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Apply to be Pierce County Library System board of trustees member by April 24

Apply by April 24, 2015, to become Pierce County Library System’s next board of trustees member. The library is looking for a strategic thinker with a customer focus who can serve as an advocate for reading, learning and libraries. Desired: skills or knowledge in business, urban planning, marketing, insurance, budgeting, real estate or law; as well as residency in the library’s service area.

Trustees set library system goals and objectives, approve budgets and contracts, set policy, and study community needs and ensure the library meets them. Trustees are appointed by the Pierce County Executive and approved by the Pierce County Council. Trustees serve five-year terms and are non-paid volunteer positions. Trustees meet monthly to make policy-level decisions and to discuss library strategies and direction. The current board includes: Robert Allen, Chair; Donna Albers, Vice-Chair; Linda Ishem; J.J. McCament; and Allen P. Rose. Rose’s term expires in July 2015. The new board member’s first meeting will be August 2015.

Applications are due April 24, 2015. Download a flyer/fillable application form and find more information at (search site: trustee) or get a paper form at any of the library’s 19 locations. Call 253-548-3420 with questions.

About Pierce County Library System

Pierce County Library System’s service area is 1,800 square miles and serves a population of 563,000. With 19 library locations and extensive online services, the system serves all of unincorporated Pierce County and 15 annexed cities and towns: Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fife, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, University Place and Wilkeson. With a 2015 budget of more than $28 million, the Pierce County Library System is the fourth largest in the state. Established in 1946, Pierce County Library lends more than 6.9 million items each year. The library is an independent taxing district that receives 96 percent of its revenue through property taxes. In 2013, Pierce County Library earned the coveted National Medal for Museum and Library Service award.



Linda Farmer, APR | Director of Communications | 253.548.3428 | 253.232.2891 cell

Petra McBride | Executive Assistant | 253.548.3420