunday of new hours, June 17; and the first Monday, June 18, of all branches open, people checked out 14,614 items. With the start of the school year, the Library plans to announce its third pledge from the re-authorized levy: adding services for kids and teenagers.
- Art donated to Lakewood Library-Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound is hoping to donate nine tapestry art pieces to Pierce County Library and house the art at Lakewood Library. The tapestry interprets aerial photographs of the Lakewood area taken in the 1970’s. At the Board meeting, the Lakewood Art Committee, composed of Library staff and a Lakewood FRIENDS of the Library member, will ask the Board of Trustees to accept the art donation.
- Pierce County READS-Library staff will present the Board with plans for Pierce County READS, Pierce County Library System’s first ever community one book program, which is a community involvement program where everybody in one place, at one time, reads, talks about, shares and enjoys the same book, to foster and strengthen community involvement and unity. Key Foundation is the sponsor for Pierce County READS 2008 and The News Tribune is the major media sponsor. Washington State Library provided a grant. Dozens of public and private organizations are community partners with Pierce County READS, which will run February-April 2008.
The Library System has been serving people in Pierce County for 61 years.