At its October meeting the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Board of Trustees will discuss the most successful summer reading program the Library has ever offered, early learning stations, the Library‚Äôs 2009 budget, 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, Oct. 15, 3:30 ‚Äì 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- Summer reading success: In keeping with the Library‚Äôs promises in its 2006 re-authorized levy, which included adding services for kids and teenagers, the Library reached more children than ever before and children read more than ever before during the summer reading program. Library staff visited students in kindergarten through 3rd grade in all 13 public schools in the Library‚Äôs service area, as well as many private schools. This was a 61 percent increase from the number of students the Library met with in 2007 to share information about the program (2007: 13,315; 2008: 21,479). Overall children and teenagers read 82,247 hours‚Äîa 69 percent increase over the hours kids read during the 2007 program.
- Early learning stations for children: The Library is embarking on a pilot program to strengthen its leadership role and offerings for early learning. With funding from Pierce County Library Foundation the Library will offer Early Literacy Stations at Lakewood and Buckley Pierce County Libraries. The stations are specially equipped computers that offer more than 30 educational software programs that are very interactive. The stations are geared for children ages 3 to 8 and the kids will have a choice of using the stations in English or Spanish.
- 2009 operating budget: The Board will review the Library‚Äôs 2009 proposed operating budget of $29 million, which is $1.43 million higher than the 2008 budget due to a 1 percent increase in property taxes and taxes on new construction. The Library continues to struggle with the costs to operate the Library not keeping up with revenues. As a result, the Library will reduce spending in several areas in 2009, including out of state travel, staff training and advertising. The Library also made several cost effective changes to improve service and convenience for customers. The Library will continue to deliver its levy promises made in 2006. It will increase bandwidth on the Internet and make computers in branches for the public and Wi-Fi access faster and more efficient. In order to more effectively serve some specific populations, the Library will examine how it is serving people who live in remote areas, individuals from ethnic communities, and adults who live in care facilities.
The Library System has been serving people in Pierce County for 62 years. The Library‚Äôs service area now spans 1,600 square miles and the Library serves an estimated 534,000 people.Print This Post