At its October meeting the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Board of Trustees will discuss the Library‚Äôs 2009 budget; planning for future library services, which is being called ‚ÄúPierce County Library 2030‚Äù; Pierce County Library Foundation‚Äôs activities; 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, Nov. 12, 3:30 ‚Äì 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- 2009 operating budget: The Board will hold a public hearing on the Library‚Äôs 2009 proposed operating budget of $29 million. The Library‚Äôs top priority continues to be meeting the commitments in the voter-approved re-authorized levy from 2006. With the additional funding from the re-authorized levy, the Library pledged to maintain current and new services for five to six years. Specific promises from the levy for 2009 include increasing bandwidth on the Internet and making computers in branches for the public and Wi-Fi access faster and more efficient. The overall 2009 projected revenue is up by 3.44 percent from 2008, while costs to run the Library still outstrip revenue for a total increase of 5.18 percent.
- Planning for future library services‚ÄîPierce County Library 2030: Staff will report on work to develop a facilities master plan, Pierce County Library 2030, which will be a 20 + year plan outlining future library services and buildings. Right now, the Library is gathering information about current library use and community demographics. This month, it will launch a survey throughout the county to gather further input about library services. The project includes extensive input from people in communities the Library serves. The Library anticipates that the facilities master plan will form a basis for future buildings, expansions or replacements of library branches, as well as delivering services directly to people through kiosks or other remote methods, delivering services where, when, and how people need them.
- Pierce County Library Foundation‚Äôs Activities: The Foundation will talk with the Board of Trustees about their contributions to expand and enhance library programs beyond the scope of tax-based funding, and in particular meet the needs of unserved and underserved areas. The Foundation funds children‚Äôs and outreach programs including summer reading activities; the Explorer Kids‚Äô Bookmobile, which serves children living in low-income neighborhoods; and the delivery of books and audiobooks to people living in adult care facilities or who are homebound.
Pierce County Library is the fourth largest library system in the state, based on the number of people it serves, which is an estimated population of 534,000.