A lot has changed since the Pierce County Library System last polled the community a decade ago about what it wants and needs out of its local library.
Through a series of open houses and an online survey, the library system hopes to touch base with the community and develop a long-range plan for the next three to five years.
While the Pierce County Library System has 20 library systems across 1,800 square miles, executive director Georgia Lomax and staff members are searching for what’s common and what’s distinctive at each of the branches, and developing a plan for the library system as a whole.
“We want to provide services that each community and library will need,” Lomax said. “We want to listen without our library lens on. We want to listen to what people who live here need and want. What we provide matters to our community — it’s a valued service.”
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The library will take a look at what was seen at the last community engagement process and take note of what officials are seeing now, she said.
“Our communities change and grow quickly,” Lomax said. “This is our way of keeping our ear to the ground, and provide the right services at the right time.”
Following open houses and the online survey, Pierce County Library officials will meet with key community leaders and begin analyzing data and developing strategies to try with the public. Then, officials will draft their plan in July, Lomax estimates, and have the plan in place by the end of the year.
“Even though we just launched this, I’m excited to have such great participation,” she said. “We appreciate people’s interest in the library. The communities are truly our partners.”
To take the the survey, go to www.future.pcls.us.
Pierce County Library Open Houses
March 12, 1-3 p.m., Eatonville Pierce County Library, 205 Center St. W.
March 14, 6-8 p.m., Administrative Center and Library, 3005 112th St. E., Tacoma
March 15, 4-6 p.m., Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.
March 19, 1-3 p.m., Milton/Edgewood Pierce County Library, 900 Meridian E.
March 19, 1-3 p.m., South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E.
March 21, 5-7 p.m., Key Center Pierce County Library, 8905 KPN, Lakebay
March 21, 4-6 p.m., Orting Pierce County Library, 202 Washington Ave. S.
March 21, 4-6 p.m., Steilacoom Pierce County Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. 98388
March 23, noon-2 p.m., Anderson Island Community Club, 11319 Yoman Road
March 28, 4-6 p.m., Bonney Lake Pierce County Library, 18501 90th St. E.