At its August meeting the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Board of Trustees will discuss taking library services out of the library directly to people, progress to implement the Library‚Äôs re-authorized levy, planning for library buildings, and other issues.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Processing and Administration Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3:30 ‚Äì 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
Getting library services to people: The Board will hear about the Library‚Äôs outreach services to take library services directly to people, such as people who live in rural and remote areas; residents in adult care facilities; individuals who are homebound; children who live in low-income neighborhoods; and people whose primary language is Korean or Spanish. In 2009 the Library plans to conduct research to determine how best to provide library services to these areas and individuals.
Residents receive pledges from re-authorized levy: The Library continues to deliver on the promises from its re-authorized levy that voters passed in 2006:
- New materials and faster service‚Äîthe Library is now renting some new books to get books to customers faster and then return the books to vendors when the demand dies down.
- More open hours‚Äîincreased open hours by 20 percent at library branches.
- Additional services for kids and teenagers‚Äîmore services to prepare kids to read and provide students with online homework help from professional tutors.
- Upgraded services and technology for customers‚Äîadded another 18 computers for public access this year, for a total of 239 computers and offering a mobile lab for computer classes.
Planning for library buildings: Many consultants have expressed an interest in the Library‚Äôs request for proposals for a facilities master plan that would help the Library develop a 20-year building plan. With input from people in communities the Library serves, the plan will be a guide to create buildings that are convenient for customers and offer contemporary services. The Library anticipates that the facilities master plan will form a basis for future buildings or expansions or replacements of library branches.
Pierce County Library‚Äôs 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 522,000 people.