Congrats to Lake Tapps resident Kaitlyn Malone, who won a free Kindle Fire from the Pierce County Library Foundation!
Malone signed her mother up for a library card during the Pierce County Library's sixth annual membership card drive, during which a record number of people signed up.
The Library System welcomed 10,555 new card holders during the month of October. The number is significant because during typical months approximately 4,000 people sign up for cards. People truly point to the value of their library card and Pierce County Library as their posts to the Library’s Facebook page attested:
- “My library card unlocks a whole world of learning for my family!”
- “It is like going shopping for free! My family loves the library.... they are like family!”
- “I love reading and learning. What better way to do both without breaking the bank.”
- “My library card is my permanent ticket to get a bunch of FREE education and entertainment:)”
New to this year’s card drive was a pilot program—a community partnership with Franklin Pierce Schools. The Library System provided cards to every student that did not already have a library card and, as a result, it issued 5,278 students cards. That’s about three-quarters of all of the students in the district. Following the card drive a record 273,789 people have Pierce County Library cards. With the card people get an array of free services, including access to:
- Online help in real-time from professional homework tutors and job coaches.
- E-books, audiobooks and songs to download.
- Credible, reliable information from online e-sources—Consumer Reports, Morningstar Investment Research Center and Chilton car repair.
- Passes to Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum.