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All Branches Closed on Saturday, May 28th

All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

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All Branches Closed Saturday May 28th

All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

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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 …

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Pathway Card Making a Difference!
By TacomaLibrary_Kids

Many people may take going to the library for granted but for nine year old Penelope it's a big deal! Penelope is an erudite student of Lister Elementary School where she studies advance placement classes. She recently had some time to discover the Tacoma Public Library near her…

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Pathway Card Making a Difference!
By TacomaLibrary_Kids

Many people may take going to the library for granted but for nine year old Penelope it's a big deal! Penelope is an erudite student of Lis…

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New library card designs

Four new library card designs are now available to patrons including a commemorative Tacoma Reads 2016 design featuring Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. This is the first time the library has marked the Tacoma Reads selection with a new card. Other cards reflect the postc…

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New library card designs

Four new library card designs are now available to patrons including a commemorative Tacoma Reads 2016 design featuring Emily St. John Mand…

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Anime Club
By TacomaLibrary_Teens

Tacoma Public Library's Anime Club seeks to be creative and explore Asian and American society through anime, manga, and pop culture. What do we do? Read manga. Watch anime (mostly with subtitles). Watch Korean and Japanese live action films. Occasionally we watch American anima…

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Anime Club
By TacomaLibrary_Teens

Tacoma Public Library's Anime Club seeks to be creative and explore Asian and American society through anime, manga, and pop culture. What …

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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 the weeks following the Winthrop Hotel's Grand Opening on May 16, 1925. For her duties she was attired in a scarlet "mountain costume" of stur…

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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…

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May Day, 1935
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The culmination of May Day festivities at Annie Wright School in 1935 was the winding of the May Pole. In this photograph, the school's younger pupils dance around the pole to the approving gaze of other students, friends and relatives. Originally known as Field Day, the May Day…

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May Day, 1935
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The culmination of May Day festivities at Annie Wright School in 1935 was the winding of the May Pole. In this photograph, the school's you…

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National Hospital Day, 1944
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On Friday, May 12, 1944, hospitals in Tacoma and around the country observed National Hospital Day. This photograph was taken in the surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and shows (l to r) Mrs. Darlene St. Onge, supervisor of surgery; U.S. Cadet Nurse Patricia Richards; Dr. R. Merri…

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National Hospital Day, 1944
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On Friday, May 12, 1944, hospitals in Tacoma and around the country observed National Hospital Day. This photograph was taken in the surger…

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Youngest cyclist in Pierce County, 1925
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

G.A. Southwell and his four-year-old grandson Harold Southwell are ready to ride on April 28, 1925 in honor of National Bicycle Week. Harold rode a special bicycle built for him by his father, and was believed at the time to be the youngest cyclist in Pierce County. National Bic…

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Youngest cyclist in Pierce County, 1925
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

G.A. Southwell and his four-year-old grandson Harold Southwell are ready to ride on April 28, 1925 in honor of National Bicycle Week. Harol…

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Real Old Fashioned Mutts in 1930
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On April 19, 1930, the RKO Pantages Theater organized a very special "real old fashioned mutts" dog show to welcome the Weaver Brothers comedy team to Tacoma. The winners of the show were: (left to right) Earl Robinson with his two month old puppy Spot, Dickie Dale Simmons with …

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Real Old Fashioned Mutts in 1930
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On April 19, 1930, the RKO Pantages Theater organized a very special "real old fashioned mutts" dog show to welcome the Weaver Brothers com…

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Top Picks for Teens May 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 awesome new titles!

The Hidden Oracle A Tail of Two Kitties Allie, First at Last Wishing Day Wolf Hollow Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. the Unpleasant Penguins From Pluto
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Top Picks for Grades 4-8 May 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…

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LibraryReads Top 10 May 2016
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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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Great Spiritual Sites Around the World

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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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Codependant

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Hiking and Biking and Climbing Oh My!

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

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PNW Booksellers Association Award 2016
By TacomaLibrary

The 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Awards Winners have been announced! A panel of nine booksellers from the region chose the winners from ...

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Everything I Learned About Cooking Was..

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Have a lot of fun cooking with Tacoma Public Library's ebooks. I already knew how to cook before I started borrowing them but they are FUN!

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RePurpose, ReUse and ReCycle

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Tacoma Public Library wants you to decrease your carbon footprint. So take a look at these titles to get you started with style.

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