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Summer Reading Challenge

Join our Summer Reading Challenge! Read, earn digital badges, and attend a variety of free activities between June 11th and August 6th!

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Old Brewery District Walking Tour
Jun 25th | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Union Station

Join us for a historic walking tour led by Brian Kamens of Tacoma Public Library's Northwest Room. Space is limited. Reservations required. Call the library at (253) 292-2001 ext. 3 to sign-up or register online! On this pleasant June day you will start your walking tour from th…

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Old Brewery District Walking Tour
Jun 25th | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for a historic walking tour led by Brian Kamens of Tacoma Public Library's Northwest Room. Space is limited. Reservations required.…

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Join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer is almost here!  As the days grow longer, enjoy the many wonderful things to do outside. As part of your summertime fun, take a break and pick up a book, graphic novel, magazine or comic. Engage your mind as well as your body this summer. To learn more about joining the …

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Join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer is almost here!  As the days grow longer, enjoy the many wonderful things to do outside. As part of your summertime fun, take a brea…

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Exercise Your Mind. Run!
By TacomaLibrary_Main

Every journey begins with the first step, even if that step is away from the sofa! In the spirit of our Summer Reading Challenge – Exercise Your Mind – Read, Tacoma Public Library will help you take that step to begin exercising your mind and body. In just nine weeks, we’ll help…

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Exercise Your Mind. Run!
By TacomaLibrary_Main

Every journey begins with the first step, even if that step is away from the sofa! In the spirit of our Summer Reading Challenge – Exercise…

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On the Gallery Walls – Michael Albert Cerealism
By TacomaLibrary_Community

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – the cereal world of Michael Albert. While most of us casually toss empty boxes of cereal, tea, or macaroni in the recycling bin, New York artist Michael Albert carefully collects these discarded materials and repurposes them into metic…

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On the Gallery Walls – Michael Albert
By TacomaLibrary_Community

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – the cereal world of Michael Albert. While most of us casually toss empty boxes of cereal, tea, …

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Tacoma Library's New Mobile App Has Arrived!

Tacoma Public Library’s new free mobile app makes it easy for you to access our wealth of resources. Check due dates and renew items, Search the collection, filtering results to find what you really want, Place holds and see if you have holds ready for pickup Check title availab…

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Tacoma Library's New Mobile App!

Tacoma Public Library’s new free mobile app makes it easy for you to access our wealth of resources. Check due dates, renew items, search …

Summer Reading
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Summer Reading Matters!

Why are summer reading programs important for children? Research has shown that kids experience learning loss over the summer and reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent it. Letting kids select their own books encourages summer reading and at Tacoma Public Library we ha…

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Summer Reading Matters!

Why are summer reading programs important for children? Research has shown that kids experience learning loss over the summer and reading j…

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Blind Date With a Book Is Back!

This summer, stop by Tacoma Public Library from June 14th - July 30th and “Exercise your mind”. Try intriguing fiction, extraordinary cooking, alternative history or fascinating people. Blind Date With a Book IS BACK! Visit your local branch and pick-up your “Blind Date!”

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Blind Date With a Book Is Back!

This summer, stop by Tacoma Public Library from June 14th - July 30th and “Exercise your mind”. Try intriguing fiction, extraordinary cookin

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2016 Summer Reading List Grades K-2

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Check out Tacoma Public Library's summer reading suggestions for Grades K-2. Compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the books on this list come highly recommended by kids from all over the country.

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2016 Summer Reading List Grades K-2

recommended by TacomaLibrary_Kids

Check out Tacoma Public Library's summer reading suggestions for Grades K-2. Compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children (A…

Local History
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Fire Boat No. 1, 1929
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

In June 1929, work continues on the installation of equipment aboard Tacoma's first fire boat, Tacoma Fire Boat No. 1. After the fire boat…

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Father's Day, 1950
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

William C. Larson holds his 3-year-old daughter, Carol Ann, while Nurse Dorothy MacIntyre holds his new son, William Bruce Larson, for them…

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Heart of the Yukon, 1926
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

A dramatic moment unfolds during the silent movie "Heart of the Yukon," filmed in June 1926 by Tacoma's own movie studio, H.C. Weaver Produ…

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Kress Malt Shop, 1937
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

In June of 1937, John L. Kress ("Lee") opened his first malt shop in Tacoma at the corner of 9th and Broadway in the Bostwick building. The…

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Girl of the Mountain, 1925
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Ruth McDowell, also known as Miss Winthrop and Girl of the Mountain, was on hand to greet guests "in the spirit of Mount Rainier" during th…

We Recommend
Christ Actually The Science and Practice of Humility The December Project The 5 Dharma Types Devotion and Defiance A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects
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Spiritual Viewpoints Now

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Explore current thought on spirituality and religion from a variety of perspectives with these books at Tacoma Public Library.

And I Darken United as One You Know Me Well The Leaving With Malice Ivory and Bone
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Top Picks for Teens June 2016

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Check out Tacoma Public Library's Top Picks for Teens. Place your holds now and be the first to read these exciting new titles!

Locker Hero The Gathering Storm School of the Dead Every Single Second The First Last Day Nine, Ten
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Top Picks for Grades 4-8 June 2016

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Check out Tacoma Public Library's top chapter book picks for kids in grades 4-8. Place your holds now and be the first to read these awesom…

Wonders of the World Sacred Places Around the World The Spiritual Traveler Jerusalem Sacred Angkor Mecca
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Great Spiritual Sites Around the World

recommended by TacomaLibrary

At Tacoma Library, experience the beauty and wonder of some of the world's greatest spiritual sites through the pages of these books.

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LibraryReads Top 10 June 2016
By TacomaLibrary

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval!Every month Librarians across the country vote for their favorite newly…

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