At its December meeting, the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss new services from the Library’s re-authorized levy, future library options for Orting Valley residents, the Library’s 2008 budget, 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, Dec. 12, 3:30 & 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- New services from re-authorized levy-to, date the Library has delivered three of its four promises from a 2006 voter-approved re-authorized levy: offered a wider variety of books and materials; increased open hours by 20 percent at library branches; and added services for kids and teenagers. This month, the Library will begin to deliver it fourth promise and upgrade services and technology for customers, by adding more computers for public use in library branches and free computer classes for adults. The new computers will give people the option to burn CDs, use USB ports and access sound ports.
- Future library service for Orting Valley-Pierce County Library System and City of Orting are studying options for future library service for the Orting Valley. Right now, they are asking for citizens to participate in a citizen advisory committee, along with a city council member, city administrator and a library representative. The committee plans to review and study future library services January through June 2008.
- 2008 budget-The Library will presents its proposed 2008 budget and hold its second and final public hearing on the budget. The $27.6 million proposed operating budget is 4.6 percent more than the Library’s 2007 operating budget. The budget focuses on four priorities: deliver and sustain promises from the 2006 re-authorized levy; continue to modernize the Library and provide contemporary library services; provide excellent customer service; maintain outstanding communications with the communities the Library serves; and evaluate operations and reduce costs for optimum efficiency.
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. For a copy of the Board agenda and previous meeting minutes check out: www.piercecountylibrary.org/about-us/board-trustees/.