Talk, share and participate in free events during Pierce County READS. Pierce County Library System, The News Tribune and several community partners are offering these events for you to further engage in this community-wide event.
All of the events focus on themes from the selected Pierce County READS 2011 best-selling book, “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by award-winning author Timothy Egan.
Friends of the Libraries and Pierce County Library Foundation sponsor many of these free events.
See the event listing below, or download the event schedule.
To view events by date, see the calendar.
Please bring a nonperishable food donation to events. Help a Pierce County READS community partner, Emergency Food Network, provide a reliable food supply so that no one in Pierce County goes hungry. Thank you!
Meet author Timothy Egan, who will speak and sign books at this free event.
Sharon McGavick Conference Center
Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way • 253-924-5206
Stroll outdoors through collection of 60 outstanding bonsai – miniaturized, living trees shaped by artists to portray scenic large trees in nature – from six Pacific Rim nations.
Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m.
40400 Harts Lake Valley Road, Roy • 360-458-7774
Visit the farm and enjoy a hay ride, farm and museum tour, omelet sampling and Easter egg hunt.
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring your ideas, questions and insight about “The Big Burn.” Library staff will lead a lively discussion.
Create a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
Turn your yard into a wildlife habitat that brings song, color and life to your home with ideas from Jim Ullrich, Wild Birds Unlimited.
Gardening with Native Plants
Use drought-tolerant native ornamental and edible plants in your landscape to attract wildlife with tips from Wilhelmina Heisterkamp, Washington Native Plants Society.
Discuss local disasters and disaster preparedness with authors Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff, who will sign copies of their book, "Washington Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival."
Hear the exciting and often humorous stories of the first two Mount Rainier climbs and more old-fashioned storytelling at its best with Jim Ross, Mount Rainier National Park.
Our Forested Commons
Learn about the study and design of sustainable landscape, or permaculture, in forest ecologies maintained through fire, with Kelda Miller.
Focus on wilderness conservation as you learn techniques for photographing Mount Rainier and other wild areas with photographer Greg Farley.
Pierce County Fire and Rescue
Find out how firefighters work, what equipment they use, and how they fight forest fires.
Stories about Mount Rainier
Listen to tales of Mount Rainier, conservation, fire and forests from the Fireside Story League.
Your Family’s Roots
Get started on your family tree, and find out if your ancestors were recent immigrants as some of the big burn firefighters were new to the United States, with genealogy expert Audrey Roley.
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