1. Application Instructions and Information

The Pierce County Library System is now accepting applications for Summer Reading 2020 programs

Deadline for Application: November 11, 2019 at 11:59pm
What is the Summer Reading Program?

The Pierce County Library summer reading program encourages reading and provides a variety of programs for our patrons throughout the summer (June-August).  Each year we endeavor to provide a diverse set of programs for individuals of all ages. 

Summer Reading Theme

The Pierce County Library System is now accepting presenter applications for the summer of 2020.  The Summer Reading theme next year is "Imagine Your Story."   While programs on this theme are encouraged, not all programs need to follow the theme.

Suggestions for Theme Related Programming
  • Fairy Tales
  • Mythology
  • Fantasy 
  • Exploring/Presenting one’s own story
  • True stories about people, places or things

Consider Outcomes for Participants

Most of the programs focus on one or more of the Pierce County Library’s focus areas:  Learning, Enjoyment, and Community.  In the application you will be asked to consider questions like:  What will participants gain by attending this program? How can this be demonstrated at the end of the program?

SAMPLE: Build a Rocket Program
At the end of the program participants will:
  • Design a rocket using a variety of recycled material.
  • Learn about how rockets are used today in space exploration and business.
  • Engage with others in the group to design and build a rocket.
(This is only a sample.)

Other Presenter Application Information
  • You/your organization may submit more than one program proposal. Please submit an application for each program.
  • Please DO NOT use the theme title as your program title. The library may add words to your title for publicity, such as: Concert, Show, Art Workshop, Maker Workshop, Science Workshop, Craft Workshop.
  • Include all travel costs and supplies in your proposal; PCLS does not pay any additional mileage. If all costs are not included, your proposal will be discarded.
  • If available, please submit a link to a video (through YouTube or your website) so that we may preview your program or include a link to your website.
  • Incomplete applications and late submissions will not be considered.

Application Process Timeline
  • Complete the online application no later than November 11, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  • Library staff will review online applications and select programs that will be available for selection by individual branch locations in November.
  • You will receive notification of the status of your application no later than December 1st, 2019

Presenter Scheduling/Presenting Timeline
  • December 2019 / January 2020: presenters will be contacted by a PCLS staff member to schedule programs at all libraries that have requested the program
  • February 2020: all dates and times of programs will be confirmed and contracts, W9s, Background Check information, and invoices between the Library and the Presenter will be signed/exchanged
  • June-August 2020: programs take place
  • Payment for programs will occur following the completion of all summer programs taking place.

Question Title

* 1. I understand the application process and timeline for Summer Reading 2020.