At its February meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will get updates on the University Place Library Campaign, the new University Place Pierce County Library, success from the Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library’s grand opening, helping customers with technology, and other issues. The Board of Trustees will meet at the Library’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Four of the issues the board will focus on include the following.
- University Place Library Campaign: Thanks to the many people who voted for the University Place Library Foundation, the Foundation won a $25,000 grant from Pepsi’s Refresh Project. The grant will go toward creating space and features for kids in the new University Place Library. The Pepsi Refresh Project will make an official announcement for the grants on February 23. The Pepsi Refresh Project grant is part of the University Place Library Campaign, which is raising funds to add features and technology for the library. To date, gifts and pledges total more than $554,000.
- University Place Library update: The final touches are underway at the new University Place Library in the Civic and Library Building, 3609 Market Place W., in preparation for the grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 12, 12 p.m., with doors to the library opening at 12:30 p.m. Staff is setting up furniture, and putting books, movies and CDs on shelves, and contractors are doing finishing work. The first 3,000 visitors to the new library will get a free reusable book bag, a gift from Pierce County Library Foundation. People may have their picture taken with Lily the Ladybug Librarian and Curious George, as well as be entertained by Magic with Jeff Evans at the grand opening.
- Milton/Edgewood Library grand opening: Residents in Eastern Pierce County packed the new Milton/Edgewood Library at its grand opening on Jan. 13. During the four-hour grand opening, approximately 1,300 people oohed and ahhed at the new, expanded, centrally located library, and they checked out 1,964 books and other items. See photos from the grand opening on the Library’s flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/piercecountylibrary/. Take an online tour of the new library at www.piercecountylibrary.org search site: Milton Edgewood Library.
- Helping customers with new technologies: Customers have MP3 Players, iPads, e-readers and other devices, and they want staff to help them access the Library’s downloadable audiobooks and e-books. A staff task force is helping all staff learn about the latest technologies to help customers. The team created tip sheets to describe how to access downloadable items. Staff is now creating tech kits with hands on training materials. Residents’ use of the Library’s downloadable books doubled last year, checking out 54,830 downloadable items in 2009 to checking out 105,336 in 2010.
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