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 launched with New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Kristin Hannah. The Library featured two of her books, “The Great Alone” and “The Nightingale.” Both of these are being made into major motion pictures.
The second author in the Pierce County READS 2019 series was Imbolo Mbue, New York Times best-selling author of “Behold the Dreamers” in partnership with Puyallup Public Library. The novel gained notoriety as an Oprah Book Club selection and has been translated into 12 languages, adapted into an opera, is becoming a stage play, and was recently optioned for a movie.
The third and final author event of 2019 is Tommy Orange, in support of Tacoma Reads. Orange is the author of the The New York Times bestselling novel “There There,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a MacDowell Fellow and Writing by Writers Fellow.
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.