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.