The biggest reading event in the state
In 2007 the Pierce County Library and The News Tribune created Pierce County READS and have continued as co-presenters. The program launched in 2008, and each year since the Library System has selected an author and book to involve the community, and created events for adults to attend and engage to discuss the book and come together as a community.
Annually, Pierce County READS results in thousands of residents reading, discussing, debating and enjoying copies of the same book at the same time, and coming together as a community.
Reads programs have been wildly successful in cities, counties and states throughout the United States. Seattle Public Library launched the first community reads program, with thousands of people participating.
Pierce County Library and The News Tribune designed the program to foster and strengthen community involvement and unity through a shared reading activity.
Pierce County READS furthers Pierce County Library’s commitment to provide and encourage reading opportunities for all, help people enjoy their free time, and fuel a passion for reading.
Pierce County READS would not be possible without the support of the Pierce County Library Foundation.
Join the conversation
Join us for virtual author talk and Q&A session with Amy Stewart Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Attendance will be available through Zoom and Facebook live programming.
Read past selections
2019 | The Great Alone and The Nightingale; Behold the Dreamers; There There
2018 | March, Vol. 1-3
2017 | Grunt: the curious science of humans at war
2016 | Flight, Reservation Blues, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and War Dances
2015 | The Boys in the Boat
2014 | Wild
2013 | The Paris Wife
2012 | Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
2011 | The Big Burn
2010 | Garlic and Sapphires
2009 | Three Cups of Tea
2008 | The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency