Pierce County READS

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Community Program

Be part of the tenth annual community reads program sponsored by the Pierce County Library System and The News Tribune. This year’s Pierce County READS selection is best-seller Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Author and journalist Mary Roach turns her eye on the science and research that goes into helping to keep soldiers safe and well in extreme conditions.

Find answers to questions you didn't know to ask.

  • What's a chicken gun?
  • How much body armor and equipment can a soldier carry and still be able to function?
  • Can a stink bomb really end a war?

As a community partner with the Pierce County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library will again be participating in this annual community read. Pierce County READS will start March 6th and run through April 28th. The program will include free community events throughout the county.

Author Accolades

New York Times bestselling author Mary Roach explores the science behind the strange, puzzling, and weird. Among the subjects she's written about are cadavers, the afterlife, and digestion in Stiff, Bonk, Gulp, and more.

Local Programs


The Puyallup Public Library will be hosting "Cooking for an Army." The military chefs from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be sharing information about cooking for the troops in the field and on base. Share some MREs (meals ready to eat), nutritious food that has a shelf life of five years. Join us on March 29, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.

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.

Author Event


Friday, April 28th, 7:00 pm



Book and magazine writer, science fan and saucy speaker, Mary Roach brings humor and a bottomless pit of back-stories to Pierce County READS. How did she get into this line of work - and why are we so fascinated with everything that's gross. Ariel Van Cleave, KNKX's "Morning Edition" producer, will interview her for this free author event. Afterward, Roach will autograph books. Bring your own or purchase at the event. This event will take place at McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW, Lakewood, on Friday, April 28th at 7 pm.

Live streaming of this presentation will be available at Bonney Lake, Key Center, Orting, and South Hill Pierce County Libraries, as well as Pierce College, Ryan House, and Warrior Zone.

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.
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