At its April meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss comments from the public about future community needs and how library services and buildings can help meet those needs; Pierce County READS; the new University Place Library; and other issues.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, April 8, in a study session about future library services from 2 to 4:30 p.m., then in their regularly scheduled meeting from 4:45 to 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
- Planning for future library services—Pierce County Library 2030: Based upon the thousands of individuals who have provided ideas and comments about future library services and buildings, the Board will discuss some of the future needs identified. The discussion relates to the Library’s facilities master plan, Pierce County Library 2030. The common comments from the public included locating library buildings and services conveniently; making the library a welcoming, comfortable place for all people to gather/a living room feel; building and maintaining libraries with sustainable building practices; and offering learning opportunities.
- Pierce County READS: Thousands of individuals participated to make the second annual Pierce County READS a significant success, with people checking out more than 6,000 copies of this year’s selected book, best-selling “Three Cups of Tea” by award-winning authors Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. People are still talking about this interesting and inspiring program. A total of 1,200 people attended the author events to hear from and meet David Oliver Relin. The Library will announce the book selected for Pierce County READS 2010 later this year.
- University Place Pierce County Library: The Library and the City of University Place have approved a new agreement for the development of the new University Place Library, www.piercecountylibrary.org, keyword university place library. Under the new agreement the new library will open in early 2011. Previously Pierce County Library had planned to open the UP Library the first part of 2010. The City told the Library the reason for the extension is because of the economic downturn. The Library’s Board of Trustees reviewed the City’s financial records and plan, and concluded the City has a solid fiscal plan to build the library.
The Library System has served people in Pierce County for 63 years. The Library’s service area now spans 1,600 square miles and the Library serves 534,000 people.