Based upon significant input from the public, especially as the Library System talked with people about the restored levy, as well as public opinion/survey information, people in Pierce County want support from the Library System for reading – yes building on their identity of and value for the Library System – access to books.
To build on that interest, the Library System is declaring 2019 A Year of Reading, with the Pierce County READS program central to that theme. Reading offsets the pressures of daily life and helps people relax. A Year of Reading will include author visits, personal reading shoppers in libraries and online through the My Next Read service, e-newsletters with reading recommendations, Read with a Dog to build children’s reading skills, and other ways to engage and connect people with reading.
On Wednesday, January 2, Pierce County READS 2019 launches with New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Kristin Hannah. The Library is featuring two of her books, “The Great Alone” and “The Nightingale.” Both of these are being made into major motion pictures.
Since Pierce County READS began in 2008:
Selected books have been checked out of Pierce County Libraries nearly 50,000 times.
More than 9,000 people have turned out to hear the selected author.
More than 13,000 people have attended other Pierce County READS events.