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Community Budget Input Meetings Oct. 22-Nov. 5

14 Oct

Voice your thoughts at Community Budget Input Meetings

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has presented staff recommendations for the 2013-2014 Proposed Biennial Budget during the City Council Study Session. As part of the budget development process, the City will hold a second round of community budget input meetings October 22 – November 5 in each of Tacoma’s five Council districts.

These are public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will include a video presentation followed by an overview of the proposed 2013-14 budget given by City Manager T.C. Broadnax. This will be followed by an opportunity for people to speak – you can sign up to speak in advance of the meeting.

This is the first time that the City of Tacoma has implemented a mechanism for focused community input re: the City’s budget. These budget input meetings are designed to engage residents and community stakeholders, and give them an opportunity to learn more about the service and program changes for the next biennium.

Find out more about the 2013-2014 Proposed Biennial Budget at

Upcoming Community Budget Input Meetings

  • Monday, October 22, 6 – 8 p.m., Gray Middle School (Cafeteria), 6229 S. Tyler St.
  • Wednesday, October 24, 6 – 8 p.m., Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St.
  • Monday, October 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Main Library (Olympic Room), 1102 Tacoma Ave.
  • Thursday, November 1, 6 – 8 p.m., Lincoln High School, 701 S. 37th St.
  • Monday, November 5, 6 – 8 p.m., Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE

Children’s author Rosemary Wells book talk, Oct. 15

14 Oct

Who: Award-winning children’s author, illustrator and literacy advocate, Rosemary Wells
What: Book talk and signing
Where: Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Olympic Room
When: Monday, October 15, 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Admission: Free.

Described as “a master of the delicate art of story” by School Library Journal, author and artist Rosemary Wells has been praised for creating delightful picture and board books, and well-received adaptations of classic tales in illustrated-book form. Her career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko the sushi-eating cat.

The author will be featured in a free book talk and signing at 7 pm on Mon., Oct. 15 at Tacoma’s downtown main library. “This event is for Rosemary Wells’ grown-up fans,” explained David Domkoski, the library’s Community Relations Manager. “It is for all the teachers, educators, parents, librarians and everyone else who’s grown up and taught with and from her books for years. It is not a story time for children.”

At tomorrow night’s special event, the prolific author will talk about the importance of reading aloud to very young children, how her work can be incorporated into the classroom curriculum and the importance of teaching children’s literature. In addition to her work as an author and illustrator, Wells is a strong advocate of literacy programs. She has often spoken on behalf of the “Twenty Minutes a Day” campaign, which proposes that parents should spend twenty minutes each day reading to their children. She read her 1998 picture book Read to Your Bunny at the White House at the opening of the nationwide Prescription for Reading Partnership program.

Doors open at 6 pm tomorrow night; please note that seating is limited and on a space-available basis.  The book talk and signing is presented in cooperation with Seattle’s Secret Garden Book Shop. Additional information is available at the library’s web site – or by telephoning the library at 253. 292.2001.

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