At its August meeting, the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss new services from the Library’s re-authorized levy, a pilot borrowing agreement with Puyallup Public Library, access to myspace.com, 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, Aug. 8, 3:30 & 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- New services from re-authorized levy-Residents are making use of the Library’s increased hours @ www.piercecountylibrary.org/branches/new-branch-hours.htm, which the Library launched June 17, as part of its re-authorized levy. The average weekly number of visitors during the first five weeks of expanded hours was 29,264, compared with 20,576 weekly visitors the five weeks prior to the expanded hours. On Aug. 27, the Library will launch its third pledge from the re-authorized levy: adding services for kids and teenagers. A significant component to better serve kids and teenagers will be live homework help. The online homework will use IM or instant messaging and two-way whiteboards to help students in a virtual one-on-one classroom in real time.
- Reciprocal borrowing with Puyallup Public Library-Library staff will update the Board on the progress of the pilot agreement for reciprocal borrowing with Puyallup Library. The agreement allows people who live in Puyallup or in Pierce County Library System’s service areas to check out books and other items from either library for free.
- Access from Library computers to myspace.com-The Library is now allowing children under 17 years old to access myspace.com from computers in Library branches. Myspace.com is a significant social networking tool on the Web. Since early 2006, myspace.com has aggressively added security measures and features. Pierce County Library has a myspace account where the Library shares information about teen services.
The Pierce County Library System’s 17 branches and three bookmobiles bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn. Pierce County Library is the fourth largest library system in the state, serving 509,000 people.