By Mary Getchell, Communications Director
At its April meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss free music downloads, plans to build the Fife Pierce County Library, helping 50 year olds get new careers, 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, April 13, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Three of the issues the board will focus on include the following.
Free Music Downloads: This week, the Library launched a new service that lets people download music for free. The service, called Freegal Music, gives customers free and legal access to more than 500,000 songs from Sony Music. Pierce County Library cardholders may download up to three songs a week, for a total of 156 songs a year. Once the song is downloaded, it is the cardholders to keep and does not need to be checked back into the Library System. The Sony Music selection currently spans 100 music genres and 50 record labels, with new music added every day. People may download songs to computers or mobile devices, such as MP3 players and iPods.
Fife Library: On March 14, the Library closed on a purchase and sale agreement for a property at 6622 20th Street E., the home of the first ever Fife Library. On March 24 the Library awarded the bid to build the modular library building to Modern Building Systems. The building company is redrawing and evaluating the original plans for the new library. The Library System is delivering more than previously promised to the community—a permanent standalone library, versus a temporary rented space. The Library plans to open the Fife Library in late fall 2011. The 6,000 square foot library will offer full library services.
Getting a new career at 50+: In March, Pierce County Library participated with other community organizations at a free expo, Recareering @ 50+: Deciding What’s Next, at Clover Park Technical College. More than 400 people attended the workshop. Library staff shared information about the Library’s job and business resources to help people with their job searches and build their skills for today’s job market. Staff worked with many people who had been laid off and forced to reenter the job market which differs significantly from when they first entered it more than 30 years ago.
The Library System has served people in Pierce County for 65 years. The Library’s service area spans 1,800 square miles and the Library serves 560,000 people.