Press Release: Community invited to presentation of findings from Library Feasibility Study at City’s Community Vitality and Safety Committee Meeting on Thursday, July 14

Community invited to presentation of findings from Library Feasibility Study at City’s Community Vitality and Safety Committee Meeting on Thursday, July 14

TACOMA, WASH.— Tacoma Public Library (TPL) and BERK Consulting invite the community to a public presentation of their on their findings from the Feasibility of Library Services on Hilltop and the Eastside. The findings will be shared at the City of Tacoma’s Community Vitality and Safety Committee Meeting on Thursday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar.

The Feasibility Study launched in Sept. 2021 and concluded in June 2022. The Study’s purpose was to work with the community to establish priorities and design service models for the restoration of library services on Hilltop and the Eastside, where libraries were closed in 2011. The comprehensive study includes a transportation analysis, current neighborhood demographics and population growth projections, a site survey; all informed by best practices in library services and input from the community.

“We are grateful to all in our Tacoma community who attended workshops, took surveys, and otherwise supported the Feasibility Study,” stated Library Director Kate Larsen. “We especially want to thank our partners, who engaged their networks to facilitate input. Without them, we could not have successfully accessed these grass-roots groups.” The partners were compensated for their time and efforts:

Alma Villegas Consulting

Booked with Hilltop

Coaching with a Purpose

Evergreen Empowerment Group

Hilltop Action Coalition

Hilltop Library Planning Committee

Making a Difference Foundation/Eloise’s Cooking Pot

Metropolitan Development Council with Proyecto MoLE

New Connections Outreach

Parable

Sound Outreach

Tacoma Community House

Tacoma Urban Native Alliance/Tahoma Indian Center

The Peace Bus

Theresa Evans and the Eastside Little Free Libraries

“This final presentation will feature the consulting team’s recommendations for the best ways to restore library services to the Eastside and Hilltop communities, informed by input from the community and considering financial feasibility,” stated BERK Consulting Principal Brian Murphy.

“We look forward to sharing the results of the study with the City of Tacoma Community Vitality and Safety Committee as well as library and public stakeholders,” continued Murphy.

To attend the presentation, access the Thursday, July 14 meeting at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar. For more information, visit tacomalibrary.org.

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