Skip to Search Skip to Content
Spotlight
News
All Branches Closed on Saturday, September 3rd

All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.

News
All Branches Closed Saturday Sept 3rd

All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.

Blogpost
Back to School for You and the Kids
By TacomaLibrary_Kids

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's back to school we go! The new school year is fast approaching. Here are some ideas from Tacoma Public Library to get you and your youngsters ready. If you haven't done so already, get those school clothes ready to go. Nothing is worse than facing the stores in…

Blogpost
Back to School for You and the Kids
By TacomaLibrary_Kids

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's back to school we go! The new school year is fast approaching. Here are some ideas from Tacoma Public Library to get you…

Staff List
The Dog Days of Summer

recommended by TacomaLibrary

Celebrate (wo)man's best friend with these funny and heartwarming stories from Tacoma Public Library. We've thrown in some great non-fiction titles too. Cuddle up with your pup and enjoy!

Staff List
The Dog Days of Summer

recommended by TacomaLibrary

Celebrate (wo)man's best friend with these funny and heartwarming stories from Tacoma Public Library. We've thrown in some great non-fictio…

Blogpost
Summertime and the eReadin' is Easy!
By TacomaLibrary

Summer is here! Whether you’re planning a trip, a staycation, Tacoma Public Library has got you covered. Check out all the free eBooks (and downloadable audiobooks!) the library has to offer …

Blogpost
Summertime and the eReadin' is Easy!
By TacomaLibrary

Summer is here! Whether you’re planning a trip, a staycation, Tacoma Public Library has got you covered. Check out all the free eBooks (and …

Event
How Does Your Garden Grow: Poison in the Plot
Sep 10th | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join us for the second to last installment of the How Does Your Garden Grow Series: Poison in the Plot. Discover the historical background of using poisonous plants in literature. The discussion will also include which authors are writing about wicked plants, and what plants yo…

Event
How Does Your Garden Grow: Poison in the…
Sep 10th | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join us for the second to last installment of the How Does Your Garden Grow Series: Poison in the Plot. Discover the historical background…

Local History
Blogpost
United by Love, 1938
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The 19th century melodrama "United by Love" was presented on August 23, 1938 on a Works Progress Administration (WPA) traveling stage in Tacoma's South Park. The "Theater on Wheels," a joint enterprise of the WPA and the Metropolitan Parks Board, featured more than 100 performer…

Blogpost
United by Love, 1938
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The 19th century melodrama "United by Love" was presented on August 23, 1938 on a Works Progress Administration (WPA) traveling stage in Ta…

Blogpost
America's Most Beautiful Heater, 1957
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Three men sport large grins as they examine the Quaker brand of heaters at Rowell's appliance store on August 19, 1957. The Quaker heater, labeled "America's Most Beautiful Heater," promised to deliver warmer floors at a warm up time 5 1/2 times faster than old-fashioned cast ir…

Blogpost
America's Most Beautiful Heater, 1957
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Three men sport large grins as they examine the Quaker brand of heaters at Rowell's appliance store on August 19, 1957. The Quaker heater, …

Blogpost
Columbarium, 1924
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

This August 1924 photo showcases the recently added columbarium at Oakwood Cemetery & Funeral Home in Tacoma. In response to an increasing number of cremations, an additional columbarium was built in 1923 to supplement the original, smaller one. The niches, stacked one on top of…

Blogpost
Columbarium, 1924
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

This August 1924 photo showcases the recently added columbarium at Oakwood Cemetery & Funeral Home in Tacoma. In response to an increasing …

Blogpost
The Great Steilacoom Jailbreak, 1944
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On August 13, 1944, "The Great Steilacoom Jailbreak" was sponsored by the Steilacoom chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers. The event encouraged town residents to "escape" their day-to-day activities to help demolish and say farewell to Steilacoom's historic jail. Built near …

Blogpost
The Great Steilacoom Jailbreak, 1944
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On August 13, 1944, "The Great Steilacoom Jailbreak" was sponsored by the Steilacoom chapter of the Daughters of the Pioneers. The event en…

Blogpost
Master Gardener, 1974
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Tacoma's John Miller was a master gardener who helped others with their gardening efforts through the Master Gardener Program Clinics sponsored by the Pierce County Cooperative Extension Service. Mr. Miller, pictured here in August of 1974 watering his garden, had just harvested…

Blogpost
Master Gardener, 1974
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Tacoma's John Miller was a master gardener who helped others with their gardening efforts through the Master Gardener Program Clinics spons…

PNW Living
Rhythm of the Wild The Hour of Land The Best of Olympic National Park Creaky Knees Guide Pacific Northwest National Parks and Monuments Backpacker Lonely Planet
Staff List
Celebrate the Centennial of Our National…

recommended by TacomaLibrary

The National Parks Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. Help celebrate a century of wilderness stewardship with these books from Tacoma Li…

List image
Staff List
Saving Summer

recommended by TacomaLibrary_Kobetich

Nothing compares to garden fresh vegetables. Whether you grow them yourself or you prefer to head over to your local farmer’s market, now …

Blog post image
Blogpost
Look Up!
By TacomaLibrary

What could be better than sun soaked summer days? How about cool summer nights surrounding you in a blanket of stars? The comet Swift-Tuttl…

The White Cascade The Thirtymile Fire Hiking Washington's History Monte Cristo Snoqualmie Pass The Canoe and the Saddle
Staff List
Northwest Hikes and History

recommended by TacomaLibrary

Use this list of books from Tacoma Library to explore the relationship between history and hikes in the region.

FalconGuides, Where to Hike Biking Puget Sound Camping Washington Washington Wild Roads On the Fly Guide to the Northwest The Wild Coast
Staff List
Hiking and Biking and Climbing Oh My!

recommended by TacomaLibrary

Spring is here and Tacoma Library has dozens of recreation guides that will inspire you to get out and play in the beautiful Washington…

We Recommend
The Magicians Mistborn Pathfinder Sabriel Shadow and Bone Throne of Glass
Staff List
While you wait for Harry Potter 8!

recommended by TacomaLibrary_Teens

If you grew up loving Harry Potter, discover other magical worlds at Tacoma Public Library .

Blog post image
Blogpost
LibraryReads Top 10 August 2016
By TacomaLibrary

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, …

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 Dog Man Lucy & Andy Neanderthal The Secret Sea Moo Framed!
Staff List
Top Picks for Grades 4-8 August 2016

recommended by TacomaLibrary_Kids

Check out Tacoma Public Library's top picks for kids in grades 4-8. Place your holds now and be the first to read these awesome new titles!

List image
Staff List
Create Your Own Victory Garden

recommended by TacomaLibrary

During WWII, families started victory gardens as a way to provide themselves and others with nutritious food. Do something wonderful for yo…

Lonely Planet The North Cascades Highway Washington Wild Roads Abroad at Home The World in A City Secret Journeys of A Lifetime
Staff List
Plan Your Next Travel Adventure Here

recommended by TacomaLibrary

Whether you're ready to jump on the next plane or curl up in your favorite armchair, these books will help fuel your wanderlust. Happy trav…

Back to Top