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Pierce County READS Involves You and Your Community

PC Reads 2015 logoThe secret is out! This year’s Pierce County READS selection is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. As a community partner with the Pierce County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library will again be participating in this annual community read.

The best-seller chronicles the 1936 University of Washington crew team's epic quest for gold at the Berlin Olympics.  The Boys in the Boat features something for everyone: local history, endearing characters, the water that surrounds us, and the challenges in America and abroad between the World Wars. 

In addition to the Puyallup Public Library events, Pierce County READS will be offering 63 free events throughout the county and a chance to win signed copies of the book.  Event schedules are available in the Library.  Learn more at

Boys in the Boat book coverPierce County READS is a community program where everyone in one place, at one time, reads, talks about, shares, and enjoys the same book, with the goal of thousands of people participating and coming together as a community.  The program runs from March 1st - April 24th.

The Puyallup Public Library has additional copies of The Boys in the Boat on hand for check out and will be offering programs in March and April.  Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks are also available through the Washington Anytime Library.

Talk, share and participate in free events during Pierce County READS. Pierce County Library System, The News Tribune, and several community partners offer free events for you to further engage in this community-wide program.  You can find a list of community events by clicking here.  The following events will be at the Puyallup Public Library:  

Everything Wooden Boats

PC Reads boatLearn about wooden boat construction and boat-building history, as presented by the boatwrights of the Gig Harbor Boatshop.

Wednesday, March 25th, 7:00 PM
Puyallup Public Library Meeting Rooms

Puyallup's Boy in the Boat

PC Reads crewThe Puyallup Historical Society - Meeker Mansion presents a history of Puyallup athlete and UW crew member George "Shorty" Hunt, Jr., including race memorabilia, along with photographs and film clips of the 1936 Olympic crew race.  To recognize this special program, there will be a brief cameo appearance by Hunt's daughter, Kristin Cheney.

Saturday, April 18th, 10:30 AM
Puyallup Public Library Meeting Rooms

Meet the Author

PC Reads Daniel James BrownPierce County READS will conclude with bestselling author Daniel James Brown giving a free presentation and book signing at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, on Friday, April 24th at 7 pm.

Pierce County Library and The News Tribune present Pierce County READS, sponsored by KeyBank Foundation and the McGavick Conference Center. Please visit Pierce County READS @ for more information on the author and the full schedule of free community events taking place.