People may get free books, movies, music, audiobooks and more, and for one week they can get their fine or fee record wiped clean, during Pierce County Library System’s third annual card drive, Thursday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009.
“We want all children and adults to enjoy the benefits of a library card, without barriers or restrictions,” said Neel Parikh, executive director of Pierce County Library. “That’s why for the first and only time we are offering a one-week amnesty from fines or fees. Amnesty from fines should help respond to the economic downturn and reduce further pressure to people, while welcoming them back to the Library.”
People can get amnesty from fines and fees during Amnesty Week Sunday, Oct. 4-Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. That means that during that one week, people with fines or fees from overdue books and materials may get their record wiped clean and start using their library again. Some restrictions apply; see details @ www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/library-card/library-card-drive.htm and in libraries.
Currently 230,600 people have Pierce County Library cards, which is an 11 percent increase over this time last year. With the card people get an array of free services, including:
- Access to nearly 1.3 million books, movies, CDs and more.
- Professional online tutors to help students with homework and help people get jobs.
- Audiobooks and e-books to download to a home computer or portable device.
- Credible, reliable information from online e-sources of subscription magazines and more.
- Best-sellers and playaways (small portable audio recordings of books).
People who live in or own property in unincorporated Pierce County, Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, University Place, or Wilkeson, can get a free library card. Through a borrowing agreement with Puyallup Public Library and Tacoma Public Library, Puyallup and Tacoma residents may get free cards.
When people get a card at a library or on a bookmobile, they may enter a drawing to win a laptop computer or set of earbuds from the Pierce County Library Foundation. People who already have a library card may enter the drawing by bringing a friend or family member to get a card.
During the Library’s card drive in fall 2008, 8,211 people got cards. The Library welcomed 48 percent more card holders during the one-month card drive, than it did during the same time period in 2007.