Help us bring a public library to the Hilltop!

We aren’t giving up despite no current attempt to fund library branch restoration in Hilltop or Eastside neighborhoods! Thanks to all who called, emailed, and came out to represent at the joint Library Board/City Council meeting on April 30th. You made an impact! Mayor Woodards and several Council Members made positive comments about having our library services need met even without a permanent location. We’re cautiously optimistic that we’ve been heard, but time will tell.

PLEASE: Continue contacting city council, the library board, and the mayor until we see concrete results. We cannot let this issue fall to the wayside. Personalize and send our community action letter to city council, the mayor, and the library board of trustees. Send now, send often!

ATTEND AND COMMENT! Help shape Tacoma’s priorities for the next decade! The City of Tacoma wants comments and ideas from anyone who lives, works, and plays in Tacoma for their next 10-year plan. We need them to prioritize funding for the Tacoma Public Library so budget shortfalls won’t prevent our goals of:

  • Reopening Hilltop and Eastside library branches
  • More hours of service to the public
  • Update current libraries

There are several workshops for public comment in person and a virtual option on June 6th. Schedule below! Learn more here: https://engagepiercecounty.mysocialpinpoint.com/one-tacoma. Need help deciding what to say? We have examples here: Talking Points

WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE:

  • Thursday, May 30 – Mason Middle School (3901 N 28th St) at 6-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 6 – Virtual Workshop at 6-7:30 PM
    Link to join: https://www.zoom.us/j/83536580162
    Or dial to join: 253-215-8782; Webinar ID – 835 3658 0162
  • Monday, June 10 – Mt Tahoma High School (4634 S 74th St) at 6-7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 15 – Wapato Park Pavilion (6500 S. Sheridan Ave.) at 1-3 PM
  • Thursday, June 20 – Bates Technical College – Central Campus Studio (2320 S 19th St.) at 6-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 27 – Salishan Family Investment Center (1724 E 44th St) at 6-7:30 PM

OTHER ACTIONS AVAILABLE NOW:

  • Attend and comment at Community Forums at City Council, held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 5pm. In person or online. Webinar link here.

City Council Meeting Schedule updated weekly here.

How-to on speaking at meeting here.

HLPC talking points here.

There are many other things you can do too: 

Use your voice! In addition to sharing your thoughts with City Council at their meetings and via email, the League of Women Voters often holds voter and constituent forums where you can participate online or in person, so keep an eye on their events calendar too!

You can also submit a story, poem, or artwork about libraries that we can share on our webpage and may use during advocacy events!

Volunteer your time! We need volunteers for specific projects and positions all the time. Find our list here. If you have a skill to offer that isn’t on the list already, let us know and we’ll find a way for you to use it. Don’t forget to check out our Events page for upcoming meetings, advocacy events, and more.

Donate resources! To make a tax-deductible gift of funds or items we need to continue our advocacy, use our donations page. Books are always welcome and we’ll get them to the folks who need them!