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Category: Libraries


Food for Fines ends at Tacoma Library, more than 18,000 items collected for food banks



Tacoma Library’s Food for Fines program collected 18,560 nonperishable items to benefit local food banks, in exchange for forgiving overdue fees.

During the three-week program, which ended Saturday, fees held by library patrons were reduced by $24,284.50.

That figure includes patrons who paid their fines in cash, as well as those who exchanged three donated items for $10 deducted from their overdue tab.

The program was to end March 2, but was extended to March 9 when participation showed no sign of easing.

“If it wasn’t slowing down, why not extend it?” spokesman David Domkoski said. “Tacoma

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New library and office expansion at University of Washington Tacoma is open

They call it the Tioga Library Building, I guess because it is connected to the historic – but still not renovated – Tioga Building (1890).

It is across the street from the Swiss Tavern and the skybridge that connects it to the University of Washington Tacoma’s existing library crosses over the Prairie Line. The official opening is Oct. 3. Fall quarter begins Sept. 24 and it looks like finishing touches and the final move in will be completed by then. It cost $24 million.
One benefit of completion is the fencing that prevented use of the Prairie

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Got fines? Read them away

Children, ‘tweens and teens can earn coupons for up to $5 off their Pierce County Library fines – by reading more.

This summer, kids can “read down” fines they have accumulated for not turning in books and other materials on time. The goal is to help families out at a time when many are strapped for cash, and to engage kids in reading over the summer. For the first 10 hours kids read as part of the library’s summer reading program, they can earn a coupon for up to $5 off library fines.

The summer reading program also gives young

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Kids could get public library cards at school

Pierce County Library cards could soon be in the hands of more kids. Under a pilot plan that library trustees will consider today, the library would issue a card to every student in the 7,200-student Franklin Pierce School District. The cards will allow them to borrow books and access after-school homework help online.

Under the plan, parents could opt out of the automatic card distribution if they didn’t want their child to participate. If the plan is approved, the cards will be issued in October, as part of the library system’s card drive.

Library trustees meet from 3:30 to 6

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It’s free & legal! Download music from Puyallup Library

The Puyallup Public Library has joined a network of public libraries offering free downloads of songs from the Sony Music catalog.

Registered cardholders of the Puyallup Public Library can download three Sony Music MP3 tracks each month at no charge through the library Website, www.puyalluplibrary.org

The library underwrites the purchase of the music.

Other libraries in the network include the Pierce County Library System and Tacoma Public Library. (Download rules may vary)


Renovations to close Mottet Library for next three months

Beginning tomorrow, the first major renovations in two decades will close the city’s Mottet Library in southeast Tacoma for the next three months.

Mottet: Under renovation

“The building is essentially being gutted and rearranged,” city library spokesman David Domkoski explained today.

“Everything is being painted and parts of the floor are being torn up to add wiring for more computer stations.”

Already, a new roof with skylights has been added to the Mottet branch at 3523 East G Street.

Other renovations will include upgrading the building’s windows and exterior bricks, installing more interior lighting, updating restrooms to accommodate disabled patrons, transforming the meeting room into a public service space and lowering the shelving to improve sightlines, Domkoski said.

In all, the renovations will cost about $600,000 and add 20 to 25 more computers, he said.
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Digital Bookmobile brings interactive reading experience to Wheelock Library in Tacoma

You might think of it something like this: See Dick read his hardcover library book. Watch Jane download her novel in audiobook form- or even onto a personal reading device

See Dick and Jane learn libraries are much, much more than stacks and stacks of books on wooden or metal shelves.

Tacoma Public Library will host the Digital Bookmobile on its national tour this week.

The 764-foot, high-tech tractor trailer reading rig will be at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Digital Bookmobile

The event is free and open to the public, but you need a library card to check out materials. You’ll be able to find out to download materials like e-books and audiobooks, according to a news release.

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Pierce County libraries to be closed March 4

All branches of the Pierce County Library system will be closed March 4 for staff training, according to a news advisory.

While the library is closed, you can still download e-books and other materials here.

You can also use e-sources for subscription magazines, investment information, car repair manuals and other resources, the news advisory said.

Or go to Pierce County Library Web site for more information about library services.